The Chinese city of Harbin is preparing to restore running water for nearly four-million people following a five-day shutdown caused by toxic pollution from a chemical plant explosion.
Officials say an 80-kilometer-long chemical slick in the Songhua River has finally passed the city.
Environmental officials say tests indicate the water now meets national safety standards.
Water service is scheduled to resume at 11 p.m. local time (1500 UTC) today (Sunday).
Russia's troubled southern republic of Chechnya is holding its first local parliamentary election since Moscow regained control of the region from separatists in 1999.
Voters today (Sunday) are choosing among 350 candidates to fill 58 seats in the local assembly.
Thousands of Russian security forces are
on hand to maintain order, but international
human rights groups say the republic is still
too violent to hold a free and fair election.
Egypt's opposition Muslim Brotherhood says it has won more seats in the nation's month-long parliamentary elections.
A Brotherhood spokesman (Issam al-Aryan) said today (Sunday) unofficial results from Saturday's second phase runoffs gave his movement 28 more seats, adding to the 47 won in previous rounds of voting. Official results have yet to be released.
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