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Germany's Merkel on crutches after skiing accident

Tobias Schwarz / Reuters

German Chancellor Angela Merkel walked with the aid of crutches as she made her first appearance since a skiing accident, meeting young carol singers in Berlin on Tuesday.

Merkel fractured her pelvis in a cross-country skiing accident in Switzerland over the Christmas holidays, forcing her to call off some foreign visits and official appointments.

"I want to thank the head of the chancellory, Peter Altmaier, who took over part of the program today because I cannot really stand well and am supposed to lie down more,'' Merkel told the carollers.

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Angela Merkel stands with young carol singers as part of the traditional Epiphany charity "Three Kings Action".