ROMANIA

Referendum ruled invalid

Romanian election officials declared late Sunday that a referendum to impeach the nation’s president on grounds that he overstepped his authority had failed because of low voter turnout. The Central Election Bureau put the voter turnout in Sunday’s referendum on President Traian Basescu at 45.92 percent, with a 3 percent margin of error. By law, such referendums are invalid if less than half the electorate casts ballots. The bureau did not immediately give the outcome of the vote, but two exit polls showed more than 80 percent favored impeaching Basescu.

MALI

Couple stoned to death

A spokesman for the radical Islamic group controlling northern Mali said a man and woman who had an adulterous relationship were stoned to death Sunday in the town of Aguelhok. A spokesman for the group Ansar Dine said they were executed according to Shariah law.

LIBYA

Attackers target convoy

A Libyan militia commander says a convoy carrying a top Libyan military commander has come under fire in the eastern city of Benghazi. Abdel-Basit Haroun, a Benghazi militia commander, said Gen. Khalifa Hifter came under attack Sunday by unknown assailants but was not hurt. The interim ruling council has assigned him to form a national army.

HONG KONG

Classes create uproar

Tens of thousands, including teachers and parents pushing strollers, took to Hong Kong’s streets Sunday to protest the introduction of Chinese patriotism classes that they fear will lead to brainwashing, a sign of growing discomfort over Beijing’s influence in the semiautonomous territory. Students and democracy activists were among those who marched to the Hong Kong government’s headquarters to protest the new curriculum, which authorities are encouraging schools to use when classes resume in September. The government has denied the brainwashing accusations and says the classes are aimed at building national pride.

Compiled from wire reports.