Ukraine's parliament has overwhelmingly passed a series of bills that make change in the constitution and election law in a move aimed at resolving an election crisis. A total of 402 lawmakers in the 450-seat parliament voted today to approve the measures. Changes in the election law are aimed at preventing the fraud prevalent in last month's presidential run-off. A rerun of that election is scheduled for December 26th.
A published report cites U.S. intelligence officials as saying insurgents in Iraq are receiving more direction from Iraqis now living in Syria than earlier believed. Today's Washington Post quotes unnamed officials saying former Saddam Hussein loyalists who have found sanctuary in Syria are collecting money from private sources in Saudi Arabia and Europe to help the insurgency. U.S. officials say Washington has begun to press Damascus to arrest or expel certain Iraqis.
Lao Prime minister Bounnyang Vorachit has held talks in Rangoon with senior members of Burma's military government. Burmese state-run media report Mr. Bounnyang met with his Burmese counterpart, General Soe Win, as well as Burma's military leader, Senior General Than Shwe. Details of today's talks were not released. The Lao prime minister arrived in Burma Tuesday at the invitition of General Soe Win.
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