Briefly World: Merkel’s party routed in German state polls

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives suffered a crushing defeat in an election in Germany’s most populous North Rhine-Westphalia state

Written by Agencies | Published:May 14, 2012 1:01 am

Merkel’s party routed in German state polls

DUESSELDORF: Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives suffered a crushing defeat on Sunday in an election in Germany’s most populous North Rhine-Westphalia state.

‘Bill Clinton dubbed Obama incompetent’

NEW YORK: Former US President Bill Clinton dubbed Barack Obama “incompetent” and pressed wife Hillary to quit her job as secretary of state to challenge him in 2012,author Edward Klein has said in a new unauthorised biography of Obama called The Amateur.

Clashes in Bangladesh,200 injured

Dhaka: Over 200 people were injured in clashes across Bangladesh Sunday between opposition activists and the police as the BNP and its 17 allies held rallies to protest the disappearance of one of its leaders Ilias Ali about a month back.

Queen’s cousin got cash from Russian oligarch

LONDON: Lawyer Mark Hastings for exiled Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky said Sunday his client gave £320,000 to Prince Michael,a cousin of Queen Elizabeth II over several years. He said the two were friends and Berezovsky did not gain any benefits. The remarks came after a Sunday Times report on the issue.

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