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  • Biden to urge G-7 leaders to call out, compete with China

    CARBIS BAY, England (AP) — The United States plans to push democratic allies on Saturday to publicly call out China for forced labor practices as the Group of Seven leaders gather at a summit where they will also unveil an infrastructure plan meant to compete with Beijing’s efforts in the developing world.
  • G-7 pledge to share, but jostle for ground in the sandbox

    CARBIS BAY, England (AP) — Group of Seven leaders brought pledges to share vaccine doses and make a fairer global economy Friday to a seaside summit in England, where British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the coronavirus pandemic should not be allowed to leave a “lasting scar” on the world.
  • Masks off, Poles cheer reopening of bars and restaurants

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poles pulled off their masks, hugged their friends and made toasts to their regained freedom as restaurants, bars and pubs reopened for the first time in seven months and the government dropped a requirement for people to cover their faces outdoors.
  • Chilly weather doesn't dampen UK joy at lockdown easing

    LONDON - People across Britain flocked to shed shaggy locks and browse for clothes, books and other “non-essential” items as shops, gyms, hairdressers, restaurant patios and beer gardens reopened Monday after months of lockdown.
  • Top doc says rural COVID-19 rising, but Kenney says cities focus of any new rules

    EDMONTON - Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says tougher health restrictions likely to be aimed at Calgary and Edmonton are coming if current public-health orders don’t bend the curve down on COVID-19.
  • Weak 0.3% US October sales gain spreads some holiday unease

    NEW YORK - Retail sales in the U.S. grew a sluggish 0.3% in October, even as retailers offered early holiday discounts online and in stores.
  • Now playing at the mall parking lot: movies, drag shows

    NEW YORK - Angel Dougherty went to the mall last month — not to shop, but to watch a drive-in drag show in the parking lot.
  • NYC cleared to reopen zoos, play ball; museums stay shut

    New York City was cleared Friday to take the next step in its reopening next week, allowing movie and TV crews to film, zoos to welcome reduced crowds, professional sports teams to play to empty seats. Visitors are set to return to the island that houses the Statue of Liberty — but not the statue itself.
  • U.S. tobacco supplier acquires majority stakes in PEI, Ontario pot companies

    CHARLOTTETOWN - A U.S. tobacco leaf merchant has acquired majority stakes in a PEI licensed medical marijuana producer and a cannabis company that is developing indoor growing operations in Ontario.
  • Arctic farming: Town defies icy conditions with hydroponics

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The landscape is virtually treeless around a coastal hub town above Alaska's Arctic Circle, where even summer temperatures are too cold for boreal roots to take hold.

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