Political leaders have approved a draft constitution as Somalia undergoes several political transitions over the next two months. There also will be a new parliament and the election of a new president by the lawmakers -- steps that must take place before Aug. 20. The president, prime minister and four other leaders signed the draft constitution at a meeting in Nairobi, Kenya. The constitution is provisional until Somali citizens vote on it.
Global leaders at the three-day U.N. Conference on Sustainable Development approved a plan to bring clean water, sanitation and energy to the world's poor without further degrading the planet. The agreement was widely criticized for its watered-down ambitions, but U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called the $513 billion in commitments "a significant legacy of this conference -- billions of dollars' worth of actions and investments that will have the power to transform lives across the globe."
Paraguay's Senate voted to remove President Fernando Lugo from office, plunging the country into a political crisis. Legislators quickly swore in the vice president, Federico Franco, a medical doctor and a former supporter of Lugo, as Paraguay's new leader. Lugo's abrupt removal points to a new phase of political instability in Paraguay, a renowned hub for the trafficking of contraband and drugs. On Thursday, Paraguay's lower house voted to impeach Lugo over a clash this month between squatters and the police that left 17 dead.
Abortion will still be legal in Mississippi next month. But women who live there probably won't be able to get one. Beginning July 1, all abortion-clinic doctors must have admitting privileges at a local hospital under a law passed by the GOP-led Legislature and signed by Republican Gov. Phil Bryant. At the Jackson Women's Health Organization, the state's sole remaining clinic providing elective abortions, none of the three physicians who perform the procedure has been granted those privileges.