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US destroyer sails near disputed South China Sea islands, China says it ‘drove’ ship away

A US destroyer sailed near the disputed Paracel Islands in the South China Sea on Wednesday, drawing an angry reaction from Beijing, which said its military had “driven away” the ship after it illegally entering territorial waters. The United States regularly carries out what it calls Freedom of Navigation Operations in the South China Sea …

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Who is eligible for a 4th COVID-19 vaccine dose? A province-by-province breakdown

As a seventh wave of COVID-19 begins sweeping across Canada, with the Omicron BA.5 subvariant driving transmission, some provinces are expanding eligibility for a fourth dose of the vaccine. The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) released its guidance for a fall booster campaign late last month. The committee recommended that those with increased risk …

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Women say they were drugged at summer gathering of Germany’s ruling party

Berlin CNN — Nine women have reported they were drugged by an unknown substance after attending the annual summer party of Germany’s Social Democratic Party (SPD) – whose Chancellor Olaf Scholz is a member – last week. According to a police report, a 21-year-old woman started to feel “unwell and dizzy” Wednesday evening after eating …

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Ontario’s top doctor to make announcement about 4th COVID-19 shots, rapid antigen tests

Ontario’s chief medical officer of health is set to make an announcement on Wednesday about access to fourth doses of COVID-19 vaccines and to free rapid antigen tests. Dr. Kieran Moore is scheduled to provide an update at 11 am at Queen’s Park. The Ontario government has been under pressure in recent weeks to expand …

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Police remove two Chinese defense attaches from Pacific Islands Forum meeting | Pacific Islands Forum

Two Chinese defense attaches have been kicked out by Fijian police from a Pacific Islands Forum meeting at which the US vice-president, Kamala Harris, was giving a virtual address. The men were sitting in on a session of the forum’s fisheries agency at which Harris announced the step-up of US engagement in the region, believed …

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Dangerous, extended heat wave threatens millions in Western Europe as highest level of heat alerts are issued

The UK, Portugal, Spain and France are facing record-breaking temperatures this week, with little relief in sight. Hot conditions will continue to worsen ongoing wildfires in southwestern Europe. Level 3 heat alerts, the highest level possible, are in place for 14 states within Portugal and in eastern Spain through the end of the week. “Heat-health …

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Prior Omicron Infection Doesn’t Give ‘Good Protection’ Against BA.5

Those who were infected with COVID-19 during the first Omicron wave won’t have much protection against the latest highly-infectious BA.5 subvariant, Dr. Anthony Fauci said during a Tuesday White House briefing. “Omicron as a broad category has been particularly problematic,” Fauci said at the briefing while discussing the new BA.5 variant, which he said currently …

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Ontario to announce expansion of COVID-19 booster shots Wednesday

Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health is set to make an announcement Wednesday regarding the expansion of eligibility for fourth doses of COVID-19 vaccines on Wednesday. Dr. Kieran Moore will provide the update, which will also cover the province’s rapid antigen test distribution, at 11 am The announcement comes amid a seventh wave of the …

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