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  • Getty Images/Chris Jackson(LONDON) -- Meghan Markle has arrived in London to spend time with Prince Harry after finishing shooting on her television show "Suits."The actress, 36, was spotted shopping in London’s Chelsea neighborhood on Tuesday.Markle has joined Harry in his two-bedroom home at Nottingham Cottage located just behind Prince William and Princess Kate's apartment in Kensington Palace.Now that Markle has completed her acting commitment to the TV series, it is expected she will move in with Harry full-time and leave Toronto, the city that has been her home base.The couple is expected to spend the Thanksgiving holiday together as they begin the next chapter of their relationship.Markle's arrival ahead of the holidays has sparked speculation that an engagement announcement is imminent.In September, Markle made her first official appearance alongside Prince Harry attending the wheelchair tennis match at the Invictus Games, the Paralympic competition for wounded service members that was founded by Harry in 2014. Several days later, Markle’s mother joined the couple in a luxury box for the the Invictus Games closing ceremony in Toronto.Royal watchers point to the inclusion of Markle’s mother at such a high-profile event as a sign that an engagement was no longer a matter of if but when.Markle first publicly declared her love for Harry when she appeared on the October issue of Vanity Fair magazine."I can tell you that at the end of the day, I think it's really simple," Markle told the magazine. "We're two people who are really happy and in love."ABC News' royal contributor Victoria Murphy said the article "shows the strength" of Harry's and Markle's relationship."She would have had permission from Kensington Palace to give the [Vanity Fair] interview," Murphy said. "It definitely shows the strength of their relationship and her confidence in their love."In August, the couple traveled to Africa together on a three-week holiday to celebrate Markle's 36th birthday in Botswana before a romantic visit to Victoria Falls.
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  • Sean Gallup/Getty Images(BERLIN) -- Months after being hailed by media as the new leader of the free world, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is facing the greatest political crisis of her 12 years in office. The breakdown of coalition talks leaves the country in a state of uncertainty, which many fear could provide an opening for the far right.Weeks of preliminary discussions about building a coalition of several political parties in Germany collapsed on Sunday night. The breakdown came after the head of the free-market liberal FDP left the talks, citing a lack of trust among the parties."We believed we were on a path where we could have reached an agreement," Merkel said addressing the press with her trademark cool composure.She said she regretted the breakdown of the talks and pledged to lead the country through "a difficult time."The parties involved — Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU), its Bavarian sister party the Christian Social Union (CSU), the Green Party and the Free Democrats (FDP) — had high hopes for what they referred to as the Jamaica coalition, named for the parties’ colors, which match the Jamaican flag’s.The failure signals a rocky path ahead for Merkel while raising the possibility that new elections will be held in 2018, in which the far right could make further gains.What went wrong?Considering their disparate policy positions, the coalition had formidable challenges to find common ground. The parties diverge significantly on energy and immigration policy and missed several self-imposed deadlines to reach agreements during discussions."It is better not to govern than to govern falsely," the head of the FDP, Christian Lindner, told reporters after leaving the negotiating table shortly before midnight on Sunday. In a statement released by his party, he cited irreconcilable differences and a lack of trust among the parties.Lindner has already come under fire for what some critics are calling an ego-driven decision. Green Party lawmaker Reinhard Butikofer tweeted that Lindner "has chosen his own brand of populist agitation over political responsibility."The options for Merkel nowMerkel's conservative block can choose to continue talks with the Greens to form a minority coalition, which she would lead.Alternatively, Merkel could also attempt to court the second-biggest party, the SPD, to form a second consecutive grand coalition. However, the SPD is still reeling from unexpected losses in September's federal elections, and its acting head, Martin Schultz, reiterated on Sunday night that the party's role in the parliament will most certainly be in the opposition.If coalition negotiations fail, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier may set in motion a complicated process to dissolve the current parliament and call fresh elections in 2018, with Merkel acting as interim chancellor.Concerns about new electionsDuring a press conference after meeting with Merkel on Monday morning, Steinmeier seemed to downplay the possibility of holding new elections. Instead, he reminded parties of their responsibility to form a government, saying he expected "all parties to be ready to enter discussions." He called on his party, the SPD, to take one for Team Germany, as well as the CDU, CSU, Greens and FDP.But there was one party that Steinmeier did not include in his call to action: the far-right populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) party. AfD is the first far-right party to enter government since the Nazi era, and all the other parties have pledged not to govern with it.To the shock of many, AfD won 12.6 percent of the vote in September, making it the third-largest party in the new parliament. It won 27 percent of the vote in Saxony, making it the most popular party in the state.Many are concerned that voters may be more skeptical of the establishment after these failed coalition negotiations, which could result in more votes for AfD.Merkel told German broadcaster ARD on Monday that she was very
