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WASHINGTON (Reuters) -International Monetary Fund Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva and other multilateral-organization leaders on Thursday urged countries with high COVID-19 vaccination rates to boost efforts to send doses to low- and middle-income countries. Georgieva and the heads of the World Bank Group, World Health Organization and World Trade Organization expressed concern in a joint statement that it would not be possible to vaccinate at least 40% of the population in all countries by the end of 2021 without urgent action. Wide disparities in vaccination rates in advanced economies and developing countries will be a key issue raised during a virtual global summit that the United States is organizing on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly.
ATLANTA (AP) — Commissioners in Fulton County picked a lobbyist for Stacey Abrams to lead their election board as a state panel reviews how elections are conducted in Georgia's most populous county. The Fulton County Board of Commissioners voted Wednesday to appoint former Atlanta City Council president Cathy Woolard to chair the five-person county Board of Registration and Elections. Her nomination by Board of Commissioners Chair Robb Pitts succeeded despite condemnation of the choice by Secret
(Reuters) -Facebook is taking a more aggressive approach to shut down coordinated groups of real-user accounts engaging in certain harmful activities on its platform, using the same strategy its security teams take against campaigns using fake accounts, the company told Reuters. The new approach, reported here for the first time, uses the tactics usually taken by Facebook's security teams for wholesale shutdowns of networks engaged in influence operations that use false accounts to manipulate public debate, such as Russian troll farms. It could have major implications for how the social media giant handles political and other coordinated movements breaking its rules, at a time when Facebook's approach to abuses on its platforms is under heavy scrutiny from global lawmakers and civil society groups.
Ontario reported 864 new cases of COVID-19 and three more deaths from the virus on Thursday. Health Minister Christine Elliott says 655 of the infected people are not vaccinated or have unknown vaccination status. She says 209 of the infected people are fully vaccinated. The new case numbers are based on 34,365 completed tests. There are 191 patients in intensive care with COVID-related critical illness, including 120 people on ventilators. The province says 84 per cent of residents aged 12 and
Canada continues its climb up the world soccer ladder, moving eight places to No. 51 in the latest FIFA rankings. It's the highest position for the Canadian men since they were 53rd in October 2009. The country's best ranking was No. 40 in December 1996. Canada currently sits fourth in CONCACAF, behind Mexico (No. 9, unchanged), the U.S. (No. 13, down four) and Costa Rica (No. 44, unchanged). The Canadians moved past Jamaica in CONCACAF, which covers North and Central America and the Caribbean,
An Edmonton elementary school teacher who has been working toward more representation and diversity in Alberta's education system has been named the new educator-in-residence with the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. But Sarah Adomako-Ansah, a teacher with Edmonton Catholic Schools since 2013 and co-founder of the province's first Black Teachers' Association, said she almost let the opportunity to work with the Winnipeg-based museum pass her by. "I just had it in my brain that I'm going to stay
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has set strict new limits on gatherings with elements of a COVID-19 vaccine passport system. He says the province has no other choice and that COVID-19 is threatening to collapse the health system in just over a week.
Low wages and rising prices are crucial issues for Russians at parliamentary elections this week, but maintaining financial stability matters more to the Kremlin than driving growth, economists say, with inflation a lingering concern. The Sept. 17-19 election, the last major vote before a presidential poll in 2024, comes as Russia is recovering from its worst economic downturn in more than a decade, the result of the COVID-19 pandemic and low prices for oil, its major export. With vaccinations underway and commodity prices recovering this year, the economy is growing faster than previously expected, expanding 10.3% year-on-year in the second quarter.
