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China is building a second field of missile silos in its western deserts, according to a new study, which researchers say signals a potential expansion of its nuclear arsenal and calls into question Beijing's commitment to its "minimum deterrence" strategy.
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Bhutan fully vaccinates 90 per cent of eligible adults within a week

GAUHATI, INDIA -- The Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan has fully vaccinated 90 percent of its eligible adult population within just seven days, its health ministry said Tuesday.
The tiny country, wedged between India and China and home to nearly 800,000 people, began giving out second doses on July 20 in a mass drive that has been hailed by UNICEF as "arguably the fastest vaccination campaign to be executed during a pandemic.
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The fashion industry's 'plus-size' label shames women to fit an unhealthy standard

This First Person article is the experience of Laura Sang, a physician in Montreal. For more information about CBC's First Person stories, please see the FAQ. Content warning: This article discusses eating disorders and suicidal ideation.
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Clashes on Armenia-Azerbaijan border leave 3 dead, 4 wounded

YEREVAN, ARMENIA -- Armenia's Defense Ministry said Wednesday that three of its troops were killed and two more were wounded in clashes with Azerbaijani forces on the border between the two ex-Soviet nations, which have been locked in a decades-long tug-of-war over the Nagorno-Karabakh region.
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COVID-19 spreading faster in Alberta than during peak of 3rd wave

Health and infectious disease experts say the rate at which COVID-19 cases are growing in Alberta is alarming, as it spreads faster than it during the height of the pandemic's third wave. 
The R-value, which represents the number of people infected by each infected person, was 1.48 (with a confidence interval of 1.38-1.59) in Alberta as of Sunday, according to Alberta Health.
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Ceasefire called after three Armenian soldiers killed in clashes with Azerbaijan

MOSCOW -- Armenia said on Wednesday that three of its soldiers had been killed in an exchange of gunfire with Azerbaijan and Interfax reported that both sides had later accepted a Russian ceasefire proposal to try to calm tensions.
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WARNING: This story contains distressing details
The Lac La Ronge Indian Band has become the latest First Nation in Saskatchewan to begin searching for unmarked graves associated with a local residential school site. 
"We have a lot of work ahead of us," Chief Tammy Cook-Searson said.
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Tokyo sets another virus record days after Summer Games begin

TOKYO -- Tokyo reported 3,177 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, setting an all-time high and exceeding 3,000 for the first time days after the start of the Olympics.
The new cases exceeded the earlier record of 2,848 set the previous day and brought the total for the Japanese capital to 206,745 since the pandemic began early last year.
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Tokyo governor urges youth to get vaccinated to slow surge during Olympics

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike on Wednesday urged younger people to cooperate with measures to bring down the high number of infections and get vaccinated, saying their activities are key to slowing the surge during the Olympics.
On Tuesday, the Japanese capital reported 2,848 new cases, exceeding its previous record in January.
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OTTAWA -- A requester seeking access to a week's worth of emails and messages from the head of a federal agency embroiled in controversy has been told to wait five years or more for a response under Canada's information law.
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Tokyo governor urges youth to get vaccinated as cases surge to all-time high

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike on Wednesday urged younger people to cooperate with measures to bring down the high number of infections and get vaccinated, saying their activities are key to slowing the surge during the Olympics.
On Tuesday, the Japanese capital reported 2,848 new cases, exceeding its previous record in January.
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Tropical storm dumps rain on northern Japan, spares Olympics

RIFU, JAPAN -- A tropical storm dumped rain in parts of northern Japan on Wednesday after moving away from the Tokyo region and relieving the Olympic host city of a feared disruption to the games.
In Sendai, some trains were delayed and pedestrians braced themselves against the wind on the city streets.
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Tokyo reports 3,177 new COVID-19 cases — a new single-day high

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike on Wednesday urged younger people to cooperate with measures to bring down the high number of infections and get vaccinated, saying their activities are key to slowing the surge during the Olympics.
On Tuesday, the Japanese capital reported 2,848 new cases, exceeding its previous record in January.
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