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September 25, 2017 1:20 PM After the election, Germany’s democracy faces its hardest test since 1949

Germany, my country: It is a somber day for you, for me and for democrats across the West. In Germany’s earthquake national elections, a radical right-wing party entered the federal legislature for the first time in more than half a century. Founded in 2013, Alternative for Germany (AfD) failed to pass the 5 percent threshold in that year’s elections 4

September 25, 2017 11:13 AM The anti-Muslim AfD just scored big in Germany’s election. What does this mean for German Muslims?

At the height of the refugee crisis two years ago, many Germans thought that Angela Merkel’s days as chancellor were numbered. Merkel’s open embrace of Syrian refugees upset the conservative wing of her own Christian Democratic Union (CDU), and fired up the far-right, anti-Muslim Alternative für Deutschland (AfD). Fast forward to Sept. 24, 2017, and the CDU lost millions 4

September 25, 2017 9:55 AM Japan's Abe announces snap election amid worries over North Korea

TOKYO: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he would dissolve parliament's lower house on Thursday for a snap election, seeking a mandate to stick to his tough stance towards a volatile North Korea and rebalance the social security system. Abe, in power for five years, had been expected to call the election for next month to take advantage of improved 4

September 25, 2017 2:15 AM Merkel wins 4th term as nationalists enter German parliament

BERLIN — German Chancellor Angela Merkel won a fourth term Sunday, but now faces the tricky prospect of forming a coalition with two disparate new partners after voters weakened her conservatives and a nationalist, anti-migrant party surged into parliament. Merkel’s center-left challenger, Martin Schulz, conceded his Social Democrats had suffered a “crushing 3

September 24, 2017 8:40 AM Germans warned against apathy as Merkel heads for fourth term

BERLIN: Germans were urged to vote in a national election on Sunday in which a seemingly assured fourth term for Chancellor Angela Merkel risks being overshadowed by a far-right party entering parliament in more than half a century. After shock election results last year, from Britain's vote to leave the European Union to the election of U.S. President 4

September 24, 2017 4:02 AM New Zealand's ruling party ahead after poll but kingmaker in no rush to decide

WELLINGTON: The leaders of New Zealand's main parties prepared on Sunday to start talks with Winston Peters, the leader of a nationalist party who emerged as kingmaker after an inconclusive general election, but Peters indicated he was in no rush to pick a side. Prime Minister Bill English's National Party won the largest number of votes in Saturday's 3

September 23, 2017 8:07 PM North Korea says strike on US is 'inevitable' as Pentagon flies bombers off coast

North Korea's foreign minister called U.S. President Donald Trump "a mentally deranged person full of megalomania" and promised a strike on the American mainland was "inevitable" in a blistering speech to the United Nations General Assembly Saturday. The address by Ri Yong Ho began as the Pentagon announced that it had flown bombers and fighter escorts 2

September 23, 2017 2:34 AM Who Is Bill Cassidy? How a Doctor for the Poor Became the Senator Leading the Obamacare Repeal Charge

Talk show host Jimmy Kimmel has said Senator Bill Cassidy “lied” to his face, and President Donald Trump has tweeted that Cassidy “is a class act who really cares about people and their Health(care), he doesn't lie-just wants to help people!” But most Americans would still have a hard time picking the Louisiana Republican out of a police lineup. So who is Bill Cassidy 3

September 23, 2017 1:55 AM US Senator McCain opposes Obamacare repeal bill, a possible fatal blow

WASHINGTON: U.S. Senator John McCain said on Friday he opposes the latest Republican bill to dismantle Obamacare, dealing the measure what could be a fatal blow given the party's slim Senate majority. With several other Republicans still undecided on the measure, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said earlier this week he intended to bring it to the Senate 3

September 22, 2017 7:19 PM If Republicans Revive Health Care Again, This Is What It Could Mean For Your State

All eyes are on Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. (third from left), and his Republican colleagues as they pitch yet another Obamacare repeal-and-replace plan. John McCain on Friday imperiled Republicans' latest Affordable Care Act repeal and replace effort when he said he "cannot in good conscience" support the so-called Graham-Cassidy bill. But McCain did also say he could 3