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Coalition wrangling looms for Merkel after German poll

Chancellor Angela Merkel may be on track to win a fourth term in Sunday's election, but exactly what Germany's next government will look like is anyone's guess as thorny coalition talks loom.

High-stakes election for Germany's long-term unemployed

Dozens of unemployed people troop into a church in the working-class Garath district of Duesseldorf, western Germany each Friday to load up on donated food, a small gesture towards those left by the wayside in a booming economy.

A man with no plan?

Trump's fiery UN address redefines US role in the world

President Donald Trump's debut speech at the United Nations featured saber-rattling aplenty, but it also showed glimmers of a Trump doctrine that could transform America's place in the world.

Trump vows to right «self-destructive» tax code

President Donald Trump hit the road to sell reform of America's «self-destructive» tax code Wednesday, a major campaign pledge that remains short on detail and a long way from becoming law.

War on terrorism

Anti-Taliban Afghan fighters listening to their commander during a patrol against Taliban insurgents at Jamshedi, on the outskirts of northern Faryab province

Afghanistan mulls plan to arm 20,000 civilians to fight insurgents

Afghanistan is considering training and arming 20,000 civilians to defend territories where Islamic militants have been driven out, officials say, sparking fears the local forces could become another thuggish militia.

Bomber attacks foreign military convoy in Afghanistan

A suicide attacker driving an explosives-filled vehicle slammed into a convoy of foreign troops in southern Afghanistan on Friday, officials said, with reports of several soldiers wounded.

Korean crisis

A launching drill of the medium-and-long range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 at an undisclosed location in North Korea

Moon, Trump vow stronger pressure against North Korea

US President Donald Trump and his South Korean counterpart have pledged "stronger pressure" on Pyongyang, Seoul said Sunday, after North Korea defied tough new sanctions with a missile test and said it wanted to match American nuclear strength.

Chinese banks halt transactions for North Koreans

Branches of China's biggest banks have suspended financial transactions for North Koreans, employees told AFP, suggesting that Beijing has pursued stronger measures against its nuclear-armed ally than previously thought.

Terrorism

Police forensics officers work alongside the train at Parsons Green station in west London. Witnesses to the explosion reported a bang and a 'wall of fire', which triggered panic

«Wall of fire» in London bucket bomb attack

Eyewitnesses heard a loud bang and saw a «wall of fire» when a bomb went off on a packed London Underground train on Friday, with some commuters badly burned and others stampeding to the exit.

Bloody London, flowers and messages: the London lament

Just past the areas affected by the attacks and closed to the public to allow police relief, the first flowers and messages appeared to the victims of the London attacks. The attack on London Bridge, costing at least 7 people and causing 48 injured, some of which are in serious condition, is the third terrorist attack in less than three months.

Migrants

Number of migrants arriving in Spain soars

The number of migrants arriving in Spain so far this year has soared more than 88 percent from the same period in 2016, Interior Minister Juan Ignacio Zoido said Tuesday.

Austria

Austria president makes pro-EU plea ahead of key vote

In an impassioned pro-EU plea, Austria's president Alexander Van der Bellen urged voters Tuesday to «carefully consider» their choice in October elections, which look set to return the far-right to power.

US Politics

Clinton says «no doubt» Trump team intersected with Russia

Hillary Clinton, who on Tuesday released her tell-all memoir about the 2016 presidential campaign, said she has «no doubt» that Donald Trump's associates helped Russia interfere in the US election.

Clinton plays blame game in new book

Hillary Clinton takes responsibility for her devastating loss to Donald Trump in her tell-all book about the 2016 presidential race, but she also blames Barack Obama, Bernie Sanders, Vladimir Putin and others, published excerpts show.

Syrian crisis

US-backed Syria force says seizes Raqa Old City from IS

US-backed Syrian fighters ousted the Islamic State group from Raqa's Old City on Friday, bringing them closer than ever to the jihadist bastion's well-defended and densely populated heart.

Where does IS stand after Iraq, Syria losses?

The Islamic State group has suffered a string of defeats on the battlefield that have left its «caliphate» straddling Iraq and Syria in tatters, three years after it was declared.

Fight against terrorism

Britain will send more troops to Iraq to bolster IS fight

Britain will send a small contingent of expert troops to Iraq to help coalition forces drive out Islamic State jihadists, Defence Minister Michael Fallon said Thursday.

Iraqi forces advance towards heart of IS-held bastion

Iraqi forces advanced Wednesday towards central Tal Afar, one of the Islamic State group's last strongholds in the country, as aid workers braced for an exodus of civilians fleeing the fighting.

Panama

US to extradite ex-Panama president accused of graft

A US judge agreed Thursday to extradite former Panamanian president Ricardo Martinelli to face corruption and other charges in his country.

Israel

Netanyahu vows to rid Tel Aviv district of illegal migrants

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday visited a rundown Tel Aviv neighbourhood with a large African population and pledged to rid it of illegal immigrants.

Top Stories

There was much fanfare as Airbus delivered its first long-haul A330 from the Tianjin completion centre to Tianjin Airlines

Airbus opens first plane-completion centre in China

Airbus on Wednesday inaugurated its first completion centre for large aircraft in China, a new asset for the European manufacturer in heated competition with American rival Boeing.

In Gaza, which has seen three wars with Israel since 2008, it is almost unheard of for companies to work with Israelis

Israeli firms seek hi-tech help -- in Gaza

When Dan Leubitz needed a contractor for a project with his Israeli tech firm, one address in the list of tenders caught his eye: Gaza.

The latest poll shows German Chancellor Angela Merkel's (L) CDU/CSU party has a lead of 36 percent over main rival Social Democrats led by Martin Schulz (R) with 22 percent.

Coalition wrangling looms for Merkel after German poll

Chancellor Angela Merkel may be on track to win a fourth term in Sunday's election, but exactly what Germany's next government will look like is anyone's guess as thorny coalition talks loom.

Borgward, a German brand brought back to life with the help of Chinese truck maker Beiqi Foton, showed off its Isabella concept car, inspired by the 1950s model.

China rises at Frankfurt car show

Traditional heavyweights Fiat, Peugeot and Volvo may have shunned this year's Frankfurt auto show (IAA), but for Chinese and Taiwanese carmakers looking to make inroads in Europe the chance to step into the limelight was not to be missed.