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Drought, wildfires, COVID-19 drive up Saskatchewan deficit to record $2.7B

Drought, wildfires, COVID-19 drive up Saskatchewan deficit to record $2.7B

REGINA — Saskatchewan's latest financial report says drought, wildfires and the COVID-19 pandemic have heavily contributed to what is projected to be a record deficit. The mid-year report released Monday shows a deficit of $2.

Sputnik V maker: Vaccine could be adapted to fight omicron

MOSCOW (AP) — The developer of Russia's Sputnik V vaccine said Monday that it will immediately start working on adapting that COVID-19 vaccine to counter the omicron variant.

Ghana orders vaccinations for restaurant, stadium access

ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — Ghana’s government is ordering access to beaches, restaurants, night clubs and stadiums be limited to people who have been vaccinated against COVID-19, as part of its efforts to fight the spread of the virus.
Doctor: Many South Africans ill in surge have mild symptoms

Doctor: Many South Africans ill in surge have mild symptoms

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's rapid increase in COVID-19 cases attributed to the new omicron variant is resulting in mostly mild symptoms, doctors say. “We've seen a sharp increase in cases for the past 10 days.

Miss Universe hopeful tests positive for COVID-19 in Israel

JERUSALEM (AP) — Organizers of the Miss Universe pageant said Monday that a contestant tested positive for COVID-19 after arriving in Israel, which is pressing ahead with plans to host the pageant despite closing its borders in the face of a newly de
Millions of German state employees to get raise, COVID bonus

Millions of German state employees to get raise, COVID bonus

BERLIN (AP) — About 3.5 million state-level employees and civil servants in Germany will receive a 2.8% raise and a tax-free COVID-19 bonus of 1,300 euros ($1,470) next year. The agreement announced by the ver.
Australia delays relaxing border, 5th omicron case reported

Australia delays relaxing border, 5th omicron case reported

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian authorities announced on Monday that they would delay plans to relax border restrictions by at least two weeks, as the country reported its fifth case of the omicron COVID-19 variant.
WHO chief: Omicron shows need for global accord on pandemics

WHO chief: Omicron shows need for global accord on pandemics

GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization on Monday is pushing for an international accord to help prevent and fight future pandemics amid the emergence of a worrying new omicron COVID-19 variant.
Pandemic pressures: Nova Scotia offers pioneering helpline exclusively for men

Pandemic pressures: Nova Scotia offers pioneering helpline exclusively for men

HALIFAX — Nova Scotia has established what is believed to be Canada's first 24-hour helpline exclusively for men in response to an urgent need that arose as the COVID-19 pandemic took hold.
Joyful reunions as Malaysia-Singapore land border reopens

Joyful reunions as Malaysia-Singapore land border reopens

JOHOR BAHRU, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysians working in Singapore held joyful reunions with their loved ones after returning to their homeland on Monday following the partial reopening of a land border that has been shuttered for nearly two years due to t