Middle East

Police officers killed in Egypt checkpoint attack

Authorities say at least eight dead in Naqb, about 70km from Kharga city, in New Valley province in the Western Desert.

Middle East

Syrian rebel groups agree to attend Astana meeting

Delegation of opposition factions to attend peace talks but others, including Ahrar al-Sham, plan to stay away.

Europe

Refugees in Serbia fear deportation

Hundreds living in poor conditions refuse to go into official camps amid deportations from European countries.

Politics

N Ireland to hold snap vote after government collapse

Early election to be be held on March 2 following the collapse of the region's power-sharing government.

Nigeria

Suicide bomb blast rips through Nigerian university

At least four killed and 15 wounded when a suicide bomber believed to be a teenage girl detonated herself in Maiduguri.

Poverty & Development

Oxfam: Eight men are as rich as half the world

"Obscene" for so much wealth to be in hands of so few, says charity director Winnie Byanyima.

Middle East

Palestinian teen killed by Israeli army during clashes

Violence erupts after a raid by Israeli security forces in a village south of Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank.

Middle East

Egypt court rejects islands transfer to Saudi Arabia

In final verdict, Egyptian court rules against government agreement to hand over Tiran and Sanafir to Saudi Arabia.

Middle East

Roadside blast targets police in Turkey's Diyarbakir

Explosion targets armoured vehicle carrying riot police in Kurdish-majority province, killing at least four officers.

Asia

Turkish cargo jet crash kills 37 in Kyrgyzstan

Plane attempting to land at Kyrgyzstan's main airport in thick fog crashed in populated area, authorities say.

Bangladesh

Bangladesh sentences 26 to death over 2014 murders

Three senior officers from elite security forces among those to be hanged over crimes in Narayanganj, court decides.

Middle East

Bahrain city hall set on fire after executions

Protests erupt after the firing squad execution of three Shia men accused of 2014 deadly bombing.