North Island wildlife centre mourns death of resident black bear

Knut was born in 1996 and arrived at the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre weighing just 1.5 kilograms: (North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre) Knut was born in 1996 and arrived at the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre weighing just 1.5 kilograms: (North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre)

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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.