State of emergency prompted by B.C. wildfires extended two more weeks

The Nk'Mip Creek fire north of Osoyoos, B.C., is seen from the RCMP perimeter on Monday, July 19, 2021. (Kyle Murray) The Nk'Mip Creek fire north of Osoyoos, B.C., is seen from the RCMP perimeter on Monday, July 19, 2021. (Kyle Murray)

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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.