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3/27/2006 World News: Pro-Russian Opposition Leads in Ukraine Parliament Vote


Ukraine Election: Early official results of Ukraine's parliamentary election show opposition leader Viktor Yanukovych's pro-Russian party holding a slight lead.
A liberal bloc led by former Prime Minister Yulia Timoshenko trails Yanukovich by a narrow margin, however. The partial vote count indicates President Viktor Yushchenko's party is well back in third place.
None of the three blocs is expected to gain a majority of the 450 seats in Parliament. Yanukovich is trying to form a coalition led by his (Regions) Party, but the VOA correspondent in Kiev says President Yushchenko's bloc is trying to form an alliance with the liberals led by Timoshenko as prime minister.

Iraq: Iraqi officials say a suicide bomber blew himself up today (Monday) at a joint U.S.-Iraqi base in northwest Iraq, killing at least 30 people.
Iraq's Interior Ministry says the attack occurred at an army recruiting center near the town of Tal Afar. Officials say the attack appeared to target recruits.
Earlier today, the U.S. military in Iraq said Iraqi special operations forces killed 16 insurgents during a raid Sunday by U.S. and Iraqi forces in northeast Baghdad. Aides to radical Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr describe the operation as an attack by U.S. troops on a mosque that killed more than 20 worshippers.

Palestinian Pol: The Palestinian militant group Hamas is set to submit its Cabinet to parliament today (Monday).
Prime Minister-designate Ismail Haniyeh will ask parliament to vote in favor of his Cabinet and government agenda.
Palestinian legislators are expected to hold a vote of confidence on the Hamas Cabinet and government program later in the week. Approval is seen as a formality because of the majority Hamas holds in the legislature.

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