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  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel, chairwoman of the Christian Democratic Union political party, waves to residents with her husband, Joachim Sauer (left), after they cast their votes in national elections in Berlin on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013. Mrs. Merkel is running for her third term as chancellor. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)

    Angela Merkel bidding for 3rd term as chancellor in German election

    Chancellor Angela Merkel was strongly favored to win a third term at the helm of Europe's biggest economy as Germans voted in a national election Sunday, but the popular conservative's hopes of governing with center-right allies for another four years were in the balance.

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