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Despite the bitter cold, an estimated 25,000 protesters gathered in a public square in Armenia's capital for a second straight day, calling on authorities to annul the presidential election and schedule a new one. The supporters of defeated candidate Levon Ter-Petrosian claimed their poll-watchers had been the target of violence and vowed to protest "nonstop ... until we win." Elections officials said Ter-Petrosian won 21.5 percent of the vote, compared with just under 53 percent for Prime Minister Serge Sarkisian.

Apologizing for its previous denials, the British government said US intelligence agents had used its territory to transport terrorist suspects following the 2001 attacks on New York and Washington. CIA Director Michael Hayden also acknowledged that on two occasions planes carrying suspects had landed on the Indian Ocean island of Diego Garcia for refueling. "It lasted just a short time, but it happened," Hayden said. British Defense Secretary David Miliband said he was "very sorry, indeed" to have to correct the earlier denials.

Another member of the US armed forces was being investigated for an alleged sexual assault on Okinawa, a week after a marine was arrested on rape charges and less than a day after 45,000 military personnel, their dependants, and civilian support staff were restricted to base. The soldier is accused of attacking a Filipina at a hotel. An Army spokesman would not discuss details of the latest incident but pledged full cooperation with local authorities.

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