TODAY'S WORLD HEADLINES

Islamic State torches oil field near Tikrit as Iraqi militia, soldiers advance 06-Mar-15, 12:13 AM | Saif Hameed and Dominic Evans, Reuters

Embattled Hillary Clinton urges State Department to release her emails 05-Mar-15, 11:43 PM | Steve Holland and Curtis Skinner, Reuters

Indonesia rejects prisoner swap to save death row Australians 05-Mar-15, 11:27 PM | Nick Perry, Agence France-Presse

Sleep deprived? Naps might help your immune system 1:15 am | Shereen Lehman, Reuters Getting too little sleep is linked to poor health, but short naps might partly offset that effect, a small study suggests.

Space probe \ Space probe 'Dawn' enters orbit of dwarf planet Ceres: NASA 12:34 am | Agence France-Presse | Irene Klotz, Reuters The space probe Dawn began orbiting the dwarf planet Ceres Friday on a voyage of…

Two men lynched over alleged sex assaults in India Two men lynched over alleged sex assaults in India 11:55 pm | Agence France-Presse Indian police were Friday investigating two separate lynchings in which men were beaten to death…

Australia protests Indonesia\ Australia protests Indonesia's treatment of death row men 11:31 pm | Agence France-Presse Australia issued a formal protest to Indonesia Friday after photos emerged of a smiling senior…

46,000 Twitter accounts linked to Islamic State: study 46,000 Twitter accounts linked to Islamic State: study 10:41 pm | Agence France-Presse At least 46,000 Twitter accounts have been linked to supporters of the Islamic State in…

As more camels roam, MERS virus kills 10 more people in Saudi Arabia; death toll now 402 8:59 pm | Agence France-Presse As more camels roam, MERS virus kills 10 more people in Saudi Arabia; death toll now 402The MERS virus has killed 10 more people in Saudi Arabia over the past week, pushing the death toll above 400, as health officials broaden their campaign to halt its spread.

28,000 flee Iraqi drive to retake Tikrit - UN 1:39 pm | Jean Marc Mojon, Agence France-Presse 28,000 flee Iraqi drive to retake Tikrit - UNSome 28,000 people have fled the Tikrit area as Iraqi forces battle the Islamic State jihadist group in a massive offensive aimed at retaking the city, the UN said.

Top Syrian al Qaeda commander, 3 others killed in blast 10:25 am | Mariam Karouny, Reuters Top Syrian al Qaeda commander, 3 others killed in blastAl Qaeda's official Syrian wing, the Nusra Front, announced on Thursday the death of its top military commander, who insurgent sources said fell victim to a blast targeting a high-level militant meeting.

Saudi foreign minister urges ground war vs IS 10:14 am | Agence France-Presse Saudi foreign minister urges ground war vs ISSaudi 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.

South Korean police probe US envoy's attacker for possible links to North 9:41 am | Agence France-Presse South Korean police probe US envoy\South Korean police said Friday they were investigating any possible links the man behind a shocking knife attack on the US ambassador to Seoul may have had with North Korea.

Afghan men don burqas for women's rights, draw mixed reactions 8:31 am | Krista Mahr and Mirwais Harooni, Reuters Afghan men don burqas for women\A group of Afghan men marched through the capital, Kabul, on Thursday to draw attention to women's rights by donning head-to-toe burqas that for many people worldwide have come to symbolize the suppression of women. They drew mixed reactions in Kabul.

IS 'bulldozed' ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud, says Iraq 8:25 am | Karim Abou Merhi and Jean Marc Mojon, Agence France-Presse IS \The Islamic State group began bulldozing the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud in Iraq on Thursday, the government said, in the jihadists' latest attack on the country's historical heritage.

Mexico running out of drug cartel big fish 5:29 am | Laurent Thomet, Agence France-Presse Mexico running out of drug cartel big fishOne by one, the Mexican government is taking down the country's most notorious drug cartel capos, leaving very few recognizable names on the most wanted list.

US ambassador recovers from knife attack praised by North Korea 4:21 am | Jung Ha-Won, Agence France-Presse US ambassador recovers from knife attack praised by North KoreaThe US ambassador to South Korea, Mark Lippert, was recovering from surgery Thursday after having his face and arm slashed by a knife-wielding activist in an attack applauded by North Korean state media.

Indonesia Supreme Court 'last battleground' for Pinay on death row: DFA 3:47 am | Michaela del Callar, Philippine News Agency Indonesia Supreme Court \The decision on whether the Filipina death row convict will be executed or not now lies with Indonesia’s Supreme Court, the Department of Foreign Affairs said on Thursday.

INSIGHT | From Iraq's eastern flank, Iran-backed force advances on Tikrit 3:14 am | Thaier al-Sudani, Reuters INSIGHT | From Iraq\Wearing military fatigues and a white turban, the Shi'ite cleric gave an eve-of-battle address to Iran-backed fighters preparing to attack Islamic State militants in Tikrit, praising them for defending their faith and urging them to fight honorably.

Chinese admiral warns Japan to stay out of South China Sea 2:09 am | Philippine News Agency | Kyodo Chinese admiral warns Japan to stay out of South China SeaA top Chinese admiral on Thursday said that Japan must temper its naval ambitions and avoid criticizing China's increasing forays into international waters.