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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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Omicron BA.5 COVID subvariant spreading at ‘very intense level,’ WHO warns – National

COVID-19 cases are rising across the world as the highly transmissible BA.5 subvariant of Omicron spreads at a “very intense level,” the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned. At a news conference on Tuesday, the WHO chief said subvariants of Omicron, like BA.4 and BA.5, continue to drive waves of new cases, hospitalizations and deaths …

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Scientists Uncover Oldest Groundwaters in South Africa

An international team led by the University of Toronto researchers have discovered 1.2-billion-year-old groundwater in South Africa, shedding more light on how life is sustained below the Earth’s surface and how it may thrive on other planets. The same team previously discovered one-billion-year-old groundwaters in a mine, in Ontario, Canada, but the newly discovered waters …

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Elon Musk to terminate $44B Twitter purchase – National

Tesla Inc TSLA.O Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk said on Friday he was terminating his $44 billion deal for Twitter Inc TWTR.N, saying that the social media company had failed to provide information about fake accounts on the platform. Shares of Twitter were down 7% in extended trading. Musk had offered $54.20 per share in …

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Fossils found in Argentina give insight into how huge predatory dinosaurs evolved

A replica of the fossil of a Meraxes gigas, the newly discovered giant carnivorous dinosaur, at the Maimonides University in Buenos Aires, on July 7.LUIS ROBAYO/AFP/Getty Images Fossils found in Argentina of a ferocious dinosaur with a huge head covered in bumps and crests reminiscent of a gargoyle are providing insight into the evolution of …

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Air Canada, Pearson again rank No. 1 in delays worldwide; Montreal check-in freezes

By Staff The Canadian Press Posted July 6, 2022 11:12 am Updated July 6, 2022 11:17 am Smaller font Descrease article font size –HAS Larger font Increase article font size HAS+ Air Canada and Toronto’s Pearson airport again claimed the top spots for flight delays on Tuesday, marking at least four days in a row …

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Thousands told to evacuate as Australian city of Sydney faces its fourth round of flooding

A flooded area from the overflowing Hawkesbury river due to torrential rain in the Windsor suburb of Sydney, Australia, on July 4.SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images More than 30,000 residents of Sydney and its surrounds were told to evacuate or prepare to abandon their homes Monday as Australia’s largest city faces its fourth, and possibly worst, round …

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France mulls return to masks as COVID-19 hospitalizations rebound – National

Tourism is booming again in France _ and so is COVID-19. French officials have “invited” or “recommended” people to go back to using face masks but stopped short of renewing restrictions that would scare visitors away or revive antigovernment protests. From Paris commuters to tourists on the French Riviera, many people seem to welcome the …

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Fears of a COVID-19 summer surge prompt experts to call for a return to masking

A woman wears a mask while riding the subway in Toronto on March 14, 2020.Carlos Osorio/The Canadian Press It’s time to bring back indoor mask-wearing requirements, some health professionals say amid concerns of a potential surge in COVID-19 cases this summer. In fact, according to Alberta emergency physician Chuck Wurster, public-health authorities across the country …

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