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  • Argentine Navy(NEW YORK) -- Argentina’s navy said late Monday that noises heard by two ships off the coast of Argentina were not from a submarine missing since last week, dashing the hopes of relatives of the 44 crew members on board.Argentine ships looking for the ARA San Juan, an Argentine vessel last heard from on Wednesday, had picked up fairly persistent noises that were believed to have originated in an area about 225 miles east of Argentina’s Valdes Peninsula, in water believed with be about 650 feet deep, naval spokesman Enrique Balbi told reporters in Buenos Aires earlier Monday.Balbi said searchers focused on that area as the navy worked to determine if the sounds came from the sub.It was the second time on Monday that Argentine navy officials dashed hopes some sign of life may had come from the vessel.The navy said Saturday it was investigating whether seven satellite signals heard that day were from the submarine, but on Monday it said it had been determined that the signals were not from the vessel.The navy also said Monday the commander of the missing sub had reported that it was having trouble with its batteries and was experiencing an “electrical fault.”The commander reported the issues in a satellite communication Wednesday morning, according to information from the U.S.-based satellite communications company Iridium, naval officials said.Wednesday was the last day the San Juan made contact, officials said.Searchers continued Monday to search an area of over 186,000 square miles in the Atlantic Ocean off Argentina where it is thought the San Juan vanished.The submarine went missing while traveling from a base in Ushia, Argentina, on South America’s southern tip, to its home base of Mar del Plata, farther north. It was last heard from about 275 miles off the San Jorge Gulf in southern Argentina, according to the navy.High winds and waves reaching 20 to 26 feet high hampered search efforts over the weekend and were expected to continue to pose a problem until at least Tuesday, Argentine officials said.The Argentine navy released video showing intense waves slamming against a ship participating in the search on Sunday.In Mar del Plata, relatives of the missing sailors congregated and waited for updates.The false hope from Saturday’s satellite signals and the ensuing letdown on Monday have been emotionally wrenching for some family members.A brother of a machinist on the submarine suddenly interrupted an interview with ABC News on Monday to say he had to tend to the wife of the machinist, Fernando Mendoza."I have to run," said the brother, Carlos Mendoza. "My sister-in-law just fainted in her room in the base."Marcela Tagliapetra, a relative of another sailor aboard the submarine, said she felt despair.“We are waiting for good news so we can have something to celebrate,” she told ABC News. “We are going to get it. We are sure that we are going to get it.”Among those aboard the missing vessel is Argentina’s first female submarine officer, Eliana Maria Krawczyk.Several nations have sent airplanes and ships to help Argentina with the search, including the U.S., which has provided several planes and unmanned underwater vehicles for the effort.
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(HARARE, Zimbabwe) -- Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwean President, who at 93 is the world’s oldest head of state, is not planning on giving up his 37-year rule anytime soon.He ignored a noon deadline Monday to resign or face impeachment proceedings. The army, which took de facto control of the country last Wednesday, has him under house arrest and he has been fired by his own party, the Zanu PF. All but his most loyal supporters have deserted him, but he continues to insist he has the solutions to the issues faced by his country.“The country is at a crossroads,” Dr. Bright Matonga, a former government spokesperson, told ABC News. “People feel that President Mugabe is holding the country to ransom. He is refusing to stand down.”Mugabe was put under house arrest last Wednesday after a bloodless takeover of power by the military. He was expected to resign during a TV address to the nation conducted in front of a phalanx of dour-faced Army generals, the very same group who had been holding him for days, but he apparently didn’t follow the script. Instead, he made a long speech in which he acknowledged that the country had problems, but made clear he still saw himself in control.“Whatever the pros and cons of the way they went about registering those concerns, I as the President of Zimbabwe and as the commander-in-chief do acknowledge the issues they have drawn my attention to and do believe that these were raised in the spirit of honesty and out of a deep and patriotic concern for the stability of our nation” President Robert Mugabe in TV address to nation.Mugabe held control for 37 years, despite an almost complete economic collapse. He has been the country’s only leader since independence in 1980, widely known as a ruthless dictator since he took power along with his Zanu PF party. He has been known for alleged brutal crackdowns on the opposition, cronyism and corruption. In one of his most recent scandals, he is said to have tried to fire his vice president in a move toward installing his wife, Grace, in the role.Observers in the country’s general elections agreed he and his party lost previously, but he continued to stay in power. In his speech last week, he continued to say he was in control.“The [Zanu-PF] congress is due in a few weeks from now,” Mugabe continued. “I’ll preside over its process which must not be prepossessed by any acts calculated to undermine it or to compromise the outcomes in the eyes of the public.”The army took control of the country last Wednesday, which had all the appearance of a coup, but was a "democratic adjustment," according to the army, to deal with criminal elements amongst the people around Mugabe.On Tuesday, Parliament will move to start the impeachment process. With a simple majority vote and the establishment of a nine-member cross party “investigative committee,” which will decide if the grounds for impeachment are met, the assembly could vote as soon as Wednesday.
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Geologists in Iceland are warning that Öræfajökull volcano may be getting ready to erupt.The volcano has been showing increased signs of activity, with a new half-mile caldera forming just last week, according to the Icelandic Meteorological Office. This comes on top of elevated seismic activity in the area in recent months.The meteorological office issued a yellow alert for aviation on Friday, indicating the volcano should be closely watched.“There is considerable uncertainty about how the situation will evolve,” the Met Office said today.Öræfajökull, an ice-covered volcano located in Vatnajökull National Park in southeast Iceland, last erupted in 1727 and is the country's largest active volcano. Before that, the volcano erupted in 1362.
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