At least 80 detainees have died since last July, when the military seized power and launched a crackdown on dissidents. Former prisoners speak of overcrowding, denial of medical treatment, and mistreatment.
At the request of the United Nations, Israel and Hamas say they will cease attacks for five hours on Thursday. On Wednesday, an Israeli gunboat shelled a beach off Gaza's coast, killing four young boys.
A Sudanese official says that Meriam Ibrahim will be released from prison. She was raised a Christian by her mother but a court ruled earlier this month that she is Muslim because that was her father's faith. She was sentenced to death by hanging for renouncing Islam.