In US, mayor of San Diego quits over sex charges
LOS ANGELES (AFP) - The mayor of the US city of San Diego resigned amid a wave of sexual harassment complaints, issuing a blanket apology but also decrying the "hysteria" surrounding the case.
Mayor Bob Filner, a Democrat elected mayor of the southern Californian city in November, endured weeks of calls for his resignation.
Angry citizens even organised a recall effort to remove him from office.
"I apologise to all of you," said Filner, 70, as he announced his resignation after a closed-door meeting with City Council members on Friday.