Madagascar Holds Crucial Presidential Vote

Voters on the island nation of Madagascar are casting ballots in their first presidential election since a 2009 coup.

Thirty-three candidates are vying to become president, with none is expected to receive enough votes to avoid a December runoff election.

Observers say voter turnout Friday was initially light but picked up as the day progressed.

Polling has been mostly peaceful. However, government officials say a district chief was killed near a polling station in the southern Benenitra …