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Merkel: Trump 'made convictions clear' in speech

Merkel reacts to Trump's inauguration speech Credit: PA Images

Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel says Donald Trump 'made his convictions clear' in his inauguration speech.

When asked about America's new president's swearing-in on January 20, she said that transatlantic relations 'will not be less important in coming years'.

Merkel added she will 'always seek compromise', in her reaction to Mr Trump's speech.

Sources claim that while the inauguration was happening in Washington DC, the German leader attended the opening of an art museum in Potsdam, Germany.

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Konta thrashes Wozniacki to make Australian Open last 16

Johanna Konta. Credit: PA

Johanna Konta's Australian Open charge shows no sign of slowing after the British number one annihilated Caroline Wozniacki to make the last 16.

Konta is ranked only 11 spots higher than world number 20 Wozniacki but she exposed a gulf in class to win 6-3 6-1 in just 75 minutes.

After her opening three rounds in Melbourne, Konta is yet to drop a set and continues to show why many are picking her as a potential title winner.

She now faces Russian world number 34 Ekaterina Makarova, whom she beat here last year, with the winner likely to earn a quarter-final showdown with Serena Williams.

Putin ready to meet Trump 'in coming months'

Russian President Vladimir Putin Credit: AP

Russian President Vladimir Putin is ready to meet President Trump but preparations for the possible meeting may take months, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was quoted as saying by TASS news agency.

"This will not be in coming weeks, let's hope for the best - that the meeting will happen in the coming months," Peskov told the BBC, according to TASS.

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