World Bulletin / News Desk
Egypt's President Mohamed Mursi pardoned on Monday all political prisoners detained since the start of protests that toppled Hosni Mubarak last year.
The pardon covers citizens facing trial and those serving jail sentences except for those convicted of murder, the presidential spokesman said, but did not give a specific number for the pardoned prisoners.
Activists have said that thousands of civilians ended up in army courts in the security vacuum that followed the fall of Mubarak in 2011. The campaign group No to Military Trials had said at least 5,000 political prisoners were still in jail.
Many of those jailed were arrested in the protests that erupted during the 18 months an interim military government was in charge in Egypt under the leadership of Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi. Some prisoners have even been tried since Mursi took office in June.
Palestinian Football Association President Jibril Rajoub has defended his decision to abandon the bid to suspend Israel saying that he has not "suspended the resistance".
A second batch of live anthrax was sent by the US military
The Italian parliament has released the name of a candidate representing southern Italy's cocaine heartland, and is also a candidate for PM Renzi's party.
The US formally removed Cuba from "state sponsored terrorism" list.
Nigerian Finance Minister Akinwumi Adesina became president of the institution on Friday
More than 200 Eritrean refugees have been turned back by border police in the Italian Alps.
Protests have continued in Burundi against the Presidents third bid for Presidency
An ultra orthodox sect in Britain have banned women from driving. Children, whose mothers drive them to their religious school will also be refused entry to the school.
Nigeria's new President has vowed to fight Boko Haram and corruption.
Clashes have caused more than 60,000 to flee the fighting in Mali with escalating violence threatening to derail peace efforts.
The Kyrgyzstan government has banned all unauthorized sermons in certain regions.
The EU and US have pressured Serbia to withrdraw from the Russian-Turkish South Stream project.
Unable to sort their differences, Morocco has begun building a 100km fence on the border with Algeria.
The head of the Council of Europe Thorbjorn Jagland asks Egypt's supreme religious official not to approve over 100 death sentences
Belgium will probe claims of widespread espionage by Germany, which is accused of helping the US spy on Berlin's closest allies in Europe.
The United States will be sending military trainers to Nigeria to help the fight against Boko Haram.