By Yusri Mohamed ISMAILIA, Egypt (Reuters) - Egypt’s military killed 35 Islamist militants in North Sinai on Thursday, security sources said, a day after the deadliest clashes in the region in years. Sinai-based insurgents, affiliates of Islamic State, have stepped up attacks on soldiers and police since then-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi toppled Islamist President Mohamed Mursi in 2013 exactly two years ago after mass protests against his rule. Sisi, now Egypt's elected president, says the pro-Islamic State group Sinai Province, and other militant factions, pose an existential threat to Egypt, other Arab states and the West.
A Mauritian court sentenced a former technology minister who is the premier's son to 12 months in prison on Thursday for conflict of interest under the state's anti-corruption act. Pravind Jugnauth, 53, the son of Prime Minister Anerood Jugnauth, said he would appeal against his conviction. He resigned his minister's post on Wednesday, when he was found guilty. He was accused of taking part, when finance minister, in a decision to reallocate Ministry of Health funds to acquire a private hospital, Medpoint, in which his sister had stakes.
Asian markets mostly retreated Friday ahead of the weekend's Greek referendum that could decide its eurozone future, while Shanghai plunged more than seven percent, at the end of a torrid week for mainland investors. Seoul dropped 0.14 percent, or 2.92 points, to end at 2,104.41 and Sydney dropped 61.5 points, or 1.1 percent, to 5,538.3, while in late trade Hong Kong was 0.50 percent lower.