Martial law was effectively declared in the Ukraine last week by unpopular President Victor Yushchenko after an outbreak of what health officials described as flu and respiratory infections. The outbreak has reportedly already infected hundreds of thousands of people in the western regions of the country. In response, the office of the President on November 6 floated the idea of postponing the presidential election until May of next year.
The Associated Press reported on November 6 that a deal to end the constitutional crisis in Honduras and form a unity govenment has fallen apart. Ousted President Manuel Zelaya and current leader Roberto Micheletti were pressured into accepting the deal by the United States.
An Italian court convicted 23 CIA agents for kidnapping an Egyptian dissident on the streets of Milan November 3, sparking a global outcry against CIA “extraordinary rendition” tactics for terrorist suspects. None of the Americans was actually present at the trial, as all of the suspects had fled the country in advance of the investigation.
British officials announced that five British soldiers were shot and killed on November 3 by an Afghan policeman in the Nad e-Ali district of Helmand province in southern Afghanistan. British military officials said the men were shot as they drank tea at a checkpoint in the village of Shin Kalay where they had been living. They had been advising Afghan policemen.