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After humdrum German campaign, Merkel hopes for fourth term
(AP Photo - Jens Meyer)
By DAVID RISING
From Associated Press
September 22, 2017 4:17 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel appears all but certain to win a fourth term when Germans vote Sunday after a humdrum campaign produced few divisive issues but saw smaller parties gain support — including the nationalist, anti-migration Alternative for Germany, which is set to become the most right-wing party in parliament for 60 years.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Famous for using bombastic, derogatory and often-awkward English slams against enemies, North Korean state media sent people scrambling for dictionaries Friday with a dispatch that quotes leader Kim Jong Un calling President Donald Trump "the mentally deranged U.S.

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's prime minister has accused European Union leaders of being politically motivated in criticizing her government's judiciary overhaul as being a threat to the rule of law.

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's state-run news agency says a Syrian activist and her journalist daughter have been killed in their home in Istanbul.

MADRID (AP) — Hundreds of pro-independence supporters in Catalonia are protesting outside a courthouse to demand the release of regional government officials arrested in a crackdown by Spanish authorities over a planned secession referendum.

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May will try to revive foundering Brexit talks, proposing a two-year transition after Britain's formal departure from the European Union in 2019 to ensure there are no problems during the changeover.

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Just a year out of college, Jordan's crown prince has made his debut on the world's biggest stage, addressing the U.N.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The busiest border crossing in the United States will close this weekend to the more than 40,000 cars that pass through it daily to Mexico.

MADRID (AP) — A man was arrested Friday for alleged links to the extremist cell in last month's attacks in Barcelona and a nearby town that killed 16 people, Spain's Interior Ministry said.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — On the surface it seems like more of the same: North Korea responds to another threat by U.S. President Donald Trump by calling him a "deranged" old man who will "pay dearly" for his insults.

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson appealed to the international community, especially Russia and China, to stop the spread of nuclear weapons, calling North Korea a case study of the failure to prevent rogue states from obtaining weapons of mass destruction.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, in an extraordinary and direct rebuke, called President Donald Trump "deranged" and said he will "pay dearly" for his threats, a possible indication of more powerful weapons tests on the horizon.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on tensions over North Korea's nuclear and missile programs (all times local): 2:10 p.m. A U.S.

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Survivors are still being pulled from rubble in Mexico City as rescue operations stretch into a fourth day Friday, spurring hope among desperate relatives gathered at the sites of buildings collapsed by a magnitude 7.1 earthquake.

TORONTO (AP) — A Canadian looking for a high-end men's shoe from can buy it from a major online retailer in the U.S. or get it for 25 percent less at the bustling Eaton Centre mall in downtown Toronto.

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Hour after excruciating hour, Mexicans were transfixed by dramatic efforts to reach a young girl thought buried in the rubble of a school destroyed by a magnitude 7.1 earthquake.

BALUKHALI REFUGEE CAMP, Bangladesh (AP) — Abdul Hamid has the wide-open smile of a child and the eyes of an adult. By age 12, the Rohingya Muslim boy has seen more than anyone should have to see in a lifetime.

In a rare if not unprecedented move, North Korea released a statement directly from its leader in response to President Donald Trump's criticism in his speech to the United Nations earlier this week.

MEXICO CITY (AP) — As painstaking attempts to reach survivors in quake-ravaged buildings across Mexico City stretched into a third day Thursday, desperation mounted among loved ones who earlier had high hopes for quick rescues and some complained they were being kept in the dark about search efforts.

BUNIA, Congo (AP) — She had been orphaned by a brutal conflict, but the 14-year-old Congolese girl found refuge in a camp protected by United Nations peacekeepers.

TOKYO (AP) — Japan, the only country to have suffered atomic bomb attacks, has repeatedly called for a global ban on nuclear weapons.

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Latest on the major earthquake that struck Mexico (all times local): 5 p.m. Mexico's office of the presidency says the death toll from a magnitude 7.1 earthquake has risen to 273, including 137 in the capital.

BUNIA, Congo (AP) — Here are key findings from the third installment of The Associated Press investigation into the U.N.'s peacekeeping crisis: 1.

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Top diplomats from Germany, Russia, China and Italy insisted Thursday there can be no turning back on the Iran nuclear deal after President Donald Trump suggested that he may seek a renegotiation or simply walk away from the pact.

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — On a stage where many world leaders spotlight their successes, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told the U.N.