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German SPD backs coalition talks, leader vows tough approach

BONN (Reuters) – Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD) voted on Sunday to begin formal coalition talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives, moving Europe’s economic powerhouse closer to a stable government after months of political deadlock. SPD delegates voted 362 to 279, with one abstention, to press ahead with negotiations. The centre-left party’s leaders had agreed a preliminary coalition blueprint with Merkel’s ...

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Britain to limit gambling terminal stakes to two pounds – Sunday Times

LONDON (Reuters) – The stake on gambling machines in British betting shops is set to be cut to two pounds to tackle the risks that the terminals can pose to problem gamblers, the Sunday Times reported, citing an ally of new culture secretary Matt Hancock. The government said in October it would reduce the top stake on the machines from ...

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Merkel, Macron to deepen Franco-German cooperation, strengthen EU

BERLIN/PARIS (Reuters) – Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Emmanuel Macron said on Sunday they wanted to deepen Franco-German cooperation and give the European Union a fresh push towards closer integration. After meeting in Paris on Friday, Merkel and Macron talked up the prospect of agreeing reforms to the euro zone, saying they were committed to strengthening the bloc. “We are ...

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At least 19 dead after overnight battle at Kabul hotel

KABUL (Reuters) – Gunmen in army uniforms who stormed Kabul’s Intercontinental Hotel late on Saturday and battled Afghan Special Forces through the night killed at least 19 people and wounded 12 more, although the final toll of dead and wounded may still be higher. Wahid Majroh, a spokesman for the ministry of public health, said 19 bodies had been brought ...

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Jordan's king tells Pence US must rebuild trust after Jerusalem decision

AMMAN (Reuters) – Jordan’s King Abdullah told U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Sunday he looked to Washington to rebuild “trust and confidence” in moving toward a two-state solution in Israel after President Donald Trump recognised Jerusalem as the country’s capital. With Pence sitting across from him in the royal palace, King Abdullah said Jordan viewed the Israel-Palestinian conflict as ...

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Southern Yemen separatists want Saudi-backed government overthrown

ADEN (Reuters) – Southern Yemeni separatists declared a state of emergency in the port city of Aden on Sunday and vowed to overthrow the internationally recognised government, the group said, in a move that puts the two allies on a collision course. The announcement underscores rising tensions between southern separatists, who are allied with the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and ...

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Greeks rally against use of "Macedonia" in name dispute with Skopje

THESSALONIKI, Greece (Reuters) – Hundreds of thousands of Greeks in the northern city of Thessaloniki rallied on Sunday to protest against the use of the name “Macedonia” in any solution to a row between Athens and Skopje over the name of the former Yugoslav republic. Greece says the name Macedonia implies a territorial claim over its own northern region of ...

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Trump urges change to Senate rule as shutdown enters second day

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday if the government shutdown stalemate continued, Republicans should fund the government by changing Senate rules, which currently require a super-majority for legislation to advance, but top Republicans immediately dismissed the idea. Funding for federal agencies ran out Saturday with Trump and Republican lawmakers locked in a standoff with Democrats. As ...

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Turkish forces push into Syria, clash with Kurdish militia

AZAZ, Syria (Reuters) – Turkish ground forces advanced into northern Syria’s Afrin region on Sunday, Ankara said after launching artillery and air strikes on a U.S.-backed Kurdish militia it aims to sweep from its border. The Syrian-Kurdish YPG militia, supported by the United States but seen as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, said it had repulsed the Turkish forces and ...

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At least 19 dead after overnight battle at Kabul hotel

KABUL (Reuters) – Gunmen in army uniforms who stormed Kabul’s Intercontinental Hotel late on Saturday and battled Afghan Special Forces through the night killed at least 19 people and wounded 12 more, although the final toll of dead and wounded may still be higher. Wahid Majroh, a spokesman for the ministry of public health, said 19 bodies had been brought ...

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