World News

Germans Vote in Regional Election

German Economy Minister and chairman of the German Free Democrats, Philipp Roesler, casts his ballot for the state election of Lower Saxony in Isernhagen, near Hannover, January 20, 2013. German Economy Minister and chairman of the German Free Democrats, Philipp Roesler, casts his ballot for the state election of Lower Saxony in Isernhagen, near Hannover, January 20, 2013.
x
German Economy Minister and chairman of the German Free Democrats, Philipp Roesler, casts his ballot for the state election of Lower Saxony in Isernhagen, near Hannover, January 20, 2013.
German Economy Minister and chairman of the German Free Democrats, Philipp Roesler, casts his ballot for the state election of Lower Saxony in Isernhagen, near Hannover, January 20, 2013.
VOA News
Germans are voting in a regional election that is seen as a test for Chancellor Angela Merkel, eight months before nationwide legislative elections.

Polls opened Sunday in the northern state of Lower Saxony, which is governed by state premier David McAllister of Merkel's center-right alliance.

Analysts say the race has narrowed to a virtual tie with the center-left Social Democrat-Greens opposition.

The election is the last test before September, when polls for Bavaria will take place followed by national elections, which will determine whether Merkel will win a third term.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

Feature Story

A departure board at the Philadelphia International Airport shows that US Airways Flight 796 to Tel Aviv has been canceled, July 22, 2014.

Is Air Travel Safe?

Aviation expert says despite tragic losses of Malaysian Airlines flights 370 and 17, industry experienced lowest fatality rate in recorded history last year More