CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's crackdown on Islamists has jailed 16,000 people over the past eight months in the country's biggest round-up in nearly two decades, according to previously unreleased figures from security officials. Rights activists say reports of abuses in prisons are mounting, with prisoners describing systematic beatings and miserable conditions for dozens packed into tiny cells.
Paris on Monday resorted to drastic measures to curb soaring pollution levels by forcing all cars with number plates ending in even numbers off the road for the first time in two decades. Around 700 police officers were deployed to man 60 checkpoints around the French capital to ensure that only cars with number plates ending in odd numbers were out on the streets. The restrictions came into force across Paris and 22 surrounding areas from 5:30 am (0430 GMT). Parking will be free for vehicles with even number plates, the Paris city hall said, calling on residents to consult carpooling or car-sharing sites to work out their travel plans.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Australia has agreed to take charge of searching for the missing Malaysian airliner over a vast section of the Indian Ocean — one of two swaths the plane is believed to have entered after its last known radar contact near Malaysia.