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Merkel hangs on to power but bleeds support to surging far right

BERLIN German Chancellor Angela Merkel won a fourth term in office on Sunday but Europe's most powerful leader will have to govern with a far less stable coalition in a fractured parliament after her conservatives haemorrhaged support to a surging far right.

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Kurds stick with independence vote, 'never going back to Baghdad': Barzani

ERBIL, Iraq/ISTANBUL Iraq's Kurds will go ahead with a referendum on independence on Monday because their partnership with Baghdad has failed, Kurdistan Regional Government President Massoud Barzani said on Sunday, shrugging off international opposition to the vote.

United Nations, Iraq, Davos 7:10pm EDT

Mexicans turn to church as earthquake death toll hits 320

MEXICO CITY Mexicans packed churches on Sunday to pray for the victims of the country's deadliest quake in 32 years as rescue teams searched against the odds for any survivors trapped under rubble since Tuesday's tremor shook Mexico City and nearby states. | Video

Mexico, Environment, 10:14pm EDT

U.N. medics see evidence of rape in Myanmar army 'cleansing' campaign

COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh Doctors treating some of the 429,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar in recent weeks have seen dozens of women with injuries consistent with violent sexual attacks, U.N. clinicians and other health workers said.

United Nations, Myanmar 11:16pm EDT

New Zealand PM says likely weeks before country has new government

WELLINGTON New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English said on Monday it could take weeks for the country to form a new government after a weekend general election left a nationalist minor party in the role of kingmaker.

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Chinese graft suspect returns from U.S. to surrender

BEIJING A Chinese corruption suspect who was on the country's list of 100 most wanted overseas fugitives has returned to China from the United States after giving himself up, the anti-graft watchdog said on Monday.

China 11:40pm EDT

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