For the GOP to control both houses of Congress for the last two years of the Obama presidency would indeed be kind of a big deal, but not as earth-shattering as some prognosticators believe.
The EU agrees what it calls "the world's most ambitious" deal to cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40% by 2030, overcoming deep divisions.
Pakistani and Iranian forces have exchanged mortar fire, in the latest incident between the two countries along their porous border.
Markets are shut and lawyers are on strike after a day of violence across the Pakistani city of Quetta, which left at least 13 dead.
As a proportion of the total population, more people died in Greater Syria than anywhere else in the world during the First World War. In Mount Lebanon a third of the population died of famine and disease.
US authorities penalise a Silicon Valley company for "grossly underpaying" eight workers brought over from India for a special project.
China's property prices fall 1.3% in September, marking the first year-on-year fall in the sector.
Frank Mankiewicz, the press secretary who went before television cameras to announce the death of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy and later served as political director for presidential candidate George McGovern, died Thursday. He was 90.
The governor of Mexico's southern Guerrero state - where 43 students went missing after deadly clashes with police last month - stands down.
Australia's troubled national carrier Qantas says it is on course to deliver its first pre-tax profits this year in the three months to September.
Chinese authorities have arrested one official and punished 16 others following a deadly clash in a Yunnan village, state media say.
Authorities in Canada release video showing the moments before a lone gunman stormed into Canada's parliament and was shot dead.
The US will maintain control of South Korean troops in the event of war with the North, the two sides say, delaying again a long-planned command transfer.
Polls show a tight contest, and the race is among those expected to determine control of the Senate.
The Obama administration is preparing to transfer a military detainee in Afghanistan for criminal trial in Virginia, U.S. officials said Thursday.
The libertarian-leaning Republican is eyeing a 2016 presidential bid despite skepticism from GOP leaders over his worldview. Paul on Thursday described military action as necessary under certain conditions.
Asian shares move up on Friday, taking their lead from the US where markets closed higher after strong company results boosted investor sentiment.
Obama has been stumping for Democratic candidates in tough election races, but several Democrats have been steadily distancing themselves from the president because of his unpopularity in polls.
Obama spoke in Denver Thursday as part of a campaign event for Udall, who is engaged in a heated battle with his Republican opponent Rep. Cory Gardner.
The latest person to climb over the White House fence had the paranoid belief he was being watched by cameras and had previously been arrested at the executive mansion, his father said.