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Germans hand Chancellor Angela Merkel a historic fourth term
Sat, 23 Sep 2017 23:39:00 GMT
BERLIN — Germans handed Chancellor Angela Merkel a historic fourth term at the helm of Europe's economic engine Sunday, after she shepherded the country through multiple crises over the past 12 years. Her main challenger, the Social Democrats' Martin ...
Trump: North Korean leaders 'won't be around much longer' if they strike US
Sun, 24 Sep 2017 19:01:00 GMT
If North Korea's foreign minister hoped to draw a response from U.S. President Donald Trump with his Saturday speech to the U.N. General Assembly, he succeeded. "Just heard Foreign Minister of North Korea speak at U.N.," the president tweeted late Saturday.
France: Macron's party suffers hit in French Senate election
Sun, 24 Sep 2017 11:31:00 GMT
French President Emmanuel Macron's centrist party suffered its first electoral blow Sunday, as rival conservatives dominated the Senate election amid mounting disenchantment with Macron's leadership. The results damage Macron's legitimacy as he embarks on ...
Trump replaces travel ban with new restrictions on 8 nations
Sun, 24 Sep 2017 19:09:00 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Citizens of eight countries, including North Korea and Venezuela, will face new restrictions on entry to the U.S. under a proclamation signed by President Donald Trump on Sunday that will replace his expiring travel ban. The new rules ...
The Iraqi City Set to Implode if the Kurds Vote for Independence
Sun, 24 Sep 2017 07:09:00 GMT
For decades, even a census has been considered too risky in the hotly contested northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk, claimed by Kurds, Arabs and the Turkmen ethnic group. But on Monday, the city's residents will join people across northern Iraq in a vote on ...
NFL players, owners rebuff Trump's attacks as controversy continues for a second day
Sun, 24 Sep 2017 18:54:00 GMT
Travelers from eight countries will face restrictions on entry to the U.S, ranging from a total ban to more targeted restrictions, under a new proclamation signed by President Trump on Sunday. The new rules will affect the citizens of Chad, Iran, Libya ...
Bali volcano eruption fears spark exodus of more than 35,000
Sun, 24 Sep 2017 05:09:00 GMT
More than 35,000 people have fled a menacing volcano on the Indonesian tourist island of Bali, fearing it will erupt for the first time in more than half a century as increasing tremors rattle the region. The numbers Sunday from disaster officials are more ...
UN official: Global community must step up Rohingya aid
Sun, 24 Sep 2017 19:22:00 GMT
COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh – The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said Sunday that the exodus of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar to Bangladesh is "the most urgent refugee emergency in the world" right now. Filipo Grandi told reporters in the ...
Rescuers aren't giving up in search for earthquake survivors in Mexico
Sun, 24 Sep 2017 18:44:00 GMT
As officials turn their focus to rebuilding, rescuers continue to search for survivors in the remnants of collapsed buildings five days after a magnitude 7.1 earthquake hit Mexico, killing at least 319 people. In Mexico City, rescuers Sunday continued to ...
U.S. drone strikes kill 17 Islamic State fighters in Libya, military says
Sun, 24 Sep 2017 15:43:00 GMT
The U.S. military launched six drone strikes against Islamic State positions in Libya on Friday, months after militants were driven from safe havens there. Officials announced the operation Sunday, saying that 17 militants were killed and three vehicles ...
In Pakistan, once-fringe Islamist radicals are making their way into mainstream politics
Sun, 24 Sep 2017 00:00:00 GMT
ISLAMABAD — One candidate was from a banned group, its leader under house arrest for past ties to armed militants. The other was from a movement built around the cult of an assassin and the belief that blasphemers against Islam deserve death. Few people ...
Puerto Rico scrambles to evacuate residents after dam fails
Sun, 24 Sep 2017 19:24:00 GMT
Puerto Rican authorities were on Saturday scrambling to evacuate as many as 70,000 people downstream of a failing dam in the north-west of the US territory. The government confirmed that the dam had failed after warning of an “imminent break” brought ...
New Zealand Labour Leader Says Will Reach Out to NZ First in Next Couple of Days
Sun, 24 Sep 2017 19:18:00 GMT
WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand's Labour Party leader Jacinda Ardern said on Monday she expected to reach out in the next couple of days to Winston Peters, the leader of the nationalist New Zealand First party that has emerged as the kingmaker after a ...
Eyes on nationalist right as Germans head to polls
Sun, 24 Sep 2017 19:18:00 GMT
Some 60 million Germans are making their way to polling stations today as Europe's most powerful country looks set to re-elect Angela Merkel as chancellor for an historic fourth term. Major western democracies have delivered unpredictable election results ...
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