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  • Hollande, Sarkozy heading to French vote runoff

    ANGELA CHARLTON, Associated Press

    PARIS (AP) — Socialist Francois Hollande and conservative President Nicolas Sarkozy are heading for a runoff election in their race for France's presidency, according to partial official results in a vote that could alter the European political and economic landscape. French voters defied expectations and handed a surprisingly strong third-place showing to far-right candidate Marine Le Pen, who has run on an anti-immigrant platform aimed largely at Muslims. That could boost her influence on the French political scene, hand h...

  • Socialist Hollande ousts Sarkozy in France

    ANGELA CHARLTON, Associated Press

    PARIS — Socialist Francois Hollande defeated conservative incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy on Sunday to become France's next president, heralding a change in how Europe tackles its debt crisis and how France flexes its military and diplomatic muscle around the world. Sarkozy conceded defeat minutes after the polls closed, saying he had called Hollande to wish him "good luck" as the country's new leader. AP Photo/Bob Edme Socialist Party candidate for the presidential election Francois Hollande and his companion Valerie T...

  • Russia offers to mediate ex-ally Gadhafi's exit

    ANGELA CHARLTON, Associated Press

    DEAUVILLE, France (AP) — Russia abandoned one-time ally Moammar Gadhafi and offered Friday to mediate a deal for the Libyan leader to leave the country he has ruled for more than 40 years. The striking proposal by a leading critic of the NATO bombing campaign reflects growing international frustration with the Libyan crisis and a desire by the Kremlin for influence in the rapidly changing Arab landscape. With Gadhafi increasingly isolated and NATO jets intensifying their attacks, Russia may also be eyeing Libya's oil and g...

  • Lawyer: IMF chief denies NYC sex-assault charges


    AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite International Monetary Fund Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn attends the IMF/World Bank spring meetings in Washington on April 16. The arrest of Strauss-Kahn early Sunday morning in connection with a sexual assault in a New York hotel risks throwing the French presidential race in disarray. He is seen as the strongest potential challenger to French President Nicolas Sarkozy in 2012 presidential elections. NEW YORK — Dominique Strauss-Kahn's reputation with women earned him the nickname "...