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MONTREAL — Quebec is offering an extra dose of mRNA vaccine to people who want to travel to countries that don't recognize their vaccination status. A third dose is being made available because some countries don't consider people fully vaccinated if they have received a mix of COVID-19 vaccines, the Health Department said Monday. "The administration of an additional dose of vaccine remains an exceptional measure for people who have an essential trip planned outside the country, in the short ter
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Dozens of Afghan soldiers slipped across the border into northwestern Pakistan, the Pakistani army said Monday. The Afghan troops were fleeing after their border post was overrun, apparently by the Taliban. The statement said 46 members of the Afghan forces, including five officers, crossed the border late Sunday near the Pakistani border town of Chitral in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. The Afghan soldiers "have been provided food, shelter and necessary medical care as per establ
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States served notice Monday that it will keep existing COVID-19 restrictions on international travel in place for now due to concerns about the surging infection rate because of the delta variant. It was the latest sign that the White House is having to recalibrate its thinking around the coronavirus pandemic as the more infectious variant surges across the U.S. and a substantial chunk of the population resists vaccination. It was also a reversal from the sentiment P
A voluntary recall has been issued for Frank's RedHot Buffalo Ranch Seasoning over a possible Salmonella contamination. McCormick & Company, Inc. says the recall covers 153g bottles with a best before date of September 6, 2022. The bottles were shipped to British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec. No illnesses have been reported, and McCormick says the potential risk was brought to their attention by the FDA during routine testing. Salmonella poisoning can result in a
BEIJING (Reuters) -Tencent's WeChat has temporarily suspended registration of new users in mainland China as it undergoes a technical upgrade "to align with relevant laws and regulations", China's dominant instant messaging platform said on Tuesday. "We are currently upgrading our security technology to align with all relevant laws and regulations," the company said in a statement to Reuters.
Indian content-sharing platform ShareChat has raised $145 million in fresh funding from Singapore's Temasek Holdings and two other investors, giving it a valuation of $2.88 billion, the company told Reuters on Tuesday. The funding signals growing fascination for Indian content-sharing and short-video apps that have become popular ever since New Delhi last year banned ByteDance's TikTok and some other Chinese apps following an India-China border clash. ShareChat allows users to post content in 15 Indian languages.
SK Hynix said on Tuesday it expects strong memory chip demand to run on for the rest of 2021 on data centre build-outs and the use of more sophisticated chips in smartphones, as it reported its biggest quarterly profit in more than two years. SK Hynix, the world's second-biggest memory chipmaker with customers including Apple Inc, forecast especially strong growth for NAND Flash products in the second half of the year due to demand for increased data storage in mobile devices. "The demand level is much stronger than we expected early this year, especially from 5G-based smartphones and PCs," head of DRAM marketing MS Park said in an earnings call.
JERUSALEM (AP) — Human Rights Watch on Tuesday accused the Israeli military of carrying attacks that “apparently amount to war crimes” during an 11-day war against the Hamas militant group in May. The international human rights organization issued its conclusions after investigating three Israeli airstrikes that it said killed 62 Palestinian civilians. It said “there were no evident military targets in the vicinity” of the attacks. The report also accused Palestinian militants of apparent war cr
The Associated Press reconstructed the story of a failed 2015 murder plot by a Florida branch of the Ku Klux Klan using one-and-a-half hours of recordings made by an undercover FBI informant, thousands of pages of public records, field reporting and interviews. The FBI confidential informant infiltrated the Florida Traditionalist Knights of the Ku Klux Klan in 2015, and testified about the investigation during a criminal trial in 2017. The FBI tapes were entered as evidence in the trial, and bec
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Phyllis Gould, one of the millions of women who worked in defense plants in World War II and who later relentlessly fought for recognition of those “Rosie the Riveters,” has died. She was 99. Gould, who lived in Fairfax, north of San Francisco, died on July 20 from complications of a stroke, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. “She wants on her gravestone: ‘Mission Accomplished,’” her 95-year-old sister, Marian Sousa, told the paper on Monday. “I think she did it all.” Dur
The group, which makes 3D design software and technologies for manufacturing, infrastructure and healthcare groups, now expects non-IFRS revenue growth of 10%-11% this year, bringing its earnings per share to up to 0.91 euros ($1.07), adjusting for the company's five-for-one stock split earlier this month. The company noted strong contributions from its transport and mobility software as well as its life sciences business, which helps to manage clinical trials. Its software was used in around 400 trials related to COVID-19 treatments and vaccines for some 200 companies, finance chief Pascal Daloz told reporters in a call - including those developed by Novavax, Moderna and AstraZeneca.
