Spain’s scandal-hit royals look to new king and queen


MADRID: Spain’s scandal-hit royal family looked to a new king- and queen-in-waiting to mend its fortunes as King Juan Carlos called an end to his 39-year reign on Monday. The 76-year-old monarch said he would hand over the crown to his son Prince Felipe, 46, hoping to revitalise the palace and the country after years of scandal and recession. Felipe, a tall former Olympic yachtsman, will take the throne with his wife Letizia, a glamorous 41-year-old former newsreader who will be Spain’s first “commoner” queen. An act of parliament is needed to bring Juan Carlos’s abdication into force. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy called a cabinet meeting for Tuesday to draw up…

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Syria's 2014 Presidential Election Underway

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Polling stations have opened in government-held areas in Syria for the country’s presidential election — a vote that President Bashar Assad is widely expected to win. Tuesday’s balloting comes amid a devastating, three-year civil war that activists say has killed more than 160,000 people. It’s also […]