“American Idol” judge Randy Jackson said on Friday he did not know whether fellow panelist Simon Cowell would be leaving the show but fevered speculation on his future was a distraction from the TV singing contest’s mission of finding the next superstar.
Separate protests by Muslim and Christian groups broke out in southern Egypt on Friday after six Coptic Christians and a Muslim policeman were killed in a drive-by shooting on Wednesday, security sources said.
Republican militants seriously injured a police officer when they exploded a bomb under his car in Northern Ireland on Friday, police said, in the latest of increasingly frequent attacks in the province.
Clashes between immigrants and locals in a southern Italian town entered a second day on Friday, with the government rushing extra police to try to stem one of the worst episodes of racial unrest in years.
Federal authorities on Friday arrested two men linked to a suspected al Qaeda-inspired bomb plot after one of them led the FBI on a high-speed chase during which he invoked the name of Allah in a 911 call, a law-enforcement source said.
A federal judge entered a not guilty plea on Friday on behalf of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the 23-year-old Nigerian accused in the attempted bombing of a Detroit-bound airplane that prompted a sweeping review of U.S. security procedures.