Angela Merkel
  • German chancellor Angela Merkel speaks at a regional meeting of her Christian Democratic Party in Sternberg, eastern Germany Saturday Nov. 3, 2012.

    Ruling center-right coalition has decided to increase childcare benefits, spend more money on transportation projects and end an unpopular medical charge.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 11, 2012, 10:30 PM EST
  • People attend the inauguration ceremony at the memorial to the murdered European Sinti and Roma who were persecuted as 'Gypsies' in Berlin, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012. The memorial was designed by artist Dani Karavan consists of a well with a retractable stele with panels carrying information on the persecution and mass murder of this minority under the National Socialist regime.

    Germany opened a long-awaited memorial to the Gypsies killed by the Nazis and pledged to fight the discrimination the minority still faces in Europe today.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 11, 2012, 1:30 AM EST
  • President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran speaks to journalists during a press conference in Kuwait on Wednesday, Oct.17, 2012. The Iranian President is in Kuwait to attend the first summit of the Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD).

    Three lawmakers will visit Iran, though the government has already denied permission to meet with the opposition, jailed dissidents, or religious minorities.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 11, 2012, 12:00 AM EST