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By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - The white man accused of slaying nine black parishioners last year at a South Carolina church planned the shooting for six months and wanted to start a race war, said a friend who pleaded guilty on Friday to federal charges in a related case. Details about suspected gunman Dylann Roof's plot were revealed as his childhood friend, Joseph Meek, 21, admitted during a hearing in Charleston to concealing knowledge of the crime and lying to authorities investigating the massacre. Meek could be called to testify against Roof as part of an agreement with prosecutors and may be spared the maximum sentence of eight years in prison for cooperating.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities are investigating whether Prince died from an overdose and whether a doctor was prescribing drugs for the musician in the weeks before he was found dead at his suburban Minneapolis home. A guide to the latest developments:
U.S. government-owned passenger rail company Amtrak wields improper and coercive regulatory power over private freight carriers under a law that lets it help set rules that competing railroads must follow, a federal appeals court ruled on Friday. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit struck down parts of the 2008 law, called the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act, saying it infringes on the rights of private freight carriers. The court said the problem stems from the fact that Amtrak, a government-owned, nominally for-profit entity, has regulatory authority over the industry in which it participates.
The United States said on Friday it was in discussions with Russia about trying to renew the cessation of hostilities in Syria following the deadly bombing this week of a hospital in Aleppo. "Our hope is by refreshing this agreement ... we can build momentum again toward a broadly observed cessation of hostilities," White House spokesman Josh Earnest told a briefing. A senior State Department official said the United States was seeking to halt fighting in Latakia and eastern Ghouta near Damascus as a test case to trying to revive the cessation of hostilities throughout the country, including in Aleppo.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Waves of campaign staffers are being dispatched to battleground states. Advisers are starting to consider locations for a splashy convention rally in Philadelphia. An army of lawyers is scrutinizing more than two dozen possible vice presidential picks.
BURLINGAME, Calif. (AP) — Donald Trump, the outsider, made his case to California's Republican establishment on Friday as protesters shadowed him from the southern to northern ends of the state and clashed with police.
By Sharon Bernstein BURLINGAME, Calif. (Reuters) - Protests erupted on Friday outside the venue where U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump was set to speak to a group of California Republicans, a day after a demonstration against the former reality TV star turned ugly. Protesters, who held signs and Mexican flags, at one point rushed security gates, and police officers had their batons out. Jim Brulte, chairman of the California Republican Party, said protesters delayed Trump’s entrance to the hotel where the event was being held.
LONDON (AP) — It helps to have friends in high places when you're promoting an athletic event.
The first Zika-related death on US soil was reported Friday in Puerto Rico, raising new concerns about the dangers of the mosquito-borne virus. "The patient died of complications related to severe thrombocytopenia," a poor clotting condition related to a low number of platelets in the blood, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. "Although Zika virus–associated deaths are rare, the first identified death in Puerto Rico highlights the possibility of severe cases, as well as the need for continued outreach to raise health care providers' awareness of complications that might lead to severe disease or death," the CDC said.
A helicopter carrying North Sea oil workers crashed off the coast of southwest Norway on Friday, killing all 13 people on board, rescue services said. The Super Puma chopper went down around midday in the archipelago off the coast of Bergen, Norway's second-biggest city. Rescue services recovered eleven bodies but called off the search for the two remaining passengers five hours later saying they could not have survived the crash.
All 13 people on board a helicopter which crashed near the Norwegian city of Bergen are presumed dead, rescuers say.
The Pentagon says the bombing of an Afghan hospital that left 42 dead was not a war crime, confirming that 16 US troops will face disciplinary action.
The Large Hadron Collider particle accelerator in Switzerland is offline after suffering a short circuit - caused by a weasel.
A mosque and a medical facility are reportedly targeted in Syria's second city of Aleppo, as the government announces a "regime of calm" in other regions.
Hundreds of protesters gathered outside of the Republican party convention in California have delayed Republican front-runner Donald Trump's speech.
President Jacob Zuma should face 783 corruption charges, the High Court rules, adding it was "irrational" of the state prosecutor to drop them in 2009.
Russia summons the Polish ambassador in Moscow to protest against a ban on Russian bikers from entering Poland as part of World War Two commemorations.
A former Auschwitz Nazi death camp guard apologises at his trial in Germany to victims, saying he feels "ashamed" of his work at a "criminal organisation".
China denies permission for a US aircraft carrier to visit Hong Kong, the US state department says.
The two largest parties in the Republic of Ireland reach agreement on the shape of a future government.
Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades has said that the hijacking of the plane that landed at Larnaca was not linked to terrorism.
Police shot an armed man as he tried to enter the Capitol building visitor centre in Washington DC.
The FBI has managed to unlock the iPhone of the San Bernardino gunman without Apple's help, ending a court case, the US justice department says.
The BBC gains exclusive access in Aleppo province, where Kurdish forces have seized most of the border with Turkey from Islamic State fighters.
Upgrading Myanmar's colonial era sewage system will be one of the tasks facing the new leaders when they take office this week.
With so-called Islamic State militants active in Egypt's Sinai, Israeli troops are on alert for attacks just across the border.
As Pakistani families mourn the park attack on Lahore Christians, the BBC's Shaimaa Khalil reports from the funeral of 16-year-old boy Sharoon.
Drone footage has revealed that the ancient city of Palmyra is largely still intact, after being recaptured from so-called Islamic State (IS).
Wind gusts of up to 105 mph (170 kph) from Storm Katie have caused Gatwick-bound flights to be diverted, and damage across London.
The BBC's disability news correspondent, Nikki Fox, has been to the camp to see how those with a disability, who are some of the most vulnerable, survive.