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SPD members begin voting on next Merkel-led German government
450,000-plus Social Democratic party members will decide whether to enter another grand coalition under Chancellor Angela Merkel. Past referendums have been formalities, but this time the result is anything but assured.
02/19/2018 02:15 PM
Merkel taps possible successor Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer as next CDU secretary general
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has nominated Saarland state Premier Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer to be the CDU's next secretary general. She will take over from Peter Tauber, who is stepping down due to health reasons.
02/19/2018 03:26 PM
Syrian army to help Kurdish forces repel Turkish offensive in Afrin: reports
The Damascus government and Kurdish forces have reportedly agreed to join forces in Afrin to counter an ongoing Turkish offensive. Syrian state media report that the deployment of pro-regime troops is imminent.
02/19/2018 04:14 AM
Germany's Bundeswehr 'lacks basic equipment' for NATO mission
The German army reportedly lacks the tents, winter clothes and other essential equipment needed for its deployment in a NATO rapid reaction force. The German defense ministry pledged that the items would be procured.
02/19/2018 09:25 AM
Majority of South Koreans favor North Korea 'friendship'
More than 60 percent of South Koreans believe President Moon should sit down with Kim Jong Un at a summit designed to improve bilateral relations and ease the military tensions that have dogged the region for many years.
02/19/2018 01:34 PM
Winter Olympics: Anti-doping case opened against Russian curler
The CAS has initiated a doping procedure for Russian curler and medalist Alexander Krushelnitsky. The allegations have rocked the Winter Olympics, with some Russian sports officials suspecting foul play.
02/19/2018 07:00 AM
Australia, US, India, Japan mulling 'infrastructure scheme to rival China'
Australia, the US, India and Japan are talking about plans for a regional scheme to counterbalance China's growing influence, a report says. A US official spoke of an "alternative" rather than a "rival" plan.
02/19/2018 10:39 AM
Albania's Edi Rama floats joint president idea in Kosovo
Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama suggested a joint president for Albania and Kosovo, the two Albanian-majority states, during a visit to Pristina. Neighboring Serbia still claims Kosovo as its province.
02/19/2018 12:02 PM
Hungary's Orban threatens pro-refugee NGOs, slams Muslim immigration
The Hungarian prime minister has promised a hefty tax on refugee aid organizations as he vies for a third term in office. He warned in his annual state of the nation address that Muslim immigration would destroy Europe.
02/19/2018 12:59 AM
Oxfam sex scandal: Staff reportedly bullied witness in Haiti inquiry
UK charity Oxfam has revealed that three staff bullied a witness during a 2011 inquiry into sexual misconduct in Haiti. Its release of a formerly confidential report comes as it tries to rebuild trust after the scandal.
02/19/2018 02:01 PM
Thousands of Berlin residents without internet after attempted bank robbery
More than 40,000 households in southwest Berlin lost internet and television after cable lines were damaged. Police are investigating whether the outage is connected to an attempted bank robbery in the area.
02/19/2018 01:54 AM
Social media challenge puts four German men in hospital
Four coworkers were injured when they built a swimming pool in their company's flatbed truck. The "Grill-Pool-Challenge" is meant to encourage comraderie and social engagement.
02/19/2018 02:14 AM
Florida students call for gun control: 'Without action, children die'
After 17 of their classmates and coaches were killed, the teens at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are making their voices heard. They want politicians to finally start taking action.
02/18/2018 05:14 PM
Winter Olympics: Day 10 roundup
The first day of the final week in Pyeongchang sees Germany trailing Norway at the top of the medals table. Day 10 also featured a double-gold-medal win in the two-man bobsleigh, with Germany and Canada finishing even.
02/19/2018 12:44 AM
Eintracht Frankfurt fans set to protest controversial Monday night Bundesliga game
The first of five Monday night Bundesliga fixtures this season takes place tonight as Eintracht Frankfurt host RB Leipzig. But match-going supporters are planning to protest against the unpopular scheduling.
02/19/2018 12:44 PM