Two French hostages freed near Darfur

The party of France’s President Nicolas Sarkozy is likely to be defeated in regional elections, according to new exit polls. Sarkozy’s center-right UMP party is reportedly losing to the Socialists, a result aided by low turnout. This is the last nationwide vote before the 2012 presidential and parliamentary elections, BBC News.

An American consulate worker and her husband have been killed by suspected drug traffickers in Cuidad Juárez, Mexico. Another worker’s husband was also killed, and two children were wounded. The White House has responded to the killings, expressing outrage and vowing to work with Mexican officials to find the killers, NY Times.

Soccer legend David Beckham is expected to miss this summer’s World Cup, which was likely to be his last, after he tore his Achilles tendon in an Inter Milan match today, Sky News. In college basketball news, today the 64 teams who will take part in March Madness, the annual championship tournament, were chosen. Brackets can be found here.

Two French hostages taken in the Central African Republic in November have been freed. Both were working for French aid group Triangle Generation Humanitaire. They were released in the Darfur region and are on their way to the Sudanese capital city Khartoum, BBC News.

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