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'Convinced Atlanticist' Merkel being honest with U.S., spokesman says

BERLIN Chancellor Angela Merkel believes firmly in strong German - U.S. relations and is simply being honest with the United States when she flags up policy differences with Washington, her spokesman said on Monday.

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Macron's party seen on top in French parliament election: polls

PARIS (French President Emmanuel Macron's party is expected to win the most votes in June's parliamentary election, polls showed on Monday, with Macron also scoring well in terms of general popularity.

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Iran-backed Iraqi force says takes Islamic State villages near Syria

BAGHDAD An Iraqi Shi'ite force backed by Iran said it pushed Islamic State out of several villages on the border with Syria on Monday, potentially reopening a supply route to send Iranian weapons to President Bashar al-Assad.

Syria, Iraq 12:35pm EDT

Good atmosphere but nothing new in EU talks with Erdogan, sources say

BRUSSELS Talks last week between the heads of European Union institutions and Turkey's president, Tayyip Erdogan, were held in a "good atmosphere" but produced no new agreements, officials in Brussels said, playing down comments by the Turkish leader.

Turkey 12:34pm EDT

Iranian hardliners accuse Rouhani of voter fraud, interference

Defeated hardline candidate Ebrahim Raisi has complained of voter fraud in Iran's presidential election and called on the judiciary and the election watchdog to investigate, the semi-official Fars news agency said on Monday.

Davos 11:29am EDT

Dominican Republic arrests 11 in Odebrecht bribery probe

SANTO DOMINGO Prosecutors in the Dominican Republic arrested 11 people on Monday and are seeking to charge three lawmakers in connection with $92 million in bribes the Brazilian construction company Odebrecht admitted paying to obtain public works contracts.

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