Czech president faces runoff election


Presidential vote will head to runoff

PRAGUE — Czech President Milos Zeman failed to win reelection during the first round of voting Saturday and will face a runoff election in two weeks against the former head of the country’s Academy of Sciences. Zeman and Jiri Drahos advanced to the second round after none of the nine candidates won a majority. Zeman had 39 percent of the vote, followed by Drahos with 27 percent. The Czech president appoints the prime minister but has no direct executive power. (AP)


Two bodies found on burning tanker

BEIJING — Rescuers on Saturday recovered the bodies of two crew members of an Iranian oil tanker that has been on fire since colliding with a freighter last week in the East China Sea. The bodies were found on the lifeboat deck of the Sanchi. Rescuers stayed aboard less than 30 minutes but were able to recover the ship’s data and video recordings. Authorities are concerned that the ship could explode and sink, spilling its cargo of light oil. (AP)


ANC leader pledges to fight corruption

JOHANNESBURG — The new leader of South Africa’s ruling party vowed Saturday to crack down on the corruption that has weakened the African National Congress. ‘‘Billions of rands have been illegally diverted to individuals,’’ Cyril Ramaphosa said in a speech to mark the party’s 106th anniversary. Ramaphosa was elected last month to replace President Jacob Zuma as party leader, and is likely to become the next president in 2019. (AP)