With a failed plane engine, and in a heavily-populated Los Angeles suburb, Hollywood star Harrison Ford managed to avert death and disaster.
Beirut (AFP) - Heavy fighting shook the Syrian city of Aleppo as the exiled opposition chief said for the first time that President Bashar al-Assad's ouster need not be a pre-condition for peace talks.
Seoul (AFP) - South Korean police said Friday they were investigating possible links the man behind a shocking knife attack on the US ambassador may have had with North Korea, as Seoul voiced disgust at Pyongyang's reaction to the incident.
New York (AFP) - An airliner skidded off a runway at New York's La Guardia airport and slid to a halt just yards from frigid waters, as a snow storm battered the US coast from Texas to Boston.
Beijing (AFP) - A man was shot dead by police and another detained after a knife attack at a Chinese train station which left nine people wounded Friday, police said.
Sydney (AFP) - The hunt for Flight MH370 has failed to turn up any debris, but its unprecedented scale in one of the world's remotest locations has provided valuable lessons for future search and rescue missions.
Riyadh (AFP) - Saudi Arabia's foreign minister on Thursday urged the US-led coalition conducting air strikes against the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq to wage a ground war against the jihadists.
A State Department review of Hillary Clinton's email could take months, creating a drawn-out distraction for the Democrats' potential presidential nominee.
London (AFP) - Hong Kong's high degree of autonomy from China is being "eroded", an influential committee of British MPs warned Friday, voicing concern about the former colony's "direction of travel".
Prague (AFP) - The Czech Republic and Australia will both be without their top players when they clash in a Davis Cup World Group first-round tie in the eastern Czech city of Ostrava this weekend.
Mars once had enough water to cover the entire planet, according to research published Thursday in Science.