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How extreme is this year’s extreme weather? Here’s a closer look

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As the world staggers through another summer of extreme weather, experts are noticing something different: 2021's onslaught is hitting harder and in places that have been spared global warming's wrath in the past.A motorist watches from a pullout on the Trans-Canada Highway as a wildfire burns on the side of a mountain in Lytton, B.C.,…

Hot, gusty weather could mean explosive growth of California’s largest wildfire

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Thousands of firefighters have prepared for a tougher fight against California's largest wildfire as extremely dangerous weather returns, threatening to stoke flames into explosive growth.

Coronavirus: What’s happening in Canada and around the world Wednesday

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Global cases of COVID-19 surpassed 200 million on Wednesday as Japan battles a surge in the spread of the delta variant.Dr. Shoji Yokobori stands in an intensive care unit covered with plastics to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at a Tokyo hospital earlier this week. Health officials are bracing for more hospitalizations as case numbers…

‘We did what we were told’: Frustration as AstraZeneca recipients forced...

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Several countries and tour operators, including many cruise lines, don't recognize the Covishield version of the AstraZeneca-Oxford, which is made in India. Others are not accepting travellers who received different types of vaccines for their first and second shots. A vial of the Covishield/AstraZeneca vaccine. Some countries are not recognizing the vaccine, which was offered to…

American couple who retired in Nova Scotia leave $4.8M to local...

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Tim and Diane Ledvina's posthumous donation of $4.8 million to Liverpool's Queens General Hospital Foundation is the largest-single private donation the foundation has ever received.Diane and Tim Ledvina pose for a photo on a trip to Arizona. The couple donated $4.8 million to the Queens General Hospital Foundation. (Tom Ledvina)An American couple who found peace…

Afghan interpreters call for a faster resettlement program

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Dozens of former interpreters for the Canadian Armed Forces in Afghanistan rallied on Parliament Hill today to call on Ottawa to speed up and expand its efforts to resettle them and their family members.A rally on Parliament Hill calling on the government to speed up and expand its resettlement program for Afghans who assisted Canada in its mission in…

N.Y. Gov. Cuomo says ‘facts are much different’ after investigation finds...

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An investigation found that Gov. Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed nearly a dozen women in and out of state government and worked to retaliate against one of his accusers, New York's attorney general announced Tuesday hastening calls for the Democrat's resignation or impeachment. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo makes a statement denying he made inappropriate sexual advances…

President of Activision’s Blizzard Entertainment resigns amid allegations of harassment, toxic...

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J. Allen Brack, the president of Activision's Blizzard Entertainment, is stepping down weeks after the video game company was hit with a discrimination and sexual harassment lawsuit in California as well as backlash from employees over the work environment.Activision Blizzard Inc. employees called for the walkout on Wednesday to protest the company's responses to a…

White House calls on states and cities to prevent evictions

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The Biden administration will announce a new 60-day eviction moratorium that would protect areas where 90 per cent of the U.S. population lives, according to three people familiar with the plans who insisted on anonymity to discuss the forthcoming announcement.U.S. President Joe Biden is seen in the State Dining Room of the White House on…

Boeing’s Starliner launch to International Space Station scrubbed due to glitch

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Boeing has postponed the planned launch of its CST-100 Starliner capsule from Florida's Cape Canaveral bound for the International Space Station due to a glitch in what was to have been a crucial do-over test flight following a near-catastrophic failure during its 2019 debut.An Atlas V rocket carrying Boeing's CST-100 Starliner capsule is prepared for…