Critic of Putin finishes strong in mayoral race
A surprisingly strong finish in the Moscow mayoral race by Alexei Navalny, the anti-Putin opposition leader, was convincing enough to assure him new credibility as a mainstream political contender. Falling just short of forcing a runoff also positioned him to continue in his role accusing the authorities of fraud and corruption. City election officials declared early Monday that the Kremlin-appointed incumbent, Sergei Sobyanin, had won Sunday's election outright, narrowly clearing the 50 percent threshold needed to avoid a runoff. Navalny said he and his supporters would not accept the results and leveled a barrage of vote-stealing accusations. They also threatened mass protests should authorities not agree to recounts at polling stations where the results had come into question.
Military presses attack in Sinai
Egyptian troops and tanks backed by helicopter gunships swept through villages in the northern Sinai Peninsula near the border with the Palestinian Gaza Strip on Monday, the third day of a major offensive against Islamic extremists, a military official said. So far, about 20 suspected militants have been killed and 20 captured in the operation, he added. Al-Qaida-inspired groups have been blamed for a spike if attacks against military and police in the Sinai since the military ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi on July 3.
Surrender after video confession
An Ohio driver who made an online video confessing that he caused a fatal wrong-way crash after a night of heavy drinking in June turned himself in Monday on a charge of aggravated vehicular homicide. In a 3½-minute video posted last week, Matthew Cordle, 22, of Powell said he killed a suburban Columbus man, Vincent Canzani, 61, and "made a mistake" when he decided to drive that night.
Pakistan: A conference of Pakistan's political and military leadership on Monday agreed to clear the way for peace talks with the Pakistani Taliban, calling it the best strategy to end a decade of bloodshed.
Denver: About 100 students and faculty at the University of Denver and others protested a decision by the university's international school to give a global service award Monday to former President George W. Bush.