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German Chancellor Angela Merkel is set to form her fourth government.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is set to form her fourth government after the opposition Social Democrats voted in favour of another grand coalition. The vote by 464,000 rank-and-file members ends five months of political deadlock since September's election.

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Trump steps up war of words on trade with threat to tax EU cars

US President Donald Trump has stepped up his war of words over trade tariffs, threatening to "apply a tax" on imports of cars from the European Union. Mr Trump said other countries had taken advantage of the US for years because of its "very stupid" trade deals. The trade wrangle began on Thursday when Mr Trump vowed to impose hefty tariffs on steel and aluminium imports. That brought a stiff response from trading partners and criticism from the IMF and WTO.

The Pakistan Prime Minister will be in Nepal on a two-day visit on Monday

 

Prime Minister of Pakistan Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will be in Nepal on a two-day visit on Monday. Pakistan and Nepal Prime Ministers will discuss issues relating to bilateral relations, as well as those relating to South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation. Nepal is the current chair of the SAARC.

Trump slaps big tariffs on metal imports


Despite fierce opposition from within the White House, US President Donald Trump is to impose steep tariffs on steel and aluminium imports next week, hitting producers such as Canada and China. The country imports four times more steel than it exports, and is reliant on steel from more than 100 countries. The news is likely to provoke an angry reaction from China, and analysts have expressed fears of the prospect of a new trade war.

Close Trump aide and White House communications chief resigns

Hope Hicks, the White House communications director and one of President Trump's longest-serving advisers, is to step down, the administration says.The 29-year-old former model and ex-Trump Organization employee has been by Mr Trump's side for years.She is reported to have told colleagues she felt she had accomplished all she could in the White House.She is the fourth person to serve as White House communications chief.

North Korea 'providing materials to Syria chemical weapons factories'

North Korea has been sending equipment to Syria that could be used in chemical weapons manufacturing, US media report, citing findings by UN experts. The materials include acid-resistant tiles, valves and pipes, reports say.

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German court allows ban on diesel cars in cities


A top German court ruled on Tuesday in favor of allowing major cities to ban heavily polluting diesel cars, a move likely to hit the value of 12 million vehicles in Europe's largest car market and force carmakers to pay for costly modifications. Analysts have said the ruling of the Leipzig court will be crucial in shaping demand across Europe where diesel-car sales have been declining for months on the back of a regulatory backlash and amid signs of widespread rigging of emission tests among carmakers.

Uneasy calm in Syria's Ghouta as Russian-backed truce begins

The Syrian rebel-held Eastern Ghouta region was mostly calm, as a five-hour ceasefire called by Russia took effect today, bringing a pause to a government onslaught that has killed hundreds of people for over a week. Russia, which backs the Syrian government, ordered the daily truce from 9.00am to 2.00pm, together with the creation of a “humanitarian corridor” to let civilians leave the last major rebel stronghold near Damascus. However, Syrian State Television reports that militants are trying to shell the corridor to prevent people crossing.

Bollywood star Sridevi Kapoor 'drowned in hotel bath'

Mystery with regard to the sudden death of Superstar Bollywood actress Sridevi Kapoor remains unclear as this news goes into press today. Some unofficial reports say that she died of accidental drowning, a Dubai post-mortem report has said. The 54-year-old actress,

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Weinstein Company to file for bankruptcy

The New York studio, co-founded by disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein is to file for bankruptcy. Talks to sell its assets to an investor group have collapsed. Talks ended two weeks ago, when the New York Attorney General's Office filed a lawsuit against the Weinstein Company.

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