Egypt

Wreckage has heat damage

Egyptian investigators said Wednesday that wreckage from the EgyptAir flight that crashed in May shows “signs of damage because of high temperature” and that a flight data recorder indicates there was smoke on board. The flight from Paris to Cairo crashed into the Mediterranean on May 19 for reasons that remain unknown. The pilots made no distress call, and no militant group has claimed to have brought down the plane. The Egyptian investigating committee said in a statement that a recovered flight data recorder, one of the plane’s black boxes, showed that there was smoke in the lavatory and onboard equipment.

UNITED NATIONS

Darfur mission extended

The U.N. Security Council has voted to extend its peacekeeping mission in Darfur for a year. The Darfur region has been gripped by bloodshed since 2003 when rebels took up arms against Sudan’s government in the capital Khartoum, accusing it of discrimination and neglect, a charge the government denies. The Security Council voted unanimously Wednesday to approve the British-penned resolution. It maintains the same troop levels at 15,845 soldiers and 1,583 police.

Haiti

No deal on next president

Haiti’s fragmented Parliament failed again Wednesday to decide what to do about the caretaker president whose term has expired but remains in office in the absence of a vote resolving the latest leadership disorder. A joint National Assembly session adjourned after grandstanding speeches, arguments over agenda items and breaks for closed-door negotiations went on for hours. No vote was taken. For two weeks, Haiti’s senators and deputies have avoided a vote on whether to extend the mandate of acting President Jocelerme Privert or pave the way for another leader.

England

Giant diamond fails to sell

Turns out the largest diamond discovered in over a century may not be worth all that much. The tennis ball-sized Lesedi la Rona failed to find a buyer Tuesday, a disappointing result for a stone that had been described as “the find of a lifetime” by David Bennett, chairman of Sotheby’s jewelry division. The diamond was unearthed in November in Botswana. It measured 1,109 carats. A spokeswoman said bidding reached $61 million — below the more than $70 million for which Sotheby’s had hoped.

Compiled from wire reports