Egyptians have begun voting in a referendum that could grant the country's authoritarian leader, Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi, another term in office, with more power over the judiciary. The move is heavily criticized by international human rights groups.
Vladimir Putin said parliament should be granted more powers, including the ability to select the prime minister. The Russian president's term will end in 2024, with the constitution currently requiring him to step down.
The three countries have agreed the filling of the Nile dam should start in the wet season and proceed in stages. But they have delayed making a final agreement until later in January.
In Wednesday's state of the nation address, Russian President Putin announced far-reaching constitutional reforms. They could help him remain in power after his second presidential term ends, says Roman Goncharenko.
South Africa is facing severe electricity crisis, causing power cuts and mine closures. President Cyril Ramaphosa has had to cut short his official visit to Egypt and come home to deal with the problem.
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