(Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters)
(Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters)

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.

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.

Strong earthquake rocks Crete, Greece’s biggest island, killing at least one person

Emergency services workers searched through dust and rubble for people who might have become trapped in the debris.

German capital to get first female mayor

The election of Franziska Giffey comes as Germany’s first female chancellor, Angela Merkel, prepares to step down.

New U.S. travel rules close door on those fully vaccinated with Russia’s Sputnik V

While millions from Europe and China welcomed the new U.S. rules, for Russia they are a different story.

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.

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 the procedure.

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.
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Strong quake hits Greek island of Crete; 1 dead, 20 injured

A strong earthquake has struck the Greek island of Crete
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Haitians returning to a homeland that's far from welcoming

This is the Port-au-Prince that awaits Haitian deportees: An archipelago of gang-controlled islands in a sea of despair
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Judge suspends probe into Lebanon port blast amid challenges

The lead judge investigating last year’s massive blast in Beirut’s port has suspended his work in the case after he was formally notified that a former Cabinet minister had submitted a request to recuse him
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ICC prosecutor seeks to resume Afghanistan war crimes probe

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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Monsoon rain may worsen floods in Thailand, Bangkok prepares

Seasonal monsoon rains may worsen flooding that has already badly affected about a third of Thailand
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