- The U.S. military now has more than 500 soldiers stationed in Somalia. A peacekeeping mission led by the African Union is winding down, and U.S. special forces troops are filling the gap and battling al Shabaab.
An awkward alliance with the pro-business Free Democrats and the Greens would allow Chancellor Angela Merkel to govern for a fourth term after her conservatives lost votes in September’s election to the far right.
However the three-way combination is untested at national level. With negotiations running deep into overtime, leaders are urging each other to make painful compromises in order to bind parties that are ideologically far apart into a stable government for Europe’s largest economy.
Robert Mugabe refused to resign as Zimbabwe’s president, so parliament plans to impeach him this week.
Six years after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, engineers located reactor number 3’s fuel. The company that owns the plant plans to retrieve the fuel and clean up the site instead of burying it, the approach used at Chernobyl.