Feds hoping for AstraZeneca shots this week as Pfizer-BioNTech prepare next delivery

OTTAWA — The federal government hopes to start receiving doses of AstraZeneca’s recently approved COVID-19 vaccine this week as the flood of shots that flowed into Canada from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna last week partially subsides. Health Canada announced on Friday that it had approved the AstraZeneca vaccine, the third COVID-19 shot to have received regulatory […]

Meng’s defence team to argue for admission of evidence to bolster its case

VANCOUVER — The chief financial officer of telecom giant Huawei is set to return to the British Columbia Supreme Court today for arguments over the admission of evidence in her extradition case. Meng Wanzhou’s defence team alleges the evidence will prove that international bank HSBC was aware of the relationship between Huawei and Skycom, a […]

COVID-19 zaps electricity usage in Ontario as people stay home

TORONTO — Demand for electricity in Ontario last year fell to levels rarely seen in decades amid shifts in usage patterns caused by pandemic measures, new data show. The decline came despite a hot summer that had people rushing to crank up the air conditioning at home, the province’s power management agency said. “We do […]

Albanian world heritage site struggles without tourists

GJIROKASTRA, Albania — Seeing city streets in 2019 flooded by tourists enjoying its beauty was a dream come true for residents of Gjirokastra, a city in southern Albania recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its Ottoman-period architecture. It ended precipitously when the world locked down. Called “the city of stone” due to its […]

Thousands flee rebel violence in Central African Republic

BANGASSOU, Central African Republic — Monique Moukidje fled her home in Central African Republic’s town of Bangassou in January when rebels attacked with heavy weapons, the fighting killing more than a dozen people. “I ran away because the bullets have no eyes,” the 34-year-old said sitting in the shade while waiting for water purification tablets, […]

300 activists rally in Bangladesh to denounce prison death

DHAKA, Bangladesh — About 300 student activists rallied in Bangladesh’s capital on Monday to denounce the death in prison of a writer and commentator who was arrested last year on charges of violating a sweeping digital security law that critics say chokes freedom of expression. The protesters marched through the Dhaka University campus and Dhaka’s […]

Europeans get ‘right to repair’ for some electrical goods

BERLIN — Companies that sell refrigerators, washers, hairdryers or TVs in the European Union will need to ensure those appliances can be repaired for up to 10 years, to help reduce the vast mountain of electrical waste that piles up each year on the continent. The “right to repair,” as it is sometimes called, comes […]

New WTO director-general arrives for 1st day on job

GENEVA — The new director-general of the World Trade Organization — the first African and first woman to hold the post — has arrived at its Geneva headquarters for her first day on the job. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, 66, a Nigerian economist and former government minister, donned a mask as she made brief comments to reporters […]

The Latest: German hair salons reopen as virus rules eased

BERLIN — Hairdressers across Germany are reopening for business after a 2 1/2 month closure, another cautious step as the country balances a desire to loosen restrictions with concern about the impact of more contagious coronavirus variants. Monday’s move came after many elementary students returned to school a week ago. It follows a decision Feb. […]

Defying lethal shootings, Myanmar protesters back on streets

YANGON, Myanmar — Police in Myanmar’s biggest city on Monday fired tear gas at defiant crowds who returned to the streets to protest the military’s seizure of power a month ago, despite reports that security forces had killed at least 18 people around the country a day earlier. The protesters in Yangon were chased as […]