Here’s a brief look at some of the top news stories around the world for April 7, 2015.
Power outages sweep across Washington D.C.
Buildings including the White House and the State Department have been affected by power outages across a wide area of downtown Washington D.C. and Maryland. People had to be evacuated from Smithsonian museums, and Metro stations are operating on backup lighting.
[Read more from NBC Washington]
Rand Paul announces Presidential run
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is the latest to announce he intends to run for the Republican ticket in next year's Presidential election, with the libertarian politician promising "restrained government, maximized freedom."
[Read more from CNN]
American Pie lyrics sell for $1.2M
The original manuscript to Don McLean's seminal hit "American Pie" has sold for $1.2 million in auction at Christie's in New York. The 16-page draft is believed to reveal the full meaning behind the song's lyrics.
[Read more from the BBC]