Tuesday , December 12 2017


Merkel’s coalition talks face a ‘divided’ Germany

epa06272966 German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends the weekly meeting of the German Federal cabinet meeting in Berlin, Germany, 18 October 2017. During the day the Christian Democratic Union with Merkel will take part in the first coalition negotiations with the The Greens and the Free Democratic Party (FDP) to form the next Government after the general elections in September.  EPA-EFE/FELIPE TRUEBA

Bloomberg Angela Merkel is facing pressure to put her stamp on Germany’s next government as the chancellor begins talks on uniting four disparate parties into a coalition to govern Europe’s biggest economy. Almost a month after her Christian Democratic-led bloc emerged weakened from a national election, Merkel meets separately with ...

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Zuma’s moves risk split in S Africa ruling alliance

epa06184457 South African President Jacob Zuma listens to a speech during the 'Dialogue of Emerging Market and Developing Countries' on the sideline of the 2017 BRICS Summit in Xiamen, Fujian province, China, 05 September 2017. The ninth BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) Summit in Xiamen runs from 03 to 05 September.  EPA-EFE/MARK SCHIEFELBEIN / POOL

Bloomberg South African President Jacob Zuma’s decision to fire communist party leader Blade Nzimande from his cabinet is widening a rift with two of the African National Congress’s closest allies before a key leadership conference in December. In dismissing Nzimande as higher education minister, Zuma, 75, targeted the communist party, ...

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Venezuela opposition cornered post regional polls

epaselect epa06267577 Carlos Ocariz (C), Venezuelan opposition candidate for Governor in Miranda state, gestures after leaving a polling station in the neighborhood of Petare, in Caracas, Venezuela, 15 October 2017. Venezuelan voters are called to elect 23 Venezuelan governors.  EPA-EFE/Miguel Gutierrez

Bloomberg The Venezuelan opposition has been boxed in. The socialist regime’s sweeping victories in elections marred by fraud accusations left opponents with scant hope of a fair 2018 presidential vote. International pressure has failed to move President Nicolas Maduro. Nor have months of street protests. Now, opponents are splintering over ...

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Iraq forces seize Kirkuk areas in advance on Kurdish-held region

epa06265331 Iraqi federal police forces take up position in southern the ethnically-mixed city of Kirkuk, north of Iraq, 14 October 2017. According to media reports, the Iraqi forces launched an operation to capture the disputed city of Kirkuk and seize Kurdish Peshmerga positions near Kirkuk in al-Bashir and Taza, 27 km south of Kirkuk's giant oil field at Bai Hassan, while Iraq's Joint Command has denied the reports and announced that the operation is a part of security operation to secure the recently recaptured areas around Hawija.  EPA-EFE/STR

BAGHDAD / Reuters Iraq’s central government forces launched an advance early on Monday into territory held by Kurds, seizing a swathe of countryside surrounding the oil city of Kirkuk in bold military response to a Kurdish vote last month on independence. The government said its troops had seized Kirkuk airport ...

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