France’s ruling socialists take a beating in local elections.
Right-wing parties led by former president Nicholas Sarkozy’s UMP and Marine LePen’s National Front made big gains in the run-off polls. Voters are fed up with president Francois Hollande’s policies and showed it in this test of sentiment ahead of 2017’s national election. Exit polls projected that left-wing parties would win around a third at most of councils.
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The Arab League agrees to create a joint military force.
Egypt’s president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi got the heads of the 22 states on board with the plan, which could take months to become reality. 10 Arab nations have already banded together to carry out air strikes against Houthi rebels in Yemen, as part of a Saudi-led coalition. They bombed Yemen’s main international airport Sunday.
March 29, 2015
Europol’s chief rails against the dark net.
In an interview, Rob Wainwright joined the chorus of security bosses warning that data encryption is enabling terrorists to communicate in secret, and shielding them from detection. He urged companies like Apple to reconsider offering sophisticated encryption software in their products.
March 27, 2015
The Germanwings co-pilot may have suffered from a psychosomatic illness.
Hillary Clinton wiped her email server clean, a Republican congressman says.
Clinton deleted all emails from her home server and did not comply with requests for additional documents, said Rep. Trey Gowdy. Clinton’s lawyer says she has handed over all work emails from her tenure as secretary of state. Current secretary of state John Kerry has initiated a review of state department record-keeping.
March 29, 2015
Greece’s creditors are considering yet another reform plan from Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ government.
This one will raise €3bn ($3.3bn) and includes more privatizations, higher excise taxes and steps to clamp down on tax evasion. Greece says it will run out of money sometime in April if its creditors don’t agree to release more bailout funds.