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TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Five U.S. lawmakers met with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen on Friday in a surprise one-day visit intended to reaffirm America's “rock-solid” support for the self-governing island that is claimed by China. The visit came as tensions between Taiwan and China have risen to their highest level in decades. Taiwan has been self-ruled since the two sides split during a civil war in 1949, but China considers the island part of its own territory. China was quick to condemn the tr
The World Health Organization is meeting to assess the implications of a new coronavirus variant, B.1.1.529, first identified in South Africa. The European Union, the U.K. and other countries are moving to stop air travel from southern Africa.
Saskatchewan's current COVID-19 public health measures — including masking rules, mandatory isolation for COVID-19-positive people, and proof of vaccination or negative test requirements for some services — have been extended into the new year, the province announced Thursday. The public health orders were set to expire on Nov. 30 but will now remain in place until at least Jan. 31, 2022. At that point, they will once again be reassessed. As Christmas approaches, the provincial government said i
Ontario's new online business registry is so flawed, it is costing time and money, 16 major law firms have told the Ford government. Just over a month ago, Government and Consumer Services Minister Ross Romano launched the registry, promising it would make it easier and more affordable for millions of businesses and not-for-profit corporations to get access to government services. But in a letter to Romano, the law firms warned that the Ontario Business Registry (ORB) is negatively affecting the
NEW YORK (AP) — Giant balloons once again wafted through miles of Manhattan, wrangled by costumed handlers. High school and college marching bands from around the country were back, and so were the crowds at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. After being crimped by the coronavirus pandemic last year, the holiday tradition returned in full Thursday, though with precautions. “It really made Thanksgiving feel very festive and full of life,” Sierra Guardiola, a 23-year-old interior design firm assi
Kids and parents braved the rain, cold and needles on Thursday as the COVID-19 vaccination effort for the five-to-11 age cohort ramped up, with clinics across the country starting to offer kids their first doses. Many lined up in on-and-off drizzle outside a north Toronto walk-in clinic.
KHARTOUM (Reuters) -Tens of thousands of Sudanese protested in the streets of Khartoum and other cities on Thursday, keeping up the pressure on military leaders after they struck a deal to bring back a civilian prime minister deposed in a coup one month ago. Prominent political parties and Sudan's powerful protest movement have opposed Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok's decision on Sunday to sign the accord with the military, with some calling it a betrayal or saying it provides political cover for the takeover.
SHANGHAI (Reuters) -A handful of local COVID-19 cases in eastern parts of China have prompted Shanghai city to limit tourism activities and a nearby city to cut public transport services, as China insists on zero tolerance against letting clusters spread. Shanghai city detected three domestically transmitted COVID-19 cases with confirmed symptoms for Nov. 25, official data from the National Health Commission (NHC) showed on Friday.
A fatal crash near McLure, B.C. on Wednesday afternoon saw four vehicles collide in snowy conditions, leaving one person dead and three others injured. The RCMP says the incident happened at 3 p.m. PT on Nov. 24 on Highway 5 north of Kamloops. The incident left the highway closed overnight, only reopening on Thursday morning. Investigators say two transport trucks collided head-on, with two other vehicles also involved in the crash. A passenger in the northbound truck, who was a senior in her 70
A man accused of killing four people and injuring two more in a car crash near Quebec City in September will be pleading guilty, his lawyers announced on Thursday. As a result, Éric Légaré, 43, won't be facing a trial. His hearing, which he is expected to attend in person, is postponed until Dec. 14. Légaré was driving at a speed of 130 kilometres per hour on the Dufferin-Montmorency Highway in Beauport, Que., when he collided with three vehicles that were stopped at a traffic light. Four member
CALAIS, France (Reuters) -French fishermen temporarily blockaded the port of Calais and Channel Tunnel rail link in an effort to disrupt trade between Britain and the continent on Friday, escalating a row over licences to fish in British waters. Fishing rights plagued Brexit talks for years, not because of their economic importance but because of their political significance for both President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Britain and the EU agreed to set up a licensing system to grant fishing vessels access to each other's waters but France says it has not been given the full number it is due, while Britain says only those lacking the correct documentation have not been granted.
There is not enough information yet about a new coronavirus variant, B.1.1.529, which was first identified in South Africa, said infectious disease specialist Dr. Isaac Bogoch. But he says travel restrictions are 'probably not going to be that effective' at stopping its global transmission.
Depending where you're living in Canada, a shortage of teachers has been a perennial issue for schools. However, COVID-19 has made it worse, spreading the problem to more classrooms and prompting education experts to call for both short-term solutions as well as longer-lasting efforts to fill the gap. "We have a chronic teacher shortage that has become a serious crisis during the pandemic," said educational consultant and researcher Paul Bennett, director of Schoolhouse Institute in Halifax. The
P.E.I. Premier Dennis King says he will "work around the clock" to get a suspension on the export of potatoes from the province to the United States lifted. The suspension was ordered on Monday by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency after the discovery of potatoes infected with potato wart in two P.E.I. fields in October. Federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau said Canada issued the suspension to prevent the U.S. from taking similar action, which might be more difficult to reverse. "It
ZURICH (AP) — Soccer’s lawmakers moved Thursday to make permanent the pandemic-era option of using five substitutes and dropped a proposal to let halftime be extended to 25 minutes. The International Football Association Board (IFAB) announced the updates to go to its decision-making annual meeting on March 4-5 in Zurich. In May 2020, high-level competitions were given the choice to allow teams five replacements in a 90-minute game. It was to help manage players’ health and workload in pending f
The Cape Breton Regional Hospital will be shutting down its hot water for twelve hours on Friday until Saturday morning to replace old equipment — some as old as the hospital itself. The hot water shutdown starts at 8 p.m. Friday and lasts until 8 a.m. Saturday. The shutdown will be followed by a hot water boil advisory for staff that lasts until 10 a.m. Sunday, the Nova Scotia Health Authority said in a press release. The health authority said access to the hospital won't be impacted. Cold wate
Yukon children will be able get their first shot of COVID-19 vaccine starting on Dec. 6. The territorial government announced on Thursday that clinics will be held for children aged 5 to 11 to receive the pediatric Pfizer-BioNTech shot throughout December. The recommended interval between shots is eight weeks. In Whitehorse, clinics will be held at the Coast High Country Inn Convention Centre and appointments can now be booked online. In communities outside of Whitehorse, shots will be administe
President Putin met the leaders of both countries, on the anniversary of a peace deal ending a conflict over the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh.View on euronews
For the first time in weeks, the N.W.T. is reporting no new cases of COVID-19. In a news release on Friday, the Office of the Chief Public Health Officer says the number of active cases in the territory dropped to 35, from 42 on Thursday. This continues a downward trend that begun on Nov. 16. Of the active cases, 28 are in Tuktoyaktuk, four are in Dettah, Ndilǫ and Yellowknife, one is in Inuvik, one is in Norman Wells and one in Hay River and K'atl'odeeche First Nation. On Thursday, health offic
Conservative MP Michael Cooper, along with former jurors Mark Farrant and Tina Daenzer support Sen. Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu's reintroduction of a bill that would allow jury members to seek mental health support from a professional after traumatic experiences during a criminal trial.