WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- A leftist party with roots in Poland's former communist regime won a majority in parliamentary elections Sunday, according to exit polls that also indicated the political extinction of Solidarity.
Solidarity -- the party that led Poland out of communism 12 years ago but has splintered to a remnant of its former self under a string of defections, infighting and corruption scandals -- failed to get any seats, according to two separate exit polls.
The results, though not unexpected, was a stunning defeat for the Solidarity bloc.
Earthquake shakes seabed off Ionian Sea island of Zakynthos
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- A strong earthquake shook the Ionian Sea island of Zakynthos on Monday. No injuries or damage were reported.
The undersea quake, with a preliminary magnitude of 5, occurred at 12:16 a.m. with an epicenter 150 miles southwest of Athens, the Athens Geodynamic Institute said.
An earthquake of magnitude 2.5 to 3 is the smallest generally felt by people. A quake of magnitude 5 can cause moderate damage.
Strong quake sways
central New Zealand
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- A strong earthquake rocked buildings and rattled windows across central New Zealand on Monday, the Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences said. There were no immediate reports of injury or damage.
The 5.6 magnitude quake, which struck at 4:49 p.m., was centered near the farming settlement of Porangahau on North Island and was felt 150 miles to the south in the capital, Wellington.
The institute said the quake's epicenter was 17 miles below the surface of the earth.
New Zealand experiences up to a dozen earthquakes of similar magnitude or larger each year.
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