Finland

President wins in landslide

Finland’s president crushed his competition to win a second six-year term Sunday, scoring a landslide victory in an election that saw the incumbent getting more than five times the support of his closest challenger. With all ballots counted, President Sauli Niinisto had 62.7 percent of the vote, while his leading rival, Pekka Haavisto of the Greens, had 12.4 percent. None of the other six candidates received more than 7 percent of the vote.

Cyprus

President faces runoff

The president of Cyprus finished first in his race for a second five-year term in office Sunday, but still faces a runoff with a communist-backed candidate he defeated in the last election. The final ballot tally showed President Nicos Anastasiades garnering 35.5 percent of the vote. Stavros Malas, who ran as an independent with the support of the communist-rooted AKEL party, finished second with 30.25 percent. The result means they will go head-to-head on Feb. 4.

France

Heavy rains flood towns

Floodwaters have transformed the streets of scenic French towns into mucky canals, swallowed up picturesque parks and drained the demand for river boat cruises through Paris. And the waters are still rising. Swollen by weeks of heavy rains, the Seine river was expected to reach its peak in the French capital late Sunday or early Monday. The bottom floor of the Louvre museum, several Parisian parks and riverside train stations were closed as a precaution. Floodwaters have halted boat traffic in Paris, closed roads and schools and prompted the evacuation of hospitals. More than 240 towns along the Seine and smaller rivers have suffered damage.

Israel

Poland to meet on uproar

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday night that Israel and Poland have agreed to hold talks seeking to resolve the uproar over proposed Polish legislation that would outlaw blaming Poland for any crimes committed during the Holocaust. Earlier, Israel’s Foreign Ministry had summoned a Polish envoy to express its displeasure at the bill. But Polish officials dug in their heels, saying the measure was being misinterpreted and its wording would not be changed. Netanyahu then spoke by phone with Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki late Sunday. The lower house of the Polish parliament’s bill calls for prison time for referring to “Polish death camps” and criminalizes the mention of complicity by Polish authorities.

Beacon Journal/Ohio.com wires