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Wednesday, January 08, 2014 1:46 pm

Obama wishes Merkel speedy recovery after injury

The Associated Press

The White House says President Barack Obama has wished German Chancellor Angela Merkel (AHN'-geh-lah MEHR'-kuhl) a speedy recovery after her recent skiing accident.

During a conversation Wednesday, he also congratulated Merkel on forming a new Cabinet.

The 59-year-old German leader broke her pelvis after falling during an annual holiday ski outing in the Swiss Alps. A spokesman disclosed the injury earlier this week. It requires Merkel to rest for a few weeks, though she'll continue to preside over Cabinet and government meetings and use a walking aid to get around.

The White House says Obama and Merkel noted the agenda that awaits them this year, including negotiations toward a proposed free-trade deal between the U.S. and the European Union, and a NATO summit in the spring.