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A day after donning a face mask for the first time during a liturgical service, Pope Francis was back to his mask-less old ways Wednesday despite surging coronavirus infections across Europe and growing criticism of his behaviour and the example he is setting.
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EU says U.K. 'can't have cake, eat it too' but eyes new talks

BRUSSELS -- The European Union struck a defiant tone on Wednesday as the standoff over resuming post-Brexit trade negotiations with the United Kingdom intensified, telling London that "you cannot have your cake and eat it too.
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Mysterious vandals target artifacts at Berlin museums

BERLIN, GERMANY -- Vandals have damaged more than 70 artworks and artifacts at some of Berlin's most renowned museums, police said Wednesday, in a targeted attack kept quiet by authorities for more than two weeks.
Valuable paintings, stone sculptures and sarcophagi at three institutions on the German capital's UNESCO-listed Museum Island were sprayed with an "oily liquid", leaving visible stains, Berlin police told AFP.
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Russia hosts new talks in search of Karabakh truce

MOSCOW, RUSSIA -- Russia hosted the foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan for separate talks this week as world powers seek to step up hitherto failed efforts to agree a lasting truce to halt fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh.
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Parents of 545 children separated at U.S. border still can't be found

Lawyers have not been able to reach the parents of 545 children who had been separated from their families by U.S. border officials between 2017 and 2018, according to a Tuesday court filing.
Hundreds of parents may also have been deported without their children.
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As fighting rages in Nagorno-Karabakh, coronavirus spreads

People infected with the coronavirus pack into cold basements along with the healthy to hide from artillery fire in Nagorno-Karabakh, while doctors who have tested positive do surgery on those wounded in the shelling. These are the grim realities of the pandemic in a region beset by weeks of heavy fighting.
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Trump tends to his electoral map, Biden prepping for debate

WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Donald Trump is hopping from one must-win stop on the electoral map to the next in the leadup to a final presidential debate that may be his last, best chance to alter the trajectory of the 2020 campaign.
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Nigeria protesters break curfew amid gunfire, chaos in Lagos

LAGOS, NIGERIA -- Nigerians protesting against police brutality stayed on the streets in Lagos on Wednesday, breaking the government curfew following a night of chaotic violence in which demonstrators were fired upon, sparking global outrage.
Shots were fired Wednesday as young demonstrators set up barricades by the Lekki toll plaza in Lagos, where protesters had been fired upon Tuesday night, causing numerous injuries although officials said no deaths.
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Can Lindsey Graham lose South Carolina? A Senate upset is possible

NORTH CHARLESTON -- An epic political battle is cresting in South Carolina, where Senator Lindsey Graham, a presidential ally, is neck-and-neck with an African-American challenger two decades his junior, raising Democratic hopes of snatching a Senate seat in Trump country.
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Cathay Pacific cuts 8,500 jobs, shutters regional airline

Hong Kong airline Cathay Pacific Airways said Wednesday it would cut 8,500 jobs and shut a regional airline as it grapples with the plunge in air travel due to the pandemic.
About 5,300 employees based in Hong Kong and another 600 elsewhere will likely lose their jobs, and 2,600 unfilled positions will be cut.
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Trump ups pressure on Barr to probe Bidens as election nears

WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday called on Attorney General William Barr to immediately launch an investigation into unverified claims about Democrat Joe Biden and his son Hunter, effectively demanding that the Justice Department muddy his political opponent and abandon its historic resistance to getting involved in elections.
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The end of double cupping: Tim Hortons ditches two cups in favour of one with sleeve

TORONTO -- Tim Hortons is ending the practice of double cupping hot drinks, a move the fast food restaurant says will eliminate hundreds of millions of cups from landfills each year.
The subsidiary of Restaurant Brands International Inc.
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