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The Alberta government is delaying plans to vaccinate workers at Cargill's meatpacking plant in High River — a move doctors say is likely to erode the already shaky trust with a workforce that's been devastated by the pandemic.
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Alberta reports 1,699 new COVID-19 cases

EDMONTON -- Alberta reported 1,699 COVID-19 cases Wednesday after 18,412 tests were completed, bringing the province's positivity rate up to 9.5 per cent.
The province confirmed another 1,332 variant cases in the last 24 hours, meaning about 59 per cent of cases in Alberta are variants.
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Israel says it strikes targets in Syria after missile attack

JERUSALEM -- A missile launched from Syria struck Israel's Negev desert region early Thursday, setting off air raid sirens near the country's top-secret nuclear reactor, the Israeli military said. In response, it said it struck the missile launcher and other targets in neighbouring Syria.
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Alberta teachers and education minister swap accusations of politicizing curriculum

EDMONTON -- Education Minister Adriana LaGrange says the group representing Alberta teachers is playing politics with a proposed new kindergarten to Grade 6 curriculum and isn't sincere about real bridge-building.
The Alberta Teachers' Association has publicly stated the proposed learning plan is “fatally flawed, and teachers, academics and curriculum experts should work on a revised version.
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Instagram launches feature to tackle hate speech, abuse

Facebook Inc's Instagram is rolling out a feature to prevent users from viewing possibly abusive messages by filtering offensive words, phrases and emojis on the photo-sharing app.
The company said on Wednesday that along with the filter option for abusive direct messages, it will also make it harder for people blocked by users to circumvent and contact them through new accounts.
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CP Rail asks U.S. regulator to rule on its and CN's rival Kansas City Southern bids

CALGARY -- The CEO of Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. says a rival bid for Kansas City Southern by Canadian National Railway Co. carries a bigger price tag but can't win U.S. regulatory approval because of its negative affects on competition.
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India's continuing battle with COVID-19 and rising case counts

India has been overwhelmed by hundreds of thousands of new coronavirus cases daily, bringing pain, fear and agony to many lives as lockdowns have been put in place in New Delhi and other cities.
India's Health Ministry reported 295,041 new cases on Wednesday and 2,023 deaths, taking total fatalities to 182,553.
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LeVar Burton to be 'Jeopardy!' guest host; petition credited

LOS ANGELES -- The 200,000-plus LeVar Burton boosters who signed a petition calling for him to be the new “Jeopardy!” host will get to see him try the job on for size.
Burton is among the final group of guest hosts for the quiz show, which lost its longtime host Alex Trebek to cancer last November and has put off announcing his successor.
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LeVar Burton to guest host Jeopardy! following online petition

The 200,000-plus LeVar Burton boosters who signed a petition calling for him to be the new Jeopardy! host will get to see him try the job on for size.
Burton is among the final group of guest hosts for the quiz show, which lost its longtime host Alex Trebek to cancer last November and has put off announcing his successor.
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OTTAWA -- The country’s chief public health officer says given COVID-19 variants are no longer unique to specific countries and are spreading quickly across the globe, Canada is sticking by its universal approach to travel restrictions.
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IOC upholds Rule 50 prohibiting athlete protests at Olympic Games

Athlete protests and political messages will remain banned at the Olympics, the IOC said Wednesday, after a survey found that a majority of competitors were in favour of keeping the ban in place.
That means raising a fist on the podium — like American sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos famously did at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics — or taking a knee would still risk punishment at the Tokyo Games this year.
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Bombing in hotel parking lot kills at least 4 in SW Pakistan

QUETTA, PAKISTAN -- A powerful bomb exploded in the parking area of a luxury hotel in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta on Wednesday, killing at least four people and wounding at least nine others, police said.
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