Kim Jong-Un on Friday opened North Korea's first ruling party congress for nearly 40 years with a defiant defence of the "magnificent" strides made in the country's nuclear weapons programme. Hailing the historic test of what North Korea claims was a hydrogen bomb in January, the isolated state's young leader said it had shown the world it would not be cowed by sanctions or outside pressure. Dressed in a western style suit and tie, Kim's speech was delivered to thousands of party delegates who had gathered in Pyongyang for the once-in-a-generation conclave.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — For a thousand years China's Cave Temples of Dunhuang were a popular traveler's rest stop, marketplace and religious shrine on the fabled Silk Road. Now they are coming to Los Angeles, both in spirit and reality.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on a trial that will determine whether media mogul Sumner Redstone is mentally competent (all times local):
China will take part in a regular US-led naval exercise starting next month, a top US commander said Friday, despite tensions over Beijing's territorial claims in the South China Sea. The United States will host multinational naval drills called the Rim of the Pacific Exercise (RIMPAC) -- billed as the world's largest -- off Hawaii in June and July. Although the Chinese navy has previously joined the exercises, held every two years, the latest drill comes as the country more aggressively asserts its maritime claims in Asia, prompting the US to say in March that it was "reassessing" Beijing's participation.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The body of a U.S. Navy SEAL killed during combat in Iraq is returning to the United States.
MADRID (AP) — Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal will meet again in the semifinals of the Madrid Open on Saturday, a rematch of last year's final won by the British player.
Turkish opposition journalist Can Dundar escaped an apparent attempt on his life by a gunman Friday outside the courthouse in Istanbul where he was standing trial on hugely controversial charges of revealing state secrets, an AFP reporter said. Brandishing a pistol, the attacker fired several times before being detained by police. Dundar, the editor-in-chief of leading Turkish opposition daily Cumhuriyet, was unharmed.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the 2016 presidential campaign (all times Eastern):
Obama also said Trump's record needs to come under closer scrutiny. "He has a long record that needs to be examined, and I think it's important for us to take seriously the statements he's made in the past," Obama said.
The average pay for chief executives of a company in the blue chip FTSE 100 index was 5.23 million pounds ($7.6 million)last year, down from 5.36 million in 2014, a Reuters examination of corporate filings shows. In 2005, CEO compensation, including pensions and share awards, was just 0.1 percent of pre-tax earnings, the Reuters analysis of annual reports over the period shows. Rapid growth in executive pay has long drawn criticism from some politicians and media headlines denouncing corporate "fat cats".