Russia to Recognize "People's Republic" Election Results
Russia announced Tuesday it will recognize the results of upcoming elections in two separatist regions of eastern Ukraine.
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the voting scheduled for November 2 would be important for the "legitimization of power" in the unrecognized "People's Republics" of Donetsk and Luhansk.
While the rest of Ukraine headed to the polls on Sunday, nearly three million voters were unable to cast ballots in the eastern part of the country, where months of fighting between Ukrainian government forces and Russia-backed separatists has killed more than 3,700 people.
Eastern Ukraine's rebel leaders, who launched a rebellion against the Kyiv government in April, said they would conduct their own poll.
U.S. President Barack Obama said Monday that the United States will not recognize elections in separatist-controlled areas unless they comply with Ukrainian law and are held with the consent of the Ukrainian government.
Toronto Elects New Mayor, Ending Troubled Era of Rob Ford
Residents of Toronto, Canada have elected a new mayor to replace outgoing Mayor Rob Ford, who has garnered international headlines for his drug and alcohol use and publicly boorish behavior.
With 100 percent of the vote counted, conservative candidate John Tory won Monday's election with over 40 percent of vote, defeating Doug Ford, Rob Ford's brother, who gained 33 percent of the vote. A third candidate, left-leaning Olivia Chow, finished with just 23 percent.
Tory, a former cable television company executive and radio broadcaster, lost the 2010 mayoral race to the incumbent mayor.
Mayor Ford dropped his reelection bid last month after being diagnosed with an aggressive form of abdominal cancer, prompting the brothers to switch places - while Doug ran for mayor, Rob ran for Doug's seat on the city council.
Despite his notoriety, the outgoing mayor suggested Monday during a speech to his supporters that he will seek the top job again in 2018.