An Islamist party that backed the army's ouster of President Mohamed Mursi urged Egyptians to vote in favour of a new constitution in an upcoming referendum, saying that would spare the country more turmoil. The ultraorthodox Nour Party, which came second to Mursi's Muslim Brotherhood in parliamentary elections two years ago, had one representative in the 50-member assembly that completed the draft constitution earlier this week. "The Nour Party will take part in this referendum and will take part with 'yes', out of our concern for bringing about stability and so that we spare the country more anarchy," Younes Makhyoun, the head of the party, said in a news conference. The draft constitution reflects how the balance of power has shifted since the army deposed Mursi on July 3 following mass protests against his rule.
Nigeria's Abuja airport has been closed since Wednesday night after a Saudi Arabian cargo plane veered off the runway, the aviation ministry said on Thursday. The plane ran off the runway late on Wednesday but no one was hurt, ministry spokesman Joe Obi said, without naming the airline that operated the plane. "The operation to remove the plane to a safe distance from the runway is under way.