East African nations had set Tuesday as a deadline for the two sides fighting in South Sudan to talk. Instead, the they fought heavily in the town of Bor, undermining efforts to bring more than two weeks of violence to an end.
Government officials have convinced an ethnic militia loyal to former south Sudanese Vice President Riek Machar to retreat from Bor, Rachel Nyedak Paul, the deputy information minister in Juba, told CNN on Monday.
Another deadly blast has struck the southern Russian city of Volgograd, killing at least 14 people and further highlighting Russia's security challenges as it readies to host the Winter Olympics in less than six weeks.
Five people were wounded Thursday in an explosion near Al-Azhar University in Cairo's Nasr City neighborhood, according to local media reports.
A bomb disposal team defused a second bomb, al-Masriya state TV reported.