US Pulls Nonessential Staff From Iraq Amid Mideast Tensions

BAGHDAD — The U.S. on Wednesday ordered all nonessential government staff to leave Iraq, and Germany and the Netherlands both suspended their military assistance programs in the country in the latest sign of tensions sweeping the Persian Gulf region over still...
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Angela Merkel Won’t Seek 5th Term as German Chancellor

BERLIN — Germany's Angela Merkel announced Monday that she will step down as head of her conservative party in December after 18 years and won't seek a fifth term as chancellor in 2021, launching a leadership transition in Europe's biggest economy. Merkel h...
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VW to Stop Making Iconic Beetle Next Summer

DETROIT — After selling it on and off in the U.S. for nearly seven decades, Volkswagen has decided to squash its iconic Beetle. "I would say 'never say never.' " — Hinrich Woebcken, VW of America CEO when as...

Germans Rally to Jewish Community’s Defense

Weeks after the United States observed Holocaust Remembrance Day, residents of Berlin, Germany, are standing up to anti-Semitism in their city. It resulted from an experiment by an Israeli-Arab, who wore a kippa (or religious skullcap associated with Judais...