The worst air quality in the nation is available by the lungful in Castlegar and Nelson, according to an international air quality technology company. The Swiss-based IQAir (https://www.iqair.com/ca/canada) has positioned Castlegar (272) and Nelson (241) at the top of their real-time most polluted city ranking for Canada due to the degree of smoke accumulating from burning wildfires in the West Kootenay. A quality index between 201 and 300 is considered very unhealthy and a health alert. The are
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — More than three months after winning an election which sparked a constitutional crisis, Samoa's first female prime minister was finally able to take office on Tuesday. A smiling Fiame Naomi Mata’afa sat in the chair that her predecessor had been reluctant to relinquish after 22 years in power. She held her first Cabinet meeting, with members of her FAST Party dressed in the distinctive red clothes that party members and supporters often wear. Fiame, 64, said they w
Soaring demand from major chip manufacturers like TSMC and Intel, which are expanding production capacity to mitigate a global chip shortage, has largely benefited suppliers to the industry. "Revenue was significantly above guidance due to higher than anticipated shipments from backlog as Besi managed supply chain issues and pandemic restrictions in various countries", Chief Executive Richard Blickman said in a statement.
Some waterfront residents have voiced concerns that the Vancouver Drydock expansion proposed by Seaspan Shipyards will negatively impact their lives and the vibrant area the City of North Vancouver has worked so hard to create. Seaspan Shipyards is seeking permission from the Port of Vancouver to expand its operation by adding two new dry docks and a work pontoon to current operations next to the city’s Shipyards District. The company has applied to the port to expand its water lot lease and add
Of the Northwest Territories population 18 years old and over, 70 per cent are now vaccinated and 75 per cent are partially vaccinated. Both groups are up from 69 per cent a week earlier. So far, 55,532 doses have been administered in total to N.W.T. residents, while another 8,032 have been administered to out-of-territory residents. However, the number of doses going into arms seems to be plateauing in the N.W.T. In the winter and early spring, there seemed to be a surge of doses being administ
Using secret recordings, public records and interviews, The Associated Press has reconstructed the story of the failed 2015 murder plot by three Ku Klux Klan members to murder a Black man who had been released from a state prison. (July 27)
A 33-year-old man was sentenced Monday to life in prison for the murder of a young mother from Saddle Lake Cree Nation. Lindsay Jackson was thrown off a bridge east of Edmonton nearly three years ago. A jury found Julian Whiskeyjack guilty of first-degree murder in March. He won't be eligible for parole for 25 years. "The murder of Lindsay Jackson involved an appalling level of violence against her," said Court of Queen's Bench Justice Paul Belzil, who handed down Monday's sentence in St. Paul,
PARIS (Reuters) -Cuba's embassy in Paris said on Tuesday it had been attacked overnight with petrol bombs that caused some damage but no injuries to its staff, in an incident that prompted French authorities to beef up security around the building. Three petrol bombs were thrown by two unnamed individuals, causing a fire on the facade and the entrance of the building, the embassy said in a statement. Cuba has been rocked by protests against a deep economic crisis, the government's handling of the coronavirus pandemic and curbs on civil liberties, prompting the Communist-run country to restrict access to social media.
NEWNAN, Ga. (AP) — Black community leaders are calling on officials in a city south of Atlanta to preserve a cemetery for African Americans that they say has long been neglected and is under threat from a city skate park. Crews building the adjacent park in Newnan have dumped debris on the burial site, desecrating an important legacy of the city's Black residents, community leaders say. The site is believed to contain the remains of slaves, and locals worry additional construction around the sit