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31 year-old Sebastian Kurz set to become Austrian leader

Austria's political "whizz-kid" Sebastian Kurz was on course Sunday to become Europe's youngest leader, potentially in coalition with the far-right, after his conservative party looked to have triumphed in elections.

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier meets Pope Francis for talks

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier held his first meeting with Pope Francis on Monday since taking over the largely ceremonial post, with migration and refugees on the agenda.

Angela Merkel ‘nears refugee deal’ with Bavarian allies in coalition talks

Two weeks after winning elections with a reduced majority, German Chancellor Angela Merkel neared a deal Sunday to unite her conservative camp on the flashpoint issue of refugee policy as she seeks to build a new coalition government, a party source said.

Refugee issue complicates Angela Merkel’s bid to form government

Two weeks after winning elections with a reduced majority, German Chancellor Angela Merkel took a first step Sunday toward forming a government by trying to unite her conservative camp which is bitterly divided over refugee policy.

Germany’s Angela Merkel confirms ready to govern with liberals and Greens

German Chancellor Angela Merkel confirmed Saturday she would start talks with liberals and Greens to try to form a new coalition government after last month's election.

Israeli President praises Merkel for ‘strong stand’ against far-right

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin has commended German Chancellor Angela Merkel for opposing the Alternative for Germany (AfD) (far-right party) which has prompted concern within Germany’s Jewish community.

Germany’s AfD may shift rightward after Petry’s decision

The Alternative for Germany (AfD) party will adopt an increasingly right-wing approach as it prepares to enter the German parliament for the first time, experts say.

Splits in Germany’s far-right AfD as co-leader quits party

The co-leader of the far-right AfD (Alternative for Germany) has left the party less than 24 hours after its shock third-place result in the country's election.

Angela Merkel wins fourth term

Chancellor Angela Merkel clinched a fourth term in Germany’s election Sunday, but her victory was clouded by the entry into parliament of the hard right AfD, the best showing for a nationalist force since World War II.

Merkel heads for German poll win, hard-right AfD for first seats

Chancellor Angela Merkel is expected to cruise to victory in elections Sunday but also to face the breakthrough into parliament of hard-right populists for the first time in Germany's post-war history.

Germany votes in key national elections

Germany is going to the polls on Sunday for the country's federal elections, with long-serving Chancellor Angela Merkel looking all but certain to win a historic fourth term in office.

Merkel tries to reach undecided voters in election’s final hours

German Chancellor Angela Merkel appealed to her conservative party on Saturday to reach undecided voters as the clock ticked down to the election in which she is expected to secure a fourth term in office.

‘Bring home the bacon,’ Merkel tells voters on eve of poll

Chancellor Angela Merkel and her rival Martin Schulz rallied voters on the eve of Sunday's vote, urging Germans to shun the first hard-right party expected to enter parliament in force since the end of World War II.

Merkel’s party dips in poll, still ahead before Sunday vote

Angela Merkel’s conservatives dropped one percentage point in a poll released on Thursday, three days before a German election in which the chancellor is expected to win a fourth term.

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Somalia's deadliest ever attack, a truck bomb in the capital Mogadishu, has now killed 358 people with 228 more injured, the government said late Friday, a major jump in the fatality toll.

ICPC arraigns former Unity Bank staff for alleged N14 million fraud

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Sokoto to boost agriculture through extension services

The Sokoto State Agricultural Development Project (SADP) has said it would engage more extension workers to improve the agricultural potential of the state.

Nigerian troops arrest barge laden with 456,600 litres of illegal commodity

Troops of the 4 Brigade, Nigerian Army, Benin, participating in the on-going Operation Crocodile Smile II, have arrested a barge laden with 456,600 litres of suspected illegally refined Automated Gas Oil (AGO).

PDP reconciliation c’ittee mediates in Kebbi crisis

The National Reconciliation Committee of the People Democratic Party (PDP), led by Ambassador Aminu Wali, has commenced mediation process between two factions of the party in Kebbi State.

President Buhari condemns Plateau killings, says it has ‘gone too far’

President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the killing of Nigerians in Plateau State, saying it has “gone too far”.

Pan-African Parliament in crisis as it lacks legislative powers

The Pan-African Parliament (PAP), which is based in South Africa and whose motto is “One Africa, One Voice” faces a crisis of lack of legislative power.