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French election descends into soap opera with Segolene Royal defeat

By Gina Doggett PARIS — Twin rivalries — one political, the other amorous — doomed Segolene Royal, former partner of French President Francois Hollande, to suffer a humiliating defeat in Sunday’s legislative polls. Conceding defeat, Royal initially kept her remarks in the political arena, bitterly slamming the “political betrayal” of…

Pro-bailout parties win majority in Greek elections

BERLIN — Eurozone countries extended Sunday a hand of compromise to Greece after the victory of parties supporting the country’s international bailout, signalling some flexibility on the painful reforms. “There can’t be substantial changes in the engagements” undertaken by Greece in the bailout deal. “But I can imagine we discuss…

World Bank chief calls Spanish bailout ‘wasted’

LOS CABOS, Mexico — The head of the World Bank said Sunday that Europe’s bail-out of the Spanish banking system had been handled very badly and amounted to a wasted opportunity to contain the debt crisis. Addressing business leaders on the eve of the G20 summit in Mexico, Robert Zoellick…

French far-right’s Marine Le Pen loses bid to be in parliament

HENIN-BEAUMONT, France — French far-right leader Marine Le Pen of the National Front lost her bid to win a seat in France’s parliamentary election by a handful of votes on Sunday, results showed. Socialist Philippe Kemel, who had already claimed victory in the vote, defeated Le Pen by only 118…

German neo-Nazi ‘helped Munich massacre mastermind’

BERLIN — The self-proclaimed Palestinian mastermind of the 1972 Munich Olympic massacre among Israeli athletes was aided by a German neo-Nazi, Spiegel online reported on Sunday. Documents made public after a request from weekly news magazine Der Spiegel show that in July 1972, police sent the domestic intelligence service information…

Syrian opposition calls for intervention to save Homs

ISTANBUL — The opposition Syrian National Council issued a cry for help Sunday to save Homs and other cities from attacks by President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, and repeated its call for UN intervention. “The country is under a violent attack, especially Homs,” said Abdel Basset Sayda, the leader of the…

Saudi women delay driving protest after prince’s death

RIYADH — Saudi female activists who had been expected to brave a driving ban have postponed a planned day of action for Sunday following the death of Crown Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz, a member of the group said. “The campaign has been postponed until Friday,” said Hind al-Zahid of…

North Korea accuses Clinton of ‘reckless’ criticism

SEOUL — North Korea hit out at US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Sunday, addressing her by her first name and accusing her of “reckless” criticism of its human rights record. Pyongyang’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) quoted an unnamed foreign ministry spokesman as saying recent comments by…

Iraq bombings kill five in bloody end to deadly week

BAGHDAD — Bombings in Iraq killed five people and wounded 34 others on Sunday, security and medical officials said, after a bloody week that cost the lives of more than 100 people. A car bomb targeting an army patrol killed one soldier and wounded three others in Fallujah, west of…

Two Palestinians shot dead ‘by Israeli truck driver’

HEBRON, Palestinian Territories — Two Palestinians were shot dead by an Israeli truck driver after they tried to steal his vehicle in the south Hebron Hills on Sunday morning, Israeli police said. Palestinian officials confirmed the two deaths but had no information about the circumstances of the shooting which took…

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