Kiev and pro-Kremlin insurgents on Friday discussed arranging new talks after 24 people died in a wave of east Ukrainian violence that forced Europe to extend targeted sanctions against Russia. The meeting in the Belarussian capital Minsk comes with clashes in a war that has killed 5,100 people peaking after a month-long lull that instilled hopes of peace returning to the lands on European Union's eastern frontier. Rebel leaders last week pulled out of all peace talks and announced a new offensive that was followed by a rocket assault on the strategic port of Mariupol in which 31 civilians died. Local officials and the Kiev military said 19 civilians and five Ukrainian soldiers died in the latest wave of clashes across the separatist Lugansk and Donetsk regions since Thursday afternoon.
EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) — Egyptian officials on Friday raised the death toll to 32 from coordinated and simultaneous attacks that struck more than a dozen army and police targets in the restive Sinai Peninsula the previous night.