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Social Democrats narrowly beat Merkel's bloc in German vote

Germany's centre-left Social Democrats won the biggest share of the vote in a national election Sunday, narrowly beating outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel 's centre-right Union bloc in a closely fought race that will determine who succeeds the long-time leader at the helm of Europe's biggest economy.

Olaf Scholz, top candidate for chancellor of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) waves to his supporters after German parliament election at the party's headquarters in Berlin, Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021. (AP Photo/Lisa Leutner)

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OPINION | Don Martin: Jason Kenney's political fate is in the ICU - and failing fast

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney is confronting a full-throated justification for a pink slip thanks to his chronic tone-deafness during the pandemic, incredulously topped off by taking a two-week vacation in Europe this month as Albertans were dying from the consequences of his policies, writes Don Martin in his exclusive column for CTVNews.ca.

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney answers questions at a news conference where the provincial government announced new restrictions because of the surging COVID cases in the province, in Calgary, Alta., Friday, Sept. 3, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Todd Korol

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The trans woman taking on the doomsday church

W5 investigates a controversial Christian sect that has divided the small town of Aylmer, Ont. The Church of God Restoration and its fervent pastor have made headlines for their "anti-lockdown" rhetoric, causing turmoil in the once-sleepy town.

Signal detected: Are we alone in the endless abyss of space?

If aliens are sending us signals, are we set up to detect them? Dan Riskin speaks with planetary scientists, radio astronomers, and computer scientists who explain how the search for ET has ramped up in the last few decades. But if they're successful, is there a way to predict what alien creatures might look like?