- - Sunday, October 3, 2010


Lula ex-aide leads, but must face runoff

BRASILIA | Brazil’s presidential election is to go to an Oct. 31 runoff after the ruling party candidate, Dilma Rousseff, won elections Sunday but not by enough to avoid a second round, the High Electoral Tribunal said.

Ms. Rousseff won 47 percent of the ballots Sunday — short of the absolute majority required to win without a runoff against second-placed challenger, former Sao Paulo governor Jose Serra.

“We can confirm there will be a second round in the presidential elections,” Ricardo Lewandowski, the president of the High Electoral Tribunal, told reporters in Brasilia.

Ms. Rousseff, 62, is the hand-chosen successor to popular President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, whom she served as chief of staff and energy minister.

With 97.5 percent of the votes counted, Ms. Rousseff has 46.6 percent, to 32.8 percent for Mr. Serra, putting an outright win out of her reach.


Poll: Most Pakistanis oppose U.S. drone strikes

An overwhelming majority of Pakistanis living in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) oppose U.S. drone strikes and military operations against al Qaeda and the Taliban in the region along the Afghan border, according to a new survey.

The poll, conducted by the New America Foundation and Terror Free Tomorrow, found that more than three-quarters of FATA residents oppose U.S. drone strikes and nearly nine out of every 10 people polled oppose the U.S. military pursuing al Qaeda and the Taliban in the region.

While opposed to U.S. military action, FATA residents do not embrace al Qaeda or the Taliban and believe the Pakistani army alone should tackle these militants, the survey found. More than three-quarters of them actually oppose al Qaeda’s presence in the region and more than two-thirds oppose the Pakistan Taliban.

The poll found significant opposition to the U.S. military, with almost six in 10 surveyed saying suicide attacks against American troops are justified. The majority of Afghanistan’s suicide bombers in Afghanistan come from the FATA.


Mitchell: Palestinians want peace talks to continue

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