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Germany's Social Democrats overtake Merkel's conservatives -INSA poll

Berlin, March 21 (Reuters) Germany's centre-left Social Democratic Party (SPD) gained one percentage point to edge past Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives in an opinion poll by the INSA institute to be published today in the mass-circulation Bild newspaper.
The SPD, which has gained around 10 points in opinion polls after naming former European Parliament President Martin Schulz as its leader in late January, was at 32 per cent support, while the Christian Democrats and their Bavarian sister party were unchanged at 31 per cent.
The anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) party was unchanged at 11.5 per cent, while the far-left Linke party was steady at 8.5 percent and the pro-environment Greens held fast at 6.5 per cent. The pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) lost a half percentage point to 6.5 per cent.
INSA polled 1,933 citizens from March 17-20 and gave no margin of error for the poll.
"The SPD and the (conservative) Union are running neck-and-neck, currently with a small advantage for the SPD," said Hermann Binkert, president of the INSA institute. "A grand coalition no longer automatically guarantees that Angela Merkel will be chancellor."
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Europe observes a 400 % increase in measles cases in 2017 compared to previous yr

Europe observes a 400 % increase in measles cases in 2017 compared to previous yr

20 Feb 2018 | 3:01 PM

Copenhagen, Feb 20 (UNI) Measles has rebounded in the WHO European Region affecting 21,315 people and causing 35 deaths in 2017, following a record low of 5,273 cases in 2016.

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Khaleda committed crime by embezzling Trust fund: Court

Khaleda committed crime by embezzling Trust fund: Court

20 Feb 2018 | 2:55 PM

By Mir Afroz Zaman Dhaka, Feb 20 ( UNI) Khaleda Zia and the others convicted in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case had committed state financial crimes by embezzling government funds meant for orphans, the court has said in its verdict.

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Unified left to find alternative name

Unified left to find alternative name

20 Feb 2018 | 2:54 PM

Kathmandu, Feb 20 (UNI) CPN-UML and CPN Maoist Centre, on their unification, will have to find a name other than Nepal Communist Party (NCP) - the name that was decided upon in the seven point agreement signed by the two parties.

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'China committed to cooperate with Unified Left party'

'China committed to cooperate with Unified Left party'

20 Feb 2018 | 2:51 PM

Kathmandu, Feb 20 (UNI) Chinese Communist Party Foreign Department Vice Minister Guo Yejhau has said that the Chinese Government was committed to cooperate with the to be unified communist party of Nepal, a report in The Himalayan Times said on Tuesday.

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Time has come to take Nepal towards prosperity: PM Oli

Time has come to take Nepal towards prosperity: PM Oli

20 Feb 2018 | 2:47 PM

Kathmandu, Feb 20 (UNI) Newly appointed Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has said that a historic opportunity to achieve the gold of building a prosperous and happy Nepal has started.

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