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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
OTTAWA — Canada's first Indigenous Governor General is promising to meet Canadians across the country, understand their concerns and bring a renewed purpose to her office "to meet this moment" in the country's shared history. Mary Simon, an Inuk leader and former Canadian diplomat, became the country’s 30th representative of the head of state on Monday. She is the fifth woman to fill the role. Simon pledged to help the country reckon with the historical mistreatment of Indigenous Peoples, includ
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
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
NEW YORK (Reuters) -U.S. stocks fell from record highs on Tuesday while real U.S. bond yields hit all-time lows, as a sell-off in Chinese shares, economic growth concerns and the Federal Reserve's policy meeting put investors on guard and drove profit taking. Unsettled by events in China overnight, where share prices skidded on concerns about the impact of a recent tightening in government regulations, global stock markets pulled back on Tuesday as volatility spiked. In the United States, investors turned cautious as they awaited the Fed's policy statement at the close of its two-day meeting, which began on Tuesday.
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
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Making a fresh push for vaccinations as coronavirus cases climb in California, Gov. Gavin Newsom turned political as he announced new requirements for state workers and health care employees to show proof of vaccination, blaming “right wing” politicians and media for perpetuating misinformation about the shots. “They’re misinforming people, they’re literally putting people’s lives at risk,” Newsom said on MSNBC, echoing similar comments in a news conference and on CNN M
Kanye West has been living inside an Atlanta stadium while working on his new album. A representative for the performer said Monday that West planned to remain inside Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium while working to complete “Donda,” his 10th studio album. The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter. West held a massive listening session at the stadium Thursday and was seen on social media attending a soc
Including the latest round, which also saw participation from Singapore state investor Temasek Holdings, payments processor Visa Inc and venture capital firm Vertex Ventures, Nium said it had raised nearly $300 million in capital so far. Nium said the funds will be used to expand its network infrastructure, drive product development and purchase new technologies and companies. Funds raised will also help in speeding up Nium's growth in the United States and Latin America, the company said.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California sheriff’s deputy was fatally shot this weekend when his SWAT team tried to rescue people held hostage inside a San Joaquin Valley home by a man armed with an AK-47-style rifle and a handgun, authorities said Monday. Four other people were also killed in the shootout, including the gunman — who had been previously arrested multiple times for domestic violence offenses, according to Lt. Joel Swanson, a spokesperson for the Kern County Sheriff’s Office. (Editor’s not
The International Olympic Committee has been touting the Tokyo Olympics as the most gender-balanced games ever. But these Games have not been without controversy. Breastfeeding athletes have faced challenges bringing their infants and the former head of the Tokyo Olympics resigned after making sexist remarks.
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
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 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 were r
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Britney Spears’ new attorney petitioned Monday to oust her father from the conservatorship that has controlled her life and money for 13 years and replace him with a professional accountant. Matthew Rosengart said in documents filed in Los Angeles Superior court that the current legal arrangement “has grown increasingly toxic and is simply no longer tenable.” He proposed that James Spears be replaced with CPA Jason Rubin as conservator of the pop star’s estate, which documents
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.
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.
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.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — A runoff for a U.S. House seat in Texas on Tuesday came down to two Republicans in a race to succeed Rep. Ron Wright, who in February became the first member of Congress to die after being diagnosed with COVID-19. Susan Wright, a GOP party activist and widow of the late congressman, carried the endorsement of former President Donald Trump into the special election runoff with Jake Ellzey, a Republican state legislator who is backed by former Gov. Rick Perry. Few differenc