A leading German conservative said Tuesday he is confident the country's two biggest parties will succeed in forming a governing coalition, but he pressed Angela Merkel's claim to replace Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder. A "grand coalition" of Schroeder's Social Democrats and Merkel's conservative bloc has emerged as the likeliest new government following Germany's Sept. 18 election, which denied both leaders a majority for their preferred alliances.
So far, however, prospects of a deal have been complicated by the insistence of both on being the next chancellor. The two sides have yet to agree to formal coalition negotiations but will meet Wednesday for a second round of exploratory talks, reports the AP.
Russia may terminate all kinds of military and military-technical relations with Israel, including the agreement on the exchange of reconnaissance data
The Ilyushin 20 (Il-20) military electronic reconnaissance aircraft of the Russian Air Force with 14 servicemen on board that went off radar screens off the coast of Syria was shot down by Syrian air defense systems over the Mediterranean Sea