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China's Xi lays out vision for 'new era' led by 'still stronger' Communist Party

BEIJING Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday laid out a confident vision for a more prosperous nation and its role in the world, stressing the importance of wiping out corruption and curbing industrial overcapacity, income inequality and pollution.

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Weakened Merkel warns of compromise as talks on coalition start

BERLIN A chastened Angela Merkel warned her conservatives they must compromise to forge a nationally untested alliance in Germany as she heads into talks with other parties on Wednesday after suffering losses in last month's election.

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Austria's far-right sets interior ministry as price for joining next coalition

VIENNA Austria's far-right Freedom Party (FPO) will only join the next coalition government if it can run the interior ministry, its leader said on Wednesday, following the party's strong showing in a parliamentary election.

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Iraqi forces take control of Kurdish-held areas in Mosul's Niveveh's province

BAGHDAD Iraqi forces have taken control of areas previously held by Kurdish forces in Mosul's Nineveh province in northern Iraq, a military statement said on Wednesday.

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Russian, Israeli leaders discuss Iran nuclear program, Syria, Iraq

MOSCOW Russian President Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss the Iran nuclear program, the Kremlin said on Wednesday.

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Spain asks Catalan leader to "act sensibly" as direct rule deadline approaches

MADRID Spain appealed to Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont to "act sensibly" on Wednesday, just 24 hours before a government deadline for the region to renounce a bid for independence. | Video

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