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December 5, 2016

In Austria's presidential race, Norbert Hofer has conceded defeat to Alexander Van der Bellen.

Official results won't come in until Monday, but Van der Bellen, the former leader of the Green Party, is the apparent winner, as exit polls show him with 53.6 percent of the vote. Hofer is a member of the right-wing populist Freedom Party of Austria, and wrote on Facebook that he is "incredibly sad it didn't work" and asked "all Austrians to stick together. We are all Austrians, no matter what we decided today. Long live our home Austria." Van der Bellen said he "always campaigned for a pro-European Austrian. This is about values: freedom, equality, and solidarity." He also promised to "actively speak to all voters, including those of Hofer's party."

Being president is largely a ceremonial role in Austria. In May, Van der Bellen won the presidential election by slightly more than 30,000 votes, but Hofer and his party challenged the results. There was concern over how some ballots were handled, and the results were annulled. Had Hofer won, Austria would have become the first country in Western Europe to elect a far-right head of state since the end of World War II, CNN reports. On Twitter, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said "the whole of Europe has heaved a sigh of relief." Catherine Garcia

December 4, 2016

Calling it the "hardest decision I've ever made," New Zealand Prime Minister John Key surprised his country Monday by announcing he is resigning.

After eight years on the job, he cited family reasons for his decision; The New Zealand Herald reports his wife, Bronagh, requested that he step down, and during his announcement, he said his children have had to deal with an "extraordinary level of intrusion." He won his third term in 2014, and said he doesn't know what he will do next. Now, the National Party has to hold a caucus to select a new prime minister, with Bill English, deputy prime minister, likely to take over in the meantime. Catherine Garcia

November 11, 2014

Poland's Independence Day celebration turned violent Tuesday for the fourth year in a row, resulting in 220 arrests, The Associated Press reports.

Tens of thousands of nationalists marching through Warsaw threw rocks, firecrackers, and stones at police, who fired at the crowd with a water cannon and rubber bullets. Some rioters also lobbed benches from the nearby bus station.

Organizers of the riot have blamed far-right groups and local football clubs for turning the peaceful march violent. Julie Kliegman

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