Voters in Honduras are at the polls today to select the country’s next president. According to polls, conservative candidate Porfirio Lobo of the National Party is in the lead while the Liberal Party candidate, Elvin Santos, trails behind. Both Manuel Zelaya, the former Honduran president who was deposed in June after he tried to change the country’s constitution so that he would be eligible to run for a third term in office, and Roberto Micheletti, the man who has been acting president since then, are members of the Liberal Party, Christian Science Monitor.
Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari has given up some of the presidential power that was expanded when his predecessor was in office. Presidential power was greatly expanded under President Pervez Musharraf who was a military general. Zardari moved control of the civilian seat on the National Command Authority which controls Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal to the office of the Prime Minister, New York Times.
The state news agency of Iran reported that the Iranian parliament has approved the construction of 10 new uranium enrichment nuclear facilities. The UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency has called for Iran to halt production of a recently discovered nuclear facility at Qom, CNN.
Rwanda has become the 54th country to be admitted to the Commonwealth of Nations and the second to be admitted without a British colonial past. The Commonwealth is a voluntary intergovernmental organization of member states that developed as former members of the British empire developed their own governments, BBC News.
A deal has been reached in Honduras that will allow deposed President Manuel Zelaya to return to power. The legislature must approve the deal. The interim leader of Honduras, Roberto Micheletti, had argued that the crisis would be resolved after the upcoming scheduled November 29 presidential election, but the international community pledged to not recognize the results if Zelaya was not returned to power first. Micheletti contended in June that a coup was necessary because Zelaya had illegally changed the country’s constitution to allow him to run for a third term. The international community refused to recognize the coup as legal and maintained that Micheletti’s government was not valid. President Zelaya, who was threatened with arrest if he set foot on Honduran soil, has been staying in the Brazilian Embassy in Honduras for more than a month, New York Times.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wrapped up a 3-day trip to Pakistan where she met with government officials and military leaders. Clinton urged cooperation between the U.S. and Pakistan in their efforts to curb militant factions of the Taliban. However, Clinton also expressed skepticism that Pakistan was doing everything it could to capture al Qaeda leaders suspected of hiding in the northwestern mountainous areas along Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan, Reuters.
Former French President Jacques Chirac has been ordered to stand trial for corruption charges dating back to his time as Mayor of Paris from 1977-1995. Chirac is alleged to have created fake government contracts in order to route city funds to his political party, BBC News.
ICANN, the international regulatory group that oversees internet domain names, will allow internet addresses to include non-Latin based characters, PC World.