North Korea and China have reopened freight train traffic, Seoul says

SEOUL —  North Korea and China resumed freight train service Monday following a five-month hiatus, South Korean officials said, as North Korea struggles to revive an economy battered by the pandemic, U.N. sanctions and other factors. The reopening came after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un last...

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More than 170K Ontario patients lost family doctors in first 6 months of pandemic, study finds

More than 170,000 patients in Ontario lost their family doctors in the first six months of the COVID-19 pandemic, a new study has found. The study, led by Unity Health Toronto and non-profit research institute ICES, found the number of family physicians who stopped working doubled...

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U.S., European Union question Serbia’s EU commitment after Russia deal

BELGRADE, Serbia —  The European Union and the U.S. on Monday questioned Serbia’s proclaimed commitment to join Europe’s 27-nation bloc after Belgrade signed an agreement with Moscow pledging long-term “consultations” on foreign policy matters amid Russia’s war in Ukraine. Serbia’s officials signed the deal last week in...

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Canadian troops, navy vessel bring help to areas hit hardest by Fiona

TORONTO —  Canada’s defense minister said Monday that 100 soldiers have been deployed to each of three Atlantic provinces hit by former Hurricane Fiona and a navy vessel will visit the most devastated area of Newfoundland, where 76 homes were destroyed or structurally damaged. Defense Minister Anita...

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Cuba approves same-sex marriage in unusual referendum

HAVANA —  Cubans have approved a sweeping “family law” code that would allow same-sex couples to marry and adopt as well as redefining rights for children and grandparents, officials said Monday, though opposition in the national referendum was unusually strong on the Communist Party-governed island. The measure...

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