Voters head to polls
South Koreans bundled-up in thick mufflers and parkas braved frigid weather today to choose between the liberal son of North Korean refugees and the conservative daughter of a late dictator. For all their differences, the presidential candidates hold similar views on the need to engage with Pyongyang and other issues. One big reason: Voters are dissatisfied with current President Lee Myung-bak, including his hard-line stance on the country’s authoritarian rival to the north.
Chavez has infection
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has a respiratory infection after undergoing cancer surgery in Cuba and must have “complete rest” for the next few days, the government said Tuesday. The socialist leader is in stable condition after being diagnosed with the respiratory infection on Monday, Information Minister Ernesto Villegas said on television.
Polio workers shot
Gunmen shot dead five women working on U.N.-backed polio vaccination efforts in two different Pakistani cities on Tuesday, officials said, a major setback for a campaign that international health officials consider vital to contain the crippling disease but which Taliban insurgents say is a cover for espionage. Pakistan is one of only three countries where polio is endemic. Militants however accuse health workers of acting as spies for the U.S. and claim the vaccine makes children sterile.
Hospital patient killed
Authorities say two gunmen dressed as doctors entered a hospital in Mexico City and killed a patient who was recovering from gunshot wounds. A statement from Mexico City prosecutors says Crisoforo Maldonado was killed Saturday inside the hospital where he had been taken after assailants shot him in the city of Cuernavaca. Prosecutors said Tuesday that surveillance videos show two men wearing surgical robes and face masks entering Maldonado’s room.
Compiled from wire reports.