FRANCE

Two separatists arrested

The military chief of the violent Basque separatist group ETA was arrested Sunday in southern France along with another man accused of being his assistant, Spanish authorities said. Oroitz Gurruchaga Gogorza, 30, and Xabier Aramburu, 32, were taken into custody in the small rural town of Cauna in southwestern France by French police working with Spanish authorities, Spain’s Interior Ministry said. Both men had handguns and were traveling in a stolen car with falsified license plates when they were arrested, the ministry said. ETA has killed 829 people since the late 1960s in a campaign of bombings, shootings and extortion aimed at forcing the creation of a Basque homeland in northern Spain and southwestern France. It is classified as a terrorist organization by Spain, the United States and the European Union.

GEORGIA

Demonstrators fill capital

Tens of thousands of people thronged the streets of Tbilisi on Sunday to show their opposition to President Mikhail Saakashvili, in the largest anti-government demonstration in three years. The demonstration, which drew at least 40,000 people, was seen as a test of public support for the opposition ahead of a parliamentary election in October. It also was a political coming-out party for organizer Bidzina Ivanishvili, a billionaire businessman who is Georgia’s richest man and leading philanthropist. He made his entry into politics last October, announcing that he was forming a political party with the aim of winning the parliamentary vote and assuming the post of prime minister.

NEPAL

No constitution, new vote

Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai called new elections for November after the term of the Constituent Assembly expired at midnight Sunday without Nepalese political leaders completing a new constitution. “We have no other option but to go back to the people and elect a new assembly to write the constitution,” Bhattarai said. Bhattarai said he would be leading a caretaker government until the Nov. 22 elections.

Compiled from wire reports.