2012-04-28 02:51 AM
BERLIN _ AP interview with German Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich. Formats: Text, Photos, Video.
MOSCOW _ President Dmitry Medvedev's human rights council reports to him for the last time before he leaves office on May 7. The council has previously recommended that he pardon jailed oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky and could do so again, but Medvedev has made clear he will not do so unless Khodorkovsky acknowledges his guilt. Formats: Text, Photos, Video
OSLO, Norway _ Many Muslims in Norway say too much attention is being given to confessed killer Anders Behring Breivik's mental state, overshadowing his extreme, anti-Islamic views. Formats: Text, Photos.
TOP STORIES ON FRIDAY, APRIL 27:
KIEV, Ukraine _ Yulia Tymoshenko, the braided darling of Ukraine's Orange Revolution who went on to be prime minister, is wasting away in prison _ weakened from a hunger strike, bruised from prison beatings and afraid she will be force-fed by her political foes, her family says. By Maria Danilova and Juergen Baetz.
With BC-TYMOSHENKO PROFILE: Yulia Tymoshenko became a world icon of democratic change during Ukraine's Orange Revolution protests of 2004, a riveting figure both for her ringing denunciations of election fraud and the distinctive golden braid she wrapped around her head. AP Photo.
With BC-TYMOSHENKO'S IMAGE: From glamorous democracy leader to ailing prisoner.
KIEV, Ukraine _ A series of blasts rock an eastern Ukrainian city, injuring 27 people, including nine teenagers, in what authorities say they believe was a terrorist attack. By Maria Danilova. AP Photos.
AMSTERDAM _ This country of canals and tulips is also famous for "coffee shops" where joints and cappuccinos share the menu. Now, the Netherlands' famed tolerance for drugs could be going up in smoke. A judge has upheld a government plan to ban non-Dutch residents from buying marijuana by introducing a "weed pass" available only to residents. By Mike Corder and Toby Sterling. AP Photos.
COPENHAGEN, Denmark _ Three men have been arrested in Copenhagen on suspicion of plotting a terror attack after police found them with automatic weapons and ammunition, Denmark's intelligence service says. By Jan. M. Olsen. AP Photos.
EASTERN EUROPE-NO CONFIDENCE VOTES
BUCHAREST, Romania _ Romania's government has fallen in a no-confidence vote, as opposition parties seized on widespread public anger over biting austerity measures and corruption. The Czech government survived a similar vote. By Alison Mutler and Karel Janicek. AP Photos.
MOSCOW _ Prosecutors in Kazakhstan have characterized foreign correspondents as "evil" in an indictment accusing 37 residents of a western oil town of inciting and participating in mass unrest that led to at least 16 deaths.
LONDON _ Police snipers and heavily armed officers put several blocks of central London's shopping district into lockdown after a man allegedly armed with gas canisters entered an office building and threatened to blow himself up. The man is arrested and police say the incident wasn't terror related. by Cassandra Vinograd. AP Photos.
LONDON _ Pressing to save his job, Britain's culture secretary says he will disclose all the texts and emails he sent to a special adviser who resigned amid questions over too-close contacts the government may have had with Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. By Robert Barr. AP Photo.
ROYAL WEDDING ANNIVERSARY
LONDON _ With her first wedding anniversary approaching, the former Kate Middleton's transformation into a highly regarded member of the royal family is nearly complete. By Cassandra Vinograd. AP Photos.
PARIS _ France's bleak economic outlook has returned to the forefront of the country's presidential campaign after new figures show the number of job seekers rose for the 11th consecutive month in March.
PARIS _ France's socialist presidential candidate says that, if elected, he won't seek to overturn a law banning face-covering Muslim veils enacted by President Nicolas Sarkozy's conservatives.
LONDON _ Experts say it was almost impossible that a British spy whose naked and decomposing body was found locked inside a sports bag had climbed inside and pulled the zipper closed himself _ increasingly the likelihood someone else was involved in his mysterious death. By David Stringer. AP Photos.
GENEVA _ The U.N. human rights office has welcomed Connecticut's move to end the death penalty for future crimes and urged other U.S. states to do the same.
ALMATY, Kazakhstan _ A Soyuz capsule with two Russians and an American on board has successfully undocked from the International Space Station and started its return trip to earth.
WORLD JAZZ DAY
PARIS _ It's jazzy Friday so, World, speak the same language without saying a word. The world's first International Jazz Day "is the great metaphor for international harmony," Herbie Hancock tells AP in an interview.
BUSINESS AND FINANCE
MADRID _ The hole in Spain's economy is getting deeper. The government reported Friday that unemployment rose to 24.4 percent in the first quarter _ compared with 22.9 percent in the fourth quarter _ and that more than half of Spaniards under 25 are now without jobs. The bleak employment report came one day after ratings agency Standard & Poor's downgraded the country's debt. By Daniel Woolls and Pan Pylas. AP Photos.
LONDON _ Investors brush aside more grim Spanish financial news and lower-than-anticipated U.S. economic growth figures, helping stocks to rally at the end of what has turned out to be a solid week for markets. By Pan Pylas. AP Photos.
MILAN _ Italy is forced to pay higher interest rates to entice investors to buy a little under (EURO)5 billion ($6.6 billion) worth of its 5- and 10-year bonds as jitters over Europe's debt problems have resurfaced.
MILAN _ The Standard & Poor's ratings agency has cut Fiat's rating due to weak European results. AP Photos Planned.
SINGAPORE _ Oil prices fall to below $104 a barrel in Asia after Standard & Poor's lowers Spain's credit rating by two notches, re-igniting fears about Europe's debt crisis. By Sharon Chen. AP Photos Planned.
GENEVA _ The new chairman of the Swiss National Bank says the country can expect moderate economic growth of close to 1 percent for 2012, adding there is no risk of inflation in the near future. AP Photos Planned.
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