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Merkel's rival: veteran with plain-speaking image

09/19/2013 3:08am
Peer Steinbrueck knows the view from the heights of German politics: Over four decades, he's worked at the chancellery, run the country's most populous state and helped steer Germany through the 2008 financial crisis as finance minister.

Germany gives $2.7M to help destroy Syria weapons

09/19/2013 3:17am
Germany says it's giving 2 million euros ($2.7 million) to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to help it oversee the destruction of Syria's arms stocks.

Merkel's 'step by step' rise to the top in Germany

09/19/2013 4:20am
It's been called the Merkel mystery: How did a pastor's daughter who once marched in the uniform of East Germany's communist youth end up leading a conservative, male-dominated party from West Germany to become the country's first female chancellor?

Austrian hunter's obsession turns to murder

09/19/2013 8:07am
In Austria, hunting deer and wild boar is a hallowed way of life, one that follows age-old codes of honor and requires a license bestowed only after passing rigorous exams. In that exalted world, Alois Huber was a brazen outlaw even before he went on a murderous rampage that left four people dead.

Pope Francis reflects on priorities, influences

09/19/2013 9:03am
Pope Francis, the first Jesuit pope, reflected on his style, influences and priorities as pope in an interview with La Civilta Cattolica, the Jesuit journal in Rome, which published the remarks Thursday. Here are some highlights:

What's at stake in Germany's election

09/19/2013 10:34am
Some of the main issues in Sunday's German election:

5-month-old baby killed in Spain airport accident

09/19/2013 10:37am
A Spanish official says a 5-month-old baby has died in an accident after being placed on a baggage conveyor belt at the Alicante airport in southeast Spain.

Zookeeper killed by tiger in Germany

09/19/2013 10:43am
German authorities say a tiger attacked and killed his keeper at a zoo in the country's northwest.

Companies face global risks in land claim disputes

09/19/2013 12:05pm
A new study suggests a huge risk for global businesses: Local communities are disputing almost a third of the land involved in commercial land deals in 12 countries in Africa, Asia and South America.

Rhodes Scholarship gets donation of $120 million

09/19/2013 12:39pm
The organizers of the Rhodes Scholarships say a Canadian philanthropist is giving 75 million pounds ($120 million) to the prestigious program, the largest single donation since it was founded more than a century ago.

Putin says no discrimination of gays in Russia

09/19/2013 1:21pm
President Vladimir Putin denied Thursday that gays face discrimination in Russia, saying that a new law that has drawn protests worldwide does not infringe on their rights.

EU mission member killed in Kosovo shooting

09/19/2013 4:09pm
An EU customs officer in Kosovo was shot to death early Thursday in the tense, Serb-dominated north, the EU Rule of Law Mission said.