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Migration ‘make or break’ issue for Europe — Merkel
She pressed the German parliament to back a tough but humane asylum and migration policy for the European Union, warning that if Germany fails to support that, migration issues could define Europe's destiny. The crunch point comes at a time when Europe is already dealing with a lingering debt crisis, a rise in European populism, an escalating trade war with the United States and faltering negotiations for Brexit. EU leaders…
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Angela Merkel’s bad week could still get a lot worse
Not only did the German team crash out of the World Cup on Wednesday, she's also facing a make-or-break week in her political career. By Sunday, she needs to wrangle a solution on European migration that will put a lid on the simmering political crisis that threatens her coalition government back home. What's going on? Merkel has two problems, both of which hinge on fixing Europe's dysfunctional policy on asylum…
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Satellite images show North Korea upgrading nuclear facility
Captured on June 21, the photos reveal modifications to the site's plutonium production reactor and the construction of several support facilities -- long-planned upgrades that were already underway before North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump met in Singapore earlier this month. When contacted by CNN about 38 North's analysis, the Unification Ministry said they "cannot confirm the report" and are "watching it closely." The report…
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Justice Anthony Kennedy to retire from Supreme Court
The retirement is effective July 31, Kennedy said in a letter to President Donald Trump on Wednesday. Kennedy's decision to step down could transform the Supreme Court for generations. Trump will have his second opportunity to nominate a justice and will likely replace Kennedy with a young, conservative jurist. That would create a bloc of five staunch conservative justices who could move the court further to the right and cement…
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Brazil wins to set up last-16 tie against Mexico
After Germany's surprise exit from the competition earlier on Wednesday all eyes turned to Brazil, another World Cup heavyweight with its progress not yet secured and one keen on making amends for their 7-1 World Cup semifinal thumping to the Germans four years ago on home soil. Follow @cnnsport The minimum needed from the Brazilians at the Spartak Stadium to make sure of their place in the next round was…
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Joe Jackson, musical family patriarch, dead at 89
He was 89. Jackson was the father of and at times manager to pop stars Michael and Janet Jackson, along with the sibling singing group, The Jackson 5. No cause of death has been released, but Jackson had reportedly been in ill health. "I have seen more sunsets than I have left to see," read a tweet posted Sunday from Jackson's official Twitter account. "The sun rises when the time…
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Germany crashes out of World Cup
Follow @cnnsport A "shocked" Germany became the third straight reigning champion to be knocked out in the group stage at the next World Cup -- following Italy and Spain -- after losing 2-0 to South Korea in Group F on Wednesday. In an embarrassingly poor performance Germany went behind in the game's closing stages when Kim Young-gwon scored following a video review, with Son Heung-min then breaking away -- German…
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Uber wins right to keep operating in London
Uber has a green light in London. The Westminster Magistrates' Court ruled in the tech company's favor on Tuesday, granting it a 15 month license to operate in the British capital. Uber had been forced to appeal after Transport for London declined to renew its license in September. The transport authority had said Uber was not "fit and proper," citing several concerns including how it responded to serious crimes. The…