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SOMALIA / Freed after 388 days with pirates

A British couple kidnapped from their yacht by Somali pirates are now free after 388 days as hostages. Paul and Rachel Chandler boarded a plane in the Somali town of Adado and flew to Mogadishu early Sunday. The Chandlers were welcomed by the Somali community close to where they had been held, and later met with the Somali prime minister in Mogadishu. A private jet flew them to Kenya, where they were whisked away in a British Embassy vehicle.


GREECE / Socialists extend gains in elections

The governing Socialist party has won mayoral races in Greece's two largest cities for the first time in 24 years, extending gains in local government elections. Socialist-backed mayoral candidates Giorgos Kaminis and Yiannis Boutaris won in Athens and the northern city of Thessaloniki, interrupting a streak of conservative victories dating to 1986. Prime Minister George Papandreou praised Sunday's result as a vote of confidence in his austerity program ahead of an inspection by EU and IMF officials on the implementation of a $150-billion rescue loan agreement.


IRAN / Air defense war games this week

State TV says Iran will begin nationwide air defense war games later this week. The semiofficial Mehr news agency, meanwhile, said in another report Sunday that Iran is expected during the war games to unveil a locally made radar system with a range of some 1,800 miles. The latest war games will begin Tuesday.

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