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French municipal elections: Voters stay home, socialists trounced, right surges

The right wing Union for a Popular Movement declared victory and the far right National Front surged.

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Chile: Left surges in elections

 Chileans voted November 17 for president, both houses of Congress and some local offices. To nobody's surprise, the left "New Majority" coalition and the Socialist and Communist parties made significant advances.

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French elections increase European crisis drama

The French elections June 17 produced a decisive victory for President Francois Hollande's Socialist Party.

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French presidential front-runner proposes sharp tax hike for the rich

French voters responded positively to the proposal, with recent polls showing a slight uptick in support for Hollande. The prospects of passing such tax-the-rich legislation will depend on parliamentary elections,.

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Right and left gain in Spain elections

On Election Day, the governing socialists took a drubbing, losing to the People's Party and its right-wing allies in all provincial governments and most local ones.

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Puerto Rican independence leader Juan Mari Bras dies at 82

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - Juan Mari Bras, an elder statesman of Puerto Rico's independence movement who gave up U.S. citizenship in an act that inspired hundreds of other activists, died Friday, Sept. 10. He was 82.