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German Chancellor Angela Merkel now must piece together a coalition of widely disparate parties that can propel her Eurocentric, economy-driven mandate. (Associated Press/File)

Merkel celebrates fourth-term victory; right-wing nationalists win seats in German parliament

German voters delivered Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative Christian Democrats a fourth consecutive term and the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) party a spot in the parliament in Sunday’s federal election, which was widely seen as a referendum on Ms. Merkel’s performance over the past 12 years.

An Iraqi Kurdish man casts his ballot during the referendum on independence from Iraq in Irbil, Iraq, Monday, Sept. 25, 2017. Iraq's Kurdish region vote in a referendum on whether to secede from Iraq. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

Iraqi Kurds vote in referendum on independence from Baghdad

- Associated Press

Iraqi Kurds were casting ballots on Monday in Iraq’s Kurdish region and disputed territories on whether to support independence from Baghdad in a historic but non-binding vote that has raised regional tensions and fears of instability.

A Mexican soldier guides his rescue dog on a felled office building brought down by a 7.1-magnitude earthquake, in the Roma Norte neighborhood of Mexico City, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017. As rescue operations stretched into day 6, residents throughout the capital have held out hope that dozens still missing might be found alive. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

In Mexico City, hopes of finding quake survivors dwindle

- Associated Press

Five days after the deadly magnitude 7.1 earthquake, the hulking wreckage of what used to be a seven-story office building is one of the last hopes: one of the few sites where searchers believe they may still find someone trapped alive in Mexico City.

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim speaks to the media in Ankara, Turkey, Friday Sept. 22, 2017. Yildirim said Friday his country will never accept a separate Kurdish state in neighboring Iraq and would not refrain from taking steps to prevent it. Binali Yildirim again called on Iraqi Kurdish leaders to abandon plans for a referendum on independence, saying it was not too late for them to turn away "from this adventure." (Turkish Prime Ministry, pool photo via AP)

Turkey OKs military intervention, warns Iraqi Kurds on vote

- Associated Press

The Turkish parliament on Saturday renewed a bill allowing the military to intervene in Iraq and Syria if faced with national security threats - a move seen as a final warning to Iraqi Kurds to call off their Monday independence referendum.

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Contractors accuse Iraq of shake downs to force tax payments

- Associated Press

American military contractors operating in Iraq are accusing Baghdad of employing strong-arm tactics to make them pay exorbitant income taxes, a practice they've warned the Trump administration is hampering the fight against Islamic State extremists.

FILE - In this June 27, 2015, file photo, passengers board an Air Koryo plane bound for Beijing, at the Pyongyang International Airport in Pyongyang, North Korea.  A proclamation President Donald Trump signed Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017,  would suspend all immigrant and non-immigrant visas for North Koreans. But the measure is largely symbolic since most North Koreans in the U.S. are based at the United Nations and certain North Koreans are banned from traveling due to sanctions. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)

Trump's travel ban unlikely to affect North Korea

- Associated Press

U.S. President Donald Trump's new restrictions on visitors from several nations are largely symbolic in North Korea's case, because not many of its citizens visit the United States.

Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

- Associated Press

A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons in waters crucial for global commerce and rich in fish and potential oil and gas reserves:

Raimondo, lawmakers to break ground on new complex

Associated Press

Gov. Gina Raimondo will join members of Rhode Island's congressional delegation to break ground on a multimillion-dollar development planned for the area formerly occupied by Interstate 195.

Philippines assures Vietnam of fair probe on dead fishermen

- Associated Press

The Philippine government said Monday a Vietnamese fishing vessel initiated "very dangerous maneuvers" and slammed into a Filipino navy boat during a chase, prompting its sailors to fire warning shots then later found two Vietnamese dead on the vessel.

Delegation again pushes for full-service veterans hospital

- Associated Press

When U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan read the recent announcement of a task force to improve veterans' health care in New Hampshire, one line stood out: "The task force will develop a future vision of what VA must do to best meet the needs of New Hampshire's Veterans."

North Korea Minister for Foreign Affairs Ri Yong Ho speaks during the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly, Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017 at United Nations headquarters. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

NKorea: Trump insult makes attack on US 'more inevitable'

- Associated Press

North Korea's foreign minister told world leaders Saturday that U.S. President Donald Trump's insult calling leader Kim Jong Un "rocket man" makes "our rocket's visit to the entire U.S. mainland inevitable all the more."

In this Aug. 27, 2017 ,file photo, Demi Lovato arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. Lovato was named a Global Citizen mental health ambassador Saturday at the organization's music festival in New York City's Central Park. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

Demi Lovato to help war-scarred children in Iraq

Associated Press

Demi Lovato was named a Global Citizen ambassador at the organization's annual music festival Saturday, championing the mental health of thousands of children displaced within Iraq and other vulnerable communities.