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Germany: Merkel's party elects pragmatic Laschet as leader

Germany: Merkel's party elects pragmatic Laschet as leader

BERLIN — Chancellor Angela Merkel’s centre -right party chose Armin Laschet, the pragmatic governor of Germany’s most populous state, as its new leader Saturday.
Uganda says president wins 6th term as vote-rigging alleged

Uganda says president wins 6th term as vote-rigging alleged

KAMPALA, Uganda — Uganda’s electoral commission said Saturday that President Yoweri Museveni won a sixth five-year term, extending his rule to four decades, while top opposition challenger Bobi Wine dismissed “cooked-up, fraudulent results” and offic
India starts world's largest COVID-19 vaccination drive

India starts world's largest COVID-19 vaccination drive

NEW DELHI — India started inoculating health workers Saturday in what is likely the world's largest COVID-19 vaccination campaign, joining the ranks of wealthier nations where the effort is already well underway.
Damaged roads, lack of gear hinder Indonesia quake rescue

Damaged roads, lack of gear hinder Indonesia quake rescue

MAMUJU, Indonesia — Damaged roads and bridges, power blackouts and lack of heavy equipment on Saturday hampered rescuers after a strong earthquake left at least 49 people dead and hundreds injured on Indonesia's Sulawesi island.
China builds hospital in 5 days after surge in virus cases

China builds hospital in 5 days after surge in virus cases

BEIJING — China on Saturday finished building a 1,500-room hospital for COVID-19 patients to fight a surge in infections the government said are harder to contain and that it blamed on infected people or goods from abroad.
Iranian Guard holds anti-warship ballistic missile drill

Iranian Guard holds anti-warship ballistic missile drill

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard conducted a drill Saturday launching anti-warship ballistic missiles at a simulated target in the Indian Ocean, state television reported, amid heightened tensions over Tehran’s nuclear program a
In Mexico, women take the front lines as vigilantes

In Mexico, women take the front lines as vigilantes

EL TERRERO, Mexico — In the birthplace of Mexico’s vigilante “self- defence ” movement, a new group has emerged entirely made up of women, who carry assault rifles and post roadblocks to fend off what they say is a bloody incursion into the state of
Trump trial pending, McConnell calls it 'vote of conscience'

Trump trial pending, McConnell calls it 'vote of conscience'

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's impeachment trial is likely to start after Joe Biden's inauguration, and the Republican leader, Mitch McConnell, is telling senators their decision on whether to convict the outgoing president over the Capitol ri

Vaccines to stimulus checks: Here's what's in Biden plan

WILMINGTON, Del. — President-elect Joe Biden is proposing a $1.9 trillion plan to expand coronavirus vaccinations, help individuals and jump-start the economy.
Trump's presidency not just a blip in US foreign policy

Trump's presidency not just a blip in US foreign policy

WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden’s plan to scrap President Donald Trump’s vision of “America First” in favour of “diplomacy first” will depend on whether he's able to regain the trust of allies and convince them that Trumpism is just a blip in