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Merkel Announces Bid for Fourth Term

German Chancellor Angela Merkel told her party Sunday she will seek re-election next year, a move likely to be welcomed in many capitals as a sign of stability following poll triumphs for Brexit and Donald Trump.

After months of feverish speculation, Merkel said at a meeting of her conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) that she would run for a fourth term, party sources told AFP.

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German Ruling Coalition Backs FM Steinmeier as President

Germany's ruling coalition has backed Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier as the country's next president, party sources said Monday, paving the way for a sharp critic of Donald Trump to become head of state.

Party leaders have been wrangling for months over whom to nominate as a potential successor to President Joachim Gauck, a 76-year-old former pastor from the ex-communist East Germany who is stepping down due to his advanced age.

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Four German Police Wounded in Raid on Far-Right

Four German police officers were wounded, one of them critically, when a member of the shadowy far-right group "Citizens of the Reich" opened fire during a raid Wednesday, authorities said.

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Turkey Allows German MPs to Visit Base after Row

Berlin said Thursday that Ankara will allow German lawmakers to visit a NATO airbase near Syria after refusing access amid a months-long row over Germany recognizing the World War I-era massacre of Armenians as "genocide."

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Germany Rejects Turkish Threat over EU Migrants Accord

Germany on Tuesday dismissed a Turkish threat to renege on a controversial EU deal on stemming the flow of migrants if it is not granted visa-free travel by October.

Asked if Turkey could "blackmail" the EU over the refugee pact, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier told the Rheinische Post newspaper: "That is absurd."

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Munich Gunman Planned Shooting for a Year, Chose Victims Randomly

The 18-year-old gunman who killed nine people in a shooting spree in Munich had been planning his crime for a year but chose his victims at random, officials said on Sunday.

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Turkey Coup Attempt Crackdown 'Flouts Rule of Law', Says Berlin

Germany on Wednesday condemned Turkey's escalating crackdown following a failed coup, saying the hardline response "flouts the rule of law".

"Nearly every day we are seeing new measures that flout the rule of law and that disregard the principle of proportionality," government spokesman Steffen Seibert told reporters.

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IS Claims First German Attack with Train Ax Assault

The Islamic State group Tuesday released a video purportedly featuring a 17-year-old Afghan refugee who went on an ax rampage on a German train, injuring five people, two critically.

The video showed teenager "Mohammed Riyadh" -- knife in hand -- announcing in Pashto he would carry out an "operation" in Germany, and presenting himself as a "soldier of the caliphate."

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Merkel Expects Britain's May to 'Quickly' Define EU Ties

German Chancellor Angela Merkel expects Britain's new government to "quickly" define its relationship with the European Union after conservative Theresa May becomes prime minister on Wednesday.

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Turkey Allows German Minister Visit after Air Base Row

Turkey said Monday it would allow Germany's defense minister to visit an air base in the south of the country after sparking a row by barring a German delegation from making the trip.

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