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Greek voters celebrate as leftist party claims victory

Thousands of supporters of leftist Syriza party are celebrating into the night in Athens after the anti-austerity party claimed victory in Sunday's snap election.

Supporters celebrate in Athens after exit polls showed Greece's anti-austerity was on the brink of victory. Credit: Reuters
Alexis Tsipras has pledged to end 'austerity and destruction' after his party's victory. Credit: Reuters
A young girl was among the huge crowd of supporters in Athens on Sunday. Credit: Reuters

Police charge 'drink-driver who sped at 100mph'

A motorist has been charged with drink-driving while allegedly speeding at 100 mph.

The motorist was allegedly drink-driving at more than 100mph. Credit: PA Wire

Police said the driver was arrested after being stopped in roadworks on the A38(M) in Birmingham, where a temporary 30mph limit is currently in place.

Officers said the driver was more than double the legal limit after a reading of 72 microgrammes of alcohol was recorded while in custody.

The driver, who has not been named by police, is due to appear in court on February 10.


PM: Syriza victory will increase economic uncertainty

David Cameron has said the victory for far-left party Syriza in Greece will "increase economic uncertainty across Europe".

Obama condemns 'Russian backing' of Ukraine rebels

The Foreign Secretary has called on Russia to halt its support of pro-Russian rebels who have launched a huge new offensive in eastern Ukraine.

President Obama also condemned what he called the "Russian backing, Russian training and Russian troops" supporting the separatists.

You may find some parts of Neil Connery's report disturbing.

  1. James Mates

Victory for Syriza could lead to fresh Eurozone crisis

Europe had been expected Syriza to win this election but they thought they might win it narrowly, or need coalition partners, with all the compromises that that would involve but in fact they've won big.

The party has been given a very clear mandate and in fact they may even be able to govern on their own.

They will certainly have the ability, if they choose to use it, to make some very serious changes in Greece.

But there is a contradiction here at the heart of their policies, because they want to stay in the Euro and they want to keep their share of the single currency, yet they don't want to obey the Eurozone's rules on taxing, spending, budget deficits and they don't want to repay their debts.

The Eurozone, effectively Germany, is going to have to decide - do we cut the Greek's loose, is the Eurozone strong enough to lose a small member or do we make compromises and try to accommodate this new government, with the risk that they end up having to do the same with other countries.

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