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Chastened Merkel braces for coalition tussle after vote

BERLIN Germany's Angela Merkel turns to the task of sounding out partners to build a coalition government after securing a fourth term as chancellor in Sunday's election, although she has been weakened by a surge in support for the far right. | Video

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Japan's Abe expected to announce snap poll amid worries over North Korea crisis

TOKYO Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will dissolve parliament's lower house on Thursday for a snap election, a party official said, in a move aimed at taking advantage of improved ratings and opposition disarray.

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NZ's nationalist 'kingmaker' says has not yet contacted National or Labour leaders

WELLINGTON New Zealand First leader Winston Peters said on Monday that he still had not spoken to either major party leader after his small nationalist party was left holding the balance of power in Saturday's indecisive election.

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French unions block fuel depots in protest against labour reforms

PARIS French trade unionists blocked access on Monday to several fuel depots in protest against an overhaul of employment laws, seeking to test the government's will to reform the economy.

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Republican bill to repeal Obamacare teeters on edge of collapse

WASHINGTON The latest Republican effort to repeal former U.S. President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law faced possible defeat this week as several senators in the party voiced concerns about the bill under consideration.

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Myanmar says bodies of 28 Hindu villagers found in Rakhine State

YANGON Myanmar government forces found on Sunday the bodies of 28 Hindu villagers who authorities suspected were killed by Muslim insurgents last month, at the beginning of a spasm of violence that has sent 430,000 Muslim Rohingya fleeing to Bangladesh.

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European stocks on backfoot as politics play spoilsport again

LONDON, Sept 25 European shares edged down on Monday as investors took a cautious view of the upcoming coalition tussle in Germany following elections in which Chancellor Angela Merkel secured a fourth term but saw her party weakened by a surge in support for the far-right.