World remembers Holocaust as antisemitism rises in pandemic

BRUSSELS -- Holocaust survivors and politicians warned about the resurgence of antisemitism and Holocaust denial as the world remembered Nazi atrocities and commemorated the 77th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp on Thursday.
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U.S. response on Ukraine offers little optimism, Russia says

MOSCOW -- The U.S. rejection of Russia's main demands to resolve the crisis over Ukraine leaves little ground for optimism, the Kremlin spokesman said Thursday, while adding that dialogue was still possible.
Tensions have soared in recent weeks, as the United States and its NATO allies expressed fear that a buildup of about 100,000 Russian troops near Ukraine signalled Moscow planned to invade its ex-Soviet neighbour.
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France's Macron takes own path, seeks dialogue with Russia

PARIS -- There's still room for diplomacy in the Ukrainian crisis. At least that's the conviction of French President Emmanuel Macron, who continues to push for dialogue with Russia despite signs pointing to a potential war.
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Bacteria help pandas get the most out of being picky eaters, study says

Pandas are famously picky eaters. They only consume bamboo -- a poor quality diet low in fat.
But the creatures appear to have evolved to get the most out of what they do eat, according to a new study.
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Boy's cat curiosity leads to rescue of 93-year-old woman in distress

A Nova Scotia teen is being praised by an appreciative family after a chance encounter with a cat led him to discover a 93-year-old woman who had fallen and broken her pelvis.
Nolan Smith was inside his home in Springhill, N.S.
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'It's about money, not people:' Immigration experts describe human smuggling business

Police in a western state of India have begun delving deeper into the deaths of four Indian migrants whose bodies were found in Manitoba just short of the Canada-U. S. border.
Ashish Bhatia, director general of police in Gujarat, says investigators are trying to determine whether there was a travel agent in India who helped the group.
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Both the Bank of Canada and the U.S. Federal Reserve say they are really, really going to raise interest rates very, very soon.
But in separate news conferences on Wednesday they made it clear that neither of them are ready to do it just yet.
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Home inspectors in Ontario say the hot seller's market is preventing most buyers from getting inspections done, which in turn, is forcing a large number of inspectors to leave the industry due to declining business. They say the situation is also putting home buyers at risk.
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Ontario's crackdown on COVID-19 vaccine medical exemptions seems to be working

Ontario's new rules requiring a review of medical exemptions for COVID-19 vaccines seem to be reining in the number of people being granted a waiver from vaccination mandates. 
Research by CBC News reveals that 209 medical exemptions have been approved provincewide since a new requirement that they be checked by public health units came into effect earlier this month.
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Canadian university races former Chinese partner to make a COVID-19 booster

The federal government has trumpeted previous vaccine partnerships with a China-based company as one of the reasons why Canada was pinning its hopes on a COVID-19 vaccine candidate from China early in the pandemic.
But The Fifth Estate has reviewed those partnerships and found that a collaboration with McMaster University in Hamilton stalled years ago and never resulted in an approved vaccine anywhere in the world.
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Gatineau students make their own filters to help improve air quality

What do you get when you put furnace filters, a box fan and whole lot of duct tape together? An experiential learning project about air filters that helps during the COVID-19 pandemic.
About 150 students in upper grades at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Elementary School in the Hull sector of Gatineau, Que.
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Jerusalem blanketed in white after rare snowfall

JERUSALEM -- Jerusalem was blanketed in white on Thursday after a winter storm covered much of the region's higher altitudes with snow.
The holy city's iconic golden Dome of the Rock was dusted in snow.
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