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Germany coalition: Talks collapse as FDP pulls out

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Image copyrightReutersImage caption Angela Merkel's political position has been weakened since September's elections Talks on forming a coalition government in Germany have collapsed after the free-market liberal FDP pulled out FDP leader Christian Lindner said there was no "basis of trust" with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative CDU/CSU bloc and the Greens What happens next is unclear, but...

Mexico, Canada shun NAFTA autos counteroffers: sources

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MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Divisions over updating the NAFTA trade deal showed no sign of easing on Sunday as Mexico and Canada signaled they would not offer counterproposals to US demands for far stronger automotive content rules, people with knowledge of the talks said The lack of movement on major issues such as autos rules of origin could put the North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations...

Merkel fourth term in doubt as German coalition talks fail

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BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel’s efforts to form a three-way coalition government that would secure herself a fourth term hit a major setback after a would-be coalition partner unexpectedly pulled out of talks, thrusting Germany into a political crisis Leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Angela Merkel arrives at the Baden-Wuerttemberg State Representation office for...

'I was shot in the knee as a punishment'

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Image copyrightAFPCampaigners in Northern Ireland have expressed concern about a resurgence of so-called "punishment attacks" including assaults using everything from iron bars and sledgehammers to electric drills and kneecapping The number of reported incidents is at its highest since 2010 and in 2016-17 there were 94 reported casualties of shootings and assaults - up 30% on the previous year I...

Merkel to inform German president of unsuccessful coalition talks

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BERLIN (Reuters) - Conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday she would meet the German president to inform him that she had failed to form a coalition government with the Greens and the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) Leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Angela Merkel arrives at the Baden-Wuerttemberg State Representation office for exploratory talks about forming a new...

Autumn internationals: Jeremy Guscott on Scotland, England, Wales and Ireland

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Scotland came agonisingly close to a first victory over world champions New Zealand but just fell short, losing 22-17 in dramatic style at Murrayfield But the difference between victory and defeat was that this New Zealand side has so much inner belief Without any arrogance, they go out expecting to beat anybody and Scotland are rarely in that position Joe Launchbury, like he has done for a...

Merkel's fourth term in doubt after would-be partner pulls out

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BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s efforts to form a three-way coalition government that would secure her a fourth term hit a major setback on Sunday after a would-be coalition partner pulled out of exploratory talks, citing irreconcilable differences The pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) unexpectedly walked out of the talks with Merkel’s conservatives and the Greens, saying...

Newspaper headlines: Defiant Robert Mugabe 'clings to power'

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Image caption The situation in Zimbabwe, where Robert Mugabe has vowed to stay in power despite pressure to resign, makes a number of Monday's front pages The Guardian's front page headline is: "Chaos in Zimbabwe as Mugabe refuses to resign" Image caption The Times says Mr Mugabe "defied his enemies" in a television address, given only hours after his party had issued an ultimatum for him to...

Saudi Arabia ramps up pressure against Iran's Lebanese ally

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Commenting on the Bahraini foreign minister's statement, American University of Beirut professor Rami Khouri told CNN that "Hezbollah is certainly the single most powerful political group in Lebanon, where governance requires complex consensus building in which Hezbollah is clearly preeminent Saudi Arabia subsequently expressed its anger at Hezbollah, which maintains close ties with Iran Many...

Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe vows to stay on despite army pressure

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Media captionRobert Mugabe: "The congress is due I will preside over its processes"Zimbabwe's embattled leader Robert Mugabe has vowed to stay in power for several weeks, despite mounting calls for him to stand down now His grip on power has weakened since the military intervened on Wednesday, in a row over who should succeed him Earlier on Sunday, Mr Mnangagwa was named as Zanu-PF's new leader...

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