Germany’s Merkel suffers blow as FDP pulls out of coalition talks

Talks on forming a coalition government in Germany have collapsed, leaving Angela Merkel facing her biggest challenge in 12 years as chancellor. The free-market liberal FDP pulled out after four weeks of talks with Mrs Merkel’s CDU/CSU bloc and the Greens. FDP leader Christian Lindner said there was “no basis of trust” between them. What […]

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Zimbabwe’s Mugabe faces looming resignation deadline

Media playback is unsupported on your device Zimbabwe’s embattled President Robert Mugabe is facing a deadline set by his own party to resign after his surprise speech where he refused to quit. Zanu-PF, which has stripped Mr Mugabe of the party’s leadership, says it will impeach him if he does not step down by 12:00 […]

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Germany coalition: Talks collapse as FDP pulls out

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 Mrs Merkel is due to meet President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who has […]

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Okinawa incident sparks US troops alcohol ban in Japan

The US military has banned all troops stationed in Japan from drinking alcohol, following a deadly crash on Okinawa island linked to drink driving. In addition, soldiers on Okinawa are banned from leaving their base and their residences, the US military said. On Sunday, a US soldier crashed his truck into a mini van, killing […]

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Germany coalition talks collapse

What happens next is unclear, but Mrs Merkel is due to meet President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who has the power to call snap elections. Advertisement Her bloc won September’s poll, but many voters deserted the mainstream parties. After winning its first parliamentary seats, the far-right nationalist AfD (Alternative for Germany) vowed to fight “an invasion of […]

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

Zimbabwe’s embattled leader Robert Mugabe has vowed to stay in power for several weeks, despite intensifying pressure on him to stand down. In a live TV address, Mr Mugabe said he would preside over the ruling party’s congress in December. The Zanu-PF earlier sacked him as party leader, and gave him less than 24 hours […]

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Argentina missing submarine: Search hampered by bad weather

The search for an Argentine naval submarine that went missing with 44 crew on board is being hampered by bad weather conditions, officials say. Teams from several countries have intensified their efforts in the South Atlantic to find the ARA San Juan submarine, which vanished on Wednesday. The US Navy has sent a second ship […]

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Zimbabwe’s ruling party sacks Robert Mugabe as leader

Zimbabwe’s ruling party has sacked President Robert Mugabe as its leader. Zanu-PF has appointed ex-vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa, who had been fired by Mr Mugabe two weeks ago. The sacking of Mr Mnangagwa had prompted an extraordinary chain of events as the military intervened to block Mr Mugabe, 93, from installing his wife Grace in his […]

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