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INTERACTIVE | Nine months after the pandemic arrived, births fell sharply: data

Nine months after the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in North America, births in Quebec and B.C. fell far below normal levels, statistics show. If the same pattern holds true nationally, Canada would be about 2,900 births short of a normal December, and 2,300 births short of a normal January. Read more on CTVNews.ca.

Pope, top Iraq Shiite cleric hold historic, symbolic meeting

Pope Francis and Iraq's top Shiite cleric delivered a powerful message of peaceful coexistence Saturday, urging Muslims in the war-weary Arab nation to embrace Iraq's long-beleaguered Christian minority during a historic meeting in the holy city of Najaf.

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