Madrid (AFP) - Madrid increased security Friday for the start of WorldPride 2017, one of the biggest celebrations of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights which hundreds of thousands of people are expected to attend.
Sydney (AFP) - India's Kidambi Srikanth overcame compatriot Sai Praneeth 25-23, 21-17 to reach the semi-finals of badminton's Australian Open in Sydney on Friday.
London (AFP) - US social media giant Facebook launched a campaign in Britain on Friday to counter the spread of online extremism following warnings from Prime Minister Theresa May after four terror attacks in three months.
Paris (AFP) - Colombia's FARC rebels will complete their historic disarmament on Friday, ending half a century of war, President Juan Manuel Santos said during an official visit to France.
Sochi (Russia) (AFP) - Lars Stindl is undoubtedly the winner in regards to Joachim Loew's decision to leave Germany's World Cup winning stars at home and blood fringe players at the Confederations Cup.
London (AFP) - Reigning champions Australia will be the team to beat when the 11th edition of the Women's World Cup gets under way in England this weekend.
Paris (AFP) - A double-decker tourist bus became stuck under a central Paris bridge on Friday, injuring at least four passengers, firefighters said.
New York (AFP) - Car horns, sirens, drilling, jet overflights and restaurants where diners have to yell to be heard -- New York is one of the loudest cities in the world.
A man banned from driving 99 years and 364 days and using plates unregistered to the car was caught behind the wheel in Melbourne.
Quetta (Pakistan) (AFP) - An explosion targeting a police vehicle in Pakistan's southwestern Quetta city on Friday killed at least 13 people and injured around 20 others, officials said.
Johannesburg (AFP) - Coach Allister Coetzee, defence specialist Brendan Venter and skipper Warren Whiteley and his Golden Lions have been key factors in the resurgence of South Africa this year.
The Hague (AFP) - In the bike-mad Netherlands, the national phone company is developing a smart way to stop kids texting while cycling -- a growing cause of teenage accidents.
London (AFP) - Albert Einstein may have been a genius when it came to the world of physics -- but the magic formula for marriage eluded him, according to letters up for auction at Christie's.
Abu Dhabi (AFP) - The UAE on Friday advised Qatar to take a list of stern demands drawn up by its neighbours seriously or the diplomatic crisis in the Gulf would turn into a "divorce" with Doha.
A Spanish prosecutor has recommendedthat Lionel Messi not be sent to jail despite being convicted of tax fraud worth millions of euros.
London (AFP) - Manslaughter charges could be filed over London's deadly tower blaze, police said Friday after finding that exterior cladding on the building had failed safety tests and that the fire started with a faulty fridge.
Shanghai (AFP) - Public signs such as "Pee Park" and "deformed man toilet" may finally be a thing of the past as Chinese authorities crack down on poor translations known as "Chinglish".