Seven people, including the son of a Muslim Brotherhood leader, have been arrested in connection with a suicide bomb attack on a police station north of Cairo that killed 16 people last month, the interior minister said. The army-backed government listed the group as a terrorist organization after accusing it of carrying out the attack, one of the worst Egypt has faced since the army deposed Islamist Mohamed Mursi in July following protests against his rule.
Maldives President Yameen Abdul Gayoom, who is in India on his first official foreign visit after winning the elections in November, met External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid on Thursday, and is reported to have discussed ways to strengthen economic relations and enhance bilateral ties between the two nations. Earlier, Gayoom also met President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, and was accorded a ceremonial reception on the forecourt of the ornate sandstone presidential palace.
The Aam Aadmi Party won a critical trust vote in the Delhi assembly Thursday, after all eight Congress legislators extended their support. The AAP has only 28 legislators in the 70-member house, and it needed the backing of the Congress -- whose 15-year rule ended in December -- to remain in office.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Israel on Thursday in his latest bid to reenergize peace negotiations and find scarce common ground between pessimistic Israeli and Palestinian officials. His visit, the 10th to the region in under a year, aims to lay the foundations of a "framework agreement" that addresses the core issues of the decades-old conflict and open the way for an independent Palestine, according to U.S. officials. But on the question of borders, security, refugees and the status of Jerusalem, leaders from both sides have sounded far apart this week. "The Jordan Valley must be under Israeli sovereignty forever," said Israel's deputy foreign minister, referring to the border area with Jordan, from which Palestinians want a full Israeli withdrawal.