POLAND: Commanding lead for Komorowski
Interim president Bronislaw Komorowski appeared to have held off a last-minute surge from the identical twin brother of the late president, who died in an April plane crash that forced Sunday's election. Exit polls showed Komorowski with a slight edge over Jaroslaw Kaczynski, who essentially conceded defeat in the runoff by declaring before supporters, "I congratulate the winner." Final results were expected Monday.
ARMENIA: Clinton lobbies for Azerbaijan pact
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton appealed to Armenia and Azerbaijan on Sunday for a peaceful resolution of a long-running territorial dispute between the ex-Soviet states, but there were no outward signs of progress. Clinton, shuttling between capitals, told leaders to act quickly toward settling the matter. She spoke at a news conference in Baku with her Azeri counterpart, Elmar Mammadyarov. She soon made the one-hour flight to Armenia for a meeting with President Serge Sarkisian in Yerevan. Sarkisian said the dispute over Nagorno-Karabakh was the single most important issue for his country, echoing a statement hours earlier by Azeri President Ilham Aliyev. Azerbaijan, which borders Iran, is of strategic importance to the United States. Tens of thousands of flights carrying war supplies to forces in Afghanistan have crossed Azeri airspace over the past nine years since the 9/11 attacks.
ISRAEL: Netanyahu to see Obama again
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu endorsed a U.S. call for direct peace talks with the Palestinians on Sunday, seeking to set a positive tone as he heads to the White House for talks with President Barack Obama on Tuesday. After a rocky meeting in March, both are taking pains to sound more upbeat this time. Netanyahu has long been calling for direct talks, but Palestinians have been wary of giving legitimacy to an Israeli government they view with suspicion.
CHINA: American geologist gets 8 years
An American geologist tortured by state security agents over an oil industry database was sentenced Monday to 8 years in jail. Lawyer Tong Wei said Beijing's No. 1 Intermediate People's Court handed down the sentence for Xue Feng for providing intelligence related to the purchase of a commercial database.
24 workers killed in bus fire
A fire on a shuttle bus carrying steel factory workers killed 24 people and injured 19, Xinhua News Agency reported Monday. It fire happened last night in Wuxi, a city close to Shanghai. The bus served night shift workers at the factory.