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AP PHOTOS: Merkel opens weekly cabinet meetings colorfully


BERLIN (AP) — Each Wednesday since German Chancellor Angela Merkel took office in November 2005, the ritual has been the same. Federal ministers, starting just after 9 a.m., arrive one by one at a 6th floor conference room at the chancellery in Berlin. They take a seat at the central table or stop to chat with their colleagues. Lower-ranked officials ...

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Report: German Chancellor Merkel's to seek fourth term


BERLIN (AP) — Angela Merkel will seek a fourth term as Germany’s chancellor in general elections next year, the German news agency dpa reported Sunday. Dpa, citing sources at the Berlin headquarters of Merkel’s Christian Democrat party, reported that the 62-year-old chancellor also will run to be re-elected as the party’s chairwoman when it holds its national convention next month. ...

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Israel's Netanyahu backs sub purchase amid calls for inquiry


JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday tried to downplay a brewing scandal over the purchase of German submarines, saying his only consideration in ordering the deal was fortifying the country’s security. Netanyahu’s comments came amid calls for an inquiry after it was revealed that his personal attorney, David Shimron, had represented the German company building the ...

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He Is Decisive But Does He Have Grip?


Two of the things prime minister Narendra Modi said he would bring to Delhi were decisiveness and governance. He has other qualities also of course and people voted for them just as they did for these two named above. Modi is not a dynast and he has worked his way to where he is based only on merit. He has ...

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French conservatives choose candidate for next year's presidential election


By Pascale Antonie and Simon Carraud PARIS (Reuters) – French voters were choosing a conservative presidential candidate on Sunday in a primary contest whose winner is seen as likely to become head of state in next spring’s election. With the French left in disarray under the deeply unpopular President Francois Hollande, pollsters suggest that the center-right presidential nominee will meet ...

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Indian spinners hurt England's chase in 2nd Test


Visakhapatnam (India) (AFP) – Late strikes by Indian spinners jolted England after skipper Alastair Cook’s dogged half-century gave the visitors hope on the fourth day of the second Test in Visakhapatnam on Sunday. Chasing a mammoth 405 for victory, England were precariously placed at 87 for two at stumps, with Joe Root batting on five as Cook’s stubborn resistance came ...

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Syrian family of six among dozens killed in Aleppo attacks


BEIRUT (Reuters) – A barrel bomb killed a family of six in rebel-held eastern Aleppo early on Sunday, a war monitor, a rebel and two medics said, while rebel shelling killed seven children at a school in the government-held sector, state television reported. The medics said the al-Baytounji family had suffocated to death because the barrel bomb, which fell in ...

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Kenya police kill 4 suspected extremists at Somali border


NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Police officers have killed four suspected extremists in Kenya’s volatile Mandera County, a border region hard-hit by recent attacks by the Somali extremist group al-Shabab. Police killed the men at the Somali border while ambushing a group of about 20 suspected members of a cell of al-Shabab militants on Saturday, North Eastern Regional Coordinator Mohamud Saleh ...

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Iraqi forces push on against IS in eastern Mosul


MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — A top Iraqi commander said on Sunday that troops were continuing to advance toward the center of Mosul, pushing back Islamic State fighters, hindered by sniper fire and suicide bombings as well as concern over the safety of civilians A few hundred civilians, meanwhile, emerged from rubble-strewn frontline neighborhoods in search of safer ground, including women ...

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Spieth says Australian Open win will 'do wonders' for career


SYDNEY (AP) — Jordan Spieth believes his victory at the Australian Open on Sunday will “do wonders” for his career, just as it did when he won the tournament for the first time in 2014. Spieth sank a 10-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole to beat local hopes Cameron Smith and Ashley Hall at Royal Sydney. Former top-ranked ...

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