Pope holds his first ever virtual general audience with Italy on lockdown

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis, holed up in the Vatican by Italy’s coronavirus epidemic, held his first virtual general audience on Wednesday, thanking medical staff but urging the world not to forget the plight of Syrian refugees. Most of Francis’ general audiences are held in St. Peter’s Square and attract tens of thousands of people. But the square was […]

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Michigan primary: Biden cements win in serious blow to Sanders’ democratic campaign

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden decisively won Michigan’s Democratic primary on Tuesday, seizing a key battleground state that helped propel Bernie Sanders’ insurgent candidacy four years ago. The former vice president’s victory there, as well as in Missouri and Mississippi, dealt a serious blow to Sanders and substantially widened Biden’s path to the nomination. The Vermont senator’s hopes rested on […]

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Cellphones harbour lots of bacteria. How to keep it clean during COVID-19

Amid the novel coronavirus outbreak, there’s been a lot of talk about the importance of handwashing and keeping spaces clean — but what about your cellphone? The average person touches their phone more than two hours a day, according to research firm Dscout. As much as we like to use these gadgets to store pictures, send emails and scroll through […]

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China's new coronavirus cases rise on infections from abroad

BEIJING (Reuters) – China reported an uptick in new confirmed cases of coronavirus infections, reversing four straight days of fewer new cases, driven by infected individuals arriving from abroad. Mainland China had 24 new confirmed cases on Tuesday, the National Health Commission said on Wednesday, up from 19 new cases a day earlier. Of the new infections, 10 were imported […]

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Western University survey finds gaps in health care system for trans, non-binary Canadians

A new report from Western University is showing some ‘concerning’ numbers for transgender and non-binary Canadians when it comes to having their health care needs met. The Canada-wide survey included almost 3,000 transgender and non-binary people and was the work of academic and community researchers across the country. The Trans PULSE Canada project is the first national all-ages data on […]

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China ‘harvesting organs from detained Muslims’ to treat coronavirus patients

China is illegally harvesting the organs of Muslims held in detention camps to treat its coronavirus patients, an investigative reporter has sensationally claimed. More than 3m Uyghur Muslims – mostly in the western Chinese province of Xinjiang – are alleged to be held currently in so-called "reeducation camps" run by authorities. Now investigative journalist CJ Werleman has claimed that China […]

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‘Flat hiring’ climate projected for Peterborough in 2nd quarter of 2020: survey

A new survey shows Peterborough-area employers expect a “flat hiring” climate for the second quarter of 2020. According to the latest ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey, 10 per cent of employers plan to hire for the upcoming quarter; three per cent anticipate cutbacks. “The remaining 87 per cent of employers plan to maintain their current staffing levels in the upcoming quarter,” […]

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