WASHINGTON — The threat posed by the U.S. debt standoff is sure to be a prime topic of discussion when finance officials from major nations gather for their latest stock-taking of the global economy. Finance ministers and central bank officials from the Group of 20 nations are in Washington ahead of weekend meetings of the 188-nation International Monetary Fund and its sister lending organization, the World Bank. By Economics Writer Martin Crutsinger. Eds: To be updated following G-20 news conference at 1:30 p.m. eastern.
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama and House Republicans, after weeks of ultimatums, are exploring whether they can end a budget standoff that has triggered a partial government shutdown and edged Washington to the verge of a historic, economy jarring federal default. By Alan Fram. Eds: Senate Republicans meet Obama at 11:15 a.m. EDT.
WASHINGTON — North Korea has dangled the prospect of suspending nuclear and long-range missile tests if aid-for-disarmament negotiations get back on track. But it's not ready to declare a moratorium on space launches — the very act that derailed its last attempt to negotiate with Washington. By Matthew Pennington.
UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously to extend the mandate of the NATO-led force in Afghanistan for the last time before it hands over total responsibility for security to Afghan forces at the end of 2014. By Edith M. Lederer.
MIAMI — Tarek El-Sawah has spent more than a decade locked up at Guantanamo, his health steadily declining. His weight has ballooned over 400 pounds; he has diabetes and other serious health problems, and he can barely walk 10 feet. Other detainees are ill, too, complicating their indefinite confinement in what was supposed to have been a temporary jail for terrorism suspects. By Ben Fox.
SEATTLE — The mother of an American man detained in North Korea for the past 11 months is being allowed to visit him, his family said. Myunghee Bae has arrived in Pyongyang and was scheduled to meet with her son, Kenneth Bae, Friday morning local time, Bae's sister Terri Chung told The Associated Press. By Gene Johnson.
MEXICO-SODA TAX FIGHT
MEXICO CITY — New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's name has been drawn into the debate over a proposed 8-cent (1 peso) per liter tax on soft drinks to fund weight-control efforts in Mexico, which now has higher obesity rates than the United States. By Mark Stevenson.
LIMA, Peru — Incarcerated for authorizing death squads and corruption, former President Alberto Fujimori is not permitted to give interviews or make public statements. Yet he has 10,000 Twitter followers three weeks after opening an account, and he's used YouTube three times to make short audio statements, setting off a media sensation in Peru as he rallies supporters and trades barbs with political foes. By Franklin Briceno.
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC-BLACK PRIDE
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — A theater group has been visiting schools all over the Dominican Republic to encourage children to be proud of their black looks and heritage. It's a startling message in this Caribbean country, where 80 percent of people have at least some African blood but many still consider being labeled black an offense. By Ezequiel Abiu Lopez.
LOS ANGELES — A jury has found found that Toyota Motor Corp. is not liable for the death of a woman who was killed when her 2006 Camry apparently accelerated and crashed despite her efforts to stop. By Greg Risling.
TORONTO — BlackBerry founders Mike Lazaridis and Douglas Fregin are weighing taking over the distressed smartphone company as it searches for a savior. By Rob Gillies.
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When Barkhad Abdi and three other amateur Somali actors from Minnesota learned they had won major roles in a new Tom Hanks movie, they tore off their clothes and jumped into the Pacific Ocean. "It was exciting," Abdi recalls of that day on the beach in Santa Monica, California. "We had to make sure that wasn't a dream." By Jeff Baenen.
PIRACY-THE UNTOLD STORY
WASHINGTON — Dramatic accounts of the Navy SEALs rescuing the captain of an American cargo ship in 2009 made headlines around the world. The military said SEAL snipers killed a trio of pirates in a tense standoff. Three shots, three kills. It was an unbelievable story, with a new retelling that hits the big screen Friday with Tom Hanks playing Capt. Richard Phillips. But the official version that unfolded in the Indian Ocean wasn't as tidy as Hollywood's, or the versions in Phillips' own book or in contemporaneous news reports. In fact, many more than three shots were fired, $30,000 went missing and the integrity of the SEALs was questioned. By Adam Goldman.
NEW YORK — The high school musical drama "Glee" says goodbye to Finn, its beloved singer-quarterback, while paying tribute to Cory Monteith, the late actor who had portrayed him, in a much-anticipated episode. By Frazier Moore.
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