Germany's Syrian refugees celebrate Merkel win but fear rise of far-right

BERLIN (Reuters) - Syrian refugees rejoiced on Sunday at the news that Angela Merkel had secured a fourth term as German chancellor, but said they were alarmed by the rise of the far-right AfD party, which they feared could push her to tighten asylum rules.

German Social Democrats vow to rebuild in opposition after election drubbing

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's Social Democrats vowed to return to the opposition and push themes of social justice as they remake their party after winning less than 21 percent of the vote in Sunday's election, the worst result in their post-war history.

Zimbabwean activist pastor arrested for criticising Mugabe government

HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwean police arrested activist pastor Evan Mawarire of the #ThisFlag movement as he stepped down from his pulpit, accusing him of subversion for a series of social media posts that charged Robert Mugabe's government had wrecked the economy, his lawyer told Reuters on Sunday.

Turkish, Iranian presidents discuss Iraqi Kurdish referendum - Erdogan's office

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani spoke by phone regarding a Iraqi Kurdish independence referendum and voiced concern that it will cause regional chaos, Erdogan's office said on Sunday.

Iraqi government asks Kurdistan regional government to hand over border posts, airports in referendum dispute

ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - The Iraqi government asked the autonomous Kurdish region on Sunday to hand over international border posts and its international airports, retaliating to a Kurdish independence referendum to be held on Monday in northern Iraq.

Iraqi government asks foreign countries to stop oil trade with Kurdistan

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq on Sunday urged foreign countries to stop importing crude directly from its autonomous Kurdistan region and to restrict oil trading to the central government.

German vote could doom Merkel-Macron deal on Europe

BERLIN (Reuters) - Weakened by the worst result for her party since 1949 and facing a more fractious political landscape at home, Germany's Angela Merkel could be forced to rein in plans to re-shape Europe together with France's Emmanuel Macron.

Jews around world concerned by far-right breakthrough in German election

BRUSSELS/BERLIN (Reuters) - Jewish groups in Europe and the United States expressed alarm on Sunday at the far-right Alternative for Germany's success in Germany's parliamentary election and urged other parties not to form an alliance with the AfD.

Hurdles high for Merkel in three-way 'Jamaica' tie-up talks

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's conservative chancellor Angela Merkel may have won her fourth consecutive national election, but she faces a huge challenge in trying to forge a three-way alliance between parties far apart on the political spectrum.

France's Le Pen congratulates German far-right AfD

PARIS (Reuters) - French far-right leader Marine Le Pen congratulated the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party on its breakthrough result in Sunday's German parliamentary election.

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