Fire destroys commercial shop in the RM of Vanscoy, Sask.

A large commercial shop in the RM of Vanscoy, Sask., has been destroyed, the Saskatoon Fire Department (SFD) said. SFD officials said a 911 call came in just before 1:45 a.m. Thursday morning reporting a fire. Crews said the building was engulfed in flames and the roof structure had collapsed by the time they arrived. Water tankers had to be […]

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China reports no local virus transmissions as foreigners barred

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China on Saturday reported no locally transmitted coronavirus infections for the previous day and a small reduction in new cases involving travellers from overseas, as new restrictions on the entry of foreigners kicked in. Effective Saturday, China has temporarily suspended the entry of foreign nationals with valid Chinese visas and residence permits. The new restriction reflects worries […]

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Ex-Venezuelan spy chief Carvajal discussing surrender with U.S. authorities: sources

CARACAS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The former head of Venezuela’s military intelligence unit, Hugo Carvajal, is discussing his possible surrender with U.S. authorities, three people familiar with the matter said on Saturday, after prosecutors charged him this week with drug trafficking alongside Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. Carvajal, a former general and ally of late Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez, has been in hiding […]

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Alberta chief medical officer of health to provide update on COVID-19 Thursday afternoon

Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, is scheduled to provide an update on the province’s current situation regarding the novel coronavirus as well as its public health response. Hinshaw has been holding daily news conferences to provide updates on the number of confirmed cases in the province and the additional health measures being implemented to protect Albertans, […]

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M.I.A. under fire after posting anti-vaccine message amid coronavirus pandemic

M.I.A. is facing a wave of criticism online after revealing she’s an anti-vaxxer as the world grapples with the new coronavirus pandemic. On Wednesday, the British rapper, born Mathangi Arulpragasam, took to Twitter, saying she’d rather “choose death” over “the vaccine or chip.” The comment came as researchers around the world work to develop a vaccination against COVID-19, the disease caused […]

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'Just one case': fears coronavirus may spread like wildfire in world's refugee camps

(Reuters) – In the world’s largest refugee settlement in Bangladesh, filmmaker Mohammed Arafat has been making public safety videos to warn about the dangers of coronavirus. The 25-year-old is worried that the disease will devastate the vast, crowded camps that house more than one million Rohingya, members of a mostly Muslim minority who fled a brutal military crackdown in Myanmar. […]

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'Stay home,' Irish PM tells nation in coronavirus battle

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Ireland’s prime minister ordered citizens to stay home until April 12 to help slow the spread of coronavirus, telling them they can only leave to shop for groceries, for brief individual physical exercise or to make family visits that are essential. Almost all shops will be shut, all public gatherings outside of household units prohibited completely, and […]

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