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12/04/05 World News: Kazakhstan Voters Cast Ballots for President


Kazakhstan's voters are casting ballots in the third presidential election since the country gained independence in 1991.
Despite allegations of campaign fraud and corruption, polls indicate that President Nursultan Nazarbayev is expected to win a third seven-year term in a race against four challengers.
Analysts expect he could secure up to 70 percent of the votes by the time polls close late this (Sunday) evening.

The U.S. military in Iraq says a videotape claiming to show

a roadside bomb attack that killed at least 10 U.S. Marines

that killed at least 10 U.S.

near Fallujah (three days ago) is false "disinformation."
A U.S. statement today (Sunday) says circumstances of the attack on Thursday do not match those shown on the video.
Arabic broadcaster al-Jazeera, which broadcast the video (Saturday), said it came from the insurgent group "Islamic Army in Iraq." The pictures showed a large explosion engulfing a U.S. military vehicle flanked by troops on foot patrol.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has named a new oil minister, making another attempt to win parliamentary approval of his choice for the important position.
The president is proposing former Deputy Oil Minister Kazem Vaziri-Hamaneh for what is seen as the top job in Iran's Cabinet. Mr. Ahmedinejad named his choice at a session of Parliament today (Sunday) broadcast live on state television.

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