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German anti-euro party makes breakthrough in state vote BERLIN: German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives retained their grip on power in the eastern state of Saxony on Sunday but now face opposition from a fledgling anti-euro party, which won its first seats in a regional assembly.Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) won more than 39 percent of the vote in the regional parliament, according to preliminary results, but the party needs a new coalition partner after its current allies crashed out.Marking its debut into a state assembly, the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, which backs the dissolution of the euro, exceeded pollsters predictions with around 10 percent, the initial results showed.The CDU has ruled in Saxony since Germany's 1990 reunification. But its current coalition partners, the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP), failed to pass the five-percent threshold of votes to re-enter the state parliament.Saxony CDU state premier Stanislaw Tillich described it as a "super result," despite it marking a drop for the ...


Enforced disappearances cannot be tolerated in 21st century: UN chief UNITED NATIONS: Stressing that the enforced disappearance of individuals by States constitutes an unacceptable violation of human rights, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has declared that the time has come for the end to this 'abhorrent' practice."Enforced disappearance is a practice that cannot be tolerated in the twenty-first century," the secretary general said in a message to mark the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, which is observed annually on 30 August."This abhorrent practice ...

Mugabe says 'friendly' China vows to help Zimbabwe economy HARARE: Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, returning from a state visit to China, said Sunday Beijing had pledged to assist his southern African country's ailing economy "to the best of its ability".China will "continue to be as friendly to us as it was before. The support we have asked for in the various areas, China will provide to the best of its ability," Mugabe said in comments carried on Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) television after his ...

Swedish hospital investigating possible case of Ebola: media STOCKHOLM: A hospital in the Swedish capital is investigating a possible case of Ebola, Swedish media reported on Sunday. A man who recently travelled to a "risk area" for the virus was taken to Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm suffering from a fever and is being treated in an isolation unit, the reports said.More than 1,500 people have died in an Ebola outbreak in West Africa since March. "The virus isn't airborne and can only ...

Iraq breaks months-long siege KIRKUK: Iraqi forces broke through to the militants besieged town of Amerli on Sunday, where thousands of people have been trapped for more than two months with dwindling food and water supplies.It is the biggest offensive success for the Iraqi government since militants led by the Islamic State (IS) militants group overran large areas of five provinces in June, sweeping security forces aside.The breakthrough came as America carried out limited strikes in the area, the ...

Israel downs drone from Syria over occupied Golan: army JERUSALEM: Israel downed a drone over the occupied Golan Heights on Sunday, the army said, amid mounting tension on the UN-patrolled armistice line with Syria on the strategic plateau.Air defences "successfully intercepted an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that breached Israel airspace above the border with Syria," an army statement said."We have said several times that we shall respond to any violation of our sovereignty," it added.Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon meanwhile toured the region, as the ...

No word on location of UN peacekeepers abducted in Golan Heights: Fiji UNITED NATIONS: The head of the Fijian army said on Sunday negotiations for the release of 44 soldiers abducted by an al Qaeda-linked group on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights were being pursued as the United Nations said it had no word on the troops whereabouts. The UN peacekeepers from Fiji were seized by Islamist militants on Thursday, one of several groups attacked in the volatile frontier between Syria and Israel. UN officials ...


 



 
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