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Spain's Socialist Party was on the verge of "civil war" Thursday after half its leadership staged a coup, in what could turn out to be good news for those desperate to end the country's political deadlock. "A sad spectacle", "War", read headlines in Spanish newspapers, after 17 members of the party's executive quit Wednesday in a bid to oust leader Pedro Sanchez, unhappy about the way he was navigating the Socialist ship through this year's choppy politics. "The Socialists had already gone through other stormy periods in the past decades but never had we seen something like this: a coup... to depose a secretary general elected democratically by grassroots members," wrote the right-wing El Mundo daily.
Saint-Jean-de-Luz (France) (AFP) - After losing his left leg in a shark attack in 2011, avid surfer Eric Dargent wasted little time rueing his misfortune, setting out to get his "revenge". Dargent, now 39, teamed up with snowboarding amputee Patrice Barattero to invent a prosthetic knee specially adapted to their sports, with the help of a vocational high school and an orthopaedic specialist. "A lot of things are different, but at the same time there are parallels with an able-bodied person," Dargent said.
The White House saw it coming, but still it stung. When President Barack Obama was hit with the first veto override of his two terms, it was a clear reminder of his dwindling political influence, years ...