Smoke from northwest forest fire continues to affect air quality in northeastern Ontario

Communities in northeastern Ontario are under an air quality statement from Environment Canada because of drifting smoke from forest fires in the northwest. (File) Communities in northeastern Ontario are under an air quality statement from Environment Canada because of drifting smoke from forest fires in the northwest. (File)

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German election to set direction after 16 years under Merkel

Germany's closely fought election on Sunday will set the direction of the European Union's most populous country after 16 years under Angela Merkel, whose party is scrambling to avoid defeat by its center-left rivals after a rollercoaster campaign. The environmentalist Greens also are eyeing at least a share of power.