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SPD in pivotal talks
German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she is
hopeful that fresh coalition talks aimed at ending
the country’s political stalemate can succeed.
More than three months after a general election,
Germany is still without a new government.
The five-day talks will include Mrs Merkel’s
Christian Democrats (CDU), its sister party the
Christian Social Union (CSU), and the Social Dem-
Many see this as her last chance to form a stable
“I believe the talks can succeed,” Mrs Merkel
said as she arrived at the SPD headquarters in Ber-
lin. The centre-left SPD has governed jointly with
the chancellor’s centre-right party for eight of the
last 12 years. But, after a historically poor poll re-
sult in September, SPD leader Martin Schulz had
vowed to take his party into opposition.
Pressure has mounted on the SPD since Novem-
ber, when Mrs Merkel failed to cobble together a
coalition with the liberal FDP and the Greens. The
chancellor must now convince SPD leaders that
they have enough common goals to start formal
coalition negotiations by March or April. Schulz
has said he would not draw any red lines and that
“new times call for new politics.”(BBC News)
HELSINKI—A man and a woman were injured near
a Stockholm subway station Sunday after the man
picked up an unidentified object from the ground
that detonated in his hand, Swedish police said.
The incident took place just outside the Varby
Gard subway station in Huddinge—a residential
district that is part of greater Stockholm—about 11
am said Stockholm region police spokesman Sven-
“The man was seriously hurt injured after he
picked up something from the ground and this de-
vice exploded,” Olsson said, adding that experts
were examining the object.
The Swedish tabloids Aftonbladet and Expressen
claimed the device may have been a hand grenade
but Olsson dismissed that as speculation.
The man, in his 60s, was rushed to hospital with
serious injuries while the woman, in her mid-40s,
received “minor wounds” to face and both legs,
Police initially were investigating the incident
as an attempted murder, but later said there is no
reason to believe that the couple was targeted. Ols-
son said nothing has indicated that terrorism was
Olsson said police were scanning and sweeping
through the area the subway station to make sure
no additional explosive devices were around.
Iranian oil tanker burns, 32 missing after collision off China’s coast
A tanker carrying Iranian oil and
run by the country’s top oil ship-
ping operator was ablaze and
spewing cargo into the East China
Sea on Sunday after colliding with
a Chinese bulk ship, leaving its 32
crew members missing, the Chi-
nese government said.
Thick clouds of dark smoke
could be seen billowing out of
the Sanchi tanker, engulfing the
vessel as rescue efforts were ham-
pered by bad weather and fire on
and around the ship, officials said.
The Panama-registered tanker
collided with the CF Crystal
some 160 nautical miles off the
coast near Shanghai on Saturday
evening, the Ministry of Trans-
portation said in statement on
Sunday. It was sailing from Iran
to South Korea, carrying 136,000
tonnes of condensate, an ultra
light crude. That’s equivalent to
just under 1 million barrels worth
around $60 million based on cur-
rent global crude oil prices.
“Sanchi is floating and burning
as of now. There is an oil slick
and we are pushing forward with
rescue efforts,” the ministry said,
adding it had dispatched four
rescue ships and three cleaning
boats to the site.
South Korea has also sent a ship
and helicopter to help.
The tanker’s 32 crew members
were all Iranian nationals except
for two Bangladeshi nationals, the
Chinese transport ministry said.
All 21 members of the Crystal’s
crew—all Chinese nationals—were
rescued, the ministry said.
It wasn’t immediately clear
what caused the collision.
The incident marked the first
major maritime incident involving
an Iranian tanker since the lifting
of international sanctions on Iran
in January 2016. (AP)
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