Armin Laschet wins backing of Angela Merkel’s conservatives alliance as Bavaria governor Markus Soeder bows out of race to be the group’s candidate for Germany’s chancellor in a September election.
Thailand announces plans to go ahead with AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccine despite other countries suspending its use over safety fears.
The elections come as the CDU looks ahead to a congress in December when it must choose a new leader.
Professional football resumed in Germany after a two-month break with four games in the second division taking place behind closed doors, and South Korea midfielder Lee Jae-sung scored the first goal in the division.
The lack of clarity from the Bavarian camp over Horst Seehofer's resignation raises questions about the future of Merkel's governing coalition between the CDU-CSU alliance and the centre-left Social Democratic Party (SPD).
The government of Bavaria has decided to instruct all state administrative buildings in the German state to display a cross in their public entrances by June 1.
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