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Past articles by Damien:

Germany’s Merkel Denies Power Struggle, Saying She Is ‘Alive and Kicking’ Despite Ally’s Shock Exit

German media is hotly debating the chancellor’s slide in the polls as her party voted out her ally of 13 years. → Read More

Brexit: Emmanuel Macron Would Welcome U.K. Back to EU 'for Sure'

“In fact when you look at the figures, at the reality, it costs a lot, it is much more complicated than initially they thought,” Macron said of pro-Brexit officials. → Read More

Catholic Church Abuse Scandal: Over 3,600 Victims Revealed in New Report

The new report details allegations dating back from 1946 and implicates 4.4 percent of the German Catholic Church's clerics over that period. → Read More

In France, Macron’s Popularity Hits Record Low

Macron's dwindling approval rating follows the trend of his predecessors François Hollande and Nicolas Sarkozy. → Read More

Russia to Send New Anti-Aircraft Defense to Syria After Deadly Jet Downing

Russia has blamed Israel for the downing of a Russian jet in Syria. → Read More

Pirates Storm Cargo Ship and Kidnap 12 Crew As Authorities Race to Rescue Them

The European shipowner announced that the pirates kidnapped 12 of the 19 crew onboard as hostage in the Gulf of Guinea. → Read More

Priest Kills Himself in Church After Facing Sexual Assault Accusations

A day after the archbishop of Rouen called on a priest to confess his "inappropriate conduct" towards a young woman, the clergyman was found dead in church. → Read More

Hundreds Dead and Missing in Lake Victoria Ferry Disaster as Frantic Search for Survivors Continues

The vessel capsized in Africa's largest lake on Thursday, with an estimated 400 to 500 people on board. → Read More

Who is Cary Fukunaga? James Bond's First American Director Announced, New Release Date Set

Producers of the spy franchise parted ways with director Danny Boyle before sequel to Spectre began production. → Read More

$60 Million Hacked From Zaif Cryptocurrency Exchange in Japan

The hack followed several heists of the country's virtual currency markets, and was another blow to Japan’s efforts to become a global leader in the exchanges. → Read More

Viral Video of Clash With Macron Over Jobs Spikes Demand for Unemployed Gardener

President was compared to Marie-Antoinette after telling man finding a job was easy. → Read More

End of VW Beetle, 80 Years After First Hitting the Streets

Designed when Nazi Germany was about to invade Europe, the Beetle has survived many decades and reinventions. → Read More

Too Soon? Joe Biden: 'There Are No Problems in America and No One Died in Puerto Rico'

The former vice president to Barack Obama spoke sarcastically after President Donald Trump's refusal to believe the new official death toll from the Puerto Rican government. → Read More

Russia Is a Peace-loving Country, Says Putin at Biggest War Game in 30 Years

“We do not and could not possibly have aggressive plans," Putin announced at a 300,000-strong military exercise near the Chinese border. → Read More

Snakes on a Plane: Man Successfully Boards Flight With 20 Reptiles in Hand Luggage

“The reptiles were in canisters, packed in bags, carried in hand luggage," environmental authorities said, after discovering the snakes when the plane landed. → Read More

Video: Viral Video Shows Bald Eagle Landing on Minnesota Firefighters' 9/11 Tribute: 'We're Getting Calls From All Over the Country'

Clip shot before Andover Fire Department's annual service has gone viral, drawing more than two million views in less than a day. → Read More

Maria Butina, Alleged Russian Spy, Denied Bail and Put Under Gag Order by Judge

"Your work defending your client needs to happen in this courtroom, not on the public airwaves," a judge told Maria Butina's lawyer. → Read More

U.S. Border Patrol Officer Wouldn't Let This Canadian Woman Cross So She Slapped Her in the Face

The woman, named Tianna Natasha McPherson, is facing accusations of assaulting, resisting or impeding a U.S. officer. → Read More

Russia Detains 'More Than a Thousand' Protesters in Election Protests

Russian opposition activists mounted a day of protests on local polling day, off the back of mass public outrage at an increase of the country's retirement age. → Read More

Who is Daniel Kueblboeck? Pop Singer and Reality TV Star Missing from Cruise Ship, Intensive Search Underway

Kueblboeck, the star of Germany's version of "American Idol" and a regular on TV in the country, is missing at sea. → Read More