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U.S. shippers prepare for another pandemic crush of holiday gifts

The last holiday season was far from the most wonderful time of the year for the U.S. Postal Service: Sick and quarantined workers, a flood of packages from shoppers loathe to set foot in stores and a last-minute dump of packages from overwhelmed private shippers.
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Workers' paradise? Portugal's new teleworking law takes flak

LISBON, PORTUGAL -- Portugal's new law on working from home makes the European Union country sound like a workers' paradise.
Companies can't attempt to contact their staff outside working hours. They must help staff pay for their home gas, electric and internet bills.
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Global markets have been selling off on the fear of a new COVID-19 variant found in South Africa.
The new, potentially more transmissible variant prompted the World Health Organization (WHO) to call an emergency meeting Friday.
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Macao detains Suncity boss on China gambling charge

Macao police on Saturday detained the head of Macao's biggest casino junket organizer and others after Chinese authorities issued an arrest warrant for them over accusations that they ran an illegal cross-border gambling syndicate.
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Stock markets rattled by fears about emerging COVID variant

Global stock markets and oil prices tumbled Friday after South Africa identified a new, fast-spreading coronavirus variant and the European Union proposed suspending air travel from the region.
The 27-nation EU proposed a mass travel suspension to member governments after South Africa said the variant was spreading in its most populous province.
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Gas prices could see double-digit drop in most of Canada this weekend: analyst

Motorists may want to wait until Sunday to fill up their tanks, as one analyst expects gas prices to fall 10 to 11 cents in most of Canada.
Gas analyst Dan McTeague, who is the president of Canadians for Affordable Energy, says prices at the pump will drop 11 cents per litre on Sunday in Ontario and Quebec.
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There's this emerging notion of Canada as an impending superpower in mining the critical minerals that will run defining technologies of this century, from electric vehicles to smartphones and solar panels.
It was a recurring theme of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's recent Washington visit.
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More strange days ahead for oil industry following Friday price plunge

Only a couple of days ago, there was talk about oil's inevitable drive to $100 US a barrel
Even U.S. President Joe Biden's plan to use his country's reserves to ease the pain at the pumps for Americans appeared to some analysts to be little more than a speed bump.
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Canada, a critical-minerals superpower? Let's pause for a reality check

There's this emerging notion of Canada as an impending superpower in mining the critical minerals that will run defining technologies of this century, from electric vehicles to smartphones and solar panels.
It was a recurring theme of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's recent Washington visit.
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Rogers rejects criticism from competitors on Shaw deal, offers some concessions

Rogers Communications Inc. used the last day of CRTC hearings reviewing its proposed takeover of Shaw Communications Inc. to reject the criticism of its main rivals, while offering some concessions to independent producers and distributors.
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French fishermen block ports in spat with U.K.

CALAIS, FRANCE -- French fishing crews blocked French ports and ferry traffic across the English Channel on Friday to disrupt the flow of goods to the U.K., in a dispute over post-Brexit fishing licences.
It's the latest tension point between the neighboring countries, who are also trading blame for not doing enough to prevent the deaths of at least 27 migrants whose boat sank Wednesday off Calais, in the choppy waters of the world's busiest shipping route.
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Peloton sues Lululemon in dispute over new apparel line

Peloton Interactive Inc , the exercise bike company, has sued Lululemon Athletica Inc after the athletic apparel maker threatened its own lawsuit over Peloton's new apparel line.
The lawsuit was filed in Manhattan federal court on Wednesday night, 2-1/2 months after Peloton launched its apparel brand following the end of its five-year co-branding relationship with Lululemon, a break Peloton called amicable.
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French fishermen temporarily block ports in spat with U.K.

CALAIS, FRANCE -- French fishing crews temporarily blocked French ports and ferry traffic across the English Channel on Friday to disrupt the flow of goods to the United Kingdom, a symbolic riposte in a dispute over post-Brexit fishing licences.
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