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The country breathed a sigh of relief that at least the question of who won the presidential runoff had been resolved Sunday after the first free and fair elections in Egypt’s modern history.

People returned to work a day after a panic that sent many home early for fear that violence might erupt when the winner was announced.

NORTH KOREA

N. Korea slams U.S. use of flag in war drills

SEOUL — North Korea on Monday called the use of its flag during U.S.-South Korean military drills last week a serious provocation and evidence of U.S. hostility that justifies the growth of Pyongyang’s nuclear arms program.

The statement from an unidentified Foreign Ministry spokesman came on the 62nd anniversary of the start of the 1950-53 Korean War, which ended in a truce, leaving the Korean Peninsula still technically at war.

Animosity between the rival Koreas and between Pyongyang and Washington has deepened since a North Korean rocket launch in April that Seoul and Washington called a cover for a test of banned long-range missile technology.

The U.S.-South Korean drills Friday were the allies’ biggest since the Korean War, and South Korean military officials called them a warning to North Korea.

A huge North Korean flag on a hill disappeared behind flames and smoke as South Korean jets and U.S. helicopters fired rockets. The flag wasn’t hit.

GREECE

New finance minister falls ill, resigns

ATHENS — Greece’s designated finance minister resigned Monday after being rushed to the hospital Friday, the prime minister’s office said.

Vassilis Rapanos, chairman of the National Bank of Greece, had been named finance minister last week in the country’s new three-party coalition government.

But he was taken ill before he could be sworn in Friday and has been in the hospital ever since.

Mr. Rapanos has sent a letter of resignation to Prime Minister Antonis Samaras.

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