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French gunman’s brother ‘proud’ of sibling

The older brother of the French gunman who killed seven people said he was “proud” of his sibling and was present when he stole a scooter used to stage three deadly attacks, police said Saturday. The killer Mohamed Merah’s brother Abdelkader was transferred Saturday along with his girlfriend from the…

Leftist parties win control of French Senate

By Dave Clark PARIS — France’s left-wing opposition struck a blow against embattled centre-right leader President Nicolas Sarkozy’s hopes for re-election Sunday, winning a historic victory in a senatorial vote. The Socialist Party and its Communist and Green allies won enough seats to give the left control of the upper…

Libya rebels plead for foreign forces or ‘we will die’

MISRATA, Libya — A rebel official in Libya’s besieged city of Misrata pleaded desperately on Tuesday for Britain and France to send troops to help fight strongman Moamer Kadhafi’s forces, saying “if they don’t, we will die.” In the first request by any insurgents for boots on the ground, a…

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