AFP World News Agenda

What's happening around the world on Thursday:


+ Police grill brothers over kidnapped US women

+ Syria opposition insists on Assad exit for deal

+ Khan recovers in hospital as Pakistan poll looms

CLEVELAND, Ohio: US investigators probe how three women kidnapped over a decade ago in separate abductions in Cleveland were held for so long without detection. Picture. Video. Graphic (US-CRIME-KIDNAP)

DAMASCUS: Syria's opposition says President Bashar al-Assad and his regime must step down before there can be any political settlement to the two-year civil war. Picture. Video. (SYRIA-CONFLICT)

ISLAMABAD: The party of Imran Khan says the former cricket hero will play a part in final campaigning for weekend elections despite suffering head and back injuries in a fall at a rally, even if it is from his hospital bed (PAKISTAN-UNREST-VOTE)


GENOA, Italy: Investigators probe a cargo ship crash in Genoa which killed at least seven people and brought down the port's control tower. Picture. Video. Graphic. (ITALY-SHIPPING-ACCIDENT)

SEOUL/WASHINGTON: South Korea's President Park Geun-Hye proposes small peace steps with North Korea including a park on the tense border but insists the communist state has to give up its nuclear weapons (NKOREA-SKOREA-US-MILITARY)

KUALA LUMPUR: Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim calls on Malaysians to join in a nationwide protest tour against what he has called huge fraud in weekend elections won by the 56-year-old ruling regime (MALAYSIA-POLITICS-VOTE)

ANKARA/ARBIL, Iraq: Kurdish rebels withdraw from Turkey into their bases in northern Iraq amid a peace drive between Ankara and the armed group. (TURKEY-KURDS-POLITICS-UNREST)

ROME: US Secretary of State John Kerry meets Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta at 1030 GMT and Foreign Minister Emma Bonino at 1430 GMT as part of a tour aimed at reviving Middle East diplomatic efforts. Picture. Video. (ITALY-US-DIPLOMACY)

LJUBLJANA: Prime Minister Alenka Bratusek unveils an action plan aimed at enabling Slovenia to avoid becoming the next eurozone member to need a bailout, reportedly involving a major privatisation programme and "crisis" taxes. Possible afternoon news conference. Picture. (SLOVENIA-EU-DEBT-FINANCE-BANKING)

CONAKRY: Rally called by the opposition to demand free and fair elections and to protest against President Alpha Conde's decision to call them for June 30. Previous protests have degenerated into violence. Picture. (GUINEA-DEMONSTRATION-POLITICS)

CAPE TOWN: South Africa's President Jacob Zuma speaks at the 23rd World Economic Forum on Africa, where more than 1,000 delegates including heads of state and industry leaders are expected at discussions on the continent's growth. From 0700 GMT. Picture. Video. (AFRICA-ECONOMY-WEF)

WASHINGTON: Britain's Prince Harry begins a seven-day US tour with a visit to an exhibit in Washington on mine clearance, a humanitarian cause championed by his late mother Princess Diana. 1500 GMT. Picture. Video (US-BRITAIN-ROYAL-HARRY)