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An exit poll showed Institutional Revolutionary Party candidate Eruviel Avila winning the Mexico state election in a landslide, which would give PRI a major boost heading into the July 2012 national election, where it wants to regain the presidency it lost in 2000 after 71 years of uninterrupted rule.

The private poll by Mendoza Blanco y Asociados, carried out for TV Azteca, has Mr. Avila with 64 percent support, Alejandro Encinas of the Democratic Revolution Party, or PRD, with 23 percent and Luis Felipe Bravo Mena of President Felipe Calderon’s ruling National Action Party with 13 percent.

 

The poll showed the PRI also winning the state governor’s race in Coahuila with 65 percent support and in Nayarit with 48 percent. The poll had a margin for error of 4 percentage points.

KOSOVO

Kosovo, Serbia hail breakthrough deal

PRISTINA — Kosovo and Serbia on Sunday hailed the first deal on resolving nuts-and-bolts problems created by Pristina’s declared independence as a step toward European integration.

A five-month EU-brokered dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina produced first results late Saturday as the two sides agreed on issues such as freedom of movement and what to do about Serbia holding civil registries since the end of the 1998-1999 conflict.

According to the deal, citizens of Kosovo, a former Serbian province, will be able to cross the border with Serbia and move freely around the country with personal documents issued by Pristina authorities, excluding passports.

Belgrade up to now had considered Kosovo vehicle number-plates and ID as invalid, preventing Kosovars from using the shortest route to western Europe.

This was a particular headache for some of the 150,000-strong Kosovo diaspora in EU countries, who welcomed the agreement with relief.

CANADA

Prince William, Kate dine at site of French defeat

QUEBEC CITY — Prince William and wife Kate thrilled hundreds of adoring fans with an unscheduled walkabout Sunday in a city that was the site of a key French defeat at British hands.

The newlyweds were on the fourth day of a nine-day trip to Canada, part of their first official overseas trip since their April 29 wedding.

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