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Allies step up pressure on Merkel over refugee policy

A prominent ally of Germany's Angela Merkel threatened on Saturday to take her government to court over its "open doors" refugee policy as political pressure grows for the chancellor to reduce the number of new arrivals.

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Merkel toughens tone on asylum seekers as protests erupt

Migrants who commit crimes should lose their right to asylum, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday, toughening her tone as police in Cologne confronted right-wing protesters venting their anger at mass assaults on women on New Year&#

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Massive protests in Iraq over Turkish troop deployment

Thousands of Iraqis protested on Saturday against Ankara's deployment of troops to a base near the northern city of Mosul, with some burning Turkish flags and threatening violence against the soldiers for what they see as a violation of sove

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Heathrow cancels flights as protesters get on runway

Heathrow Airport was forced to cancel 13 flights on Monday after activists cut through a perimeter fence and chained themselves together on a runway to protest against the possible expansion of Britain's biggest airport. In a

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US Black Friday shopping sees thinner crowds

Mall crowds were relatively thin on Black Friday in a sign of what has become the new normal in US holiday shopping: the mad rush is happening the night of Thanksgiving and more consumers are picking up deals online. Across the Un

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Hong Kong returns to work after protesters clash

Hong Kong started to return to work on Monday after more than a week of pro-democracy protests disrupted the Chinese-controlled city, with the protest movement facing a test of its stamina after more clashes with police and pro-Beijing opponents

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Tensions surge in HK protests amid scuffles

Fresh scuffles broke out on Saturday between Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters and opponents of the week-long demonstrations, reigniting concerns that the Chinese-controlled city's worst unrest in decades could take a violent turn.

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Yemeni govt offers to resign to end Houthi protests

Yemen's government offered on Saturday to resign within a month and to review an unpopular decision to cut fuel subsidies in an attempt to end protests by the Shi'ite Houthi movement, a government source told Reuters. Tens

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Kuwait warns against violent protests after rally

Kuwait vowed on Friday to take all necessary measures against "any signs of disturbance and violence" after police dispersed demonstrators the Gulf state said had thrown stones, burned car tyres and blocked roads. Dozens

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Libya lost $30bn oil revenue in protest wave

Libya has lost $30 billion due to 10 months of protests at oilfields and export terminals but has sufficient foreign currency reserves to keep the country running, a central bank official said. A wave of protests at oil facilities

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