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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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Zelaya Briefly Returns to Honduras Despite Arrest Threat

Ousted President Manuel Zelaya briefly returned to Honduras today, despite the opposition government’s threat to arrest him for being back in the country. Zelaya was greeted by supporters as he crossed over to the country, but he quickly returned back to Nicaragua. The U.S. has deemed the move “reckless,” BBC News.

At least 17 people were killed when an airplane skidded off a runway while attempting to land in Iran. Reports say the tires failed to work and the plane, which was flying from the capital city Tehran to the northeastern city of Mashhad, skidded into a wall. Only nine days ago 168 people were killed in a plane crash in the country, Sky News.

Football star David Beckham has been fined $1,000 by the MLS for a run-in he had with a fan during halftime of a friendly matched played on Sunday. The fan, a part of a group who brought banners and signs admonishing Beckham for what they feel is a lack of commitment to the club, jumped from the stands to meet Beckham after the player walked to the stands and asked him to come down. Beckham has just rejoined the U.S. club after being loaned to AC Milan for five months and he has expressed interest in returning to Italy to play professionally, Sports Illustrated.

Archaeologists have discovered five shipwrecks off the coast of Italy that are believed to be from Roman times. The wrecks were found near Ventotene in the Mediterranean Sea. The ships are dated to be from between the 1st century B.C. and the 4th century, AP.

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