Germany's main parties made progress in coalition talks on Thursday. Chancellor Merkel's conservatives and the Social Democrats want to have a government in place by Christmas.
Recruiting foreign care workers will be Germany's "nearest option" to fix understaffing at homes for the elderly, according to Health Minister Jens Spahn. A patients' advocacy group says standards must not be lowered.
Over 1,000 Islamists have left Germany to aid terror groups in Syria and Iraq, a report cites the government as saying. And it says more than half of them hold German passports.
Germany's chancellor has hinted that defense spending is likely to increase in years ahead, saying reaching NATO's target was "not completely beyond the imagination." It comes amid budget talks and pressure from allies.
Germany's conservatives and Social Democrats are trying to iron out legislative differences by meeting at the top of a mountain. But will they be able to overcome their many conflicts of interest?
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