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Merkel's conservatives win Saarland vote in boost for national campaign

BERLIN/SAARBRUECKEN, Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives won a regional election in the western state of Saarland on Sunday, dealing a setback to their Social Democrat rivals and boosting her prospects of winning a fourth term in Germany's Sept. 24 national election.

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Thousands of Yemenis rally in Sanaa on war's second anniversary

SANAA Thousands of Yemenis packed a square in the capital Sanaa on Sunday on the second anniversary of a war that has claimed the lives of more than 10,000 people and pushed the impoverished country to the brink of famine. | Video

Yemen, Middle East 6:28pm BST

Iran sanctions 15 U.S. firms, citing human rights abuses and Israel ties

DUBAI Iran has imposed sanctions on 15 U.S. companies for alleged human rights violations and cooperating with Israel, the state news agency IRNA reported on Sunday, in a tit-for-tat reaction to a move by Washington.

Israel, Middle East 4:51pm BST

U.S-backed forces storm IS-held Tabqa military airport in northern Syria - spokesman

AMMAN A United States-backed alliance of militias fighting Islamic State have stormed the Tabqa military airport held by militants, a Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) spokesman said on Sunday.

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Bulgaria's centre-right GERB wins up to 32.8 percent in snap election -exit poll

SOFIA Bulgaria's centre-right GERB party won most votes in Sunday's early parliamentary election with between 32.2 percent and 32.8 percent of the vote, exit polls showed.

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Erdogan setting back integration in Germany by years - Schaeuble

BERLIN Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, who accuses Chancellor Angela Merkel of using "Nazi methods" against Turks in Germany, is setting back their integration by years, Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble has said.

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