International Briefs

Sarkozy party loses

PARIS: President Nicolas Sarkozy suffered a national beating by voters who took their frustrations over the economic crisis to the ballot box and clearly favoured his leftist challengers in regional elections. Near-complete results showed Socialist and other leftist candidates dominating Sunday’s first round vote to choose governments of France’s 26 regions. The decisive runoff is on March 21.

Charged with murder

SYDNEY: Police in Australia have charged a 92-year-old woman with killing her 98-year-old husband. Clare Tang is due to appear in court on Tuesday on a murder charge after her husband was found dead in their apartment in downtown Sydney on Friday night. New South Wales state police said in a statement that CY Tang was found in the lounge room and that he had suffered head wounds. A cause of death was still being determined. Clare Tang was arrested at the scene. Family friend George Tsoi said the couple were from Shanghai, China. He said they had been married for about 70 years, and that Clare Tang appeared to love her husband deeply, Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported.