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Merkel Succession Contender Calls Her Out over Slow EU Revamp

A leading contender to succeed German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday criticized her for taking too long to respond to a French push to strengthen the EU after Brexit.

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Darfuris Rejoice as Sudan Agrees to Hand Bashir to ICC

In Sudan's sprawling Camp Kalma, people who fled the Darfur conflict are overjoyed at a pledge by the country's new authorities to finally deliver ex-president Omar al-Bashir to the International Criminal Court.

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Iran to Vote in General Election Many See as 'Lost Cause'

Iranians vote next week in a crucial parliamentary election that is widely expected to herald the return of conservatives and heap pressure on beleaguered President Hassan Rouhani.

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US, Europe Clash over Washington's Global Retreat

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday traded barbs with European leaders over diminishing Western influence, rejecting as "grossly over-exaggerated" their claims that Washington had retreated from the global stage.

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France 'Impatient' over Lack of German Drive to Reform EU, Says Macron

President Emmanuel Macron said Saturday France was growing "impatient" with the lack of German response to its push to strengthen the European Union after Brexit.

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Iran to Vote in General Election Many See as 'Lost Cause'

Iranians vote next week in a crucial parliamentary election that is widely expected to herald the return of conservatives and heap pressure on beleaguered President Hassan Rouhani.

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S.Sudan President Offers Key Compromise for Peace

South Sudan's president said on Saturday he would return to a system of 10 states, a key opposition demand, paving the way for a unity government and an end to the country's civil war.

"The compromise we have just made is in the interest of peace...I expect the opposition to reciprocate," Salva Kiir said, after a meeting of top government and military officials in the capital Juba.

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Pompeo Pledges $1bn for EU Energy Projects to Reduce Russia Reliance

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday said Washington pledged "up to $1 billion" to boost energy projects in eastern Europe as part of efforts to reduce reliance on Russian natural gas.

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Germans Hit the Streets against Deals with Far Right

Ten thousand people are expected to join a demonstration Saturday in Erfurt, capital of Thuringia state in Germany's former communist east, where far-right lawmakers last week helped install a new state premier.

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World Less Safe as U.S. Retreats, Warns German Leader

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Friday warned that President Donald Trump's "America First" strategy had shaken up the international order and fueled insecurity in an unstable world.

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