Conservative leader Angela Merkel's party held a narrow lead over Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's Social Democrats late Sunday, with votes counted from 80 percent of districts, the national election authority said.
Merkel's Christian Democrats and their Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union, had 36.5 percent of the vote after 241 of 299 districts declared. Schroeder's Social Democrats had 34 percent and their junior coalition partner, the Greens, 7.9 percent. The pro-business Free Democrats had 9.8 percent and the new Left Party 7.9 percent, reported AP.
The Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation put the head of the contractor company of Russia's space corporation Roskosmos, Sergei Slastikhin, on international wanted list
"Washington operators of the sanctions machine ought to get acquainted with the history of Russia, to stop the unnecessary fussing," spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry said