Our top story: The COVID-19 pandemic has surpassed 10 million verified cases worldwide with simply over 500,000 deaths. While not the bulk of North America's cases, Canada has more than 100,000 confirmed cases and over 8,500 deaths and though the circumstance might be stabilizing, community outbreaks across the nation are signifying its not out of the woods.
The U.S. comprises the bulk of the numbers in The United States and Canada, with more than 2.5 million cases and over 125,000 deaths. Cases are surging in over 30 states, consisting of Florida, and as Jennifer Johnson reports, some experts say the state might end up being the next epicentre for infections.
China is lashing out at Canada over what it calls “loudspeaker diplomacy.” Ottawa is continuing its push for China to end what it calls the arbitrary detention of Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig. The diplomatic standoff is heating up with Kovrig's other half prompting action and 19 prominent Canadians advising for a prisoner swap of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou, however Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has actually declined these calls. Mike Le Couteur looks into where Canada goes from here.
It also sends out a signal of what the administration might look like. Previous vice-president Joe Biden is guaranteeing to put a lady, and possibly a female of colour, on the ticket and if wins the ticket, his vice-presidential choice will be one of the most crucial decisions in U.S. history.
There was frustrating but anticipated news for countless Muslims worldwide today. The federal government of Saudi Arabia has actually prohibited any foreign travel into the country for the annual Hajj expedition. Typically 2 million visitors visit the holy site of Mecca. As Redmond Shannon reports, it's likely simply a couple of hundred Saudis will be able to participate in this centuries-old tradition.
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