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Profit at Chinese state industry rises with virus recovery

Profit at Chinese state industry rises with virus recovery

BEIJING — Profit at state-owned companies that dominate China’s banking, oil and most other industries rose by as much as 25% last year as the country recovered from the coronavirus pandemic, the government said Tuesday.
Shipments along St. Lawrence stayed flat in 2020, lifted by strong demand for grain

Shipments along St. Lawrence stayed flat in 2020, lifted by strong demand for grain

MONTREAL — Cargo shipping on the St. Lawrence Seaway remained flat last year, despite COVID-19’s harsh toll on demand for many products shipped along the waterway.
European car sales suffer worst plunge ever in pandemic

European car sales suffer worst plunge ever in pandemic

MILAN — European car sales plunged by nearly a quarter last year as the pandemic provoked the worst crisis ever to hit the capital-intensive industry. New car registrations sank by 23.7%, or 3 million vehicles, to 9.
South Africa's trailblazing Black food writer dies of virus

South Africa's trailblazing Black food writer dies of virus

JOHANNESBURG — South Africa's trailblazing Black food writer Dorah Sitole's latest cookbook was widely hailed in December as a moving chronicle of her journey from humble township cook to famous, well- travelled author.
Canadian fashion mogul seeking bail on U.S. charges of sex trafficking, racketeering

Canadian fashion mogul seeking bail on U.S. charges of sex trafficking, racketeering

WINNIPEG — Canadian fashion mogul Peter Nygard plans to seek bail in a Winnipeg courtroom today following his arrest last month on charges in the United States of sex trafficking and racketeering.
TC Energy decarbonization response to Keystone setback unlikely to sway ESG investors

TC Energy decarbonization response to Keystone setback unlikely to sway ESG investors

Sustainable investing experts say TC Energy Corp.'s plan to decarbonize the Keystone XL pipeline is unlikely to save its fortunes, as a growing movement to divest from fossil fuels gains political clout. U.S.
A new COVID-19 challenge: Mutations rise along with cases

A new COVID-19 challenge: Mutations rise along with cases

The race against the virus that causes COVID-19 has taken a new turn: Mutations are rapidly popping up, and the longer it takes to vaccinate people, the more likely it is that a variant that can elude current tests, treatments and vaccines could emer
Yellen urges Congress to do more to fight pandemic recession

Yellen urges Congress to do more to fight pandemic recession

WASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary nominee Janet Yellen is calling on Congress to do more to fight a deep pandemic-induced recession, saying the threats of a longer and even worse downturn are too great to cut back on support now.

Remittances to El Salvador rebound after early pandemic drop

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador — The money sent home to El Salvador by migrants plunged 40% at the start of the coronavirus pandemic, but then recovered to end 2020 at a record high of $5.92 billion, authorities said Monday.
Garth Brooks joins lineup of entertainers at Biden inaugural

Garth Brooks joins lineup of entertainers at Biden inaugural

NEW YORK — Add Garth Brooks to the lineup of entertainers at the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.