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Coronavirus: What's happening in Canada and around the world on Wednesday

Hospitals in New Brunswick are feeling the strain of the Omicron wave, with four hospitals at or near capacity.

Canada's Auger-Aliassime is out of the Australian Open

Montreal's Felix Auger-Aliassime is out of the Australia Open after losing his quarter-final to Daniil Medvedev on Wednesday.

Meet Methuselah, the oldest living aquarium fish

Meet Methuselah, the fish that likes to eat fresh figs, get belly rubs and is believed to be the oldest living aquarium fish in the world.

Boris Johnson faces MP questions ahead of 'partygate' report

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is bracing for the conclusions of an investigation into allegations of lockdown-breaching parties, a document that could help him end weeks of scandal and discontent, or bring his time in office to an abrupt close.

Hockey fans look to Olympics as rare chance to see 'underestimated' women's game

When Canada kicks off the women's hockey tournament at the Beijing Olympics on Feb. 2 against Switzerland, many hockey fans say they'll be soaking up the rare chance to watch televised coverage of top-tier women players.

A third of younger Canadians have sought mental-health treatment during COVID-19: survey

A new poll has found that a third of young Canadians have sought treatment for mental health issues during the pandemic.

What to know about the Omicron subvariant BA.2

Scientists and health officials around the world are keeping their eyes on a descendant of the Omicron variant that has been found in at least 40 countries, including the United States.

Russians' plan for live-fire naval drills off Ireland: Can they really do that?

With the announcement that Russia plans to hold a live-fire naval exercise next month off the coast of Ireland, aspects of military maritime law have come under scrutiny. has an expert explain everything you need to know.

A third of students think Holocaust exaggerated or fabricated: study

A third of North American students think the Holocaust was exaggerated or fabricated, according to a new study.

Russia threatens retaliation if Ukraine demands not met

Russia warned Wednesday it would quickly take 'retaliatory measures' if the U.S. and its allies reject its security demands over NATO and Ukraine, raising pressure on the West amid concerns that Moscow is planning to invade its neighbour.

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The Fish That Comes With a Year of Good Luck

A Hawaiian specialty cooked the way a local has been making it for 25 years.

Ukraine Live Updates: Russia Dismisses U.S. Threat to Sanction Putin Personally as Bluster

The war of words between Washington and Moscow escalated as President Biden sought to deter the Russian leader from ordering an invasion of Ukraine.

Vaccination Gap Could Let Another Dangerous Variant Emerge, Experts Say

Omicron may be subsiding in some parts of the world, but more than three billion people have yet to receive a single shot. Here’s the latest pandemic news.

Kurdish-Led Militia Claims to Retake Prison Stormed by ISIS

The Syrian Democratic Forces said they had regained control of a prison in the city of Hasaka days after it was attacked by Islamic State fighters. Here’s the latest.

Federal Reserve Could Offer Hints About Interest Rate Outlook

The central bank is poised to raise rates this year, and officials could signal today how much they’ll go up and how quickly. Follow economic updates.


Kathryn Kates, 'Orange is the New Black' and 'Seinfeld' actress, dead at 73

Actress Kathryn Kates, who appeared in hit TV series including "Orange is the New Black" and "Seinfeld," has died.


Ukraine: US could sanction Putin personally if Russia invades, Biden says

President Joe Biden says he would consider imposing personal sanctions on his Russian counterpart.

Kurdish-led forces say they have retaken Syrian prison seized by IS

All IS militants inside the jail have surrendered after six days of fierce fighting, the SDF says.

Afcon stadium crush: 'The force behind forced us to fall'

An eyewitness caught in the stadium crush that killed eight people at the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon describes the moment things went wrong.

China changes Fight Club film ending so the authorities win

In China, the final scene of the 1999 film says the subversive plot fails and the authorities win.

Viral videos, stoicism and stockpiling on Ukraine’s uneasy borders

With an estimated 100,000 Russian soldiers now on Ukraine's border, what do Ukrainians make of it all?