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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Merkel's bloc stumbles badly in Germany; horse-trading ahead

Germany's centre-left Social Democrats and outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel 's centre-right bloc both laid claim Sunday to lead the country's next government as projections showed the long-time leader's party heading for its worst-ever result in a national election.