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Angela Merkel Faces Defeat in Germany

 German Chancellor and Chairwoman of the German Christian Democrats (CDU) Angela Merkel (L) and Bavarian Governor and Chairman of the Bavarian Christian Democrats (CSU) Horst Seehofer address the media during a press conference after a two-day meeting of the two parties on February 6, 2017 in Munich, Germany.
MUNICH, GERMANY – FEBRUARY 06: German Chancellor and Chairwoman of the German Christian Democrats (CDU) Angela Merkel (L) and Bavarian Governor and Chairman of the Bavarian Christian Democrats (CSU) Horst Seehofer address the media during a press conference after a two-day meeting of the two parties on February 6, 2017 in Munich, Germany. The two sister parties met for to discuss a common platform ahead of German federal elections scheduled for September. In the past Seehofer and Merkel have clashed over her liberal refugees policy, with Seehofer demanding an annual cap on the number of refugees Germany would accept. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

With just six months until Germans go to the polls, Angela Merkel’s re-election is looking less certain by the week. Martin Schulz is a dangerous adversary and his Social Democrats are full of the kind of enthusiasm that the chancellor’s party lacks. Continue reading “Angela Merkel Faces Defeat in Germany”

Another Robot Breaks Down While Investigating Fukushima Radiation Levels

Another robot has died in the depths of one of Fukushima’s nuclear reactors, as attempts to locate and remove melted radioactive fuel continue. This is the second robot in two weeks to meet its end in the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan, the site of a major nuclear accident caused by the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Continue reading “Another Robot Breaks Down While Investigating Fukushima Radiation Levels”

Pakistan Shuts Down Border Crossing After Terrorist Attack at Shrine

Afghan Army Chief of Staff General Qadam Shah Shahim, left, and Deputy Interior Minister General Abdul Rahman Rahman, give a news conference, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. The Afghan government has summoned Pakistan’s ambassador in protest of recent shelling in Afghanistan’s eastern provinces. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

Pakistani authorities shut down a second key border crossing into Afghanistan, halting trade supplies to the neighboring landlocked country and increasing tensions between the two nations in the wake of a bloody suicide bombing at a beloved shrine in Pakistan, officials said Saturday. Continue reading “Pakistan Shuts Down Border Crossing After Terrorist Attack at Shrine”

Ecuador’s Election Could Decide Fate of Julian Assange

Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, on the balcony of the Ecuadorean Embassy in London last year. He took refuge there almost five years ago. (Credit: Kirsty Wigglesworth/Associated Press)
Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, on the balcony of the Ecuadorean Embassy in London last year. He took refuge there almost five years ago. (Credit: Kirsty Wigglesworth/Associated Press)

When Ecuador holds a general election on Sunday, the results could have international repercussions linked to one man thousands of miles away: Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, who took refuge in the country’s embassy in London nearly five years ago and who remains there. Continue reading “Ecuador’s Election Could Decide Fate of Julian Assange”

North Korea and Malaysia Fight Over Possession of Kim Jong Nam’s Body, 4th Suspect Captured

A medical staff member pushes a trolley in front the main gate to the forensic department at Kuala Lumpur Hospital in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. Malaysia performed a second autopsy on the estranged half brother of North Korea’s leader because the first procedure was inconclusive, piling on the intrigue surrounding what appeared to be a well-executed assassination at an airport in Kuala Lumpur, an official said Saturday. Police also arrested a fourth suspect, identified as a North Korean man. (AP Photo/Daniel Chan)

At a hospital morgue in Malaysia’s capital, the tightly guarded corpse of a middle-aged man has become the focus of a dizzying case of international intrigue involving five countries, combative North Korean diplomats and an apparently duped female assassin. Continue reading “North Korea and Malaysia Fight Over Possession of Kim Jong Nam’s Body, 4th Suspect Captured”

Pope Francis says, ‘Muslim Terrorism Does Not Exist’

In an impassioned address Friday, Pope Francis denied the existence of Islamic terrorism, while simultaneously asserting that “the ecological crisis is real.” Continue reading “Pope Francis says, ‘Muslim Terrorism Does Not Exist’”

Finland’s Parliament Votes Down Citizens’ Petition Demanding Repeal of Law Allowing Same-Sex Marriage

Finland’s Parliament voted down on Friday a citizens’ petition demanding the repeal of a law that will allow same-sex marriages, securing the future of the law that will come into force next month. (Public Domain)

Finland’s Parliament voted down on Friday a citizens’ petition demanding the repeal of a law that will allow same-sex marriages, securing the future of the law that will come into force next month. Continue reading “Finland’s Parliament Votes Down Citizens’ Petition Demanding Repeal of Law Allowing Same-Sex Marriage”

Amid Ongoing Blasphemy Trial, Embattled Christian Governor Wins Election In Indonesia

Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, also known as Ahok, right, and his deputy and also running mate, Djarot Saiful Hidayat, pose for photographers as they attend a campaign rally in Jakarta on Feb. 11, 2017 Dita Alangkara—AP

Jakarta Gov. Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, commonly called Ahok, narrowly won the first round of the most heated gubernatorial election in Indonesia despite being on trial for blasphemy. Two Muslims ran against him for the seat. Continue reading “Amid Ongoing Blasphemy Trial, Embattled Christian Governor Wins Election In Indonesia”

Pope Francis Tells Politicians to Stop Hurling Insults and Listen, Warns Against Anti-Immigrant Movements

Pope Francis is welcomed by students as he arrives to attend a meeting at the University Roma Tre in Rome, Italy February 17, 2017. REUTERS/Max Rossi
Pope Francis is welcomed by students as he arrives to attend a meeting at the University Roma Tre in Rome, Italy February 17, 2017. REUTERS/Max Rossi

Politicians should lower the volume of their debates and stop insulting each other, Pope Francis said on Friday, adding that leaders should be open to dialogue with perceived enemies or risk sowing the seeds of war. Continue reading “Pope Francis Tells Politicians to Stop Hurling Insults and Listen, Warns Against Anti-Immigrant Movements”

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