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5 U.N. peacekeepers wounded in bombing
BEIRUT — A roadside bomb blew up next to a U.N. convoy carrying French peacekeepers in south Lebanon on Tuesday, wounding five of them in the second such attack in a month, a Lebanese security official said.
The bomb went off at the southern entrance of the port city of Sidon as a U.N. convoy with several vehicles was driving past.
It was not immediately clear who was behind the attack. But political tensions are rising in Lebanon over a U.N.-backed tribunal’s indictment last month of four Hezbollah members in the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri.
Insurgents of the Islamic State of Iraq - an umbrella group for Sunni militants - have funded their operations in the past by robbing jewelry stores, banks and offices where the government pays out monthly salaries.
But the group has seen its main source of money, funding from abroad, dry up, leaving the group strapped for cash.
Women demand rights in new constitution
CAIRO — Fifteen Egyptian groups called for women’s rights to be guaranteed in the new constitution on Tuesday, after a popular uprising that toppled the Mubarak regime paved the way for a new charter.
“We are not proposing a new constitution, but we want women’s rights to be included,” said Amina ElBendary, a professor at the American University in Cairo and one of the signatories on a statement demanding equal rights.
The statement comes as Egyptians await a new constitution, after the previous one was suspended by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, which took power when President Hosni Mubarak was ousted in February.
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