Reaction President Barack Obama's Nobel was largely negative, with fear over an expanding US presence and anger over Islamabad's military cooperation with the US along the Afghanistan border.
One year after becoming president, the widower of Benazir Bhutto has been battered by economic crises and political missteps – despite some military successes.
Preliminary results are days away. All the campaigns have complained of fraud.
Enthusaistic Afghans are greeting presidential candidates on the campaign trial, but that doesn't necessarily mean they're winning over supporters.
Top contenders Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani are campaigning outside their traditional bases and attacking the incumbent.
As many as 100,000 people are expected to demonstrate Thursday against the president.
Security for reporters improved worldwide, but Pakistan remains one of the deadliest places for the profession in 2008.
Nineteen percent of Pakistanis have 'positive' views toward Al Qaeda, according to a BBC poll released Sunday.
Prime Minister Hun Sen, who has ruled for 23 years, won another five-year term Sunday. His party has overseen several prosperous years; critics say it stifles democracy.