A summary of what you need to know today, compiled by The Globe’s news desk on March 25, 2013.
Amanda Knox awaits Italian verdict
American Amanda Knox, who was previously acquitted in the murder of her British roommate in Italy, was “very anxious” as Italy’s top criminal court heard arguments today from prosecutors appealing the case, according to her lawyer, The Associated Press reports.
Pandas get star welcome in Toronto
Prime Minister Stephen Harper and other Canadian dignitaries will give a red-carpet greeting to two giant pandas arriving today from China, The Globe’s Jane Taber and Elizabeth Church report. The Chinese government is lending the bears to Canada for 10 years, which is considered a rare coup given that there hasn’t been a panda visit to this country in nearly 25 years.
Last-minute banking deal in Cyprus
In a last-ditch agreement, leaders in Cyprus reached a bailout deal today with international lenders to shut down its second-largest bank and inflict heavy losses on uninsured depositors in return for a $13-billion bailout, Reuters reports. The agreement, which slaps depositors holding more than €100,000 with a substantial levy, was endorsed by euro-zone finance minsters.
For more background on the crisis, read this take by The Globe’s Eric Reguly.
Syrian rebel leader wounded in attack
A top Syrian rebel military leader was wounded and may have been killed by a bomb stuck to his car, according to activists, The Associated Press reports. The blast targeted Colonel Riad al-Asaad, a prominent defector from the Syrian military who became head of the Free Syrian Army.
Newfoundland government delivers throne speech
The Newfoundland government of Premier Kathy Dunderdale is delivering its speech from the throne today. The address comes a day ahead of the provincial budget, which is expected to focus on forecast deficits totalling almost $4-billion over the next three years, The Canadian Press reports.