Ukraine Election: Voters in Ukraine are casting ballots in its first parliamentary election since the country's 2004 pro-democracy "Orange Revolution" that swept President Viktor Yushchenko to power.
The election is seen as a key test of Ukraine's commitment to democratic reforms put in place under Mr. Yushchenko, who is seeking closer ties to the West.
The president's (Our Ukraine) party has struggled in the last year following allegations of corruption, and a split in his government that led to the firing of his prime minister and former political ally, Yulia Timoshenko. Her bloc also is fielding candidates in today's (Sunday's) election.
Iraq: Iraq's Shi'ite, Sunni Arab and Kurdish leaders have held another round of talks on forming a new government, but again failed to overcome differences that have held up its formation for three months.
Iraq's political leaders held a sixth session of multi-party meetings Saturday in Baghdad.
The meeting came as a delegation of U.S. senators, led by (Arizona) Senator John McCain, met with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani and Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari. The delegation delivered a stark message that the American public was losing patience with the government stalemate and wanted results soon.
Thailand Protest: Thousands of Thai protesters have marched through Bangkok's upscale shopping district to demand Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra resign ahead of next week's elections.
At least 10 thousand demonstrators began the rally by setting off from the capital's National Stadium early today (Sunday). The protesters marched along a busy street (Sukhumvit Road) as they headed towards the city's most luxurious shopping mall (Siam Paragon), chanting slogans such as "Thaksin, get out!". Organizers hope the march will attract more Thais to join their campaign for Mr. Thaksin to quit.
Around 100 thousand anti-government protesters held a mass rally Saturday night outside Government House in Bangkok. Opposition leaders called on Thailand's king (Bhumibol Adulyadej) to intervene in the political crisis and replace Mr. Thaksin.
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