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Merkel, Macron hopeful about German coalition talks

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is expressing optimism that a weekend meeting by the rival Social Democrats will lead to coalition talks with her conservatives that could end months of tense political limbo in Europe's leading economy.

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European watchdog: More migrants heading to Spain by sea

Europe's border watchdog says the number of migrants and asylum-seekers coming across the western Mediterranean route to Europe this year is likely to increase, after 2017 closed with more than twice the traffic of the previous year.

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Italian who as child survived Auschwitz given a top honor

A woman who was one of the few Italian children to survive deportation to a Nazi death camp has been made a senator-for-life in Italy.

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Israel to name Jordan envoy after settling spat: report

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he will soon decide on Israel's new ambassador to Jordan a day after the two countries agreed to put a monthslong diplomatic spat behind them.

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High school students in Hungary rally for modern education

Several thousand high school students in Hungary have held a rally outside the national parliament to demand improvements to their education system.

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6.3-magnitude earthquake shakes Mexico's Gulf of California

A 6.3-magnitude earthquake has struck offshore in Mexico's Gulf of California.

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Puerto Rico finances under scrutiny amid 11-year recession

Top financial officials in Puerto Rico are offering a peek into why the U.S. territory is mired in an 11-year recession as a federal control board demands more transparency and information about the island's finances.

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The Latest: Pope Francis arrives in Peru's Amazon

The Latest on Pope Francis' visit to Peru (all times local): 10:45 a.m.

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Omarosa trying to lawyer up, may have secretly taped White House conversations

President Trump’s former spotlight-seeking staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman might have secretly recorded private conversations in the White House, The New York Daily News reported Friday.

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New Zealand’s newly elected prime minister announces pregnancy: ‘I’ll be a PM & a mum’

New Zealand’s prime minister Jacinda Ardern, 37, who took office in October, announced Friday she is expecting her first child.

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Crowds jostle for holy water as Ethiopia celebrates Epiphany

Ethiopia's Orthodox Christians have gathered to celebrate Timket, or Epiphany, a major holiday marking the baptism of Jesus.

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Deso Dogg, ISIS' 'gangsta jihadi', killed in Syria clashes, terror watchdog says

A German rapper dubbed a “gangsta jihadi” for joining the Islamic State -- where he eventually seduced an FBI translator -- appears to finally have been killed in Syria as a pro-ISIS media group released pictures purportedly showing his bloody

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Jamaica imposes curfew in Montego Bay amid rise in crime

Authorities in Jamaica have declared a state of emergency in areas including the popular tourist town of Montego Bay amid a rise in violent crime.

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Czech lawmakers lift immunity of PM Babis over fraud claims

Lawmakers in the lower house of the Czech parliament have agreed to lift the immunity from prosecution for Prime Minister Andrej Babis over alleged fraud involving EU subsidies.

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France's Davos? Macron hosting 140 CEOs in investment push

French President Emmanuel Macron will be hosting over 100 CEOs of major multinationals at the chateau of Versailles to try to persuade them to invest, and especially hire, in France.

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Melted nuclear fuel seen inside second Fukushima reactor

The operator of Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant says a long telescopic probe has successfully captured images of some melted fuel inside one of its three damaged reactors, providing crucial information for its cleanup.

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Montenegro presidential election set for April 15

Montenegro's parliament speaker has set April 15 as the date for the new presidential election.

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Bare-chested Putin takes dip in icy lake for Epiphany

Russian President Vladimir Putin continued his tradition of stripping down to the waist in public when he took a dip in the freezing waters of an icy lake to celebrate the Orthodox Christian ritual marking the Epiphany.

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Seller of pistol used in Munich rampage sentenced to 7 years

A man who sold the pistol used by a teenager in a deadly 2016 shooting rampage in Munich has been convicted of involuntary manslaughter and other offenses and sentenced to seven years in prison.

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China calls deadly tanker collision 'unprecedented'

A Chinese official says the explosion and sinking of an Iranian oil tanker in the East China Sea was without precedent, creating enormous difficulties for rescue and recovery efforts.

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A bridge too far? UK's Boris Johnson suggests span to France

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has suggested that Britain and France should build a bridge across the English Channel to bolster links between the two nations after Brexit.

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2 prison guards injured in attack in Corsica jail

France's justice ministry says two prison guards have been injured in Corsica after an attack launched by three inmates, amid widespread protest over working conditions across the country.

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US oil output is booming and seen outpacing Saudis, Russia

A global energy agency says that U.S. oil production is booming and is forecast to top that of heavyweights Saudi Arabia and Russia this year.

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New UNICEF chief to engage private sector to help children

The new leader of UNICEF says the children's agency is taking a new approach in 2018 by engaging with private companies to help prepare young people for productive lives.

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