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Cyprus Police Cite Egypt Assurances over Hijacker Extradition

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.

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Bangladesh Tycoon Charged after Israeli Meeting

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.

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U.N. Envoy Says Syrians Risk 'Starving' if Aid Access Doesn't Improve

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.

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Up to 30 Dead in Shipwreck Off Libya

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.

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Muslim Villagers Attack Christian Homes in Egypt over 'Love 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.

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Twin Offensives on IS Edge Forward in Syria, Iraq

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.

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Kuwait's Main Opposition Group Ends Polls Boycott

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.

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WHO: Syria the World Most Dangerous Place for Health Workers

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.

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France : Private Firms to Hunt for Egyptair Black Boxes

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.

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U.N.: Dire Conditions for Civilians Trapped in Iraq's Fallujah

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.

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