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German government talks collapse; Merkel seeks to reassure

BERLIN — German Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged early Monday to maintain stability after the Free Democratic Party pulled out of talks on forming a new government with her conservative bloc and the left-leaning Greens, raising the possibility of new elections. Merkel told reporters that the parties had been close to reaching a consensus on how …

Indonesia graft suspect detained after doctors clear health

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Indonesia’s anti-graft commission has arrested the speaker of the country’s Parliament who for weeks evaded questioning over his alleged role in the theft of $170 million of public money. Attempts to question Setya Novanto took an unexpected twist on Thursday night when he was involved in a car crash and admitted to …

Ukraine detains man wanted for 2004 murder of Forbes editor

MOSCOW — Ukraine‘s intelligence agency said Saturday it has detained a man wanted for the high-profile murder of an American journalist in Russia 13 years ago. Paul Klebnikov, the U.S.-born editor of Forbes magazine’s Russian edition, was gunned down outside his Moscow office in July 2004. Many people believed the killing was connected to the 41-year-old …

Italy Senate chief: Mafia planned to kill me next in 1992

ROME — The president of the Italian Senate revealed Saturday that the Mafia’s “boss of bosses” allegedly had targeted him to be assassinated next after twin bomb blasts killed Italy’s two leading Sicilian magistrates. Senate President Piero Grasso served as a judge for the Mafia trial in the 1980s that yielded convictions for hundreds of …

Ex President Pinera favoured in Chile vote, runoff likely

SANTIAGO, Chile — Billionaire businessman Sebastian Pinera is heavily favoured to top Sunday’s election backed by Chileans who hope the former president can resuscitate a flagging economy, but polls suggest he won’t get enough votes to avoid a runoff. The world’s top copper producing country has been hurt by lower international prices and demand for the metal …

Belt and Road Initiative hailed as ‘true game changer’

BEIJING, China — Former heads of state and think-tank leaders lauded the Communist Party of China (CPC) for inscribing Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) n its constitution, calling it a ‘true game changer’ of the world. “It is a historic, substantive, a true game changer of the world. It will provide new connectivity, open markets, increase …

Bonn climate talks end with progress despite US stance

BONN, Germany — As the first glimmer of dawn appeared across the Rhine River, delegates stumbled out of an all-night negotiating session at this year’s global climate talks, expressing satisfaction Saturday at the progress made toward creating a comprehensive rule book for fighting global warming. The two-week meeting in Bonn, Germany, was billed as a …

German parties seek compromise on migrants, climate change

BERLIN — Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative bloc and two smaller parties pushed Saturday to find agreement on climate change and immigration, with an eye on producing compromises by weekend’s end so they can move ahead with talks on building a ruling coalition.. Merkel’s conservative Christian Democrats and sister Bavarian-only Christian Social Union parties met throughout …

Egypt opens Gaza border crossing for 3 days under PA control

RAFAH, Palestinian Territory — Gaza’s border crossing into Egypt ran Saturday under the Palestinian Authority’s control for the first time in a decade, in a step forward for the Western-backed leadership’s resuming of its functions in the Gaza Strip. Egypt opened the Rafah crossing point for three days on a humanitarian basis for the first …

Argentina steps up search for missing submarine with 44 crew

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Argentina’s Navy said Saturday it was ramping up the search for a submarine that hadn’t been heard from in three days, and at least six other nations said they would join in the effort. Navy spokesman Enrique Balbi said that the area being searched off the country’s southern Atlantic coast has …