Tuesday, November 4, 2008

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Line of voters waiting to cast ballots in New Orleans, 4 Nov 2008 US Voters Face Long Lines, Machine Problems
Election officials say they expect massive turnout on Election Day, and they are asking voters to be patient, brace for possible delays

The US Capitol is seen Saturday, Nov. 1, 2008 in Washington, three days before the makeup of the two houses of Congress will be determined by the Nov. 4, 2008 election Democrats Expected to Gain Seats in US Congress  Audio Clip Available
Democrats hope to pick up enough Senate seats so they can deprive Republican minority of ability to block legislation

President Bush delivers remarks on the economy in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, 14 Oct. 2008 President Bush Maintains Low Profile Ahead of Tuesday's Election  Audio Clip Available
Far from providing a boost to fellow-Republican John McCain, George Bush widely viewed as having a detrimental effect on Arizona senator's chances of winning the election

People walk nearby an electric market board in Tokyo, 04 Nov 2008 World Markets Higher as Americans Vote
European, Asian and US markets post gains, Tuesday as key indicator of banks' willingness to lend to each other improves again

Pakistan Suicide Bomber Kills 1, Wounds 7 in Northwestern Pakistan
Pakistan's northwestern tribal areas are considered to be Taliban, al-Qaida militant strongholds

A fighter of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) holds his weapons at the militia's creek camp in the Niger Delta, 17 Sep 2008 Nigerian Armed Group Offers to Help Free Kidnapped Lebanese Engineer
Movement for Emancipation of Niger Delta says it was not behind attack but will work to locate hostage, negotiate with abductors

Ali Kordan delivers speech, prior to vote by members of parliament to impeach him, 04 Nov 2008 Iranian Parliament Begins Impeachment of Interior Minister Ali Kordan
Kordan angered many Iranian lawmakers for falsely claiming to possess honorary degree from Oxford University

Beijing representative Chen Yunlin (L) exchanges document with Taiwanese counterpart Chiang Pin-kung during  signing ceremony at Grand hotel in Taipei, 04 Nov 2008 Taiwan, China Seek Closer Economic Ties  Audio Clip Available
New landmark deals will dramatically increase transportation links

Shuttle Endeavour being moved to launch pad (file photo) NASA Prepares Space Shuttle Endeavour for Launch
Shuttle will service International Space Station and prepare it for an expansion in spring

Ralph Stanley 'This One is II' CD Bluegrass Music Legend's Son Earns Praise for 'This One Is II'  Audio Clip Available
Ralph Stanley II, 30, has more baritone voice than his dad, and recorded songs by Lyle Lovett, Fred Eaglesmith and Elton John for his new CD

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