SAO PAULO, Brazil - A police anti-drug raid in one of Rio de Janeiro's largest shantytowns set off fierce gunbattles that left at least seven people dead, including a 3-year-old boy caught in the crossfire, officials said Friday.
KIEV, Ukraine - Thousands of Ukrainians streamed to state bank offices Friday to get compensation for savings lost in the 1991 Soviet breakup - a promise of new Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko that some analysts caution could hurt the economy.
ZAGREB, Croatia - A Croatian war crimes suspect was freed from jail Friday and his trial was suspended because he had regained immunity from prosecution when the parliament - to which he was re-elected - convened.
TOKYO - Japan's defense minister ordered the navy Friday to return to the Indian Ocean on a U.S.-backed anti-terrorism mission, ending a three-month hiatus but deepening political divisions with the opposition.
MOSCOW - Russian prosecutors have accused a group of survivors of the 2004 Beslan school seizure of being extremist, one member said Friday, calling the allegation part of a campaign by officials to silence the activists.
KUWAIT CITY - President Bush sought Arab support on Friday for a U.S.-backed Mideast peace deal, but the Bush administration said not to expect a ''blinding flash'' of Arab cooperation for the restarted Israel-Palestinian negotiations.
BAGHDAD, Iraq - One of the largest bombing campaigns of the war destroyed extremists' ''defensive belts'' south of Baghdad, allowing American soldiers to push into areas where they have not been in years, a top commander said Friday.
PARIS - President Nicolas Sarkozy's ex-wife lost a legal battle Friday to stop publication of a book in which she allegedly called her former husband ''cheap'' and a ''womanizer.''
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands - Former Liberian President Charles Taylor concealed banned weapons and ammunition in rice sacks before distributing them to rebels fighting in Sierra Leone's civil war, a former aide and army commander testified Thursday.
LONDON - The European Central Bank and the Bank of England kept their benchmark interest rates on hold Thursday, both torn between the opposing challenges of higher inflation and worries about economic growth.
ABUJA, Nigeria - Nigeria's main militant group said Thursday it fired on six oil industry ships and threatened an attack that will cause an ''economic tsunami'' in the world's oil market.
CALGARY, Alberta - An Air Canada jetliner made an emergency landing in Calgary on Thursday after nine people aboard were injured when the Airbus A319 hit turbulence during a cross-country flight, an official said.
SAN JOSE DE GUAVIARE, Colombia - Colombian rebels freed two women held hostage for more than five years, handing them over Thursday to Venezuelan officials who flew them toward Caracas where a triumphant President Hugo Chavez awaited.
NAIROBI, Kenya - Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan agreed Thursday to take over talks to end the deadly turmoil linked to Kenya's presidential election, after days of international pressure resulted in nothing more than a fresh round of accusations from both sides.
The U.S. expectations President Bush set out Thursday for negotiations and a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians, following two days of separate meetings with leaders on both sides:
NAPA, Calif. - A powerful earthquake that struck the heart of California's wine country caught many people sound asleep, sending dressers, mirrors and pictures crashing down around them and toppling wine bottles in vineyards around the region. Scores were injured as the temblor knocked out power to thousands, caused gas and water lines to rupture, sparked fires and buckled roads.
MIAMI - Tropical Storm Cristobal is moving erratically north-northeastward away from the Bahamas but is forecast to stay away from the U.S. East Coast.
KENYA - An estimated 100,000 elephants in Africa have been killed by poachers from 2010-12, according to a new peer reviewed study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The killings have increased as a result of the growing demand for ivory sold on the black-market in China and other Asian countries.
ATLANTA - At least one of the two American aid workers who were infected with the deadly Ebola virus in Africa has recovered and was to be discharged Thursday from an Atlanta hospital, a spokeswoman for the aid group he was working for said.
KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine - Former President George W. Bush took the ice bucket challenge then nominated former President Bill Clinton to do it next.
MONROVIA, Liberia - Hundreds of residents of a seaside slum in Liberia's capital clashed with security forces Wednesday to protest an armed blockade of the peninsula that is their neighborhood as part of the government's desperate efforts to stop the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.
BAGHDAD - Boosted by two days of U.S. airstrikes, Iraqi and Kurdish forces on Monday wrested back control of the country's largest dam from Islamic militants, a military spokesman in Baghdad said, as fighting was reported to be underway for the rest of the strategic complex.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - In a business where patience is part of the process, Kentucky bourbon makers are making a big bet by stashing away their largest stockpiles in more than a generation.