Polish president concedes defeat to Conservative newcomer Duda
Conservative opposition challenger Andrzej Duda has won a surprise victory in Poland's presidential run-off, trumping incumbent centrist Bronislaw Komorowski with promises of change and generous social spending. An MEP and lawyer with a populist streak, Duda scored 52 percent support ahead of Komorowski, who mustered 48 percent, exit polls showed Monday. A former defence minister who has been president since 2010, the 62-year-old Komorowski is allied with the PO, the governing centrist Civic Platform party.
No human trafficking camps left in Thai south, police sayBy Amy Sawitta Lefevre BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai police said on Monday there were no human trafficking camps left in southern Thailand following a month-long crackdown and the discovery of seven camps in mountainous jungle near the Thai-Malaysian border. The comments came hours after Malaysia's police said they had uncovered 139 graves thought to contain the remains of migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh scattered around more than two dozen suspected trafficking camps near the border with Thailand. Earlier this month, 36 bodies believed to be of migrants from Bangladesh and Myanmar were found in Thailand's southern Songkhla province.
Mozambique agriculture plan could displace 100,000 farmers: activists
By Chris Arsenault ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Mozambique is mulling a plan to lease 240,000 hectares of prime farmland to investors to grow crops for export, threatening to displace more than 100,000 local residents, activists and academics said, citing a leaked document. The Lurio River Valley Development Project in the country's northeast aims to produce cotton, corn, sugar, ethanol and livestock, said Clemente Ntauazi, a researcher with advocacy group Academic Action for the Development of Rural Communities. The leaked plan is the latest in a series of major foreign-based agricultural project proposed in Mozambique and other African countries that supporters say will bring jobs and boost land productivity but critics fear will displace local people and rob small-scale farmers of their livelihoods.
Tunisian soldier shot dead after opening fire on colleagues, killing three
By Tarek Amara TUNIS (Reuters) - A Tunisian soldier opened fire on colleagues at a military base in the capital Tunis on Monday, killing an officer and two others and wounding 15 more before being shot dead himself, Tunisian authorities said. It was not immediately clear what had triggered the shooting at the Bouchoucha base in Tunis, but it alarmed a capital city still on edge after an attack in March by Islamist gunmen on the Bardo national museum. Two military helicopters hovered overhead as police searched a nearby mosque and cars travelling on the main road between Bardo and the base.
Tunisian soldier kills comrades in barracks shooting
A Tunisian soldier opened fire on comrades near parliament on Monday, killing some of them before being shot dead, but the interior ministry said it was not a "terrorist" attack. The shooting at the Bouchoucha barracks, not far from the Bardo National Museum where jihadist gunmen killed 21 foreign tourists and a policeman in March, triggered a security alert across the Bardo district, AFP correspondents reported. "There were dead and wounded," interior ministry spokesman Mohamed Ali Aroui told AFP.
Some Native Hawaiians disapprove of 'Aloha' movie title
HONOLULU (AP) ? Some Native Hawaiians disapprove of the name of a movie filmed and set in Hawaii, saying that titling it "Aloha" is a disrespectful misappropriation of culture and simplifies a word that's rich with meaning.
Nigerian senator-elect to fight US extradition, drug charges
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) ? A man newly elected to Nigeria's Senate was on Monday refusing to attend a court hearing on his extradition to the United States on 20-year-old drug charges related to the TV hit "Orange is the New Black."
More than 430 dead in India heatwave
More than 430 people have died in two Indian states during a heatwave that has seen temperatures nudge 50 degrees Celsius and force Kolkata's iconic yellow taxis off the road, officials said Monday. Officials warned the toll was almost certain to rise, with figures still being collected in some parts of the hard-hit Telangana state in the country's south, and with no end in sight to the searing conditions. Large parts of India, including national capital New Delhi, have endured days of sweltering heat, prompting fears of power cuts.
Spanish local election shakes up political landscape
Spain faced a changed political landscape Monday after the "Indignado" protest movement gave the ruling conservative rivals a battering in local elections, topping the vote in Barcelona and shattering the governing party's majority in Madrid. The new political groups Barcelona En Comu and Ahora Madrid were formally launched just a few months ago, but the results of the vote show they are already loosening the grip of the two big parties that have run Spain for nearly four decades. Ahora Madrid, led by 71-year-old retired judge Manuela Carmena, came second behind Spain's governing Popular Party (PP) -- but it could govern the capital if it joins forces with the main opposition Socialists, who came third.
French president revives political duo with his ex
PARIS (AP) ? Someone has been appearing more and more often alongside French President Francois Hollande on official visits abroad and in high-level meetings in Elysee Palace. It's no ordinary someone ? it's Segolene Royal, the president's ex-partner and mother of his four children, and one of his most prominent government ministers.