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Germany’s Angela Merkel resumes talks to end political stalemate

Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives resume on Wednesday drawn-out talks with Germany's second biggest party aimed at ending months of post-election stalemate and forming a coalition government.

Germany’s Angela Merkel declares Europe top priority for new govt

Chancellor Angela Merkel will tell Germans that European cooperation is "the decisive question of the coming years" in a New Year's Eve broadcast Sunday, as her conservatives eye tricky coalition talks.

Germany’s Angela Merkel signals readiness for new election after coalition talks collapse

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she would prefer a new election than ruling with a minority after talks on forming a three-way coalition failed overnight.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel in political dilemma

There are palpable fears in the political circle in Germany after talks to form a coalition government among four of the country’s seven parliamentary political parties collapsed shortly before midnight on Sunday.

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.

Germany celebrates first gay marriages

Two German men made history Sunday by saying “I do” and becoming the first same-sex couple to marry after decades of struggle, but campaigners say the battle for equal rights isn’t over.

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.

New Zealand election stalemate leaves maverick Peters as kingmaker

New Zealand's cliffhanger election ended in a stalemate Saturday, leaving maverick populist Winston Peters of the New Zealand First (NZF) party to decide whether conservative Prime Minister Bill English or his youthful challenger Jacinda Ardern forms government.

Turkey slams ‘arrogant’ German reaction to Erdogan poll call

Turkey on Saturday lashed out at "arrogant" German reaction to comments by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urging ethnic Turks in Germany to vote against both parties in Chancellor Angela Merkel's ruling coalition.

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We’ve won victory for public education – Governor el-Rufai

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WHO donates 853 motorcycles to Nigeria

The World Health Organisation, WHO, has donated 853 motorcycles to the Nigerian government to improve disease surveillance in the country.

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Benue needs military operations – Bishop Ezeokafor

The Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese in Anambra State, Most Reverend Paulinus Ezeokafor, said yesterday that the situation in the troubled Benue State required special intervention from security operatives in the mould of Operation Python Dance carried out in the South East and Operation Crocodile Smile in the South–South combined.

Three killed by suspected rebels in eastern DR Congo

Suspected Ugandan Islamist rebels killed three civilians in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, despite an offensive by government troops, sources said on Monday.

Planned recall of Kwara Assemblyman will not succeed – APC

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara state has described the recent move to recall a member of the state House of Assembly, Hassan Oyeleke, as amateurish.

Court nullifies installation of 21 kings by Governor Ajimobi

An Oyo State High Court presided over by Justice Olajumoke Aiki on Friday declared the review of the 1957 Olubadan Chieftaincy Declaration and other Related Chieftaincies in Ibadan land by the Justice Akintunde Boade Review Commission, which was set up by the Oyo State Government, as unconstitutional, illegal, null, void and of no effect.