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German Chancellor Angela Merkel leaves the presidential residence Bellevue Castle in Berlin yesterday where she met German President German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier after coalition talks failed overnight.  Photograph: AFP PHOTO / John MacDougall

Germany is facing an unprecedented political crisis – and Europe a lengthy period of uncertainty – after coalition talks collapsed late on Sunday in B(...)

Traders  on the floor of the NYSE on Monday, November 20th. Photograph: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

European markets shrugged off the failure of politicians to form a coalition to run Germany, the region’s biggest economy, and gained ground on Monday(...)

 Charles Manson sticks his tongue out at photographers in June 1970 as he appears in a Santa Monica, California courtroom, charged with the slaying of musician Gary Hinman. Photograph: AP

Charles Manson, who died on Sunday at 83, has loomed large in American culture ever since a brutal killing spree by his gang of followers, called the(...)

Trump and Putin: “We don’t have the slightest intention to do harm to the United States,” says Russia’s new ambassador to Ireland. Photograph: Vietnam News Agency/AFP/Getty

Russia’s new ambassador to Ireland has described allegations that Moscow is interfering in other countries’ democratic processes as ridiculous and lud(...)

Angela Merkel, standing with leading members of her party, speaks to the media after preliminary coalition talks collapsed on Sunday. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

German chancellor Angela Merkel is facing an uncertain political future after talks to form a coalition government – and secure her a fourth term – co(...)

A replica of the Statue of Liberty by Danish artist Jens Galschiot emits smoke in a park outside the 23rd UN Conference of the Parties (COP) climate talks in Bonn. Photograph: Martin Meissner/AP

UN secretary general António Guterres provided a short but stark briefing note to heads of government gathered in Bonn for the final days of the annua(...)

 Theresa May leaves Downing St: A relatively calm week for the British prime minister.  Photograph:  Jack Taylor/Getty Images

There was an unfamiliar scene in the House of Commons this week as Conservative MPs cheered loudly at the end of Theresa May’s weekly joust with Jerem(...)

Pope Francis after this week’s general audience in St Peter’s Square:  in 2013 he declared the founder of the Presentation Sisters, Nano Nagle, “venerable”. Photograph: Ettore Ferrari/ETA

The Presentation Sisters are among the first Catholic institutions in the world to announce their divestment from fossil fuels. They are involved in(...)

A Kuwait Airways Boeing 777-300ER. In its ruling the judge said transporting the Israeli citizen would have caused legal repercussions for the airline and the crew back in Kuwait, because of a state boycott of Israel. Photograph:  Yasser Al-Zayyat/AFP/Getty Images

A German court has come under fire for dismissing a discrimination case taken by an Israeli student who was refused permission to board a Kuwait Airwa(...)

A malnourished Yemeni child receives treatment amid worsening malnutrition in the emergency ward of a hospital in Sana’a, Yemen, on Wednesday. Photograph: Yahya Arhab/EPA

Saudi Arabia has come under strong pressure from UN humanitarian agencies to immediately and unconditionally lift its blockade of Yemen where deprivat(...)

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