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How the U.S. saw 200,000 people die from COVID-19 in 8 months | CBC News

How the U.S. saw 200,000 people die from COVID-19 in 8 months | CBC News

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The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus topped 200,000 Tuesday, a figure unimaginable eight months ago when the scourge first reached the world's richest nation with its sparkling laboratories, top-flight scientists and stockpiles of medicines and emergency supplies. "It is completely unfathomable that we've reached this point," said Jennifer Nuzzo, a Johns Hopkins University public health researcher.The bleak milestone, by far the highest confirmed death toll from the virus in the world, was reported by Johns Hopkins, based on figures supplied by state health authorities. But the real toll is thought to be much higher, in part because many COVID-19 deaths were probably ascribed to other causes, especially early on, before widespread testing. The toll is still climbing at a considera...
Mitt Romney’s support strengthens Republican bid to move quickly on U.S. Supreme Court nominee | CBC News

Mitt Romney’s support strengthens Republican bid to move quickly on U.S. Supreme Court nominee | CBC News

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Utah Republican Sen. Mitt Romney said Tuesday he supports voting to fill the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's seat on the Supreme Court, all but ensuring President Donald Trump has the backing needed to push the nomination over Democratic objections that it's too close to the November election. Romney issued a statement saying he would support moving forward."If the nominee reaches the Senate floor, I intend to vote based upon their qualifications," Romney said. The Senate's judiciary chair who will shepherd the nomination through the chamber said Republicans have the votes they need for confirmation — even though no nominee has been announced. "The nominee is going to be supported by every Republican in the judiciary committee," chair Lindsey Graham told Fox News late Monday. "We'
Russia says world’s largest nuclear icebreaker embarking on Arctic voyage | CBC News

Russia says world’s largest nuclear icebreaker embarking on Arctic voyage | CBC News

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A nuclear-powered icebreaker that Russia says is the world's largest and most powerful set off on Tuesday on a two-week journey to the Arctic as part of Moscow's efforts to tap the region's commercial potential. Known as "Arktika," the nuclear icebreaker left St. Petersburg and headed for the Arctic port of Murmansk, a journey that marks its entry into Russia's icebreaker fleet.Russian state firm Rosatomflot has called the vessel the world's largest and most powerful icebreaker. It is more than 173 metres long, designed for a crew of 53, and can break ice almost three-metres thick. The ship is seen as crucial to Moscow's efforts to develop the Northern Sea Route, which runs from Murmansk to the Bering Strait near Alaska. A mini Suez Canal Amid warmer climate cycles, Russia hopes the
World leaders, including Trump and Putin, take the stage virtually at UN meeting | CBC News

World leaders, including Trump and Putin, take the stage virtually at UN meeting | CBC News

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The United Nation's first virtual meeting of world leaders started Tuesday with pre-recorded speeches from some of the planet's biggest powers, kept at home by the coronavirus pandemic that will likely be a dominant theme at their video gathering this year. Among those speaking Tuesday are U.S. President Donald Trump and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, whose countries have reported the highest and second-highest coronavirus death tolls, respectively. Also, President Xi Jinping of China, where the virus originated, and President Vladimir Putin of Russia, which has raised international eyebrows with its rapid vaccine development.After Monday's introductory session marking the UN's 75th anniversary, the meeting's central event — speeches from each of its 193 member nations — start Tue
Woman arrested in White House ricin case will make first court appearance today | CBC News

Woman arrested in White House ricin case will make first court appearance today | CBC News

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The woman suspected of sending ricin-laced envelopes to the White House and several officials in Texas from Canada is set to make her first court appearance later this afternoon. Pascale Ferrier, identified in U.S. court records provided to CBC News, was arrested over the weekend at the Peace Bridge border crossing between Fort Erie, Ont., and New York state.The RCMP, which has been assisting the FBI in its investigation, said they believe the White House letter originated in Canada. As part of its investigation, Mounties, including a team of officers with expertise in handling chemicals and explosives, searched a condominium in Saint-Hubert on Montreal's South Shore on Monday. Cpl. Charles Poirier, spokesperson for the Quebec division of the RCMP, told reporters there is a link be
Beta drenches eastern Texas, 9th storm to make landfall in U.S. this season | CBC News

