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Cairo protests

Cairo, Dec. 19 (Reuters): Opponents of Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi staged protests in Cairo today against an Islamist-backed draft Constitution that has divided Egypt but looks set to be approved in the second half of a referendum this weekend.

Several hundred protesters outside the presidential palace chanted “Revolution, revolution, for the sake of the Constitution” and called on Mursi to “Leave, leave, you coward!”.

While the protest was noisy, numbers were down on previous demonstrations.

BBC inquiry

London (Reuters): The BBC did not put pressure on its flagship news show to drop a sex expose into Jimmy Savile but staff emails published by an inquiry showed that some knew about a “darker side” to the former star.


Johannesburg (Reuters): Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s 94-year-old former President, is “looking much better” after being treated for a lung infection and gallstones, but will remain in hospital for the time being, the government said on Tuesday.

US soldier

Seattle (AP): The US army said on Wednesday it will seek the death penalty against the soldier accused of massacring 16 Afghan villagers during pre-dawn raids in March.

Greece strike

Athens (Reuters): Greek public sector workers walked off the job on Wednesday in protest at new austerity measures and layoffs demanded by foreign lenders.

DSK offence

Douai, France (Reuters): A French court on Wednesday rejected a request by former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn to drop a sex offence inquiry in which he risks standing trial on pimping charges.