Egypt’s Supreme Election Commission says the new constitution has been approved by almost 64% of voters. Announcing the official results of the referendum, Judge Samir Abul al-Maati said the commission had investigated all the complaints of irregularities. Bethany Bell is in Cairo.
Polls have closed in Egypt in the second and final stage of a referendum on a new constitution that has divided the country. The voting ends hours after the country's vice president, Mahmoud Mekki, announced his resignation, saying that politics didn't suit his professional background as a judge. Here's Bethany Bell in Cairo.
Opposition activists in Syria say 90 people have been killed by a government air strike as they were queuing at a bakery in a rebel-held town. Many others were reportedly wounded. The attack took place in the town of Halfaya in Hama province. Jim Muir is monitoring events from Beirut.
President Obama has nominated Senator John Kerry as his next secretary of state to replace Hillary Clinton. Senator Kerry became an almost certain nominee after his rival for the job, the ambassador to the U.N., Susan Rice, withdrew from consideration last week. Ben Wright has more.
I am not convinced at all that when the bill passes the House today that it will die in the Senate. At some point, the Senate has to act. We have a bill sitting at the desk in the Senate that projects all Americans from an increase of taxes. They could take up that bill sitting at the desk, they could pass it, they could amend it and they could help move the process.
President Obama has asked his Vice President Joe Biden to come up with concrete proposals for curbing gun violence by next month, following the mass shooting at a school in Connecticut. Mr. Obama said he would use all the powers of his office to tackle the problem, but would also need the support of the American people. From Washington, Paul Adams.
The White House has said that President Obama will support the legislation to reinstate a ban on assault weapons following Friday's mass shootings at a school in the US state of Connecticut. The elementary school in Newtown where a gunman killed 20 children and six adults remains closed. From Washington, Paul Adams.
The first funerals have taken place in the small Connecticut community of New Town. The scene was one of the worst mass killings in recent US history. Those laid to rest were two six year old boys, Noah Pozner and Jack Pinto.
President Obama, here shortly due in the small Connecticut community of Newtown, the scene of one of the worst mass killings in U.S. history, he'll meet families of the victims and address a multi-faith vigil. 20 children and six adults died when a gunman stalked through a primary school, firing a semi-automatic rifle before killing himself. Jonny Dymond reports.
Police in the U.S. state of Connecticut have been speaking about the ongoing investigation into the shooting of 20 young children and 6 adults at an elementary school in Newtown Connecticut on Friday. Those killed at the school have now been identified and their next of kin informed. This report from Jonny Dymond.
In one of the worst mass killings in recent US history, a gunman has shot dead 20 children and six adults at a primary school in the northeastern state of Connecticut. A police spokesman said the gunman himself was also died and another body had been found at a location connected with him. Paul Adams reports from Washington.
The Egyptian opposition alliance has dropped its boycott of a referendum on a disputed draft constitution, but under conditions that could prove difficult to meet. It wants international monitors to oversee the vote.
Thousands of people are on the streets of Egyptian capital Cairo for rival demonstrations ahead of a referendum on Saturday. The opposition wants President Mohammed Mursi to scrap the referendum on a new constitution, his supporters say it should go ahead. Jon Leyne reports from Cairo.
The former head of the International Monetary Fund, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, and a hotel maid who accused him of attempting to rape her have reached a settlement in a civil case. The announcement end an episode that cost him his job and his hopes of becoming French president, it's not clear how much he paid, as our correspondent Laura Trevelyan reports.
Egypt's main opposition coalition, the National Salvation Front, has called for renewed mass protests on Tuesday against the draft constitution put forward by President Mohammed Mursi. It also strongly reiterated its rejection of the referendum on the draft, planned in less than a week's time. Jon Leyne in Cairo has more.
Almost 200 nations at UN climate talks in Qatar have agreed to extend until 2020 the only legally-binding agreement for combating global warming, the Kyoto Protocol. The treaty had been due to expire at the end of this month. Roger Harabin reports.
The head of Egypt's Election Committee has said that a planned vote on Saturday by Egyptians living abroad on a controversial draft constitution has been delayed. It comes as tens of thousands of protesters have again gathered near the presidential palace to demand that the referendum for all Egyptians due on Dec.15 be postponed. Sebastian Usher reports.
The Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi has appeared on national television to justify his recent decision to use force against anti-government demonstrators. Mr Morsi heavily criticised for his recent expansion of powers to rule by a decree, said a dialogue was needed to solve the crisis and he invited all major political factions to a meeting on Saturday.
More than 200 people have been injured in fighting between supporters and opponents of the Egypt's President Mohammed Morsi in Cairo. The clashes started when supporters of the president came to break up those protesting against Egypt's new draft constitution. From Cairo Jon Leyne reports.
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The United Nations is withdrawing all non-essential staff from Syria because the worsening conflict. UN Agency has been a key source of the humanitarian aid for hundreds of thousands of Syrians. Jim Muir reports.
Tens of thousands of Egyptians surrounded the presidential palace in Cairo to protest against a controversial draft constitution. The demonstration has been mainly peaceful, although there was a clash with security forces when some protesters breached a barbed wire cordon. Jon Leyne was there.
The Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has been given a hero's welcome on his return from the United Nations in New York. He was back in Ramallah after securing an enhanced recognition for Palestinians. Yolande Knell is in Ramallah.
The Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi has announced a referendum on a new draft constitution on December 15. A recent decree given Mr Morsi extensive new powers has prompted widespread protests by his opponents, who have accused him of being a dictator in the making. From here is Bethany Bell.
Israel has authorized the construction of 3,000 new homes on occupied Palestinian land a day after the United Nations General Assembly voted to revise the status of the Palestinians to that of non-member observer state. US officials have condemned the Israeli move as counterproductive. Kevin Connolly reports.
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