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German Chancellor Angela Merkel has found herself in hot water after being seen with several children in blackface during an Epiphany celebration. It is a Central European tradition for children to dress up as the Three Magi during such celebrations, and one of the magi is usually in blackface to symbolize the tradition that one of the kings was African. Some observers, however, consider the custom racist, and an inappropriate activity for a German chancellor.
In other news, relations between Egypt and the United Arab Emirates have worsened after the arrest of at least ten Egyptians in the UAE on charges of spying for the Muslim Brotherhood.
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