With the election just days away, Germany's traditional political partnerships could be fracturing.
Airstrikes against "Islamic State" ("IS") have been extended in Syria as part of "near continuous" raids against the jihadist group. This comes as three more European governments have agreed to join the strikes.
Germany's euroskeptic Alternative for Germany (AfD) party will now take seats in three state parliaments. They've made the cut in Thuringia and Brandenburg, two weeks after being elected in Saxony.
Arguing that they're too costly, Indonesia's outgoing parliament has abolished direct elections for local officials, a move political expert Paul Rowland views as a major blow for democracy in the Southeast Asian nation.
The German states of Thuringia and Brandenburg are due to choose new state parliaments. Chancellor Merkel has warned her federal coalition partners the Social Democrats against becoming junior partners to the Left Party.
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