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Spain's ruling People's Party takes electoral battering

Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias raises his fist Credit: REUTERS/Andrea Comas

Spain's ruling party has received a bloody nose in the country's regional and local elections as voters responded to four harsh years of spending cuts.

The People's Party returned its worst results for more than 20 years as new parties rose to shake up the status quo.

New parties - market-friendly Ciudadanos, and anti-austerity Podemos - combined to punish prime minister Mariano Rajoy.

Even though PP won the most votes, it fell short of absolute majorities in most areas, and it and its traditional Socialist rivals will now have to negotiate coalitions in 13 of Spain's 17 regions.

Police destroy suspicious pressure cooker in DC

A man has been arrested in Washington DC after a bomb squad was forced to destroy a "suspicious" pressure cooker left in a car near the Capitol building.

Police cordoned off the unattended car after officers noticed the smell of petrol

The owner of the vehicle, Israel Shimeles of Alexandria, Virginia, was arrested and charged with using his car after his license had been revoked.


28 'human trafficking' camps found in Malaysia

28 suspected human trafficking camps have been found near the Thai-Malaysian boarder, according to Malaysia's chief of police.

139 graves believed to contain the remains of migrants were found at the camps, located around 500m from the border in the north of the country, said General Khalid Abu Bakar.

"The operation which we have been conducting from 11 May to 23 May we discovered 139 of what we believe are graves," Khalid told reporters.

He added that one grave site was about 100m from a mass grave discovered in Thailand earlier this month.

Read more: Malaysian police find 'human trafficking mass grave'

Three dead and eight missing in Texas flashfloods

Three people were killed yesterday while at least eight others have been reported missing in flash-flooding and severe storms in Texas and Oklahoma.

Captain Jason Farley, a firefighter, died while helping rescue 10 people trapped in northeast Oklahoma, when he was swept into a drainage ditch. A 33-year-old woman was killed in Tulsa when a car smashed into the one she was in.

Meanwhile, in Texas a man was killed in the floods that washed over San Marcos, according to city officials.

The eight missing people were all from two families on a weekend away together in Wimberley, Texas. Three are children.

The extreme weather has forced evacuations and rooftop rescues, and has left thousands without power. The National Weather Service reported river flooding across southern Oklahoma and central Texas, where six to nine inches of rain fell overnight.

One million BAME voters backed the Conservatives

One third of black, Asian and minority ethnic voters supported the Conservatives at this month's General Election, according to new research.

And while Labour still commands a greater share, with 1.6m or 52%, one million - 33% - of BAME voters picked the Tories, a major survey by the think tank British Future has suggested.

Five per cent of the BAME vote went to the Greens and another five to the Liberal Democrats, while two per cent voted for Ukip.


Polish president concedes election in shock defeat

Andrzej Duda of the Law and Justice Party Credit: REUTERS/Kacper Pempel

The president of Poland, Bronislaw Komorowski, has stepped down after an exit poll showed him losing to his conservative rival, Andrzej Duda by six points in Sunday's election.

Komorowski had originally been favourite to retain the position, but his defeat has reflected a desire among voters for new faces, and a sense that Poland's new-found prosperity was not being shared out equally.

43-year-old Duda's win is the first in nearly a decade for the Law and Justice party, which is socially conservative and close to the Catholic Church, but less friendly to business than the incumbent Civic Platform Party.

"I respect your choice," Komorowski told a gathering of supporters. "I wish my challenger a successful presidency."

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