German Chancellor and leader of the conservative Christian Democratic Union party CDU Angela Merkel leaves the CDU party convention in Essen, Germany, December 7, 2016. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
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Chancellor Angela Merkel insisted Wednesday that Germany's record refugee influx last year had not led to a surge in violent crime, despite a rash of headline-grabbing cases.Asked about the rape-murder of a German student allegedly committed by a teenage Afghan asylum seeker and the recent arrest of a 31-year-old Iraqi asylum seeker over the sexual assaults of two Chinese students, Merkel urged Germans to stick to the known facts.Merkel, who is running for a fourth term in a general election next year, is confronting deep ambivalence among Germans about the arrival since early 2015 of more than one million asylum seekers.
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