Rory McIlroy held a one-stroke clubhouse lead over Brendon de Jonge during Friday's second round of the US PGA Honda Classic while top-ranked Tiger Woods struggled to make the cut.
Hundreds of Venezuelan students and opposition activists hit the streets of Caracas on Friday to denounce alleged human rights abuses by security forces during recent deadly street battles.
Ukraine's ousted president Viktor Yanukovych insisted Friday he had not been overthrown as he defiantly surfaced in Russia from a week in hiding and savaged the new pro-Western powers in Kiev.
Rio plunged into five days of hedonistic revelry Friday as the city's legendary carnival opened, with King Momo taking the keys of the city and declaring joy by decree.
Dressed in a suit and tie and sitting in front of three Ukrainian flags, Viktor Yanukovych behaved as if he was still Ukraine's leader as he refused to accept the reality of the seismic shift of the last week.
Roger Federer showed an enterprising new side to his game as he beat Novak Djokovic for the first time in 18 months and ended the top seed's defence of the Dubai Open title.
US Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday called on Venezuelan leaders to start talking to their own people and stop a wave of opposition arrests.
Force India's Sergio Perez topped the time charts for the second successive day of pre-season Formula One testing on Friday as world champions Red Bull finally found some pace.
French President Francois Hollande warned against the partition of the Central African Republic as he visited Bangui Friday, nearly three months into a tough military mission to stop religious bloodshed.
Thai opposition protesters seeking to force the prime minister from office said Friday they would abandon most of their rally sites in the capital, ending their self-styled "shutdown" of Bangkok.