Morning recap: Canada prepares to evacuate personnel from Afghanistan

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Kabul evacuation ready: Canada has special forces on standby to quickly withdraw staff from its embassy in Kabul when the time comes – and that time could be soon, Murray Brewster reports to CBC. While the “new Taliban” have captured Kandahar and Herat, the fear is that Kabul may also fall within three months. The United States is also sending 3,000 troops to Afghanistan to evacuate its personnel.

Red letter day: Mark your calendars and start your engines, reports CBC; the elections will take place on September 20 and are expected to be called on Sunday. The Liberals are leading the polls, even following a majority, if the campaign and the next wave of COVID does not faze them. The campaign should be short: only 36 days. Almost two-thirds of Canadians don’t want an election right now, Mainstreet said, while Abacus Polling says 83 percent of Canadians “wouldn’t be too concerned about calling an early election,” writes Politico.

The NDP released their platform earlier: Some streams are familiar: child care for $ 10 a day, lower telecom costs, and universal drug and dental coverage. The Toronto Star reports that the NDP has broadened its definition of the super-rich for its tax plan. Meanwhile, The Globe and Mail reports that Erin O’Toole is seeking intervenor status in a legal battle over documents relating to the two scientists fired from Canada’s top infectious disease laboratory.

Art McDonald on leave: Canada’s Chief of Defense Staff has been put on leave, according to a new Order in Council, reports The Globe. He had attempted to return to work after a sexual misconduct investigation did not result in any charges against him.

Meng’s defense begins: As part of Meng Wanzhou’s ongoing formal extradition trial, his defense team is expected to begin presenting his case in Vancouver today. The Crown, meanwhile, said there was nothing unusual about sending the executive to the United States for trial. “This is a case of lying to a bank so that banking services continue to function as before,” said a lawyer for the Attorney General of Canada. “It’s not an unusual thing.” CBC reports.

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Third shots for vulnerable Americans: FDA clears COVID booster shot for people with weakened immune systems, such as transplant recipients, because studies suggest they may not have enough immunity after just two injections to fight serious complications of COVID-19.

A victory for the ‘Free Britney’ movement: Britney Spears’ father will step down from the controversial guardianship that controlled the pop star’s life for more than 10 years – but not immediately, although it is not known when. Despite this, his lawyer called it a “major victory”.

Just a little delay: If you live in North Korea, you are only watching the start of the Olympics now. The BBC reports that the Hermit Kingdom’s state television channel first broadcast footage of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics two days after they ended, although it is not clear how the broadcaster obtained them. The country has chosen not to participate in the Games and continues to claim, without evidence, that it has no case of COVID.

Somewhere else: US broadcaster Discovery threatens Poland with legal action over controversial media law. Six died in a shooting in Plymouth, England. French police are being asked to step up security around vaccination sites after several attacks last month. And Airbnb is emerging from its pandemic slump with second-quarter sales up nearly 300%.






What happens when someone bites on your Olympic medal? Turns out you get a new one. In a photoshoot gone awry, a Japanese mayor managed to spark a major political scandal by removing his mask to bite a softball player’s gold medal.

And with that, have a good Friday!

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