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Egypt assembly convenes to vote on constitution

CAIRO (Reuters) - The assembly writing Egypt's new constitution convened on Thursday to start voting on the final draft, a move the Muslim Brotherhood hopes will help end a crisis ignited by a decree expanding President Mohamed Mursi's powers.

Dewan Rakyat adjourns sine die (Updated)

KUALA LUMPUR: The third meeting of the fifth session of the 12th Dewan Rakyat ended Thursday on a sweet note after Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia adjourned the sitting with a touching speech.

Australia's Gillard survives tough year, but polls defeat looms

CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia's Prime Minister Julia Gillard heads into an election year with her leadership bruised over a union scandal dating back 20 years and with her government struggling to gain voter support after a brutal political year that ended on Thursday.

Sri Lanka parliament speaker rebuffs Supreme Court summons

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's parliament speaker on Thursday rejected a supreme court summons to a parliamentary panel looking into a move to impeach the chief justice, deepening a crisis that has raised concern about the independence of the country's judiciary.

Egypt assembly convenes to vote on constitution

CAIRO (Reuters) - The assembly writing Egypt's new constitution convened on Thursday to start voting on the final draft, a move the Muslim Brotherhood hopes will help end a crisis ignited by a decree expanding President Mohamed Mursi's powers.

Mursi hopes Egypt constitution vote will ease crisis

CAIRO (Reuters) - An assembly charged with writing Egypt's new constitution began voting on its final draft on Thursday, a process President Mohamed Mursi hopes will help to end a crisis which erupted when the Islamist gave himself sweeping new powers.

Opposition cries foul as Egypt constitution vote proceeds

CAIRO (Reuters) - Mohamed Mursi's Muslim Brotherhood has begun pushing through a new constitution that will transform Egypt, hoping it will end a crisis which erupted when the Islamist president gave himself sweeping new powers last week.

Mursi pins hopes on Egypt constitution vote

CAIRO (Reuters) - An assembly charged with writing Egypt's new constitution began voting on its final draft on Thursday, a process President Mohamed Mursi hopes will help to end a crisis which erupted when the Islamist gave himself sweeping new powers.

Sri Lanka parliament speaker rebuffs Supreme Court summons

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's parliament speaker on Thursday rejected a supreme court summons to a parliamentary panel looking into a move to impeach the chief justice, deepening a crisis that has raised concern about the independence of the country's judiciary.

Mursi to speak as Egypt's Islamists seek way out of crisis

CAIRO (Reuters) - The body drafting Egypt's new constitution will start voting on a final draft on Thursday, a move President Mohamed Mursi's allies in the Muslim Brotherhood hope will help end a crisis prompted by a decree expanding his powers.