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Merkel elected to fourth term as German chancellor

Merkel elected to fourth term as German chancellor

Lawmakers in Berlin's glass-domed Reichstag voted 364-315 with nine abstentions for Angela Merkel who was then to be formally appointed by President Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

Germany to get new foreign minister as Gabriel loses job

Germany to get new foreign minister as Gabriel loses job

Germany's Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Thursday he would not join Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition government, opening the way for a new SPD figure in the high-profile post.

Ethiopia's ruling coalition to choose new prime minister

Ethiopia's ruling coalition to choose new prime minister

Ethiopia's ruling coalition is expected to meet this week to choose a new prime minister, most likely from the populous Oromo ethnic group to try and dampen the discontent behind recent anti-government demonstrations.

Merkel vows to work with SPD for 'good of Germany'

Merkel vows to work with SPD for 'good of Germany'

Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday vowed to work with the Social Democrats for the "good of Germany" as the centre-left party agreed to join her new coalition.

Sri Lanka coalition partner seeks reforms after poll defeat

Sri Lanka coalition partner seeks reforms after poll defeat

The JHU, or the National Heritage Party, said Saturday's vote showed the people were unhappy with the government of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, which has struggled to overcome internal divisions.

All parties need a stake in Ethiopia's future: opposition leader

All parties need a stake in Ethiopia's future: opposition leader

Ethiopia's ruling coalition has lost its authority and all parties should be involved in mapping the country's future, an opposition leader said on Friday, a day after the Prime Minister resigned.

Rift in Australian coalition as deputy PM calls Turnbull 'inept'

Rift in Australian coalition as deputy PM calls Turnbull 'inept'

Malcolm Turnbull, whose coalition holds a razor-thin majority of just one seat, said on Thursday that Barnaby Joyce had shown a "shocking error of judgment" for conducting an affair.

Qatar spared no effort to counter terror: FM

Qatar spared no effort to counter terror: FM

HE the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohamed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani headed Qatar's delegation to the meeting.

US urges help for Iraq, extends $3bn credit line

US urges help for Iraq, extends $3bn credit line

The United States leads the coalition and hopes that after a three-year fight to defeat the militants it can count in large part on Gulf allies to shoulder the burden of rebuilding Iraq.

Merkel coalition talks enter decisive phase

Merkel coalition talks enter decisive phase

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's battle to forge a new coalition is set to enter a decisive phase this weekend with the clock ticking away on talks ...

Norway's coalition expands but remains minority government

Norway's coalition expands but remains minority government

Norway's right-wing coalition on Sunday took in a small centre-right party, but remains a minority government and will continue the search for the parliamentary majority needed to ensure it can pass laws.

Iraq PM heads for May elections after defeating IS

Iraq PM heads for May elections after defeating IS

Haider al-Abadi's newly created "Victory Alliance" will face the "State of Law" bloc of Nuri al-Maliki, his predecessor, key rival and Shia Dawa party co-member who now holds the post of vice president.