Monday's global agenda: Republicans on the attack

Electoral dispute: The former Soviet Republic of Georgia votes today in parliamentary elections that could create another foreign policy headache for the Obama administration, with both parties in the bitter campaign turning to the U.S. for support. The vote pits the ruling party against the country's richest man, who made his fortune in Russia and has warned that he won't stand idly by if the election is “stolen” from him. 

In other news

Yemen's president, Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, told The Washington Post that he personally approves every U.S. drone strike in his country.

Coordinated bombings in Iraq against Shiite targets and security forces killed at least 26 people in attacks that one official described as a rallying call by al Qaeda just days after dozens of militants escaped from prison. [The Associated Press]

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists ponders whether Israel has closed the door on the 2012 Middle East WMD-Free Zone Conference, scheduled for December in Helsinki, Finland.

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