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Nepal prepares for an election that will decide the new Constituent Assembly, tasked with rewriting the constitution. The fate of the monarchy is also at stake.

Polls opened Thursday morning for Nepal’s 17.6 million voters to choose a special assembly that will rewrite the Constitution and govern the nation in the meantime.

Suicide bomber

A suicide car bomber attacks a NATO convoy in Kandahar, resulting in the death of eight citizens.

European Parliament

The European Parliament passes a resolution in favor of a boycott of the opening ceremonies of the Beijing Olympiad.

The Olympic torch arrives in Argentina with organisers desperate to avoid repeat of San Francisco debacle.

Frontier Airlines

Frontier Airlines files for bankruptcy protection.

Anders Lago

Mayor Anders Lago of Södertälje, Sweden, says that his small city of about 80,000 is currently home to nearly 6,000 Iraqis. "More refugees than the United States and Canada together".