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Chaos Erupts in Haiti After Election

Haitians voted Sunday in the most important elections in years in the earthquake and cholera-ravaged country.

Within hours of the election's start, chaos and confusion erupted at the polling places and protesters took to the streets around the Caribbean nation. Officials say two deaths have been reported.

Twelve of the 19 presidential candidates collectively denounced outgoing President Rene Preval, accusing him of devising a conspiracy to hand the presidency to his party's candidate, Jude Celestin. The candidates say they want the election canceled.

Bemba Supporters Say War Crimes Trial is Political

Supporters of former Congolese rebel leader and former vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba say his war crimes trial is politically motivated. He faces two counts of crimes against humanity and three counts of war crimes before the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

The start of Bemba's trial was broadcast live on national television in Congo, reviving debate about both his political future and his responsibility for the conduct of his rebels when they crossed into the Central African Republic in 2002 and 2003.


S. Korea Could Seek Deployment of US Tactical Nuclear Weapons

South Korea's defense minister says his country may consider having U.S. tactical nuclear weapons deployed on its soil for the first time in 19 years.

Defense Minister Kim Tae-young raised the possibility Monday during talks with a parliamentary committee about North Korea's latest nuclear escalation. He said the issue could be raised when a joint U.S.-South Korean military committee meets next month to discuss North Korea's nuclear programs.

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NATO Hoping to Press Reset And START With Russia

U.S. President Barack Obama has arrived in Lisbon, for a two-day summit meeting with partners in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and leaders of the European Union. The NATO leaders will concentrate Friday on updating the alliance's capabilities and improving its relationship with Russia.

When NATO's main decision-making body, the North Atlantic Council, meets late Friday, the main item of business will be to adopt a new strategic concept, laying out the alliance's role in the 21st century.

Security Forces in Guinea Accused of Excessive Force

The Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights is accusing the security forces in Guinea of excessive force during demonstrations linked to last weekend's presidential election. The agency says it is deeply concerned by the actions of the security forces which it says led to at least four deaths and 300 injuries earlier this week.

The announcement of the provisional election results by the Electoral commission triggered three days of widespread violence in the Guinean capital, Conakry.

Security forces resort to live fire

Madagascar Government Negotiates With Coup Plotters

Representatives of Madagascar's president are negotiating with troops who declared a coup Wednesday but are now holed up in their barracks.

Witnesses say the streets of the capital, Antananarivo, are calm and traffic is moving normally as the negotiations continue.

On Wednesday, a group of about 20 military officers told a news conference the government was dissolved and that a military council would take charge of the country.

High court affirms "Hard Time for Armed Crime" philosophy

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled 8-0 with Elena Kagan recused (she worked on the case as Solicitor General) that enhancing prison sentences for the use of a firearm in a crime is legal.

The significance of this ruling should not be lost on veteran Seattle talk show host John Carlson, or on Alan Gottlieb, founder and executive vice president of the Bellevue-based Second Amendment Foundation, nor on former SAF staffer Dave LaCourse. They were the power behind Washington’s landmark “Three Strikes and You’re Out” and “Hard Time for Armed Crime” measures 17 and 15 years ago, respectively.

Guinea Army Declares State of Emergency

The head of Guinea's army has declared a state of emergency, as rival ethnic groups clash in the capital following the disputed presidential election.

Army Chief Nouhou Chaim said Wednesday that the state of emergency will remain in effect until Guinea's Supreme Court verifies the election results.

On Monday, officials declared longtime opposition leader Alpha Conde the winner of the November 7 runoff.