Portugal

Government re-elected despite austerity

Portugal's center-right coalition government earned another four-year term, winning a general election behind an improving economy that weathered the austerity measures contested across Europe, but falling short of a crucial outright majority in Parliament. With 99 percent of districts reporting, the government had 37 percent compared with 32 percent for the main opposition center-left Socialist Party. Smaller, leftist parties made up the rest. The victory was bittersweet, however, as the government failed to achieve a ­parliamentary majority.

Germany

Engine shortcoming pushed VW to cheat

Volkswagen installed software designed to cheat on emissions tests in 2008 after realizing that a new diesel engine, developed at great expense, could not meet pollution standards in the U.S. and other countries, people with knowledge of the automaker's internal inquiry said. Rather than stop production of the engine and throw out years of work and investment, managers decided to cheat, the people said, confirming a report in Bild am Sonntag, a German newspaper. It remained unclear who was responsible for the decision.

China

Thousands evacuated as typhoon roars in

A strong typhoon roared into southern China, bringing powerful winds and heavy rain to the region after leaving one dead and 30 fishermen missing in the Philippines. Nearly 200,000 people in southern China were evacuated before Typhoon Mujigae made landfall near the city of Zhanjiang in Guangdong Province, according to the National Meteorological Center. Packing winds of 112 miles per hour at its center, Mujigae — "rainbow" in Korean — was moving northwest at about 12 mph, the meteorological center said.

France

Flash floods leave at least 16 people dead

Flash flooding around the French Riviera has killed at least 16 people, some drowned in a retirement home and others trapped in cars and campsites. Residents of the picturesque and touristy region described it as the worst flooding they'd ever seen. It was so dramatic that it prompted President Francois Hollande to pay an emergency visit to promise government aid for victims. Helicopters patrolled the area and 27,000 homes were without electricity after rivers and streams overflowed their banks and thunderstorms poured nearly 7 inches of rain on the Cannes region in two hours Saturday night.

Iraq

Prime minister reopens Green Zone

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi reopened the heavily fortified Green Zone in the capital Baghdad to the public for the first time in 12 years, his office said. The Green Zone, home to government buildings and several foreign embassies, was closed to the public after the U.S.-led 2003 invasion of Iraq.

California

Four suspected of plot to kill fellow students

Four Northern California high school students have been arrested in connection with what law enforcement officials called a highly detailed plan to shoot and kill fellow students and teachers, just days after a mass shooting on a community college campus in rural Oregon. The four, all students at Summerville High School in Tuolumne, "were going to come on campus and shoot and kill as many people as possible at the campus," Tuolumne County Sheriff James W. Mele said.

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