In Brief: Giant panda Meng Meng gives birth to twins, and more headlines

The baby panda cubs at Zoo Berlin each weigh about as much as a smartphone. Pandas typically can only look after one cub at a time, so zoo staff is helping to make sure both cubs are getting enough attention.

Photo (c) Zoo Berlin

 

 

Despite big gains made by the Alternative for Germany (AFD) in Sunday’s regional elections, the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) is still the party on top in Brandenburg.

The center-left Social Democrats received 26.2 percent of the vote, five points fewer than five years ago. Support for the AfD has nearly doubled since 2014. The far-right party received 23.5 percent of the vote and now ranks second in the region.

In Saxony, the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) remains the strongest party at about 32 percent, down a few points from 2014. Support for the AfD has nearly tripled in the region, from about 10 percent in 2014 to 27.5 this year.

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Meng Meng, the giant panda at Zoo Berlin, gave birth to twins on Saturday.

Pandas typically can only look after one cub at a time, so zoo staff is helping to make sure both cubs are getting enough attention.

The little ones alternate with Meng Meng for two to three hour shifts. The rest of the time they are cared for in a warm incubator by panda breeding experts from China.

Each cub weighs just about as much as a smartphone.

The zoo says it will be a while until visitors can see the panda family in person.

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