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Asian shares rise on recovery hopes, markets eye earnings

TOKYO -- Asian shares rose Monday amid some hopes for recovering economies slammed by the pandemic, as market attention turned to upcoming company earnings.
Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 gained nearly 0.5% in morning trading to 28,767.43.
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TORONTO -- Some fishing crews in the Atlantic Ocean were hauling up a different kind of catch in 2020: more than 63 tonnes of discarded fishing gear, a major source of marine pollution.
The effort is part of a new government project aiming to solve the issue of so-called “ghost gear,” the term given to traps, nets, buoys and other fishing gear that get lost or discarded in the process of fishing, and remain drifting in the ocean.
 

Mexico's president says he's tested positive for COVID-19

MEXICO CITY -- Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Sunday he has tested positive for COVID-19 and that the symptoms are mild.
Mexico's president, who has been criticized for his handling of his country's pandemic, said on his official Twitter account that he is under medical treatment.
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Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador tests positive for COVID-19

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Sunday he has tested positive for COVID-19 and that the symptoms are mild.
Mexico's president, who has been criticized for his handling of his country's pandemic, said on his official Twitter account that he is under medical treatment.
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New Zealand confirms 1st community spread case of COVID-19 in months

New Zealand confirmed on Monday it was investigating one positive case of COVID-19 in the community that was first reported on Sunday, the first domestic case in months.
The infection in a 56-year-old woman who returned to New Zealand on Dec.
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Alberta cafe could face thousands in fines for reopening dine-in service: police

EDMONTON -- Alberta Health Services and RCMP say they are aware that the Whistle Stop Café in Mirror has recently opened back up for dine-in service, and they are investigating.
AHS said it has already issued an Environmental Public Health Order to the café to close it’s dine-in service.
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Biden to repeal Trump's ban on transgender people joining military: source

WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Joe Biden is poised to repeal his predecessor Donald Trump's ban on transgender people enlisting in the U.S. military, a person familiar with the matter said.
The source, who spoke to Reuters anonymously because the action is not yet public, said Biden could lift the ban as soon as Monday.
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Amy Willier, Cree entrepreneur and artist, dies at 37

Amy Willier, a Cree artisan and entrepreneur who championed her culture and community through her Calgary gallery, has died.
The 37-year-old ran Moonstone Creation in Inglewood alongside her mother Yvonne Jobin for more than a decade.
Melrene Saloy-Eaglespeaker, a close friend of Willier's, said anyone who walked into the pale pink building, marked with a medicine wheel sign at the corner of 10th Avenue and 12th Street S.W.
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The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit is investigating whether an outbreak at a long-term care home in the town of Bradford West Gwillimbury is due to the variant first detected in the United Kingdom.
At a news conference on Sunday, Dr.
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De Grasse fails to advance to 60-metre final at season-opening indoor meet

Sprinter Andre De Grasse, a double medallist at the 2019 world track and field championships, didn't qualify for the 60-metre final at the American Track League's season-opening meet on Sunday in Fayetteville, Ark.
He was seventh of eight runners in his preliminary heat in 6.79 seconds but needed a top-three finish to advance.
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Calgary MLA apologizes for holiday travel almost a month after the fact

CALGARY -- A southern Alberta MLA has apologized approximately a month after she left Alberta against government advice to avoid non-essential travel because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tanya Fir posted a message on Twitter Sunday, saying she is sorry for making the decision to travel over the holidays.
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CALGARY -- A southern Alberta MLA has apologized again for a holiday trip, approximately a month after she left Alberta against government advice to avoid non-essential travel because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tanya Fir posted a message on Twitter Sunday, saying she is sorry for making the decision to travel over the holidays.
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