World briefs: Constitution gets Egypt OK

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CAIRO -- Almost everyone who cast ballots supported Egypt's new constitution in last week's referendum, results announced Saturday show, but a boycott by Islamists and low youth turnout suggest the country is still dangerously divided.

Nearly 20 million voters backed the new constitution, almost double the number of those who voted for one drafted in 2012 under the government of toppled Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. Only a narrow sliver of voters -- 1.9 percent -- voted against the charter after a massive government-sponsored campaign supporting it and the arrest of activists campaigning against it.

The outcome is seen as key to legitimizing Egypt's military-backed interim government, and the political plan put in place since Mr. Morsi's ouster in July.

Key South Sudan victory

NAIROBI, Kenya -- The government of South Sudan said Saturday that it had won a significant military victory, recapturing the strategic town of Bor from rebel forces.

Bor, the capital of Jonglei state, has been the scene of some of the fiercest fighting in the monthlong conflict, trading hands between rebel and government forces several times.

Troops from the Uganda People's Defense Force played an important role in the offensive in Bor, according to an army spokesman.

U.N. nuclear team arrives

TEHRAN, Iran -- United Nations nuclear inspectors arrived Saturday as part of a joint interim accord that would see Iran reduce its uranium enrichment in return for an easing of some Western sanctions, the Fars news agency reported.

Reza Najafi, Iran's ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency, said the team will supervise the suspension of 20 percent-enriched uranium at the country's Fordo and Natanz nuclear enrichment sites, according to Fars.

Bombings target Baghdad

BAGHDAD -- Violence across Iraq, including a series of car bombings and fighting between militants and government troops over control of the country's contested Anbar province, killed at least 30 people Saturday, officials said.

The bombings struck neighborhoods around the capital, Baghdad. A car bomb exploded near a restaurant in the western neighborhood of Mansour, killing four people and wounding 12, police said. Another exploded near a bus station in eastern Baghdad, killing four people and wounding six, authorities said.

In northern Baghdad, a car bomb blast near a hospital killed four people and wounded eight, police said.

Iranian envoy assassinated

SANAA, Yemen -- Gunmen killed an Iranian diplomat in a drive-by shooting in Yemen's capital Saturday, security and medical officials said, the latest attack on Iran's diplomatic corps in the Middle East in recent months.

Iranian state television announced that Ali Asghar Asadi, Iran's economic attache in Sanaa, was "martyred." The broadcast said Mr. Asadi was attacked while driving and suffered four gunshot wounds to the chest and stomach. It did not elaborate.

Stampede kills mourners

MUMBAI, India -- At least 18 people were killed and 46 were injured in a stampede in an exclusive Mumbai enclave early Saturday morning as mourners paid their respects to a spiritual leader who died Friday.

Hundreds of people were packed into the narrow lanes near the house of Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin, a leader of the Dawoodi Bohra community, in hopes of getting a last glimpse of his body.


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