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Egyptian politicians agree to elect constitutional panel

CAIRO — Egypt’s political parties on Thursday agreed on the formation of a commission tasked with drafting a new constitution, capping a row that lasted nearly three months, officials said. The agreement was struck at a meeting between representatives of the political parties, including Islamists who dominate parliament, and Egypt’s…

UN troops shot at while trying to get to Syrian massacre

Gunmen fired shots at UN monitors trying to get into a Syrian massacre after the reported massacre of dozens of inhabitants, UN leader Ban Ki-moon said Thursday. None of the monitors were injured but the UN team had to abandon until Friday attempts to get to Al-Kubeir, a UN spokesman…

Europe requires new cars to slash carbon emissions by a third

New cars sold in Europe will have to slash their carbon emissions by a third by 2020, according to leaked European Commission documents seen by the Guardian. The proposed regulation would be legally binding and the document plans for even stricter emissions targets for 2025 and 2030, which could only…

El Huffington Post opens in Spain

El Huffington Post opened in Spain on Thursday, poking fun at the government’s handling of the economic crisis in typically irreverent style for the growing news and blogging empire. Founder Arianna Huffington, who launched The Huffington Post in the United States in 2005, flew into Madrid to help prepare the…

Egypt ex-President Mubarak’s health deteriorating in prison

The health of Egypt’s ex-president Hosni Mubarak has deteriorated since his transfer to prison after he was sentenced to life in jail over the killing of protesters, the official news agency said Thursday. Mubarak was suffering from “acute depression” and hypertension since his arrival at Tora prison, south of Cairo,…

Prince William qualified to command search-and-rescue helicopter

Prince William has qualified to command a Royal Air Force search and rescue helicopter, the royal household said Thursday. “Flight Lieutenant Wales, as he is known in the military, will now command search and rescue operations in RAF Sea King helicopters,” a statement said. “Until now, Flight Lieutenant Wales has…

‘Canadian Psycho’ likely extradited by the end of June

German prosecutors said Thursday the Canadian porn star accused of the grisly killing and dismemberment of a Chinese student in Montreal last month will likely be extradited by the end of June. “We hope that he can be extradited by the end of the month,” a spokesman for the Berlin…

Data: Amazon deforestation at record low

Deforestation of the Amazon has fallen to its lowest levels since records began, according to data recently released by Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research. The boost for the environment comes a week after president Dilma Rousseff was criticised for weakening the forest protection measures widely credited for the improvement,…

Asian markets lifted by U.S. and Europe stimulus hopes

Asian markets mostly rose for a third successive day on Thursday, posting strong gains on hopes for stimulus measures in the United States and Europe as well as promises of help for Spain’s banks. The euro also held up against the yen and dollar after impressive gains in New York…

Iraq executes Saddam’s chief bodyguard and top aide

Iraq on Thursday executed Saddam Hussein’s presidential secretary and chief bodyguard Abid Hamid Mahmud, justice ministry spokesman Haidar al-Saadi said. “He was executed today,” Saadi said, adding: “The ministry of justice implemented the execution sentence against the criminal Abd Hmoud… for genocide,” referring to Mahmud by the name Iraqis call…

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