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