Beginning Friday, the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) will use text and recorded messages for their initial notifications of COVID-19 test results to manage the increase of positive cases across the province. In May, the SHA launched the auto-notification system for negative COVID-19 test results, but that service will now be used to notify COVID-19-positive people faster so they can start their self-isolation immediately. People will be asked at testing centres for their telephone number. W
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus' Orthodox Church formally took charge Thursday of two ornately decorated 18th century doors stolen from a church in the ethnically divided island's breakaway north and reclaimed from a Japanese art college after a long legal battle. Communications and Works Minister Yiannis Karousos said the wooden doors — painted with religious scenes, carved and gilded — were discovered at the Kanazawa Art College more than 20 years ago and their return followed “long and intensiv
The front lawn at Habitat for Humanity in Thunder Bay, Ont., is smaller thanks to the work of some volunteers, to build a new rain garden. The garden, measuring about four metres by three metres, will help absorb water running off of the roof of the group's office and ReStore in the city. The rain garden was created with the work of volunteers on Wednesday morning. "It's one of many different techniques that you can use in an urban watershed to manage storm water runoff," said Julia Prinselaar,
NEW YORK (AP) — L. Steven Taylor got the call that would change his life in 2005: Would he like to make his Broadway debut in “The Lion King”? It was just a six-month contract but he took it, uprooting his family and moving to New York. “Six months has turned into 16 years,” Taylor says with a smile. “The show just kept kind of pulling me back, calling me back. It’s home for me.” Taylor got the honor to restart “The Lion King” this week as Mufasa, the king, after 18 months of silence due to the
It's rare that late-night vote counting in British Columbia matters in a federal election — but should it come to pass on Monday, a number of ridings in and around Vancouver could be crucial. There are 13 ridings in Vancouver, the North Shore, Burnaby, New Westminster and the Tri-Cities, and they could comprise the most politically unpredictable part of Western Canada this election. Safe NDP and Liberal seats Some ridings are highly unlikely to change hands, with long-time incumbents seeking re-
LONDON (AP) — Elton John says he is postponing European dates on his world tour until 2023 so that he can have an operation on an injured hip. The 74-year-old singer-songwriter had been due to play cities in Britain and Europe this year as part of the Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour, followed by shows in the U.S. in 2022. But he said a fall on a hard surface in late summer had left him in pain. He said in a statement on Thursday that “despite intensive physio and specialist treatment, the pain h
A Halifax man accused of killing a fellow Dalhousie University student six years ago is making a third attempt to get out of jail while he awaits his second trial on a charge of first-degree murder. Lawyers for William Sandeson, 28, and the Crown appeared in Nova Scotia Supreme Court Thursday morning to confirm a bail review hearing will be held on Oct. 22. Sandeson was just days away from starting courses in Dalhousie University's school of medicine when he allegedly killed Dal student Taylor S
U.S. retail sales unexpectedly increased in August, likely boosted by back-to-school shopping and child tax credit payments from the government, which could temper expectations for a sharp slowdown in economic growth in the third quarter. The surprise rebound in retail sales reported by the Commerce Department on Thursday defied slumping consumer confidence. Economists have been downgrading their gross domestic product estimates for the current quarter, citing plunging motor vehicle sales, which are the result of an acute inventory shortage, and a flare-up of COVID-19 infections fueled by the Delta variant of the coronavirus.
An ongoing inquiry into ground search and rescue in Newfoundland and Labrador is putting equipment shortages under the microscope. Makkovik's search and rescue co-ordinator hopes that at the end of the inquiry, his team will have better VHF — or very high frequency — radio coverage to help people in distress in remote regions of Labrador's north coast. Barry Andersen started with Makkovik's search and rescue group in 1994 after two young people were killed in a duck hunting accident and Andersen
Germany will not lurch to the left with a ruling coalition that includes the liberal Free Democrats (FDP), party chief Christian Lindner said on Thursday ahead of a Sept. 26 national election after which he aims to play kingmaker in coalition negotiations. Opinion polls indicate that no two parties will command a comfortable majority after the vote, offering the FDP the chance to wield outsized influence in the era following Angela Merkel's exit after 16 years in power. Polling 11-13% now, the FDP would like to rule with Merkel's conservatives, and probably the Greens, but a late surge by the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) has raised the prospect https://reut.rs/3DIzZNV of a so-called red-green-yellow or "traffic light" coalition.
With more than twice as much rain as normal for September already on P.E.I., there are some concerns it may be getting too wet for the potato crop. Through August growing conditions had been good, said P.E.I. Potato Board general manager Greg Donald, with good heat and timely rain. Then came record-setting rains from the remnants of Hurricane Ida on Sept. 2, with more than a month's worth of rain falling. There have been significant rainfalls since: 209.5 mm in the first half of the month, more
HOWELL, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan lawmaker ordered to jail in a drunken driving case is accused of taping a handcuff key to his foot. The key was discovered when state Rep. Jewell Jones, a Detroit-area Democrat, was placed in jail Tuesday for violating bond conditions, authorities said. "He truly believes that he doesn’t have to follow the judge’s orders, doesn’t have to follow rules,” said Livingston County Sheriff Michael Murphy, who runs the jail. “He’s the reason that politicians and elected o