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May 6, 2012 at 10:28 PM
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Greece's direction murky after elections

ATHENS, Greece, May 6 (UPI) -- Greeks split their votes among several parties in Sunday's parliamentary elections, leaving it uncertain who will guide the country to financial recovery.

The Athens newspaper Ekatherimerini reported that with seven parties winning seats in Parliament, the center-right New Democracy and center-left PASOK parties, which had supported the country's latest international bailout, could be blocked from quickly forming a coalition government

With about 93 percent of the votes counted, the New Democracy Party had about 19.2 percent for 59 seats, followed by the left-leaning SYRIZA, at 16.6 percent and 51 seats and PASOK at 13.4 percent and 41 seats.

The right-wing anti-bailout Independent Greeks party was fourth with 10.6 percent and 33 seats, followed by the Communist Party garnered 8.4 percent and 26 seats.

The neo-Nazi Chrysi Avgi (Golden Dawn) party was polling close to 7 percent and 21 seats. The Democratic Left was seventh at 6.1 percent at 19 seats.

There were 32 parties running for the 300 seats parliamentary seats.

Ekathimerini said it was possible New Democracy, which gets 50 extra seats, could form a coalition with PASOK, but the slim majority would leave the parties in a weak position since Greek voters moved toward parties that opposed the bailout agreed with the European Union and the International Monetary Fund.

PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos and New Democracy chief Antonis Samaras said they are open to the idea of including other parties i

Police break up anti-Putin rally

MOSCOW, May 6 (UPI) -- Police arrested hundreds of protesters at a rally against Russian President-elect Vladimir Putin in Moscow Sunday, officials said.

About 50,000 demonstrators railed against Putin's victory in the disputed March 4 presidential election, RIA Novosti reported.

Putin, who served two terms as president before spending the past four years as prime minister, won by a landslide, but his victory has been surrounded by allegations of voter fraud. He is to be inaugurated Monday.

The protest was called for by political activist Sergei Udaltsov, leader of the Left Front movement.

"Fascists!" protesters shouted. "You are breaking the law!"

Some police officers were injured in clashes with protesters who threw bottles and stones at them, police said, adding that a number of journalists from the state-run NTV channel were beaten by protesters.

"This was not Udaltsov's rally," political analyst Dmitry Oreshkin said. "This was a rally of angry citizens."

There was no official number reported on how many people were arrested.

14 women arrested in Egypt released

ABBASSIYA, Egypt, May 6 (UPI) -- Egyptian military forces released 14 women Sunday who were detained at a sit-in, lawyers say.

The women were arrested Friday inside the al-Nour mosque, close to the ministry of defense building in Abbassiya, Bikyamasr.com reported.

Military prosecutors ordered them to be held for 15 days pending investigation. However, they were released Sunday, defense lawyers say.

The 14 women arrested were part of around 300 people who were arrested during protests Friday.

As many as 18 journalists were assaulted as they were arrested Friday, said the Committee to Protect Journalists.

"We call on the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces to identify the attackers and bring them to justice immediately, as well as to release journalists in custody," Mohamed Abudl Dayem, CPJ's MENA program coordinator, said in a statement on Friday.

All but two journalists have been released.

Soldier killed by roadside bomb

KABUL, Afghanistan, May 6 (UPI) -- A roadside bomb hit a U.S. military vehicle in eastern Afghanistan Sunday, killing one soldier and injuring two others, officials say.

The blast hit the vehicle about 6 miles south of an outpost in Paktia province, near the Pakistani border, CNN reported.

NATO's International Security Assistance Force initially reported three deaths from the blast Sunday, but later put the toll at one. The victim has not been identified.

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