New German government will not alter Brexit policy, official says

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On 7 February 2018, after months of negotiations, the conservatives party CDU and the social democrats SPD have reached a grand coalition agreement. She modified her image as a socialist rabble-rouser while serving in Merkel's cabinet over the past four years.

"We expect the next German government to take steps, realizing how important an ally Turkey is, how critical a central role it has, as a country, in the region", Kalın said in Ankara, as reports showed the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and the Social Democratic Party (SPD) in Berlin had clinched a coalition deal.

Ms Nahles said she would start campaigning at the weekend for members to vote "yes" to a coalition with Ms Merkel, who has led the European Union's most populous country and economic powerhouse since 2005.

Bill Paxton's Family Slaps Cedars-Sinai Medical Center With Wrongful Death Suit
When Maron asked if the fever had caused such damage to Paxton, the actor said, nearly reluctantly and painfully, "Well yeah". And that "continuous care and coverage" was not provided during the time that the doctor was away from the patient.

However, not all in the CDU were impressed by Merkel's promise of renewal.

The SPD snatched the powerful finance, foreign and labour ministries, as well as the justice and environment portfolios, while Merkel's Bavarian allies the CSU took the interior ministry.

Merkel, after more than 12 years in power in which she became Europe's go-to leader, is now widely held to be in the twilight phase of her political tenure, although she has not yet been openly challenged. Ms Merkel's conservative bloc was also down 1 point at 29.5 percent.

Iran welcomes Iraq reconstruction conference in Kuwait
They confirmed the obstacles in Iraq are not restricted to reconstructing the areas affected from the war on terror. Lise Grande, UN humanitarian co-ordinator for Iraq, said failure to help Iraq could lead to renewed instability.

The move comes ahead of a ballot of the SPD's 464,000 members, who get the chance to veto a coalition deal agreed last week with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives. After the Social Democrats' worst result in the postwar era at last September's national poll, many members believe that the party should reinvent itself in opposition rather than seek a new term in government as Merkel's junior coalition partner. We looked on the coalition agreement text, which provides directions on the new German coalition´s position on energy and carbon. The vote is expected to take until early March to complete.

Mr Schulz's deputy Olaf Scholz - the Hamburg mayor who is slated to become finance minister in the new government - said he would become caretaker SPD chairman, and the party confirmed that it had recommended parliamentary floor leader Andrea Nahles as Mr Schulz's longer-term successor.

Tonga Parliament building flattened by cyclone Gita
Spark and Vodafone offered free calling and texting to Tonga for customers desperate to communicate with their loved ones. As of late Tuesday local time, there had been no confirmed deaths, but there have been reports of serious injuries.

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