More cruise ship cases confirmed as death toll continues to rise

• Coronavirus death toll in China rises to 1,113 • Coronavirus illness gets official name from WHO: COVID-19 • People of Asian descent worldwide share examples of coronavirus-related xenophobia on social media • Outspoken Chinese lawyer critical of government missing in Wuhan, family says • American Airlines cancels flights to mainland China and Hong Kong […]

Mainland China virus cases rise again after earlier decline

BEIJING — Mainland China reported another rise in cases of the new virus Monday after a sharp decline the previous day, while the number of deaths grew by 97 to 908, with at least two more outside the country. China’s health ministry said another 3,062 cases had been reported over the previous 24 hours, raising […]

Bougainville independence hopes rise as vote counting begins | Papua New Guinea News

Bougainville will begin counting votes on Tuesday in its independence referendum, officials said, amid expectations that the island once ravaged by conflict will overwhelmingly back independence from Papua New Guinea (PNG). Results are expected to be released on Thursday after the non-binding vote, held from November 23 to December 7, under a 2001 peace pact […]

CIBC and TD see profit drop after rise in loan-loss provisions

Both the Toronto-Dominion Bank and the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce said Thursday that they saw profit slip in the fourth quarter after having to set aside more money for possibly sour loans. TD Bank reported net income of nearly $2.9 billion for the three months ended Oct. 31, down almost four per cent from […]

What a rise in LGBTQ content may mean for awards acclaim

The LGBTQ community has made major strides on TV screens across the United States. Subjects that were once considered taboo even just a few years ago, including two same-sex people embracing on-screen, now dominate small-screen storylines. Behind the scenes, writers, producers and directors who identify as LGBTQ are also taking the reins of series, often […]

Labour pledges £58bn to compensate women hit by pension age rise

Labour has pledged to compensate nearly 4 million women who lost out on thousands of pounds when the state pension age was increased. John McDonnell, the shadow chancellor, said the payments – estimated to total £58bn over five years – would settle a “historical debt of honour”. Individual payouts to women born in the Fifties could […]