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EGYPT: What Mubarak knew

An Egyptian fact-finding mission determined that Hosni Mubarak watched the uprising against him unfold through a live TV feed at his palace, contrary to his later denial of knowing the extent of the protests and the crackdown against them, a member of the mission said Wednesday. The findings increase pressure for a retrial of the ousted president, already serving a life sentence for the deaths of 900 protesters. The report could hold both political gains and dangers for his successor, Mohammed Morsi. A new prosecution of Mubarak would be popular; many Egyptians were angered that he was convicted only for failing to stop the killing of protesters, and not for ordering the crackdown. But the report also implicates the military and security officials in protester deaths.


INDIA: Lawmakers face suspension

Lawmakers facing sexual assault charges against women could be suspended from office if India's top court supports a petition submitted following a gang-rape and murder that shocked the country. Six state lawmakers are facing rape prosecutions and two national parliamentarians face charges of crimes against women short of rape, said Jagdeep S. Chhokar of the Association for Democratic Reforms, which tracks political candidates' criminal records. The petition will be heard Thursday as police prepared to formally charge six suspects in the gang-rape and killing of a student in the capital two weeks ago.


CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC: Show of force against rebels

More than 30 truckloads of troops from Chad lined the two-lane highway just outside Damara, supporting government forces who want to block a new rebel coalition from reaching the capital. In a display of force, the turbaned fighters hold their rocket-propelled grenades and other weapons they threaten to use if the rebels seeking to oust President François Bozizé push this far south. The UN called for talks with the rebels. The Security Council scheduled closed consultations on the crisis Thursday afternoon.

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