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Turkish Cypriots voted in a new leader Sunday, with challenger Mustafa Akinci beating incumbent Dervis Eroglu in a run-off poll that could accelerate UN-backed efforts to reunify the long-divided island. Akinci, a former mayor of Nicosia in the breakaway Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and vocal advocate of reconciliation with the internationally recognised government, won 60.5 percent of the vote, organisers said. Soon after it became clear he would win, celebrations began at Akinci's office in north Nicosia, a few hundred metres (yards) from a UN-controlled buffer zone separating the Turkish and Greek Cypriot sides of Europe's last divided capital. Eroglu, speaking at north Nicosia’s presidential residence, conceded defeat and welcomed what he termed a "changing of the guards".
By Andrew Osborn LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Labour Party on Sunday ruled out a post-election deal with Scottish nationalists after Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives said such a tie-up could spark the biggest constitutional crisis since the 1936 abdication of the king. The policy shift, by Labour leader Ed Miliband, was designed to blunt what has become Cameron's main attack line before the May 7 election, a contest that is shaping up to be the country's closest and most unpredictable since the 1970s. The stakes are unusually high: Cameron is promising a European Union membership referendum which could see the world's fifth largest economy leave the trading bloc, while Scottish nationalists are pushing for a deal with Labour which opponents fear could pave the way for another independence referendum.