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End of Merkel era begins as German CDU picks new party leader
January 16, 2021
End of Merkel era begins as German CDU picks new party leader
BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s Christian Democrats elect a new chairman on Saturday, aiming to unite their conservative party behind a new leader who they hope can succeed Angela Merkel as chancellor when she steps down after federal elections in September.
US imposes fresh sanctions on Iran in final days of Trump presidency
January 15, 2021
US imposes fresh sanctions on Iran in final days of Trump presidency
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Friday imposed fresh sanctions on Iranian individuals and entities as Washington continues to step up pressure on Tehran in the final days of US President Donald Trump’s term before it ends Jan. 20.
US troops in Afghanistan now down to 2,500, lowest since 2001: Pentagon
January 15, 2021
US troops in Afghanistan now down to 2,500, lowest since 2001: Pentagon
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of US troops in Afghanistan has been reduced to 2,500, the lowest level of American forces there since 2001, the Pentagon said on Friday.
Top UN officials urge US to revoke blacklisting of Yemen's Houthis, warn of famine
January 15, 2021
Top UN officials urge US to revoke blacklisting of Yemen's Houthis, warn of famine
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Three top United Nations officials all called on the United States on Thursday to revoke its decision to designate Yemen’s Houthis a foreign terrorist organization, warning it would push the country into a large-scale famine and chill peace efforts.
China steals march on West in developing nations' vaccine rollout
January 15, 2021
China steals march on West in developing nations' vaccine rollout
ISTANBUL/LONDON (Reuters) - China is stealing a march on Western drugmakers in the COVID-19 vaccine race in developing nations, with Indonesia and Turkey rolling out huge campaigns with a Chinese shot this week, Brazil due to follow soon, and even EU member Hungary signing up.
Italy thrown into political crisis as Renzi sinks government
January 14, 2021
Italy thrown into political crisis as Renzi sinks government
ROME (Reuters) - Italy’s former premier Matteo Renzi pulled his small party out of government on Wednesday, stripping the ruling coalition of its parliamentary majority and triggering political chaos even as the nation battles a resurgent COVID-19.