Beta drenches eastern Texas, 9th storm to make landfall in U.S. this season | CBC News

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Tropical storm Beta stalled out Tuesday along the Texas coast, flooding streets in Houston and Galveston hours after making landfall amid an unusually busy hurricane season. The storm made landfall late Monday just north of Port O'Connor, Texas, and has the distinction of being the first time a storm named for a Greek letter made landfall in the continental United States. Forecasters ran out of traditional storm names last week, forcing the use of the Greek alphabet for only the second time since the 1950s.Early on Tuesday, Beta was 15 kilometres east-southeast of Victoria, Texas, with maximum winds of 64 km/h, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. The storm was moving toward the northwest at 6 km/h and is expected to stall inland over Texas through Wednesday. "We currently have bo
U.K. PM Boris Johnson reimposes restrictions as COVID cases surge | CBC News

U.K. PM Boris Johnson reimposes restrictions as COVID cases surge | CBC News

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U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson slammed the brakes Tuesday on the country's return to offices and a normal social life, saying the nation was at a "perilous turning point" in its fight against coronavirus. Saying that the U.K. had to act now or face a huge second wave of the disease, Johnson announced a package of new restrictions, including requiring pubs, restaurants and other entertainment venues in England to close down between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. local time, and urging people to work from home where possible."This is the moment when we must act," he said, warning that the measures might have to remain in place for six months. People will have to wear face masks in taxis as well as on public transport. The size of gatherings is being curtailed, with weddings limited to 15 people ...
2,500-year-old sarcophagi unearthed at Egypt’s oldest pyramids | CBC News

2,500-year-old sarcophagi unearthed at Egypt’s oldest pyramids | CBC News

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Archaeologists in Egypt have discovered 27 coffins at the ancient necropolis of Saqqara, a burial ground that is also home to one of the world's oldest pyramids, the ministry of tourism and antiquities said. The wooden sarcophagi are ornately painted and covered in hieroglyphs, and were found stacked in two burial shafts, the ministry said in a statement.They have not yet been opened, the ministry said. Saqqara is a UNESCO world heritage site. Mostafa al-Waziri, secretary-general of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities looks at one of the 2,500-year-old coffins discovered in a burial shaft in the desert near Saqqara necropolis in Egypt. (The Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities via REUTERS) In March, Egypt reopened at the Saqqara site the Djoser's Step Pyramid, the first pyramid ever ...
California wildfire threatens more than 1,000 homes | CBC News

California wildfire threatens more than 1,000 homes | CBC News

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A wildfire scorching its way through brush and timber from the mountains to the desert northeast of Los Angeles threatened more than 1,000 homes on Tuesday as crews across the West battled dozens of other major blazes. The Bobcat Fire was advancing at a mile or two an hour at times and continued to threaten the Mojave Desert town of Pearblossom after burning into the Antelope Valley foothill area, on the other side of the San Gabriel Mountains from Los Angeles.The blaze that began Sept. 6 destroyed or damaged at least 29 homes and other buildings, including some in the Juniper Hills area, with the toll rising to perhaps 85 when damage assessment teams can complete their work this week, authorities said. Firefighters also battled flareups near Mount Wilson, which overlooks greater Los ...
Ren Zhiqiang, who criticized China’s Xi Jinping, jailed for 18 years | CBC News

Ren Zhiqiang, who criticized China’s Xi Jinping, jailed for 18 years | CBC News

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The former chairman of a state-owned real estate company who publicly criticized President Xi Jinping's handling of the coronavirus pandemic was sentenced to 18 years in prison on Tuesday on corruption charges, a court announced. Ren Zhiqiang, who became known for speaking up about censorship and other sensitive topics, disappeared from public view in March after publishing an essay online that accused Xi of mishandling the outbreak that began in December in the central city of Wuhan.Xi, party leader since 2012, has suppressed criticism, tightened censorship and cracked down on unofficial organizations. Dozens of journalists, labour and human rights activists and others have been imprisoned. Ren, 69, was convicted of corruption, bribery, embezzlement of public funds and abuse of power...