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Egypt charter

Cairo, Nov. 28 (Reuters): The Assembly writing Egypt’s Constitution said it could wrap up a final draft by tomorrow, a move the Muslim Brotherhood sees as a way out of a crisis over a decree by President Mohamed Mursi that protesters say gives him dictatorial powers.

But as Mursi’s opponents staged a sixth day of protests in Tahrir Square, critics said the Islamist-dominated Assembly’s bid to finish the Constitution quickly could make matters worse. Two persons have been killed in protests set off by Mursi’s decree.

Syria deaths

Beirut (Reuters): Two car bombs killed at least 34 people in a district of Damascus loyal to President Bashar al-Assad on Wednesday in the deadliest attack on the Syrian capital in months.

Fire arrests

Dhaka (Reuters): Three supervisors of a Bangladeshi garments factory were arrested on Wednesday. Dhaka police said the three men would be investigated for suspected negligence.

Saudi king

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (Reuters): Saudi King Abdullah has appeared on state television on Wednesday for the first time since his 11-hour operation to tighten a back ligament on November 17.

Iran nuclear

Dubai (Reuters): Iran will go on refining uranium “with intensity” and the number of enrichment centrifuges it has operating will rise substantially in the current year, the country’s nuclear energy chief said on Wednesday.

Wheat genes

London (Reuters): Scientists from Britain, Germany and the US have unlocked key components of the genetic code for wheat, helping to create varieties that are more productive and better able to cope with disease, drought and other crop stresses.