BERLIN — Germany’s center-left Social Democratic Party (SDP) won Sunday’s general election with 25.7 percent of the vote, beating the conservative union CDU/CSU, according to the provisional election results released by the Federal Returning Officer early Monday morning.
The SDP’s share of the vote surged by 5.2 percentage points from four years ago, while its main rival the conservative union of Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and its sister party Christian Social Union (CSU) suffered heavy losses. (Germany-Election-Results)
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SEOUL — South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s approval rating stayed at 40.2 percent last week, a weekly poll showed Monday.
The negative assessment on Moon’s conduct of state affairs fell 0.2 percentage points over the week to 55.9 percent last week, according to the Realmeter survey. (SKorea-President-Rating)
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CAIRO — The Ethiopian embassy in Cairo will suspend its work in Egypt starting in October for three to six months due to economic reasons, announced the Ethiopian Ambassador to Egypt Markos Tekle Rike.
According to Egypt’s official Ahram online news website on Sunday, the ambassador explained that the decision has nothing to do with the dispute over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) among Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan. (Eygpt-Ethiopia-Ties)
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RABAT — Moroccan security services have foiled two smuggling operations of more than ten tonnes of cannabis, local press reported on Sunday.
During the first operation, more than eight tonnes of cannabis were seized on Saturday by the Royal Gendarmerie on board a truck parked inside an agricultural estate in the central city of Taroudant, Barlamane.com news website said. (Morocco-Smuggling)