Cyprus police Thursday told the extradition hearing of a man accused of hijacking an EgyptAir plane that Cairo had given assurances he would receive a fair trial and not face the death penalty.Full Story
Bangladesh police Thursday charged a senior opposition official with sedition for allegedly plotting against the state when he met an Israeli government adviser, an official said.Full Story
Many Syrian civilians will face starvation if Damascus and armed rebel groups do not allow greater access to humanitarian convoys carrying life-saving supplies, the U.N. envoy to the war-ravaged country said Thursday.Full Story
Up to 30 people are feared dead after a shipwreck off Libya, while some 50 migrants have been rescued from the waves, the EU's naval force said Thursday.Full Story
Muslim villagers south of Egypt's capital set ablaze Christian homes and assaulted an elderly woman paraded naked in public over rumors of an interfaith relationship, the church and officials said Thursday.Full Story
U.S.-backed Syrian fighters and Iraqi forces on Thursday pursued twin assaults against the Islamic State group, but experts warned the battles will be drawn out.Full Story
Kuwait's largest opposition group announced on Thursday an end to its four-year boycott of elections ahead of next year's polls.
The Muslim Brotherhood-linked Islamic Constitutional Movement (ICM) was among a broad alliance of Islamist, nationalist and liberal opposition groups which boycotted two general polls in 2012 and 2013 in protest against a change in electoral law.Full Story
Syria was the most dangerous place for health care workers to operate last year, ahead of other conflict zones like the Palestinian territories, and Yemen, the World Health Organization said Thursday.
For the first time, the UN health agency provided comprehensive statistics on attacks on health care facilities and other violence directed at health workers in conflict areas, covering 19 countries over the past two years.Full Story
France and Egypt will hire two private firms to help in the hunt for the black boxes from the EgyptAir plane that crashed last week on route from from Paris to Cairo, the French foreign ministry has said.Full Story
Only 800 people have been able to flee Fallujah since Iraqi forces launched a major offensive to retake the city, the United Nations said in a statement released Thursday.Full Story