{FD} The Latest: Egypt protests UNESCO chief vote Qatari leads

The Latest on the election of a new director for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, known as UNESCO (all times local): 4:25 p.m. Egypt's foreign ministry says it is demanding an inquiry into alleged "violations" during the elections for the top position at the U.N.'s cultural agency.

{FD} Turkey’s relationship with the West crumbles amid new jail sentence for American journalist

A Wall Street Journal reporter’s sentencing by a Turkish court this week, to two years behind bars by “spreading terrorist propaganda,” marks the latest in the government’s escalating hostility not only with the press, but with any figure tied to the West.

{FD} UN chief says donors kept famine at bay _ but aid needed

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says donors responded quickly to his warning in February that some 20 million people were at severe risk of famine in South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and northeast Nigeria, but while "famine has been kept at bay" the need for humanitarian aid is increasing.

{FD} World Cup bribery case opened against PSG president, Valcke

The Qatari president of one of Europe's most glamorous soccer clubs, Paris Saint-Germain, is under investigation by Swiss prosecutors for suspected bribery of a top FIFA executive to get World Cup broadcasting rights.

{FD} UAE stops issuing visas for North Korean laborers

The United Arab Emirates says it will stop issuing new visas to North Korean laborers, becoming the latest Gulf country to cut back on ties to Pyongyang amid tensions between North Korea and the U.S. The announcement by the UAE Foreign Ministry on Thursday night did not address the thousands of North Korean laborers already working in the Emirates.

{FD} The Latest: 3 Syrian rebel groups agree to Damascus truce

The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local): 4:10 p.m. Egypt's state media and a representative of a Syrian rebel group are saying that three Syrian opposition factions have reached a cease-fire deal for a southern part of Damascus that has been the scene of recent violence.

{FD} The Latest: Hamas, Fatah sign reconciliation deal in Cairo

The Latest on the reconciliation deal reached by rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah in Cairo-hosted negotiations (all times local): 2 p.m. Palestinian negotiators from rival Hamas and Fatah factions have signed a reconciliation deal at a short ceremony in Cairo.