Great Britain

Queen leads tributes to war dead

Queen Elizabeth led tributes to the country's war dead at the annual Remembrance Sunday service in central London. Thousands gathered at the Cenotaph memorial in Whitehall to honor those killed in World War I, World War II and later conflicts. Prime Minister David Cameron joined the queen, as well as Willem-Alexander, king of the Netherlands, and his wife, Queen Maxima. King Willem-Alexander laid a wreath to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands by British troops.


Conservatives claim victory; no majority

Croatia's conservative opposition claimed victory against the ruling center-left coalition in the Balkan country's first parliamentary election since joining the European Union in 2013 — held amid deep economic woes and a massive refugee surge. With about 70 percent of the vote counted, the conservatives won 61 seats in the 151-seat parliament, while Social Democrats had 53. The kingmaker could be the third-place party, Most, or Bridge, with a projected 19 seats


Vote gives prime minister wake-up call

India's ruling Hindu nationalist party suffered a crushing blow in a key state election an outcome that analysts say may embolden Prime Minister Narendra Modi's opponents and shrink his political space for bold economic measures. The result of the five-phase vote conducted over three weeks in the northern state of Bihar does not affect Modi's business-friendly government nationally, but many here view it as a sign of voter disenchantment with his 17-month-old rule and a wake-up call for the prime minister.


Deadly attack at bar leaves nine dead

At least nine people were killed in an overnight attack at a bar in the latest violence in Burundi's capital, as security forces went door-to-door to disarm civilians in neighborhoods seen as opposition strongholds. The bar's owner, believing the attackers to be robbers, asked his customers to hand over all cash and valuables, which they did, but then one of the gunmen opened fire, he said. Other gunmen, standing guard outside the bar, shot those who tried to flee. International concern is growing over the security situation in the central African nation, which been hit by unrest following the president's decision to extend his time in power.

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