QUITO, Ecuador (AP) -- A populist former army colonel who led a coup in 2000 and has pledged to fight corruption was elected as Ecuador's sixth president in six years, despite concerns that some of his radical supporters would scare investors.
Lucio Gutierrez, 45, won 54.3 percent support in Sunday's runoff vote, topping the 45.7 gained by billionaire Alvaro Noboa, who counts among his friends several members of the Kennedy clan and Hollywood actors such as Charlton Heston.
Gutierrez's run for the presidency worried some Ecuadoreans because of his support from a small Marxist party, radical Indian groups and leftist-led unions.
But since he won the first round of elections on Oct. 20, setting up Sunday's runoff vote, Gutierrez has toned down his rhetoric and shifted toward the center, describing himself as "center-left."
Austrian far-right leader Haider resigns post
VIENNA, Austria (AP) -- Joerg Haider, the far-right leader known for his visits to Iraq and praise of Adolf Hitler's policies, said Monday that he would resign as governor of an Austrian province and may leave politics following his party's poor showing in general elections.
Haider, who led the anti-immigration Freedom Party until May 2000, told Austrian state radio that he planned to meet with party leaders later in the day to discuss his plans.
Indian security forces kill militants, ending gunbattles
JAMMU, India (AP) -- Security forces killed three Islamic militants Monday, ending gunbattles that left 14 people dead at two Hindu temples, said police in India's Jammu-Kashmir state.
At least 50 others, mostly Hindu devotees visiting this city of temples, were injured, said Ashok Suri, the state police chief.
Ten civilians and one policeman were killed besides the three militants, who had hurled grenades and firing automatic weapons at the Hindu shrines.
South Korean activists hurl firebombs into U.S. base
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Dozens of activists hurled firebombs into a U.S. military base early Monday, protesting last week's acquittals of two American soldiers involved in the deaths of two Korean teenagers.
The attack on Camp Gray in Seoul, a small warehouse management facility manned mostly by South Korean employees, caused no property damage or injuries, the U.S. military said.
South Korean police said one activist was arrested.
Last week, Sgt. Fernando Nino and Sgt. Mark Walker were acquitted of negligent homicide charges in the deaths of two 13-year-old school girls, who were hit June 13 by an armored vehicle.
Bus accident kills 30
NEW DELHI, India (AP) -- A passenger bus plunged from a bridge in central India on Sunday, killing at least 30 people and injuring 30 others, officials said.
The bus crashed off the bridge over the Son River in the Madhya Pradesh state, slamming into the dry river bed after a tire blew out, said Keshav Kumar, an aide to the local administrator.
Quakes shake up volcano
CATANIA, Sicily (AP) -- A thick river of lava flowed toward a hikers and tourist refuge on the slopes of Mount Etna after three earthquakes -- two of them five minutes apart -- rocked the region Sunday and sent residents fleeing their homes.
No one was injured and no buildings were damaged in the quakes on the eastern Sicilian volcano.
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