Having bested his rivals, President Xi is primed to consolidate his already considerable power as the ruling Communist Party begins its twice-a-decade national congress on Oct. 18.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel leads exploratory talks between her party, the Christian Democrats, and the Bavarian Christian Social Union, Free Democrats, and Greens. The parties are under pressure to compromise and form a government by January.
The Iraqi government and neighboring nations threatened a crackdown on trade with the Kurdish region following its independence vote. Sanctions could hurt the region's economy but Kurdish leaders are confident their goods are too valuable to the larger economy.