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Five stories you may have missed during the U.S. election

By Tim Hume, CNN
November 6, 2012 -- Updated 2052 GMT (0452 HKT)
Residents wade through flood waters in Visakhapatnam in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh on November 5 2012.
Residents wade through flood waters in Visakhapatnam in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh on November 5 2012.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Putin has fired his defense minister over alleged property scams
  • Flooding has killed 25 people in southern India following a tropical cyclone
  • French police have arrested 103 Croatian soccer fans in Paris following fan violence
  • Australian-owned stallion Green Moon has won horse-racing's Melbourne Cup

(CNN) -- The U.S. election has dominated our coverage on CNN.com International as Americans head to the polls to vote for a president. We will continue to bring you the latest on this developing story.

But there are other stories in the world that you might have missed. Here are five that were high on the agenda in our newsrooms.

1. Russian president Vladimir Putin has fired his defense minister, Anatoly Serdyukov, amid allegations that his office has became embroiled in nearly $100 million in corrupt property deals, state media reported Tuesday. Sergey Shoigu, a general and former Emergencies Minister, has been appointed as his replacement, according to Russia's state-owned channel RT.

2. Meanwhile in southern India, flooding in the wake of Cyclone Nilam has killed 25 people in recent days and driven tens of thousands of others from their homes, say authorities. The tropical storm struck India's southeastern coast last week, running an oil tanker aground before eventually driving about 70,000 people in the state of Andhra Pradesh into temporary shelters.

3. In France, police have arrested 103 Croatian soccer fans ahead of a match between Paris Saint Germain and Dinamo Zagreb amid fears of potential hooliganism. The arrests Tuesday followed clashes between about 50 supporters of the clubs in central Paris on Monday night.

4.There was a popular -- and surprise -- winner at Australia's most famous horse race, the Melbourne Cup, Tuesday, with the Irish-bred, Australian-owned and -trained stallion Green Moon winning the 152-year-old contest. The race has been dominated by international entries in recent years: six of this year's eight runners were from overseas.

5. And television personality Sharon Osbourne has described her decision to have a double mastectomy after learning she had a genetic predisposition to breast cancer as a "no-brainer." The 60-year-old wife of rocker Ozzy Osbourne previously survived colon cancer.

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