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Socialists pressured to let conservatives form gov't
Spain's Socialist leader faced mounting pressure Monday to let acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy form a new government and end a months-long political impasse, after his party suffered losses in two regional elections.
 
Protesters jeer ex-IMF boss as bank card trial starts
Protesters shouted insults at Rodrigo Rato, the former head of the International Monetary Fund, as he and 64 others entered court for a trial over the alleged misuse of corporate credit cards at a Spanish bank.
 
Homemade bomb attack on Hungary police was 'attempted execution'
Hungarian police said Sunday that an explosion in downtown Budapest that seriously injured two of its officers was caused by a homemade, shrapnel-laden device intended to kill the pair.
 
Serbs in Bosnia vote on disputed 'Republic Day'
Serbs in Bosnia voted Sunday to keep celebrating a statehood day in January, a date tied to the divided nation's brutal 1990s war and a sensitive issue for other ethnic groups.
 
Estonian presidential vote delayed again, until October
Estonia's electoral college failed on Saturday to choose a successor to two-term liberal President Toomas Hendrik Ilves, returning the vote to the stalemated parliament where it flopped in August and could fail again.
 
The scandal was complex but its outcome potentially simple -- Ukraine tried to fiddle with its murky gas sector and upset its EU partners enough to freeze huge sums of financial help.
 
Corbyn re-elected to Labour leadership
Veteran socialist Jeremy Corbyn was re-elected head of Britain's Labour Party on Saturday, defeating a challenge to his year-old leadership to the delight of his grass-roots supporters and the despair of party centrists, who fear he will lead Labour into the political wilderness.
 
Pope receives victims of Nice terror attack
Pope Francis on Saturday called for a "sincere dialogue" between Christians and Muslims as he met grieving relatives and survivors of France's Bastille Day attack, in which a jihadist ploughed his truck into a crowd.
 
Tens of thousands of people are demonstrating across Finland under the slogan "Enough is enough" following the death of a man who reportedly spit in front of neo-Nazis holding a rally in Helsinki.
 
Former French president Jacques Chirac remains in hospital in Paris where he is being treated for a lung infection, while his wife Bernadette has been discharged after four days recovering from "exhaustion," their family said Saturday.
 
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