ROME (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders arrived in Rome on Friday to attend a Vatican conference steeped in his lifelong passions of economic and social justice, briefly departing New York just days before its critical primary to show solidarity with the teachings of Pope Francis.
Belgium's transport minister resigned on Friday following opposition accusations she lied about an EU report that criticized security at Brussels Airport a year before last month's Islamic State suicide bombings. Jacqueline Galant had previously maintained before parliament that her office had not been aware of a critical report sent in March 2015 by EU officials. European Commission officials declined comment on the report but noted they carry out regular checks on security at European airports and raise any concerns with national authorities.
CHINO, Calif. (AP) — Leslie Van Houten stood before the California panel that would soon recommend her parole as a slight woman with shoulder-length gray hair, a wrinkled face and glasses, a far cry to from the rebellious teen she was when she joined the cult of Charles Manson more than 40 years ago and helped kill a wealthy grocer and his wife.
Donald Trump took the stage Thursday night in the ballroom of a Manhattan hotel he built and cast himself as a staunch defender of "New York values." To a mostly adoring hometown crowd at the New York State Republican Gala, he never once mentioned his rival Ted Cruz, who received a dismal reception at the dinner.
North Korea tried and failed to test-fire what appeared to be a medium-range Musudan missile on the birthday of founding leader Kim Il-Sung Friday, a high-profile misstep after Pyongyang claimed a series of breakthroughs in its nuclear weapons programme. The April 15 birthday of Kim Il-Sung -- the grandfather of current ruler Kim Jong-Un -- is a major public holiday in North Korea, where key political anniversaries are often marked with displays of military muscle. The country is also gearing up for a rare and much-hyped ruling party congress next month, at which Kim Jong-Un is expected to take credit for pushing the country's nuclear weapons programme to new heights.
US health authorities on Thursday described the first known case of Zika being transmitted during sex between gay men, suggesting yet another route for infection with the mosquito-borne virus. The couple had been monogamous for more than 10 years, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. Both men experienced a fever, an itchy rash on their upper bodies and the eye infection conjunctivitis, but no lasting complications.
Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) has sued the U.S. government for the right to tell its customers when a federal agency is looking at their emails, the latest in a series of clashes over privacy between the technology industry and Washington. The lawsuit, filed on Thursday in federal court in Seattle, argues that the government is violating the U.S. Constitution by preventing Microsoft from notifying thousands of customers about government requests for their emails and other documents. The government’s actions contravene the Fourth Amendment, which establishes the right for people and businesses to know if the government searches or seizes their property, the suit argues, and Microsoft's First Amendment right to free speech.
By Kiyoshi Takenaka TOKYO (Reuters) - An earthquake of magnitude 6 hit southwestern Japan on Thursday, bringing down some buildings and injuring dozens of people, local media reported, but the nuclear regulator reported no problems at power plants. The initial quake struck 11 km (7 miles) east of the city of Kumamoto, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) reported. Japanese public broadcaster NHK said the quake registered 6.4.