Police raided housing projects in the suburbs of Paris at dawn Monday, arresting 33 people in a crackdown against the suspected leaders of rioting that wracked the area last year. President Nicolas Sarkozy warned in the aftermath of the violence that efforts to find those responsible was "an absolute priority." Police said most of the 33 in custody were between 19 and 31.
Four more political prisoners were freed by Cuba's communist government and flown to Madrid Sunday in another apparent gesture of leniency under acting leader Raul Castro. Three others arrested in a crackdown against dissidents in 2003 were still awaiting release, the BBC reported. The government of Spain negotiated the releases on health grounds, the BBC said. Fifty-two of the 75 people arrested in the sweep remain jailed.
A runoff election for the presidency of Cyprus was scheduled for next Sunday after two challengers eliminated incumbent Tassos Papadopoulos from the running but failed to win a majority themselves. Balloting was the closest in the history of the divided island. Ex-Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides led with 33.5 percent, compared with 33.3 percent for Communist Party leader Demetris Christofias and 31.7 for Papadopoulos.