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MINSK/LUXEMBOURG - Belarus's election fell short of democratic standards, monitors said on Monday after President Alexander Lukashenko won a fifth term, but Europe still looked set to ease sanctions as France and Germany welcomed a lack of political repression.

FRANKFURT - Deutsche Bank is weighing the possible sale of its British insurance unit Abbey Life, several people familiar with the situation said on Monday, as Germany's biggest lender restructures itself to restore profitability.

BERLIN/MAINZ - More than a million refugees will come to Germany this year, Chancellor Angela Merkel's deputy said on Sunday, as a poll showed almost half of Germans believe she is handling the influx of asylum seekers badly.

WASHINGTON - France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Britain and the United States on Friday endorsed a national unity government in Libya as proposed by the United Nations to end the conflict between two rival governments in the war-torn country.

BERLIN - At least 50,000 people are set to demonstrate in Berlin on Saturday in Germany's biggest mass rally yet against a U.S.-EU trade deal, suggesting government efforts to warm public opinion to the pact are not working.

BERLIN - The state of Bavaria threatened on Friday to take the German government to court if it fails to take immediate steps to limit the flow of asylum seekers to Germany.

UNITED NATIONS/GENEVA - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has disregarded a request from a large number of member states to keep the U.N. high commissioner for refugees in his job for an extra year to cope with the worsening refugee crisis, diplomats said.

FRANKFURT - Deutsche Bank's new boss John Cryan set about cleaning up Germany's biggest bank on Thursday, revealing a record pre-tax loss of 6 billion euros ($6.7 billion) in the third quarter and warning investors of a possible dividend cut. |Video

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BRUSSELS - Turkey urged its NATO allies on Thursday to keep up missile defenses along its Syrian border, after Germany and the United States said they would press on with plans to withdraw Patriot batteries despite worries about Russian actions in the area.

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