1. WAR OF WORDS HEATS UP OVER UKRAINE
The West threatened the Kremlin with more sanctions while Moscow said Friday that pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine would not lay down their arms until activists relinquished control over key occupied sites in Kiev. Ukraine's deputy foreign minister said he feared an imminent invasion from Russia.
2. GUNMAN KILLS 3 AMERICANS AT HOSPITAL IN AFGHANISTAN'S CAPITAL
Thursday's attack at Cure International Hospital in Kabul killed Dr. Jerry Umanos, a Chicago pediatrician, and two other Americans who were not immediately identified. Another American was wounded, and the gunman — identified as a government security guard — then shot himself. It was the latest attack on foreigners in Afghanistan that has seen 22 killed this year alone.
3. SUICIDE BOMBERS KILL 31 AT CAMPAIGN RALLY IN BAGHDAD SPORTS STADIUM
Thousands of supporters of a militant Shiite group had gathered in the stadium Friday for a rally to introduce its candidates before next week's parliamentary election in Iraq. An al-Qaida breakaway group, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, claimed responsibility. The attack raised fears of more sectarian violence.
4. SOUTH KOREA SAYS SOME BODIES MISIDENTIFIED FROM FERRY SINKING
Divers have recovered 183 bodies from the April 16 accident, while 119 are missing and feared dead in the submerged vessel. The government acknowledged Friday there had been mistakes and said remains will be transferred to families when there is a match using DNA testing, fingerprints or dental records.
5. ISRAEL HALTS U.S.-BROKERED PEACE TALKS AFTER PALESTINIAN RECONCILIATION DEAL
Israel made the decision Thursday, after the agreement was reached between the Western-backed Palestinian Authority and the militant group Hamas, the Jewish state's sworn enemy. Israel objects to any participation in Palestinian politics by Hamas, which has killed hundreds of Israelis in the past two decades.
6. OBAMA SAYS U.S. WOULD DEFEND JAPAN IN ISLANDS DISPUTE WITH CHINA
On an Asian trip, the president affirmed Thursday that Washington would be obligated to defend Tokyo in a confrontation with Beijing over the islands, which are called Senkaku by Japan and Diaoyu by China. Beijing insists it has "indisputable sovereignty" over the islands and that "the so-called Japan-U.S. alliance" should not harm China's territorial rights.
7. PRIZEFIGHTER RUBIN "HURRICANE" CARTER DIES AT AGE 76
The middleweight title contender, whose murder convictions became an international symbol of racial injustice and inspired a Bob Dylan song and a Hollywood film, died Sunday in Toronto. Carter's convictions were thrown out after years of appeals.
8. FDA TAKES A LIGHT APPROACH TO REGULATING E-CIGARETTES
The proposed rules, issued Thursday, would ban sales to anyone under 18, add warning labels and require FDA approval for new products. The FDA said it wants more evidence before issuing more regulations and left the door open to further measures, such as a ban on TV advertising and fruit- or candy-flavored e-cigarettes.
9. MANCHESTER UNITED FIRES MANAGER DAVID MOYES
Moyes, whose dismissal was announced Tuesday, came less than a season into a six-year contract with the storied soccer club, one of the most valuable sports franchises in the world. Since Moyes replaced longtime manager Alex Ferguson, however, United is 23 points behind leader Liverpool and has slumped to a string of humiliating defeats, including losses to fierce rivals Liverpool and Manchester City.
10. DOZENS OF SHERPA GUIDES LEAVE MOUNT EVEREST BASE CAMP AFTER DEADLY AVALANCHE
The guides' actions Wednesday put the entire climbing season in disarray. An avalanche April 18 killed 16 Sherpas and exposed long-simmering resentment by the guides over pay, treatment and benefits. Without the Sherpas, who are key guides and haul tons of gear up the mountain, it would be nearly impossible for climbers to scale Everest, and several expedition companies have canceled their climbs.