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By Nelson Renteria and Michael O'Boyle SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) - A former Marxist guerrilla leader claimed a narrow victory in El Salvador's presidential election run-off on Sunday but his conservative rival warned of fraud and insisted he was the winner. Salvador Sanchez Ceren of the ruling Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN), which fought a series of U.S.-backed governments in a 1980-1992 civil war, won with 50.11 percent support, the election tribunal's preliminary results showed. His right-wing challenger Norman Quijano, a former mayor of San Salvador, had 49.89 percent and the two men were separated by just 6,634 votes. An angry Quijano, 67, accused the election tribunal of corruption and hinted at foul play.
A powerful 6.9-magnitude earthquake struck late Sunday off the coast of northern California, the US Geological Survey said, but there were no immediate reports of damage or a tsunami threat. The quake struck at 0518 GMT with an epicenter located 77 kilometers (48 miles) west-northwest of the town of Ferndale and at a depth of seven kilometers (4.3 miles), said the USGS, which monitors earthquakes worldwide. There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage, but early reports indicate the quake was felt as far away as San Francisco, around 400 kilometers south of Ferndale. Authorities in Humboldt County, the part of sparsely-populated northern California some 250 miles up the coast from San Francisco, said they had no calls about damage of injuries, local media reported.