Egypt's interim leadership laid out a fast-track timetable to elect a new president and parliament by early next year, in a move that is almost certain to deepen the anger of ousted President Mohammed Morsi's supporters, but could ease Western concerns about the future of democracy in the key Arab nation. Under the plan put forward by the interim president, two panels would be appointed to make amendments to the Islamist-backed constitution passed under Morsi's government.
A senior member of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, Essam el-Erian,has rejected the timetable announced by the country's interim president for amending the country's constitution and setting new presidential elections.
A car bomb exploded in a Beirut stronghold district of the Lebanese Hezbollah militant group that has been fighting in Syria's civil war, wounding at least 38 people, a hospital official told Reuters. Reports that one employee had been killed in the parking lot where the explosion occurred in Beirut's southern suburbs, could not be confirmed by hospital officials.