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Paris Elects Its First-Ever Female Mayor

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Paris has elected its first-ever female mayor, the Spanish-born Socialist Anne Hidalgo, even as elsewhere in the country more right-wing candidates won their races. Hidalgo received 54.5 per cent of the vote.Read more…

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Far right National Front party poised for electoral breakthrough in France

<!– google_ad_section_start –> France on Sunday held a second round of voting in local elections that are set to result in a breakthrough by the far right and trigger a reshuffle of the beleaguered Socialist government. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Is our aid being wasted on ‘fragile states’?

We save our aid for the worst basket cases. But some unpalatable regimes (hello, Uganda) and their strongmen are gaming the system

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Cost of Being Mayor? $650 Million, if He’s Rich

An analysis of Michael R. Bloomberg’s personal spending connected to his time and role as mayor found staggering totals on items from bagels to flights by private plane.

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3 Terms Nearly Up, Bloomberg Makes S.N.L. Cameo

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg made his debut on “Saturday Night Live,” ensuring that he would not become the first New York City mayor since Abraham D. Beame to never appear on the show.

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Obama Tells New Mayors He’ll Help Fight Inequality

President Obama vowed on Friday to join Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio and newly elected leaders in an effort to combat growing inequalities.

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Poll Finds Hope Is Running High for Next Mayor of New York City

Seventy-three percent of New Yorkers said they were optimistic about the next four years, but skeptical that Bill de Blasio could achieve changes on issues that defined his candidacy.

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Mayor Ousted in Colombia After Claims of Bungling

The Bogotá mayor, Gustavo Petro, was said to have made serious mistakes in his handling of the botched transfer of garbage collection from private contractors to a government-run service.

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It’s the Economy: Why Mayors Can’t Combat Income Inequality

Running a global city is tough — and that’s a good thing.

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Council Asks Toronto Mayor to Step Down Temporarily

Shortly after the vote, a court released documents that painted a salacious picture of a combative, drunken mayor who assaulted staff members and entertained suspected prostitutes.

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De Blasio in Position to Win Mayor’s Race by Historic Margin, Poll Shows

Bill de Blasio is flirting with a record New York City mayoral win for a non-incumbent; that record is currently held by Abraham D. Beame, who won in 1973 with a 40-point victory margin.

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City Room: New York Today: The Ex-Mayors

What you need to know for Thursday: life after City Hall, random-seeming weather and a clever parking scam.

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Scandal-Weary San Diego Asks a Question: Where’s the Mayor?

Bob Filner was supposed to be back on the job after two weeks in rehab and a week of personal leave, but at City Hall he was nowhere to be found.

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Cash boost for Shanghai park no threat to Hong Kong Disneyland, say bosses

<!– google_ad_section_start –> The Shanghai park will be one of the beneficiaries of the huge loan package from the Agricultural Bank of China. But the Hong Kong park has big plans of its own and the Hong Kong government, the majority shareholder, announced earlier this year that a new zone featuring Marvel superheroes – including the likes of Iron Man, Captain America and Thor – will be built. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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CY Leung vows probe on clips of teacher’s tirade

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said he would ask the education minister to submit a report on controversial video clips showing primary school teacher Alpais Lam Wai-sze shouting abuse at police officers during a dispute in Mong Kok. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Architecture award to Beijing’s futuristic Galaxy Soho slammed by heritage group

<!– google_ad_section_start –> A Beijing heritage group says it’s still waiting for the Royal Institute of British Architects to explain why it gave a large, futuristic mall and office complex in the heart of old Beijing one of its most prestigious honours. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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