Book publishers and modeling agents, take note: The woman at the center of the U.S. Secret Service prostitution scandal is embracing her notoriety and spilling colorful details about that infamous night. At a bar in Cartegena last month, Secret Service agents were "buying alcohol like it was water." The same agent who refused to pay also liked to dance in a "disorderly" manner in which "he lifted his shirt to show off his six-pack." Agents were dancing on the bar. Dania Londono Suarez, the escort who unwittingly sparked investigations that have ensnared roughly two dozen members of the Secret Service and U.S. military over reported use of prostitutes in Colombia in the days before President Barack Obama visited last month, gave a lengthy, wide-ranging interview to Colombia's W Radio on Friday.
Syrian government snipers and other forces stalked opponents in homes and neighborhoods Friday in a campaign of gunfire, shelling and arrests amid mass protests against the rule of President Bashar al-Assad, an opposition group said.
A Canadian hang-gliding instructor who police say swallowed a memory card possibly containing video of a fatal accident was granted bail Friday, a court spokesman said.
France Muslim Fears
France is home to Western Europe's largest Muslim population, but on the eve of presidential elections, mainstream French society is questioning whether a person can be both Muslim and French -- and that worries French Muslims, who see no contradiction between the two identities.
Residents of the Mexican border city of Nuevo Laredo found nine bodies hanging from an overpass Friday morning, along with a message directed to a drug cartel.
The governor of Mexico's eastern state of Veracruz vowed Friday to create two organizations -- one to help the victims of organized crime and the other to protect journalists.
The diplomatic drama over Chen Guangcheng showed promising signs of a resolution Friday, with China indicating the activist could apply to travel to the United States and New York University announcing it has invited him to be a visiting scholar.
As criticism intensified over the Obama administration's handling of Chen Guangcheng's case, the State Department released a translation of his friend's Twitter post in which the Chinese activist denies he wanted political asylum and says he was not forced out of the U.S. Embassy.
China, U.S. searching for 'face-saving' solution to Chen saga.
Throughout her nearly 24-hour journey from Washington to Beijing, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton avoided the cameras of journalists traveling on her plane. For nearly a week leading up the trip -- ever since the blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng had fled his village home and sought refuge in the U.S. Embassy in Beijing -- both the secretary and her spokespersons refused to answer any and all questions about him, save a tight-lipped "We've got nothing on that for you." But the U.S. officials did have someting, a full-scale diplomatic mess that would play out not just behind closed doors, but through the media and social media with every few hours bringing a new twist.