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  • Philippines mulls pullout of Syria peacekeepers
    The Philippine foreign secretary says he is recommending to President Benigno Aquino III to pull out all Filipino U.N. peacekeepers from the Golan Heights following the abduction of four by Syrian rebels. More
  • Iran president still a force even as his era ends
    When many struggling families in this eastern Iranian city take stock of outgoing President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's legacy, it's not about the oratory full of bluster and menace or his tussles with Iran's ruling clerics that are known to much of the world. More
  • Kerry: Russia sells missile defense to Syria
    Secretary of State John Kerry says the transfer of advanced missile defense systems from Russia to Syria would be a "destabilizing" factor for Israel's security. More
  • In Germany, a U.S. beer invasion
    Almost 65 years after Allied planes flew Western supplies into blockaded Berlin, a new American import is arriving by air: craft beer. The beer is being flown in as part of a new surge of German interest in American brewing, upending a centuries-old relationship in which German beer defined the golden standard for brewing and Americans emulated it. More
  • Merkel says she lost sway with Russia as a lame duck: ‘For Putin, only power counts’
    Former German leader Angela Merkel says her decision to step down as chancellor last year caused her to lose sway with Russia in the months leading up to its invasion of Ukraine. “The ...
    11/25/2022 - 7:48 am | View Link
  • Merkel says she lacked the power to influence Putin ahead of his invasion of Ukraine.
    Recounting her last state visit to Moscow in August of 2021, Angela Merkel noted that President Vladimir V. Putin would not meet with her alone, as he had done in the past.
    11/25/2022 - 4:41 am | View Link
  • Germany's Merkel says she lacked power to influence Russia's Putin over Ukraine
    Former German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said in a media interview that she could not influence Russian President Vladimir Putin's policies on Ukraine because she had run out of power at the end of ...
    11/25/2022 - 2:35 am | View Link
  • Merkel: There was nothing I could do about Putin
    Former German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that she no longer saw any possibility of influencing Russian President Vladimir Putin toward the end of her term in office. In an interview with German ...
    11/24/2022 - 9:06 pm | View Link
  • Merkel says she didn’t have political strength to influence Putin
    Dr Merkel told the Spiegel news magazine in an interview published on Thursday that she and French president Emmanuel Macron had planned to hold an independent talk format with Mr Putin within the ...
    11/24/2022 - 8:04 pm | View Link
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