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Nashi Observes Iraqi Vote

The pro-Kremlin Nashi youth group sent a delegation to Iraq to monitor weekend provincial elections, citing concerns that the United States had failed to impose democracy in the run-up to the contest.

"We have strong grounds to doubt that America has built a democratic government in Iraq in the past six months," Konstantin Goloskokov, the head of Nashi's delegation, said in a statement. "We want to see for ourselves whether Iraq can pass this test."

Elections were held Saturday in 14 of Iraq's 18 provinces. (Bloomberg)

Czechs Protest U.S. Shield

PRAGUE, Czech Republic -- Hundreds of communists have marched through Prague to protest plans to deploy parts of a U.S. missile-defense installation in the country.

Communist Party chairman Vojtech Filip said his party wanted a referendum on building a radar base, which would be part of a U.S. missile shield. Russia has threatened to deploy missiles in Kaliningrad if the plans go forward.

The base plan has been approved by the Czech parliament's upper house, and the lower house is expected to discuss the deal this week. (AP)

Latvia Shakeup Demanded

RIGA, Latvia -- The biggest party in Latvia's ruling coalition demanded a government shakeup Saturday ahead of a confidence vote called over discontent with the impact of the global economic crisis and corruption allegations.

The popularity of the current four-party coalition has plummeted since Latvia last year became the second EU nation after Hungary to need an IMF-led financial rescue. (Reuters)

Races Canceled Over Cold

DEMINO, Moscow Region -- Two cross-country World Cup pursuit races were canceled Sunday because of low temperatures in the Moscow region.

The temperatures at the Demino stadium ahead of the men's 15-kilometer classical plus 15K freestyle race was minus 24 degrees Celsius and just 2 degrees Celsius warmer ahead of the women's 7.5K plus 7.5K race.

On Saturday, the Norwegian team and several leading skiers skipped the 1.3-kilometer sprint races with temperatures about minus 18 C.

The next leg of the World Cup is scheduled to be held in Valdidentro, Italy, on Feb. 13 and 14. (AP)