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Under pressure to act against Kurds, Iraq has limited options

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi faced calls on Tuesday to take measures ranging from an economic blockade to military action after Kurds voted in a referendum in support of independence. But he will need to proceed cautiously.

Ireland set to vote on loosening abortion laws in May or June

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ireland plans to hold a referendum next May or June on whether it should loosen some of the strictest abortion laws in the world, Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Tuesday.

The new risk for Europe - an inward-looking Germany

BERLIN (Reuters) - In 2008, in a fit of pique over Angela Merkel's cautious response to the global financial crisis, the French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, lashed out at his German counterpart.

Co-leader of far-right Alternative for Germany says quitting party

DRESDEN, Germany (Reuters) - Frauke Petry, the co-leader of the Alternative for Germany (AfD), said on Tuesday she was leaving her party after it became the first far-right group to enter parliament for more than half a century in Sunday's national election.

Bavaria's wounded CSU complicates Merkel's coalition quest

BERLIN (Reuters) - Conservatives in the state of Bavaria, agonising over heavy losses in Sunday's federal election, are shaping up as a big obstacle to Chancellor Angela Merkel's bid to forge a new three-way coalition in Germany.

After German election, France's Macron paints sweeping vision for Europe

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron offered an ambitious vision for European renewal on Tuesday, calling for the EU to work more closely on defence and immigration and for the euro zone to have its own budget, ideas he may struggle to implement.

US firms urge EU to refrain from unilateral moves on digital tax

BRUSSELS: The European Union’s plans to increase taxes on digital firms risks undermining the bloc’s growth and stifle global efforts to find common solutions, US companies operating in the EU said on Tuesday.

Critics say online firms such as Google or Facebook pay too little tax in the EU by rerouting most their profits to low-rate countries. - AFP pic

Fistfights erupt in Uganda's parliament amid move to extend Museveni rule

KAMPALA (Reuters) - Fistfights and chair-throwing broke out in Uganda's parliament on Tuesday ahead of a debate on whether to grant long-serving President Yoweri Museveni another term in office.

Co-leader of Germany's far-right AfD to quit in major blow

BERLIN (Reuters) - The Alternative for Germany's (AfD) co-leader Frauke Petry said on Tuesday she was leaving the far-right party, dealing a major blow to its credibility just two days after it surged to third place in a national election.

Netanyahu congratulates Merkel, sees anti-Semitism rising on left and right

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu voiced concern over anti-Semitism on the left and right in a congratulatory phone call to German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday after an election that returned her to power but brought the far right into parliament.