ISLAMABAD -- A Pakistani judicial official on Thursday overturned the conviction of a Pakistani doctor who helped the CIA while it was searching for Osama bin Laden, and ordered a retrial.
The official, Sahibzada Muhammad Anis, who presided over an appellate court hearing the case, ruled that the tribal judge who convicted the doctor, Shakil Afridi, exceeded his authority when he sentenced him to 33 years in prison in May 2012.
Mr. Afridi's lawyer, Samiullah Afridi, told reporters gathered outside Mr. Anis' office in Peshawar, that the court had agreed to a fresh trial under the auspices of the political agent of Khyber, the most senior government official in Shakil Afridi's home district.
Officials said Shakil Afridi would not be released before the retrial concluded.
Egypt bets on Gulf allies
CAIRO -- Egypt is betting on aid from its oil-rich Persian Gulf neighbors to spur its ailing economy, ending a two-year pursuit of an International Monetary Fund loan it had touted as vital to regaining investor confidence.
The government announced Wednesday approval of a 22.3 billion Egyptian-pound ($3.2 billion) stimulus package after securing $12 billion in aid pledges from the Gulf last month.
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait rushed to aid Egypt following the military's ouster of the former President Mohammed Morsi July 3.
Kenyan bus crash kills 41
NAIROBI, Kenya -- A passenger bus in Kenya crashed through a barrier at a sharp curve Thursday, flipping over, tearing off the roof and killing 41 people, according to the Kenya Red Cross.
Thursday's bus accident was only the latest in a series of fatal crashes -- including a school bus accident last month that killed 20 people and a bus crash in February that killed at least 35 people -- underscoring the serious issue of traffic safety in Kenya.
Fighting in Congo spreads
KINSHASA, Congo -- Fighting from the war in eastern Congo that pits U.N. and Congolese forces against rebels spilled over into Rwanda on Thursday when 10 shells landed in a Rwandan border town and a nearby village, killing at least one person, authorities said.
Rwanda, which the U.N. accuses of backing the rebels in the neighboring nation of Congo, blamed the Congolese military for the shelling of its territory, saying it was done with the intention of dragging them into the conflict.
But in New York, the United Nations said the firing originated from M23 rebel positions from Aug. 22-29.
India captures militant
MEERUT, India -- A militant who topped India's most-wanted list and helped found one of the nation's most infamous homegrown insurgent groups was apprehended Wednesday on the border with Nepal, police said Thursday.
Yasin Bhatkal, 30, mastermind and a co-founder of the Indian Mujahideen, is wanted in connection with more than 40 bombings over the last decade.
Japan tests fastest train
TOKYO -- Japan resumed trial runs Thursday for the world's fastest magnetic-levitation train that will complement the Shinkansen bullet-train network when ready in 2027.
Central Japan Railway Co. plans to begin work on the 5.1 trillion yen ($52 billion) maglev line between Tokyo and Nagoya as early as April.