COVID-19 in Alberta: Two-thirds of eligible Albertans have now had two shots of vaccine

File photo: Test tubes are prepared for COVID-19 testing inside a hospital. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File) File photo: Test tubes are prepared for COVID-19 testing inside a hospital. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

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German vote nearly even for Merkel's bloc, Social Democrats

Germany's centre-left Social Democrats were locked in a very close race Sunday with outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel's bloc in the country's parliamentary election, a vote that will determine who succeeds the long-time leader after 16 years in power, exit polls showed. Officials from both parties said they hope to lead the next government.