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Vaccinated Brits could be back on Europe's beaches soon: minister

LONDON -- Britain is working on easing travel restrictions for the fully vaccinated to allow people to enjoy a summer holiday on Europe's beaches but the plans are not finalized yet, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said on Tuesday.
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U.S. watchdog: Nursing home deaths up 32 per cent in 2020 amid pandemic

WASHINGTON -- Deaths among Medicare patients in nursing homes soared by 32% last year, with two devastating spikes eight months apart, a government watchdog reported Tuesday in the most comprehensive look yet at the ravages of COVID-19 among its most vulnerable victims.
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Driver says he is devastated by fatal Pride parade crash

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. -- The 77-year-old driver who accidentally slammed his truck into fellow members of a gay chorus group, killing one and injuring two others, said Monday that he was devastated by the crash at the start of a Pride parade in South Florida.
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U.S. official to address legacy of Indigenous boarding schools

U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland and other federal officials are expected Tuesday to announce steps the federal government plans to take to reconcile the troubled legacy of boarding school policies on Indigenous families and communities.
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VANCOUVER -- Drivers of gas-powered vehicles were stuck paying nearly $1.64 a litre in parts of Metro Vancouver on Monday, and analysts expect to see more pain at the pumps over the summer.
Prices reached 163.9 cents at some gas stations before noon, including in Vancouver and Surrey, continuing an upward trend that's been happening since fall.
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The Trump Organization on Monday sued the city of New York after it ended its contract for a golf course at Ferry Point Park in the wake of the attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan.
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After weeks of filibustering, Liberal MPs on the House of Commons defence committee have done an end-run around the opposition by issuing their own list of recommendations on addressing the sexual misconduct crisis in the Canadian military.
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This year's National Indigenous Peoples Day one of reflection and change

TORONTO -- Twenty five years ago, Indigenous groups and Canada set aside June 21 to recognize and celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day, but the painful revelation that the remains of 215 children were buried in unmarked graves at a residential school in Kamloops, B.C.
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'Living fossil' fish surprises scientists with 100-year lifespan

The coelacanth — a wondrous fish that was thought to have gone extinct along with the dinosaurs 66 million years ago before unexpectedly being found alive and well in 1938 off South Africa's east coast — is offering up even more surprises.
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Children by the thousands forced to act as soldiers, victimized by war in 2020

More than 8,500 children were used as soldiers last year in various conflicts across the world and nearly 2,700 others were killed, the United Nations said on Monday.
UN chief Antonio Guterres's annual report to the Security Council on children and armed conflict covers the killing, maiming and sexual abuse of children, abduction or recruitment, denial of aid access and targeting of schools and hospitals.
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MONTREAL -- One man in his 60s has been killed and at least two people are reported injured Monday after a tornado ripped through the Mascouche region, north of Montreal.
Quebec's public safety minsiter Genevieve Guilbault confirmed in a tweet Monday evening a man was killed in the tornado and said officials from the provincial government are offering assistance.
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N.B. premier says provinces discussing July for border reopening

OTTAWA -- New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs says the provinces are talking about July for the Canada-U.S. border to reopen.
Higgs told CTV News Channel’s Power Play on Monday that July 21 is “in the realm” of that timeframe.
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TORONTO -- Toronto police have laid charges in connection with a shooting that injured four people — including three children — at a toddler's birthday party in Rexdale over the weekend.
Officers were called to the area of Tandridge Crescent and Byng Avenue shortly before 8 p.m.
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