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Three people were killed in clashes in Egypt on Friday, security sources said, ahead of a referendum next week on a new constitution. Ousted President Mohamed Mursi's Muslim Brotherhood has called for a boycott of the January 14 and 15 referendum, which is also seen by some as a vote on army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's popularity. The referendum is the first milestone in a political transformation that Sisi has said would lead to presidential and parliamentary elections and bring stability to Egypt, which has a peace treaty with Israel and controls the Suez Canal. The White House said on Jan. 10 that President Barack Obama will discuss his decisions on how to reform U.S. surveillance practices in a speech on January 17. Obama has been studying recommendations on changes in the aftermath of revelations by former U.S. spy contractor Edward Snowden. The White House has previously said Obama would unveil his decisions before his State of the Union address at the end of the month. The United States is weighing targeted sanctions against South Sudan due to its leaders' failure to take steps to end a crisis that has brought the world's youngest nation to the brink of civil war, sources briefed on U.S. discussions told Reuters. "It's a tool that has been discussed," a source told Reuters on condition of anonymity about the possibility of U.S. sanctions against those blocking peace efforts or fueling violence in South Sudan. Another source confirmed the remarks, though both declined to provide details on the precise measures under consideration. Targeted sanctions focus on specific individuals, entities or sectors of country. Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Friday warned a belligerent opposition that her government would be forced to be tough to contain ongoing violence and restore normalcy in the country. Urging Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson Khaleda Zia to stop vandalism and killing people, Hasina said: "If you-- Khaleda--want to say something...