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The case comes months after another Polish court let off a heavy-metal performer, Adam Darski, who tore a Bible during a 2007 performance. The court deemed his act artistic expression.


Opposition parties win a few seats in election

ASTANA — Election officials in Kazakhstan say three parties have won seats in the parliament, ending the total control once held by the president’s party.

However, President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s Nur Otan party remains the overwhelming force in the legislature, winning more than 80 percent of the vote in Sunday’s election.

Nur Otan held all elected seats in the previous 107-member parliament. Nine deputies are nominated by a presidential advisory body.

According to results released Monday by the Central Elections Commission, the business-oriented Ak Zhol party and the People’s Communist Party got slightly more than 7 percent of the nationwide vote, clearing the threshold for gaining seats.

There was no immediate breakdown on the number of seats for each party.

Meanwhile, international election monitors of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe said the election failed to meet the fundamental principles of a democratic vote.


War games scrapped to avoid tensions with Iran

JERUSALEM — Israeli and U.S. officials have postponed large-scale war games, in part to avoid aggravating mounting tensions between the international community and Iran over its disputed nuclear program, Israeli defense officials said Monday.

The missile-defense exercise, dubbed “Austere Challenge 12,” was scheduled for April to improve defense systems and cooperation between U.S. and Israeli forces. The Israeli military confirmed in a one-line statement that the drill would be rescheduled for the second half of 2012, but did not disclose reasons for the postponement or any other details.

From wire dispatches and staff reports