Province and feds team up to help farmers survive dry, hot summer

A field north of Fort Macleod, Alta. with crops turning white due to heat stress. (File photo) A field north of Fort Macleod, Alta. with crops turning white due to heat stress. (File photo)

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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.