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Germany’s Social Democrats say Merkel’s party lost and should go into opposition

The Social Democrats’ Olaf Scholz said Monday that he has a mandate to form the next government.

Some Bolsonaro supporters have called for a military takeover of Brazil. Why do they wave the American flag?

The Brazilian right has wielded the Stars and Stripes as a cudgel to convey a don’t-tread-on-me ethos.

German capital Berlin to get first female mayor

Her election comes as Germany’s first female chancellor Angela Merkel prepares to step down.

China seeks to reduce abortions, as Beijing pushes for more children

The new policy prompted concern among some women about the prospect of reduced access to terminations.

China’s release of ‘Two Michaels’ vexes country’s online nationalists

Commentators demanded answers after officials freed Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor following Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou’s deal with U.S. officials.

Iceland elected the first female-majority parliament in Europe. A recount reversed it.

The island nation briefly celebrated a result that, if not for a late recount, would have made it the first country in Europe to have more women than men in parliament.

What you need to know about Olaf Scholz, possibly the next 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.
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Scientists: Spanish volcano has entered 'low activity' phase

A Spanish island volcano that has buried more than 500 buildings and displaced over 6,000 people since last week lessened its activity on Monday, although scientists warned that it was too early to declare the eruption phase finished
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San Marino women's rights groups hail abortion vote

Women’s rights activists are cheering after San Marino, a tiny republic of 33,000 people nestled in central Italy, became the latest Catholic state to legalize abortion
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Strong quake hits Greek island of Crete; 1 dead, 9 injured

A strong earthquake has struck the Greek island of Crete
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Prosecutor seeks to resume ICC probe in Afghanistan

The International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor has sought urgent clearance from the court’s judges to resume investigations of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Afghanistan
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Nature campaigners urge Albania to stop hydropower plants

Wildlife campaigners have called on the Albanian government to stop the construction of two hydropower plants in a protected nature area in the north of the country
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