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Merkel’s regional ally bullish despite Bavaria election blow

BERLIN (AP) — Smarting from the loss of his party’s absolute majority in Bavaria’s state parliament, a prominent ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel dismissed speculation Monday over his future and insisted he would work to keep supporting the German leader’s national government. Both of Merkel’s partners in an unhappy “grand coalition” of Germany’s…

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Turkey granted permission to search Saudi consulate

Saudi Arabia has ended a week-long impasse by agreeing to let Turkish investigators enter its consulate in Istanbul to undertake a full search for Jamal Khashoggi, the Washington Post columnist who disappeared on 2 October. The kingdom agreed in principle on Friday to launch a joint investigation into Khashoggi’s disappearance in conjunction with Turkish police, but a search of the ...

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Australian ministers under fire for backing ‘okay to be white’ vote

The failed ‘okay to be white’ was tabled by right-wing senator Pauline Hanson Australia’s indigenous affairs minister and several of his colleagues faced calls to resign Monday, after they backed a failed parliamentary motion tabled by a controversial senator that declared: “It is okay to be white.” Several government ministers — including those for trade, communications and indigenous…

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S Korean president to lobby for Kim Jong Un on Europe tour

South Korean President Moon Jae-in Moon is in Paris as part of a seven-day European tour that will see him also stop in Rome, Brussels and Copenhagen South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Monday that world powers needed to reassure North Korea’s Kim Jong Un that he had taken the right decision to commit to denuclearisation on the Korean…

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Macedonia lawmakers to vote on name change deal with Greece

SKOPJE: Macedonia’s parliament will vote Monday on whether to ratify a deal to change the country’s name, in a bid to finally settle one of Europe’s longest running disputes. Prime Minister Zoran Zaev faces an uphill battle to get the necessary votes to rename the Balkan state North Macedonia to end the row with Athens and open a path to ...

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Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

BEIJING (AP) — A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons in waters crucial for global commerce and rich in fish and potential oil and gas reserves: ___ EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a weekly look at the latest developments in the South ...

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