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Most Spaniards want king to abdicate: poll

MADRID (Reuters) - Almost two thirds of Spaniards want their king to abdicate and hand the crown to his son, according to a poll released on Sunday, the monarch's birthday, that also showed his popularity slumping to a record low. King Juan Carlos, who has been on the throne for 38 years, was once one of the world's best-loved sovereigns, respected for his common touch and for helping guide Spain to democracy in the 1970s after the death of dictator Francisco Franco.

More than half of Spaniards want king to abdicate

Sixty-two percent of Spaniards want their country's scandal-hit King Juan Carlos to abdicate and fewer than half support the monarchy in general, a poll published on Sunday showed. A majority however support the king's son and heir Felipe and believe he could restore the family's prestige, according to the study by pollster Sigma Dos for El Mundo newspaper.

More than half of Spaniards want king to abdicate

Sixty-two percent of Spaniards want their country's scandal-hit King Juan Carlos to abdicate and fewer than half support the monarchy in general, a poll published on Sunday showed. A majority however support his son and heir Felipe and believe he could restore the family's prestige, according to the study by pollster Sigma Dos for El Mundo newspaper. Juan Carlos, who turned 76 on Sunday, has seen his popularity plunge over the past three years, largely due to a corruption scandal centred on his son-in-law and a luxury elephant-hunting trip the king made to Africa in 2012.

Croatia seeks investor for Tito's summer paradise

Croatia moved Friday to find an investor for a tourist resort once used by former Yugoslav leader Josip Broz Tito to entertain his celebrity guests. The government has engaged a Croatian and an Austrian consulting agency to find an investor for Veliki Brijun, an island in the northern Brijuni archipelago, Tourism Minister Darko Lorencin said. "We want an operator that will have a label like One&Only, Ritz Carlton or Four Seasons," added the minister.

Croatia seeks investor for Tito's summer paradise

Croatia moved Friday to find an investor for a tourist resort once used by former Yugoslav leader Josip Broz Tito to entertain his celebrity guests. The government has engaged a Croatian and an Austrian consulting agency to find an investor for Veliki Brijun, an island in the northern Brijuni archipelago, Tourism Minister Darko Lorencin said. "We want an operator that will have a label like One&Only, Ritz Carlton or Four Seasons," added the minister.

Emperor expresses concern about victims of disaster

Emperor Akihito on Wednesday expressed his concern for those affected by the March 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster that hit the northeastern part of Japan as the third winter since then has come around. "At the dawn of the new year, my heart once again goes out to the afflicted people," the emperor said in his New Year's message, thinking of those who have to spend the cold winter in temporary housing and those who cannot return home due to the nuclear accident at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant.

Spain's King Juan Carlos emphasizes unity in Christmas message

Madrid, Dec 24 (EFE).- King Juan Carlos on Tuesday urged Spaniards to build their future together, using his traditional Christmas message to stress the "many, many things" that unite them. Controversies should be resolved in accord with the democratic rules of the game "approved by all," he said in a nationally broadcast address.

Crown Prince Naruhito to attend Mandela's funeral

Crown Prince Naruhito and former Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda left for South Africa on Monday to attend the funeral service for former South African President Nelson Mandela. It is the first overseas trip by a Japanese imperial family member to attend a funeral for a nonroyal family member. "We have decided to ask Crown Prince Naruhito to attend (the funeral) in honor of the achievements by Mr. Mandela," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a press conference.

Japan to send Crown Prince Naruhito to Mandela's memorial service

Japan will send Crown Prince Naruhito and former Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda to a memorial service Tuesday for former South African President Nelson Mandela, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said. It is the first overseas trip by a Japanese imperial family member to attend a funeral or memorial service for a nonroyal family member.

Dictator or icon? Slovenians recall Tito in new exhibit

The late Tito, former Yugoslavia's communist strongman, has been largely ignored in Slovenia since its independence but historians insist that, good or bad, he should be remembered: and a new exhibit does just that. Josip Broz -- nicknamed "Tito" -- ruled over the former Yugoslavia from 1945 until his death in 1980, having been named president for life. But he has been a controversial figure in Slovenia, which broke free from the republic in 1991, with people divided between those who see him as a war criminal and others who remember happier times.
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