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- RUSSIA : Siberian Cult Leader Rudnev Jailed For Raping Dozens Of Followers.
- GUATEMALA : Court Throws Out Rios Montt Genocide Conviction; Trial Restart Ordered.
- AUSTRALIA / USA : USA Navy Resumes Ship Sinking Exercises.
- COLOMBIA : Top Pop Singer Shakira...Sued By Ex-Novio...For $100 Million.
- UKRAINE : Thousands Protest In Kyiv For Yulia, Against Yanukovych; Some Injured In Clashes.
- ANIMALS / HUMOR / IMAGES : Cats: Love Them Or Hate Them; Website Now Lets Owners Shame Them.
- COSTA RICA / PERU / COLOMBIA : 17 May UPDATE : 2 More Aides Resign After Prez. Chinchilla Comes Under Fire For Free Flights On Alleged Narco Jet; Key Minister Resigns Over Flight From Bogus Person.
- MEXICO : Shocking Details Emerge About Mayor's Abduction Before Execution; 19 Bodies Found In Chihuahua State.
- MEXICO: Telenovela Star's Assistant Charged With 4 Counts Of Attempted Murder.
13 March 2013
FRANCE : Hollande's Suddenly Slumping Popularity.
For Francophiles like this newsblog's editor...or those interested in Europe's 2nd biggest economy...Der Spiegel features a piece on the suddenly slumping popularity of French President Francois Hollande.
Last June...Hollande had between 51-63% approval...that has now plummeted to 30-37%.
In just 10 months...even some in his own Socialist party have become disillusioned... 'accusing him of having no vision, doing too little, speaking publicly too seldom and leaving his government muddling through.'
His backing of same sex marriage also upset many conservative Catholics.
And many apparently don't like his partner...Valerie Trierweiler.
Recent PR efforts to bolster his image have failed.
Is it a case of Sarkozy...deja vu?