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Auf wiedersehen Angela as three-way coalition signs governing pact

Nov 24 2021

BERLIN Social Democrat Olaf Scholz announced a deal to form a new governing coalition in Germany on Wednesday that aims to modernise Europe's largest economy, accelerate the green transition and bring the curtain down on the Angela Merkel era. | Video

Germany's next government aims to legalise recreational cannabis

Nov 24 2021

BERLIN Germany could become the first European country to legalise cannabis and authorise its sale for recreational purposes, according to a coalition agreement for a new government struck by three parties on Wednesday.

German region hardest hit by COVID surge plans partial lockdown -report

Nov 18 2021

BERLIN, Nov 18 The German region hardest hit by the country's fourth wave of coronavirus is considering a partial lockdown, local media reported on Thursday as regional and federal leaders discussed tighter rules nationwide.

Merkel looks on as Germany's newly elected parliament convenes

Oct 28 2021

BERLIN Germany's outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel watched from a visitors' gallery on Tuesday as a new, more diverse and younger parliament elected a woman from the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) as parliamentary president. | Video

German SPD's Scholz moves closer to succeeding Merkel as chancellor

Oct 17 2021

(Corrects headline and first paragraph of Oct. 15 story to show that Scholz is the SPD's candidate for chancellor, not its leader)

Besieged by seaweed, Caribbean scrambles to make use of the stuff

Sep 29 2021

PUERTO MORELOS, Mexico As the sun rises in Mexico’s Quintana Roo state, home to the white sandy beaches of Cancun and Tulum, Rear Admiral Alejandro Lopez Zenteno readies his sailors for another day of dragging rafts of brown seaweed to shore and out of view of cocktail-sipping tourists. | Video

Haiti PM, a suspect in murder of President Moise, replaces justice minister

Sep 15 2021

HAVANA Fresh turmoil hit Haiti's government on Wednesday as Prime Minister Ariel Henry replaced his justice minister and a senior official stepped down, saying he could not serve a premier under suspicion in the assassination of President Jovenel Moise.

Cuba publishes draft family code that opens door to gay marriage

Sep 15 2021

HAVANA Cuba published a long-awaited draft of a new family code on Wednesday that would open the door to gay marriage if approved, in a move that LGBT rights activists applauded cautiously as they remained wary of whether it would actually be implemented.

Haiti PM fires prosecutor seeking charges against him in president's killing

Sep 15 2021

HAVANA (Reuters) -Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry on Tuesday replaced the chief public prosecutor who had been seeking charges against him as a suspect in the assassination of President Jovenel Moise, plunging the country into a fresh political crisis. | Video

Cuba to deploy China's Sinopharm alongside homegrown vaccines

Aug 28 2021

HAVANA Cuba, which to date had deployed exclusively its homegrown COVID-19 vaccines, will start also using the Sinopharm vaccine of its Communist-run ally China in its bid to battle one of the worst coronavirus outbreaks in the world.

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Australia sets out curbs for travellers from virus-hit southern Africa

MELBOURNE (Reuters) -Australia imposed new restrictions on Saturday on people who have been to nine southern African countries, as the new Omicron variant https://www.reuters.com/business/healthcare-pharmaceuticals/japan-tighten-border-controls-s-africa-others-new-virus-variant-jiji-2021-11-26 of COVID-19 raises concerns about another wave of the pandemic.