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Merkel's Christian Democratic Union party secures key state election win

The Christian Democratic Union's victory in North Rhine-Westphalia, home to more than a fifth of German voters, is a resounding confirmation for Merkel, 62. "I hail from the state where we just suffered a crushing election defeat". The Green party came in at 6.3 percent. "Dear friends. Today is a good day for North Rhine-Westphalia".


Trump travel ban blocked; fight headed for Supreme Court

Trump travel ban blocked; fight headed for Supreme Court

The ruling means the Trump administration still can not enforce its travel ban which affects six Muslim-majority countries: Iran , Syria , Yemen , Somalia , Libya and Sudan . A federal judge in Hawaii has also halted the travel ban and the freeze on the USA refugee program. One judge, Stephanie Thacker, an appointee of President Barack Obama , said in a concurring opinion she would not consider statements by candidate Trump - but, she added, it wasn't necessary to.


Erdogan congratulates Iran's Rouhani over election win

Erdogan congratulates Iran's Rouhani over election win

Speaking after meeting Israeli President Reuven Rivlin , Mr Trump said the U.S. and Israel faced "common threats - from [IS] and other terrorist groups, to countries like Iran that sponsor terrorism and fund and foment bad violence". "Iran's elections shows the regional countries that they can restore security through enhancing democracy and respect for the votes of their people", he said.


Donald and Melania Trump Arrive in Rome, Still No Hand-Holding

Donald and Melania Trump Arrive in Rome, Still No Hand-Holding

The U.S. president also pledged his support for renewed Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations. But in his public remarks, Trump steered clear of any such language, and did not mention what has been the goal of USA diplomacy for two decades: a state of Israel and an independent Palestinian state co-existing side-by-side.



Montana GOP candidate allegedly 'body slams' reporter

Gov. Steve Bullock said Thursday it is "unsettling that Greg Gianforte physically assaulted a journalist and then lied, refusing to take responsibility for his actions". Asked if assaulting a reporter is appropriate behavior, Rep. Duncan Hunter , R-Calif., replied: "Of course not". Quist declined to comment on the incident.



Malaysians, Indonesians, fighting alongside IS-linked rebels in Mindanao

The militants raided two jails, leading to the escape of more than 100 inmates, according to Mujiv Hataman, the governor of a Muslim self-rule area that includes Marawi . "We received certain information that among the 31 killed, of the 12 identified, at least six of them are foreigners, but we are still validating this information", Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) spokesperson Brig.