Weakened Merkel warns of compromise as talks on coalition start

0SHARESShare BERLIN (Reuters) – A chastened Angela Merkel warned her conservatives they must compromise to forge a nationally untested alliance in Germany as she heads into talks with other parties on Wednesday after suffering losses in last month’s election. Merkel’s conservatives, comprising her own Christian Democrats (CDU) and Bavarian Christian Social Union (CSU), are striving for a tie-up with the ...

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At least 1,300 Dutch girls per year trafficked, exploited

0SHARESShare AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – At least 1,320 underage Dutch girls between the ages of 12 and 17 fall victim to sexual exploitation in the Netherlands each year, a report on human trafficking published on Wednesday showed. That group makes up nearly half of female trafficking victims in the Dutch sex industry, Corinne Dettmeijer, National Rapporteur on Trafficking in Human Beings ...

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Trump’s Big Mouth May Have Given Colin Kaepernick a Case Against the NFL

0SHARESShare Colin Kaepernick walks to the field before a game against the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Dec. 24, 2016.Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images Colin Kaepernick’s accusation that NFL owners have colluded to keep him out of the league feels true. As more starting NFL quarterbacks get hurt and more obviously inferior quarterbacks get jobs that might ...

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Dear Prudence: The “Rich Girl” Edition

0SHARESShare And there’s more … Slate Plus members get more Dear Prudence. Every week, Mallory Ortberg answers more questions from readers, for members only. Members also get complete, ad-free episodes of the Dear Prudence podcast, and a host of other benefits—and they help support Slate’s journalism. Membership starts at just $35 your first year. Join today. Join Slate Plus 0SHARESShare ...

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Texas to execute 'tourniquet killer' for serial rape and murder

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – Texas plans to execute on Wednesday a man convicted of raping and murdering five children and young women, using a tourniquet to torture and strangle his victims. Anthony Shore, 55, is set to be put to death by lethal injection at the state’s death chamber in Huntsville at 6 p.m. (2300 GMT). If the execution goes ...

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Judge to rule on ex-Penn State coach Sandusky's bid for new trial

0SHARESShare HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) – A Pennsylvania judge is due to rule on Wednesday whether former Penn State University football coach Jerry Sandusky will receive a new trial on charges that he sexually assaulted pre-teen and teenaged boys for 15 years. Sandusky, 73, was convicted in 2012 of exploiting his position in the top-flight football program to sexually assault 10 ...

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Pakistan blast kills at least six in southwestern city

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – An explosion ripped through a police truck on Wednesday to kill at least six people in Pakistan’s southwestern city of Quetta, police said. The truck was carrying police recruits, four of whom were killed, along with two passers-by on the city’s eastern outskirts, Quetta Police Chief Abdur Razzaq Cheema said. “We can’t say whether it is a ...

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Defeat of Islamic State in Raqqa may herald wider struggle for U.S.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The defeat of Islamic State in its de facto capital Raqqa may only be the start of a wider struggle by the United States to contain any insurgency launched by the militant group and to stabilize the region, as Washington grapples with defining a comprehensive strategy in Syria. U.S.-backed militias declared victory over Islamic State in Raqqa ...

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Iraqi forces take control of Kurdish-held areas in Mosul's Niveveh's province

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraqi forces have taken control of areas previously held by Kurdish forces in Mosul’s Nineveh province in northern Iraq, a military statement said on Wednesday. The areas were evacuated by Kurdish Peshmerga fighters before the arrival of the Iraqi forces on Tuesday, the statement said. The Peshmerga had taken them over the past three years as part ...

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Smugglers offer new routes to Europe for jobless Tunisians

OFF THE TUNISIAN COAST (Reuters) – Tunisian smugglers are offering migrants seeking a fresh start in Europe a new route from Africa to Italy. Thousands have made the dangerous 300 km journey between Libya and the Italian island of Lampedusa this year and hundreds more are thought to have died trying to crossing the Mediterranean Sea to reach European shores. ...

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