President wins second term
The Czech Republic’s pro-Russia president won a second five-year term Saturday after beating a political newcomer viewed as more Western-oriented in a runoff vote. President Milos Zeman’s victory confirmed the political direction set during the country’s parliamentary election, the result of which was seen as part of an anti-establishment wave sweeping Western democracies.
Protests as leader takes oath
President Juan Orlando Hernandez was sworn in for a new term in Tegucigalpa, the capital, Saturday, while across town tear gas drifted across flaming barricades in clashes between police and protesters angry over an election they say was marred by fraud. Hernandez, 49, is Honduras’ first president to be re-elected, a key point in the protests.
Ex-guerrilla runs for president
Former guerrilla leader Rodrigo “Timochenko” Londono, once one of Colombia’s most-wanted men, launched his bid Saturday to lead the government he once battled from the jungle with a celebratory campaign kickoff featuring giant posters, confetti and even a jingle.Tunisia
Italy: 800 migrants rescued
The Italian coast guard says it has helped coordinate the rescue of some 800 migrants on the Mediterranean Sea. The migrants were spotted in five boats, including two rubber dinghies, on Saturday, the coast guard said. Seven children who had water in their lungs were taken by helicopter to the nearest hospital that could treat them, located in Sfax, Tunisia. Two bodies were recovered. Hundreds of thousands of migrants have been rescued at sea in recent years and taken to ports in southern Italy. Human traffickers launch overcrowded, unseaworthy boats from Libya and other countries with Mediterranean coastlines.
Prince freed in secret probe
Billionaire Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, 62, who had been held in a luxury hotel in the capital, Riyadh, since November in a wide-reaching anti-corruption probe that has been shrouded in secrecy and intrigue, was released Saturday, according to three of his associates. The anti-corruption campaign, however, could still be far from over, with more arrests possible and aftershocks yet to materialize.
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World news briefs, Jan. 28: 800 migrants rescued at sea