Monday, September 25, 2017

Merkel tries to build coalition after vote that puts far right in parliament

Germany's Angela Merkel began the tough task of trying to build a government on Monday after securing a fourth term as chancellor, urging the center-left Social Democrats not the shut the door on a re-run of their "grand coalition".

Japan PM to dissolve parliament’s lower house on Thursday — MP

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to dissolve the lower house of parliament at the start of the extraordinary session on Thursday, a senior lawmaker of the Liberal Democratic Party said, paving the way for a snap election for the lower house. The extraordinary session...

Merkel’s coalition wins 33% of votes

Election officials confirmed that Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative coalition won a majority in Germany’s national election paving the way for her fourth term as country’s leader. The Christian Democratic Union and the Christian Social Union won combined 33% of the vote, eight poll points...

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe calls snap election

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called for a snap election to be held next month, more than a year earlier than expected, AFP reported on Monday. Voters in Japan are expected to hit the polls on October 22 while the lower house of parliament will...

Merkel’s party 1st in German election, official

Official count confirms Merkel's party 1st in German election; anti-refugee party 3rd biggest in parliament. German Chancellor, Angela Merkel’s has won the mandate to form Germany’s central government for a fourth consecutive term in office. The polls showed that for the first time in more than...

Kushner using private email account with other White House officials for official business

US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law has been using a private email account along with some other White House officials to conduct official business, his lawyer says. White House senior advisor Jared Kushner has used the personal account to talk about different issues with figures such...

Turkish parliament extends mandate on troop deployment in Iraq, Syria

Turkey’s parliament voted on Saturday to extend by a year a mandate authorizing the deployment of Turkish troops in Iraq and Syria, two days before a planned independence referendum in northern Iraq’s Kurdish region. Turkey said earlier it would take security, political and economic steps...

US State Dept. ‘seems ready’ to improve relations with Russia — Ambassador to US

Russia’s recently appointed ambassador to the US, Anatoly Antonov, said he is receiving signals from representatives of the US State Department of a willingness to improve relations between Moscow and Washington. “I’ve had many contacts with my colleagues from the State Department,”Antonov told NTV channel...

Angela Merkel winning fourth term as German Chancellor

Angela Merkel wins fourth term as German Chancellor, but exit polls show a lift in support for Germany's far right. CNN -- Exit polls predicted the hard-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) would become the third-largest group in the national parliament, the Bundestag, as German voters...

Merkel on track for fourth term after German election — exit poll

Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives secured a fourth consecutive term in office on Sunday in an election that brought a far-right party into the German parliament for the first time in more than half a century, exit polls indicated.

Merkel hangs on to power but bleeds support to surging far right

Chancellor Angela Merkel won a fourth term in office on Sunday but will have to build an uneasy coalition to form a German government after her conservatives haemorrhaged support in the face of a surge by the far-right, reported Reuters.

Germany votes as history beckons for Merkel, and far-right

Germans vote in a national election on Sunday that is likely to see Chancellor Angela Merkel win a historic fourth term and a far-right party enter parliament for the first time in more than half a century.

21 US states targeted by Russian hackers in 2016 election

Wisconsin, a key state in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, said on Friday it was one of the 21 states that the federal government notified were targeted by Russian government hackers but no votes were changed. The Department of Homeland Security confirmed it had notified...

Macron signs French labor reform decrees

President Emmanuel Macron formally signed five decrees overhauling France’s labor rules on Friday, the first major economic reforms since he took power in May. The new rules, discussed at length in advance with unions, will cap payouts on dismissals that are judged unfair, while also...

Spain sends more police to Catalonia to block referendum

Spain’s Interior Ministry said on Friday it was sending more state police to Catalonia to maintain order and make sure a banned referendum on independence does not take place. Catalonia, which wants to hold a vote on October 1 to split from Spain, has its...

Germany limits export guarantees for Turkey trade amid rift

The German government has capped the amount of “Hermes” export guarantees it provides for trade with Turkey at €1.5 billion ($1.80 billion), a Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Friday, as a rift between the two NATO powers deepens. The “Hermes” guarantees provide German government protection...

Germany will strive to save Iran nuclear deal – Gabriel

Germany will do all it can to persuade the US not to abandon the Iranian nuclear agreement, whatever the outcome of German elections on Sunday, Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Thursday. Gabriel told reporters any US move to cancel the Iran deal and impose...

Trump, South Korea’s Moon agree to boost defenses — White House

US President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in agreed to strengthen their defense posture amid rising tensions with North Korea, the White House said on Friday. Trump and Moon, who met on Thursday, committed to strengthen their "combined defense posture, including through South...

Iraq Kurd leader says referendum to go ahead

Iraqi Kurdish leader Massud Barzani again stressed on Friday that next week’s referendum on independence for the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq will proceed as planned. “The referendum… is in your hands,” he told a large crowd at a football stadium in the regional...

Lavrov says Russia supports Iraq’s territorial integrity

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Friday confirmed “invariable support for friendly Iraq’s unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity,” TASS reported. He met with his Iraqi counterpart, Ibrahim al-Jaafari, in Moscow to discuss the situation in that country and the fight against Islamic State (IS, ISIS/ISIL). Only...

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