BBC: Nicolas Sarkozy has asked for donations in a Facebook appeal to help his cash-strapped conservative UMP party.
Reuters: Allocating $22 billion in food welfare to benefit hundreds of millions of citizens, the ruling Congress party of India hopes to win a third term next May.
CBSnews: Soccket, an energy-storing soccer ball that creates enough power after 30 minutes of play it can power a light for three hours.
BBC: The Earth experienced unprecedented recorded climate extremes during the decade 2001-2010, according to the World Meteorological Organisation.
New York Daily News: A Tiffany & Co. VP who was fired in February faces federal charges of stealing diamond bracelets, platinum earrings and other jewelry worth $1.3 million from the company's flagship store.
BBC: The last surviving creatures on Earth will be tiny organisms living deep underground, according to scientists.
CNN: The former Arizona Congresswoman was on the second stop of a week-long, seven state tour across the nation trying to build public support for enhanced background checks for gun purchases.
Yahoo News: New studies indicate that huge earthquakes can diminish the height of nearby volcanoes.
KOIN: A squirrel is responsible for a power outage that is affecting more than 9,000 Multnomah County PGE customers.
CBSnews: A Paris-born performer in Cirque du Soleil's "Ka" died after a fall during a show in Las Vegas.
Reuters: They died while fighting the blaze threatening the town of Yarnell, about 80 miles north-west of Phoenix.
Washington Post: Despite the lack of human settlement of other planets or even commercial space travel, Paypal wants to get a jump on potentially lucrative payments beyond Earth.
CBSnews: The statement, released in an interview with French newspaper Le Monde, coincides with the 100th edition of cycling's showcase race.