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Latest update : 2012-01-05

Will Merkel make it through 2012?

Will Angela Merkel's government survive 2012? That will depend largely on the fate of the euro, as well as the management of a coalition on the verge of collapse and a recent home loan scandal involving Germany's president. An upcoming election in Schleswig-Holstein may also be a decisive factor as to whether the Conservative-Liberal coalition makes it through the New Year. Anne Mailliet and Brice Boussouar report.

By Brice BOUSSOUAR , Anne MAILLIET

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2014-12-23 China

China: A tense Christmas in Wenzhou

There are now more Christians in China than there are members of the communist party. And tensions are rising between the Christian community and the government. Nowhere is this...

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2014-12-22 West Bank

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2014-12-19 Taliban

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2014-12-18 Italy

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2014-12-17 Central African Republic

Hunt for Joseph Kony and LRA militants continues

The Lord's Resistance Army is a rebel group infamous for its brutality. Driven out of Uganda nearly a decade ago, LRA militants are now scattered across the Democratic Republic...

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