Observers criticize vote
International observers delivered scathing criticism Monday of Ukraine’s parliamentary election, saying the vote was heavily tilted in favor of President Viktor F. Yanukovych’s Party of Regions through the abuse of government resources, the dominance of media coverage and the jailing of two prominent opposition leaders. With nearly 80 percent of Sunday’s ballots counted by Monday evening, the results showed the Party of Regions well ahead of its opponents, with about 33 percent of the vote.
U.S. seeks military aid
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton sought Algeria’s assistance on Monday for any future military intervention in Mali, pressing the North African nation to provide intelligence — if not boots on the ground — to help rout the al-Qaida-linked militants across its southern border. Clinton, on the first stop of a five-day trip overseas, met with Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika as the United States and its allies ramped up preparations to fight northern Mali’s breakaway Islamist republic.
Attacks kill dozens
An al-Qaida-affiliated group in Iraq has claimed responsibility for a wave of attacks that killed dozens of people in the past two days during a major Muslim holiday. In a statement posted Monday on a militant website, the Islamic State of Iraq, al-Qaida’s Iraqi branch, said the attacks were in response to what the group alleged were the arrests of Sunni women to pressure their wanted relatives to turn themselves in to Iraqi security forces.
Actor donates papers
Actor Daniel Day-Lewis is donating papers belonging to his father, the poet Cecil Day-Lewis, to Oxford University. The archive, which fills 54 boxes, includes early drafts of the poet’s work, as well as letters from actor John Gielgud and famous literary figures such as W.H. Auden, Robert Graves and Philip Larkin.
Compiled from wire reports.