Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD) have voted in favor of a grand coalition which would put Angela Merkel in the position to form and lead her fourth government. Merkel congratulated the SPD saying she ‘looks forward to working together again.’ Merkel will need to reassert her authority on the international stage following six months of political limbo.
Initial projections of Italy’s national elections on Sunday show that there will be no outright winner, with voters backing right-wing and populist parties. The possible hung parliament could lead to weeks of negotiation and coalition-building in order to form a new government. The vote eliminated the most plausible alliances among parties, without giving a clear future direction.
The 90th Academy Awards were held Sunday and the night’s winners included ‘The Shape of Water’ for Best Picture, the film for which Guillermo del Toro was awarded Best Director. Gary Oldman took home the Best Actor statue for ‘Darkest Hour’ and Frances McDormand received the Best Actress honor for ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.’
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders made a statement on Sunday criticizing Russia and Iran for their role in the deteriorating conditions in Syria. Sanders said the US ‘condemns the ongoing military offensive’ of the Assad regime, backed by Iran and Russia. Residents are fleeing Eastern Ghouta, as the situation has become ‘beyond critical.’
At least eight people have died in the nor’easter that ripped through the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Friday, leaving more than two million people in 17 states without power, according to the United States Energy Department. The deaths, which included two children, were recorded in Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Virginia.
A delegation led by the South Korean President’s national security adviser arrived in North Korea on Monday and met its leader, Kim Jong-un, moving to improve inter-Korean relations and help start a dialogue between the North and Washington. The North Korean Foreign Ministry said US demands of denuclearization before talks are ‘preposterous.’ The statement came after President Trump said North Korea had ‘called up’ ready for talks.