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THE FORMER Communist Party won a majority of seats in Bulgaria's Parliament, official returns showed. The Electoral Commission said Monday the Communists, who recently changed their name to the Socialist Party, won 211 seats in the 400-member Grand National Assembly, or nearly 53 percent of the vote . . . CLOSE TO 200 people were killed in severe flooding that submerged an entire county and damaged more than 2 million acres of farmland in China's southern province of Hunan, officials said Tuesday.