A private polling group says Indonesia's former security minister Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is set to win a landslide victory over incumbent Megawati Sukarnoputri in today's (Monday's) presidential election.
The Washington-based National Democratic Institute (the international arm of the U.S. Democratic Party) says Mr. Yudhoyono is expected to win 62 percent of the votes, with 38 percent going to Ms. Megawati. The group says the prediction is based on a sampling of ballots across Indonesia.
Chinese President Hu Jintao has consolidated his position at the top of China's hierarchy by assuming authority over the country's armed forces, in addition to his political posts. China's Communist Party Central Committee accepted the resignation of former President Jiang Zemin as military chief during its meeting Sunday
United Nations nuclear inspectors have begun a week-long investigation into South Korea's past nuclear experiments. Five inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency are visiting the Korean Atomic Energy Research Institute, the nation's main nuclear research center, located in Daejeon, about 160 kilometers south of Seoul.
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