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September 26, 2017

Trump pushing Afghan president to close Taliban office in Qatar, sources say

Exclusive: Mission in Doha had been channel for dialogue for more than six years but Trump is said to be hostile to keeping it open

Donald Trump is pushing the Afghan president, Ashraf Ghani, to close a Taliban mission in Qatar, which has been a channel for dialogue for more than six years, according to several sources familiar with discussions between the two countries.

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September 25, 2017

Merkel faces tough coalition talks as nationalists enter German parliament

German chancellor’s centre-right alliance remains largest force in parliament, as far-right Alternative für Deutschland takes 13% of vote in Sunday’s election

Angela Merkel faces tough negotiations in coming weeks as she attempts to engineer a governing coalition that can withstand pressure from the far right, which has swept into the German parliament for the first time in over five decades.

The German chancellor’s centre-right Christian Democrat-led alliance [...]

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September 24, 2017

German election 2017: polls open amid fears over surge of far-right AfD

The chancellor is on course for a fourth term but the emergence of the anti-immigrant party promises a bittersweet outcome

Polls have opened in Germany for an election that could serve a bittersweet victory for incumbent chancellor Angela Merkel.

While Merkel is widely expected to be reelected as chancellor for a fourth term, Sunday’s vote is likely to see a far-right party enter parliament for the first time in over six decades.

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September 22, 2017

Puerto Rico evacuates 70,000 after dam fails in Hurricane Maria’s wake

  • National Weather Service says: ‘This is an extremely dangerous situation’
  • Maria knocked out island’s power and several rivers hit record flood levels

Officials are rushing to evacuate tens of thousands of people from their homes in western Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria inflicted structural damage on a dam and unleashed “extremely dangerous” flash floods.

Some 70,000 residents in the municipalities of Isabela and Quebradillas were being evacuated by bus after a crack appeared in the nearly 90-year old Guajataca dam.

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