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Martin Schulz elected leader to challenge Merkel in national election

Updated: Mar 20, 2017 07:07 IST
Berlin [Germany], Mar. 20 (ANI): Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) elected former European Parliament president Martin Schulz as their leader and challenger to Chancellor Angela Merkel for the national election in September later this year.

According to DW, Schulz was elected unanimously and it marks the first time an SPD chancellor candidate has ever been nominated with 100 percent of the vote.

After three national-election defeats and four years as the junior partner in a grand coalition with the conservatives, the SPD hopes that they finally have a candidate who can challenge Merkel. (ANI)

London [U.K.], Mar. 26: The U.S. military conducted airstrikes at a location in western Mosul more than a week ago where there were allegations of civilian casualties, U.S. Central Command has said.

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Washington D.C. [U.S.A.], Mar. 26 (ANI): The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) has rescheduled its upcoming foreign-ministers meeting to accommodate Secretary of State Rex Tillerson after he expressed his inability to attend on the original April 5 date, as reported by The Washington Post.

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Islamabad [Pakistan], Mar. 26 (ANI): The Pakistan Government has given its green signal for retired Gen. Raheel Sharif to take charge as head of a 39-nation military alliance of Muslim states.

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Kabul [Afghanistan], Mar. 26 (ANI): Kandahar Governor Humayun Azizi, who recently returned home after treatment of his injuries that he sustained in an attack at a guesthouse in the province, has claimed the aforementioned attack was plotted by the Taliban on the other side of the Durand Line, the de facto border between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

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Washington D. C. [USA], Mar. 25 (ANI): U.S. President Donald Trump invited several decorated veterans to the White House on Friday to celebrate Medal of Honor Day.

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London [UK], Mar. 25 (ANI): Thousands of Brexit protestors gathered for Saturday's Unite for Europe protest, which began at London's exclusive Park Lane next to Hyde Park before marching to parliament.

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Dhaka [Bangladesh], Mar. 25 (ANI): At least two people were killed and 28 others including two policemen and a journalist injured in blasts outside a suspected militant den in Shibbari area of Sylhet city on Saturday evening.

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Islamabad [Pakistan], Mar. 25 (ANI): Pakistan Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Saturday said that fencing on the Pak-Afghan border has commenced.

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Guangzhou [China], Mar. 25 (ANI): As many as nine people were killed and two others injured after an operation platform collapsed at a power plant in south China's Guangdong Province on Saturday.

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Islamabad [Pakistan], Mar. 25 (ANI): A new government report obtained by the Pakistani media has revealed that the major source of funding for terror and extremist groups in the country is crime including extortion, smuggling and kidnapping for ransom.

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Islamabad [Pakistan], Mar. 25 (ANI): The Pakistan Government has given its approval to former chief of army staff general (Retd) Raheel Sharif to lead a 39-nation alliance of Muslim states led by Saudi Arabia by providing him with a No-Objection Certificate (NOC).

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Islamabad [Pakistan], Mar. 25 (ANI): Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan has said that his party will use "street power" to block the next general elections if they are announced without electoral reforms.

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Moscow [Russia], Mar. 25 (ANI): Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev during his meeting with visiting Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisenav assured that Moscow will provide more benefits of bilateral economic relations to Colombo.

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Washington D.C. [United States], Mar. 25 (ANI): Independent senator Bernie Sanders has blamed the Democrats for killing the American Health Care Act (AHCA) after it was withdrawn from the House without a vote.

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Guangzhou, [China], Mar. 25 (ANI): At least nine people were killed and two others sustained injuries after an operation platform collapsed at a power plant in south China's Guangdong Province on Saturday.

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New York [U.S.], Mar. 25 (ANI): After facing major embarrassment by having to pull the heath care bill, it has emerged that President Donald Trump is upset with his son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner for being notably absent during the crucial week.

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Beijing [China], Mar. 25 (ANI): Beijing has said the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a new cooperation framework set up to pursue long-term development of the region.

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Islamabad [Pakistan], Mar. 25 (ANI): Pakistan has expressed hope that Afghanistan will work through the agreed mechanism for preventing cross-border terrorism and enhancing bilateral interaction in different areas.

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London [U.K.], Mar. 25 (ANI): A motion was passed in the British Parliament condemning Islamabad's announcement declaring Gilgit-Baltistan as its fifth frontier, saying the region is a legal and constitutional part of Jammu and Kashmir illegally occupied by Pakistan since 1947.

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New York [U.S.], Mar. 25 (ANI): National Security Advisor Ajit Doval met United States Defense Secretary Jim Mattis at the Pentagon to discuss the importance of the U.S.-India relationship and the role of both nations in cooperating to uphold international laws and principles.

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