Today's special election in Thailand is more likely to add fuel to the country's political standoff than it is to resolve the bitter national political divide.
Seven were wounded as protesters and government supporters clashed on the eve of nationwide elections. At least 10 people have been killed and nearly 600 wounded since late last year.
In Kiev's Independence Square, Ukrainian protesters are driven by determination to see their demands met – and a sense of belonging to something greater.
Behind antigovernment protests is deep resentment in the south, which has long had a distinct character from Thailand's north, including more wealth and less dependence on Bangkok.
Political negotiations stalled today as opposition leaders rejected an amnesty bill and the Ukrainian president called in sick. Just the same, some see positive signs in the tumult.
As pro- and antigovernment supporters gear up for a showdown Sunday, observers question whether leaders can control their supporters.
Putin said today that Russia will still make a $15 billion loan and cut gas prices to Ukraine. But the Kremlin is concerned over Ukraine's stability amid speculation about revolution.
The parliament voted today to roll back an anti-demonstration law that escalated tensions, and the hard-line prime minister stepped down. But protesters plan to stay put.
Ukraine's political struggle conceals deep-seated economic fault lines. Whichever side emerges victorious from the crisis – and inherits the mess – is not to be envied.
Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has not yet announced his candidacy, but he is expected to win easily, despite deep polarization. He was also promoted today to the Army's highest rank.