Even as United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon claims victory in the battle against sexual abuse by members of U.N. peacekeeping missions, a leaked U.N. internal report charges that peacekeepers are likely under-reporting sex crimes and exploitation, taking too long to investigate them, and clinging to a “culture of impunity” that bolsters sexual misdeeds.
Syrian President Bashar Assad says he would be "open" to a dialogue with the United States, but that it must be "based on mutual respect."
South Africa's state-owned power utility says that following an illegal strike about 1,000 construction workers have been fired, halting work at an already delayed but much needed power plant.
Nigeria's military claims it has destroyed the headquarters of Boko Haram in Gwoza, a town in northeast Nigeria. It was not possible to verify Friday's victory that comes the day before critical presidential elections.
Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz appears to have hidden evidence of an illness from his employers, including having been excused by a doctor from work the day he crashed a passenger plane into a mountain, prosecutors said Friday.
Iran's foreign minister is criticizing Saudi-led airstrikes in Yemen but says the focus at nuclear talks between his nation and six world powers remains on reaching a deal.
France's leading pilots union said Friday it is filing a lawsuit over leaks about the investigation into the crash of a German jet into the French Alps.
Iraq's most revered Shiite cleric is calling for unity among the country's forces battling the Islamic State group after major, Iran-backed Shiite militias pulled out of the offensive in the militant-held city of Tikrit in protest over U.S. airstrikes there.
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