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What you need to know about Olaf Scholz, the next possible German chancellor

The 63-year-old Scholz is sometimes lampooned for his dry public persona, but he also wins praise as a steady hand.

Germany enters a period of post-Merkel uncertainty

After Sunday's election, the parliamentary jockeying and horse-trading is just getting started.

Germany’s Social Democrats narrowly defeat Angela Merkel’s party, according to preliminary results

Merkel’s Christian Democrats slumped. The Social Democrats rose. That leaves both close and looking for coalition partners.

Britain opens up visa rules as it wrestles with critical truck driver shortage

In a post-Brexit reversal, the government said the emergency work visas would be available for more than 10,000 foreigners.

Slight edge for Social Democrats in race to succeed Merkel in German election, projection shows

With the 67-year-old chancellor deciding not to run for reelection, the election is the first in Germany’s postwar history in which an incumbent isn’t in the mix.

Why Haitians are fleeing Chile for the U.S. border

Increasingly restrictive migration policies, and a belief that the United States has grown more welcoming under President Biden, have led Haitians to abandon a country they once saw as a land of opportunity.
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Swiss voters back same-sex marriage by large margin

The measure will also allow same-sex couples to adopt unrelated children and married lesbian couples to access sperm donation.

Fuel, beer and chicken: Why Britain’s shortages keep coming

Motorists urged not to panic buy petrol amid supply chain problems triggered by the coronavirus pandemic and Brexit.

Japan’s ruling party is picking a new leader and likely next prime minister. Here are the candidates.

An uncharacteristically wide-open race is underway to succeed outgoing Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.

Taliban puts bodies of alleged kidnappers on public display, in a sign of return to harsh Islamic justice

One body was suspended from a crane in the main square of Herat by Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers, and three others were displayed elsewhere in the city.

China’s ‘hostage diplomacy’ standoff with Canada is over. But how much damage was done?

A seemingly intractable dispute might have ended. But questions about the future of Canada's ties with China remained.

Canada’s ‘two Michaels’ back home after more than 1,000 days imprisoned in China as Huawei’s Meng cuts deal with U.S.

Former diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor were detained several days after Canada arrested Meng on a U.S. extradition request.

How Afghanistan’s security forces lost the war

Building Afghanistan’s national security forces was one of the most ambitious and expensive aspects of two decades of U.S.-led war. It resulted in failure.

Hope collides with doubt, while covid deaths soar, in the E.U.’s least-vaccinated country

Europe’s immunization campaign prioritized equity. So why is only 19% of Bulgaria fully vaccinated?

Radical leader of Pakistan’s Red Mosque emboldened by Taliban takeover of Afghanistan

Maulana Abdul Aziz and his followers have raised white Taliban flags in Islamabad.

Germany’s young ‘Merkel generation’ tilts toward Greens over climate worries. But will older voters follow?

The Green party has struggled to recapture its momentum before Sunday’s election.

E.U. tells Russia not to carry out cyberattacks as Germany heads for Sunday election

The E.U.'s foreign policy chief linked hacking efforts to the Ghostwriter group, which German officials have associated with Russian military intelligence.

Meng Wanzhou can return to China, admits helping Huawei conceal dealings in Iran

The deferred prosecution agreement the United States struck with the tech executive, who had been detained for nearly three years in Canada, did not include a guilty plea.

As Biden hosts first Quad summit at the White House, China is the background music

A month after U.S. forces departed from Afghanistan and the Taliban swept into power, United States’ commitment to allies have been questioned from London to Brussels to Beijing.
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Strong quake rattles Greek island of Crete

A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.8 has struck the southern Greek island of Crete, rattling residents
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Shadow contracts, smoke, mirrors keep the lights out in Iraq

Electricity is a potent symbol of endemic corruption in Iraq, rooted in the country’s sectarian power-sharing system
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Israeli troops kill 5 Palestinians in West Bank gunbattles

Palestinian health officials say at least five Palestinians have been killed in shootouts with Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank
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Cyclone floods parts of India's east coast, knocks out power

A cyclone flooded parts of India’s eastern coast with heavy rains and uprooted thousands of trees and power poles, knocking out electricity, before weakening to a deep depression Monday
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Concerned United Nations can only sidestep Myanmar crisis

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has bracketed Myanmar with Afghanistan and Ethiopia as nations where peace and stability remain a distant dream
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