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US unemployment claims slip to still-high 787,000

US unemployment claims slip to still-high 787,000

WASHINGTON — The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid fell slightly last week to 787,000, a historically high number that points to a weak job market held back by the viral pandemic.
Planning your 2021 budget a chance to reassess your spending and make changes

Planning your 2021 budget a chance to reassess your spending and make changes

OTTAWA — The pandemic put household budgets to the test in 2020. For millions it meant the loss of a job or a reduction in hours, while for others it meant unexpected expenses as they made the shift to working from home.
US trade deficit jumps to $68.1 billion in November

US trade deficit jumps to $68.1 billion in November

WASHINGTON — The U.S. trade deficit jumped to $68.1 billion in November as a surge in imports overwhelmed a smaller increase in exports.
Asia Today: Virus restrictions heightened in China province

Asia Today: Virus restrictions heightened in China province

BEIJING — Lockdown measures were being imposed in a northern Chinese province where coronavirus cases more than doubled in the region near Beijing that's due to host some events in next year's Winter Olympics.
Japan declares emergency for Tokyo area as cases spike

Japan declares emergency for Tokyo area as cases spike

TOKYO — Japan declared a state of emergency in Tokyo and three nearby areas on Thursday as coronavirus cases continue to surge, hitting a daily record of 2,447 in the capital.
Twitter, Facebook muzzle Trump amid Capitol violence

Twitter, Facebook muzzle Trump amid Capitol violence

In an unprecedented step, Facebook and Twitter suspended President Donald Trump from posting to their platforms Wednesday following the storming of the U.S. Capitol by his supporters.
Asian shares track Wall St rally on hopes for stimulus

Asian shares track Wall St rally on hopes for stimulus

Shares rose in Asia on Thursday after Wall Street rallied on expectations of more stimulus for the economy, despite chaotic scenes in Washington as Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol.
Bell executives depart company after Wade Oosterman steps in as president

Bell executives depart company after Wade Oosterman steps in as president

TORONTO — Just two days after Wade Oosterman took over as Bell Media's president, the telecommunications company appears to have shaken up its upper ranks.
Justice Department, federal court system hit by Russian hack

Justice Department, federal court system hit by Russian hack

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department and the federal court system disclosed on Wednesday that they were among the dozens of U.S. government agencies and private businesses compromised by a massive, months-long cyberespionage campaign that U.S.
Travel industry disappointed as Ottawa forges on with COVID-19 testing requirements

Travel industry disappointed as Ottawa forges on with COVID-19 testing requirements

CALGARY — Canada's travel industry is reacting with disappointment after hopes for a last-minute extension to new COVID-19 testing requirements for international travellers were dashed on Wednesday.
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