FRANCE: Prostitution charge for DSK
AFGHANISTAN: 3 more NATO troops killed
Security forces shot and killed three NATO troops Monday, two Britons and an American, in two attacks. They were the latest in a rising number of attacks in which Afghan forces have turned their weapons on their foreign partners. The killings reflect a spike in tensions between Afghan and international forces that follow an American soldier's alleged massacre of Afghan civilians, the burning of Muslim holy books at a U.S. base, and uncertainty about Afghanistan's fate as foreign troops prepare to pull out.
HONG KONG: Elites pick pro-Beijing man
Hong Kong's next leader, selected by a conclave of mostly pro-Beijing elites, pledged not to tamper with the extensive liberties of the freewheeling former British colony and tried to calm concern that he is too beholden to China's authoritarian Communist Party. "I make a solemn promise . . . that the freedoms and rights enjoyed today by the people of Hong Kong will absolutely not be changed at all," said Leung Chun-ying, 57, a land surveyor who, strongly backed by China, will take office in July as Hong Kong's new chief executive, the post-colonial version of governor. His remarks at a victory news conference were syncopated by the chants of protesters outside the venue of Sunday's balloting by 1,132 grandees.