The vote is taking place amid growing frustration about the army's handling of democratic transition, with deadly violence erupting in recent days between security forces and protesters.
One of about 30 protesters is reported to have died in eastern Ukraine after police broke up their tent city.
Iraq has finalized a $17-billion deal over 25 years with Royal Dutch Shell and Mitsubishi to capture and process gas from its southern oil fields.
Some 3,000 supporters of Ukrainian opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko have staged a birthday concert at the gates of the Kyiv prison where she is being held.
The U.S. space agency NASA has launched the world's biggest extraterrestrial explorer toward Mars on a search for evidence of past or present life.
Police in Moscow have arrested five people who were part of a protest against recent deportations of Tajik migrant laborers from Russia.
Iran's parliament has approved a draft bill calling for a reduction in diplomatic and economic relations with Britain in retaliation for Britain's decision to increase sanctions against Tehran.
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has accepted the nomination of the United Russia party to be a candidate for president.
Hundreds of people have taken to the streets across Pakistan to protest a NATO crossborder air strike that killed at least 24 Pakistani soldiers.
Activists are calling for Egyptians to turn out on Tahrir Square in Cairo today, a day ahead of the start of parliamentary elections.
Arab foreign ministers have endorsed sanctions against Syria after Damascus ignored their plan to allow monitors into the country.
The Afghan government sees little hope of talks with the Taliban ahead of a major international conference in Germany next month.