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German Chancellor Angela Merkel won re-election as chairwoman of her Christian Democrats (CDU) on Tuesday with 89.5 percent of votes cast by just under 1,000 party delegates, giving her a boost as she seeks a fourth term in office next year. Merkel's lowest winning score in election as chairwoman was 88.4 percent in 2004. The CDU is meeting in Essen, where Merkel was first elected party chairwoman in 2000.
Pop diva Beyonce on Tuesday led nominations for next year's Grammy Awards but faced tough competition from fellow chart-topping artists including Adele. Beyonce received nods in nine categories for the music industry's biggest night including Album of the Year for "Lemonade," her contemplative look at African-American women that she intertwined with a movie. Beyonce will face off at the February 12 awards in three of the most prestigious categories against English balladeer Adele, whose "25" has been one of the top-selling albums of the 21st century.