PROTESTERS, POLICE FIGHT AT TV STATION
In the first violent clash of a nearly monthlong standoff in Bangkok, antigovernment demonstrators stormed a satellite television station Friday, climbed over rolls of barbed wire and beat back soldiers and riot police officers who confronted them with tear gas and water cannons.
The violence ended quickly as most of the security forces withdrew and the red-shirted protesters seeking to oust the government took over the station's compound. The antigovernment station had been taken off the air as the government's main action in enforcing a state of emergency declared Wednesday.
Soon afterward, officials announced that the station, the People's Television Station, would resume broadcasting.
One assisted suicide reported by advocates
Doctors in Montana have helped at least one patient commit suicide since a state court ruled late last year it wasn't illegal, advocates said Friday. The state Supreme Court ruled Dec. 31 that nothing in state law prevents a doctor from prescribing the lethal drugs to mentally competent, terminally ill patients, making Montana the third state to allow physician-assisted suicide.
Climate talks begin amid disagreements
The United States gave a defense Friday of the agreement reached in Copenhagen against criticism that the deal was struck by "a select few" that cast doubt on its legitimacy. Differences in Bonn were striking as countries began the first round of climate talks since the December summit that yielded a result far short of the goal set two years earlier of a new pact to control greenhouse gases.
Apartheid flag raised at funeral
Thousands of supporters of murdered South African white supremacist Eugene Terre'Blanche gathered at his funeral in Ventersdorp on Friday, brandishing the apartheid-era national flag and singing the old national anthem. Terre'Blanche, 69, was found bludgeoned to death on April 3 following a dispute over wages with two of his farm workers. Two males, one a minor, were arrested.
Brazil: The death toll from landslides and floods in and around Rio de Janeiro this week reached 205 on Friday and was expected to rise as searchers continued looking for bodies, authorities said.
Mexico: Earthquake aftershocks have led officials in the border town of Calexico, Calif., to expand the area of the downtown business district that has been closed since Sunday's magnitude 7.2 quake.