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Conservative Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski of Macedonia claimed a landslide victory in Sunday's election for a new parliament. But international monitors faulted the voting in ethnic-Albanian areas for "failure to prevent violent acts and the limited ... enforcement of laws." The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe said it would watch the rerun of voting in those areas even more closely. Gruevski said victory gave Macedonia "the energy for progress to join NATO and the European Union."Skip to next paragraph
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King Gyanendra of Nepal said Monday he'll vacate the royal palace next week and is "eager" to live as an ordinary citizen. But despite the end of the 239-year monarchy, Nepal's future appeared far from settled. The former communist rebels, who won the April election for a constituent assembly that will rewrite the Constitution, have demanded the posts of president and prime minister. A leader of the Congress Party, which finished second in the voting, said, however, "They can't have both at the same time."
In another setback for leftist President Evo Morales, voters in two more Bolivian states overwhelmingly approved ballot initiatives on autonomy. Although many Morales supporters heeded his appeal to boycott the polls Sunday, the measures attracted an 81 percent "yes" vote in Pando and 80 percent in Beni, according to early reports. Morales has vowed to ignore the results.
Exiled human rights activist Khin Ohmar was awarded the Anna Lindh Prize Monday for her work to restore democracy to Burma (Myanmar). From her base in neighboring Thailand, she coordinates a network of "people's organizations" that generates weekly reports on the situation in Burma. The prize is named in memory of Sweden's foreign minister, who was murdered in 2003.
Yves Saint Laurent, who died late Sunday, was remembered both as an innovator and the last in a generation of designers who made Paris the fashion capital of the world. He rose to head the House of Dior while still in his early 20s, popularizing ready-to-wear clothes such as pantsuits, turtleneck sweaters, and leather jackets for young women's changing roles in society. He retired in 2002.