Breakthrough in Germany coalition talks

German politicians have achieved a breakthrough in talks aimed at forming a new coalition government. The advance paves the way for formal coalition talks between Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) and their former coalition partners, the Social Democrats (SPD). The talks focused on differences over tax and migration, German media say. The CDU and its Bavarian CSU ally have […]

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Putin urges North Korea talks, says sanctions not working

While condemning North Korea over its latest nuclear test, the leaders of Russia and South Korea seemed far apart on the issue of stepping up sanctions against the country. Speaking after the meeting Wednesday with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in the Russian port city of Vladivostok, Russian President Vladimir Putin called for talks with North Korea, saying sanctions are […]

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Apple holds talks on the future of podcasts

Podcasts may not make Apple any direct revenue, but they’re still important in an era when Serial and other big shows are drawing in lots of listeners. And apparently, the company knows it. New York Times sources say that Apple recently held talks with seven “leading podcast professionals” at its headquarters. While the crew at 1 Infinite Loop didn’t vow to […]

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Israel-Gaza Talks Collapse as Fighting Resumes Where It Left Off

Renewed rocket fire from the Gaza strip was met with Israeli airstrikes Tuesday, as Egypt negotiations were called off Hostilities between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza resumed and peace negotiations in Cairo were called off Tuesday, with Israeli negotiators called home to Jerusalem hours before an already prolonged cease-fire was due to expire. Militants in Gaza launched three rockets […]

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Amid Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks, Signs of Compromise Over Jerusalem

A member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition government created something of a stir this week when he could not foresee any peace agreement with the Palestinians that wouldn’t include Jerusalem as the capital of the Palestinian state, as well as of Israel. Ofer Shelah of the Yesh Atid (There Is a Future) party, Netanyahu’s biggest coalition partner, made the comments earlier this week […]

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The Limits of Saber Rattling

President Obama’s recent trip to the Middle East was so effective that many of his most relentless, and often haywire, detractors were struck dumb. Even John McCain didn’t go Vesuvius, for once. Obama rallied and reassured the Israeli people, propped up sagging Arab leaders in neighboring areas–like Palestine’s Mahmoud Abbas and Jordan’s King Abdullah–and, for good measure, nudged Israel and […]

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Obama, Give In to the Irrational GOP

In a rational world, Republicans would get the blame for the budget mess in Washington. In the George W. Bush era, they frittered impressive surpluses into unprecedented deficits. In 2011 they threatened to force the U.S. government into default if President Obama didn’t accept massive spending cuts, essentially taking the global economy hostage; the current sequester was part of their […]

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