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Parliamentary elections held

Voters yesterday cast ballots in parliamentary elections that could deepen a split between pro-Western and pro-Russian forces. More than 3 million voters are eligible to elect representatives to the 101-seat legislature for a four-year term, and parties need to win 6 percent of the overall ballot to enter parliament. Opinion polls suggest the opposition Socialist party, which favors closer ties to Moscow, will win most seats, but fall short of a majority. The ruling pro-Western Democratic Party trails in second and an opposition bloc called ACUM, campaigning to fight entrenched corruption, is third.


Party complains of arrests

The Constitution Party founded by Nobel laureate Mohamed ElBaradei on Saturday denounced what it said was a “campaign of arrests” targeting its members after it criticized a bid to extend President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi’s powers. Four of its members had been arrested “in the past 48 hours,” the party posted on Facebook, while others faced “security restrictions.” It called on authorities to “stop these violations and repressive practices.” Security sources said they had “no information” on the crackdown.


‘Yellow vests’ protest again

Tens of thousands of people on Saturday marched in Paris and other cities as the “yellow vest” movement staged its 15th consecutive weekend of demonstrations against the government. Dozens of people were arrested. About 46,600 people joined the protests nationwide, including 5,800 in Paris, the Ministry of the Interior said. Paris police said the march was largely peaceful, although scuffles broke out as it wound down.


Winds kill four people

Strong winds whipping through the center of the nation on Saturday killed four people, including a teen who died when his father fell off the roof and crushed him, the Fatto Quotidiano said. The 14-year-old in Capena, near Rome, was holding the ladder for his father as he attempted to fix damage to the family roof, when the latter was knocked off by a gust of wind, falling 6m and landing on his son, the daily said. Two men in their 70s were killed by a farm wall that collapsed on top of them near Frosinone, while a 45-year-old man died when a pine tree in Guidonia crushed his car, it said.


Film director Donen dies

Filmmaker Stanley Donen, a giant of the Hollywood musical who directed Singin’ in the Rain, Anchors Away, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Funny Face among other films, died on Thursday. He died in New York from heart failure, his sons Joshua and Mark Donen said on Saturday. He was 94.

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