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A citizen journalist imprisoned for 'provoking trouble' by reporting on COVID in China is released

A citizen journalist imprisoned for 'provoking trouble' by reporting on COVID in China is released

BANGKOK (AP) — Zhang Zhan, a citizen journalist, was released from prison after serving four years for charges related to reporting on the COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan, China, according to a video statement she released Tuesday, eight days after her se
Bike shops boomed early in the pandemic. It’s been a bumpy ride for most ever since

Bike shops boomed early in the pandemic. It’s been a bumpy ride for most ever since

For the nation’s bicycle shops, the past few years have probably felt like the business version of the Tour de France, with numerous twists and turns testing their endurance.
Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell working from home after testing positive for COVID-19

Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell working from home after testing positive for COVID-19

Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell has tested positive for COVID-19 and is experiencing related symptoms. Powell tested positive late Thursday.
Tourism sector rolls out road map to boost visitor numbers to pre-pandemic levels

Tourism sector rolls out road map to boost visitor numbers to pre-pandemic levels

The tourism industry hasrolled out a road map it hopes will bring more visitors to Canada after the bruising it took during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Status of Chinese citizen journalist who reported on COVID unknown on day of expected prison release

Status of Chinese citizen journalist who reported on COVID unknown on day of expected prison release

BANGKOK (AP) — The whereabouts of a Chinese citizen journalist who served four years in prison for reporting on the early days of the pandemic in Wuhan and was expected to be released Monday are unknown, raising concern from activists.
Supreme Court denies California’s appeal for immunity for COVID-19 deaths at San Quentin prison

Supreme Court denies California’s appeal for immunity for COVID-19 deaths at San Quentin prison

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The U.S.
Long-haul carrier Emirates sees $4.7 billion profit in 2023 as airline takes flight after pandemic

Long-haul carrier Emirates sees $4.7 billion profit in 2023 as airline takes flight after pandemic

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The long-haul carrier Emirates announced Monday it saw record profits of $4.7 billion in 2023 as the airline fully took flight after the turbulent years of the coronavirus pandemic disrupted its operations.
No refund for travellers who cancelled flight already scrapped by airline: regulator

No refund for travellers who cancelled flight already scrapped by airline: regulator

Four years on, the controversy over whether airlines owed refunds to passengers after cancelling hundreds of thousands of flights during the pandemic continues to simmer, aggravated by a sluggish, opaque complaints process.
Toronto fire chief who played key role in COVID-19 response announces retirement

Toronto fire chief who played key role in COVID-19 response announces retirement

Toronto Fire Chief Matthew Pegg, who was a key figure in the city's COVID-19 response, has announced his retirement. After 32 years in active service and eight years as chief, Pegg says he will officially step down on Oct. 4.
Countries struggle to draft 'pandemic treaty' to avoid mistakes made during COVID

Countries struggle to draft 'pandemic treaty' to avoid mistakes made during COVID

GENEVA (AP) — After the coronavirus pandemic triggered once-unthinkable lockdowns, upended economies and killed millions , leaders at the World Health Organization and worldwide vowed to do better in the future.