Global National Full Headlines for August 10

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Published on August 11, 2021 by

It has now been nearly one thousand days since Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor were put behind bars in China. A court in the city of Dandong is set to deliver a verdict in the Spavor case. He and Kovrig were detained on the same day in 2018, accused of violating national security laws. Their cases are widely seen as retaliation for Canada’s arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou at the request of the U.S. China is also accused of using Canadian Robert Schellenberg as a pawn in the Meng case. He had been facing 15 years in prison on drug charges. But after Meng’s arrest he was re-tried and sentenced to death. Yesterday a Chinese court upheld his death sentence. Jeff Semple has more.

Afghans trying to flee the Taliban through a special Canadian immigration program have been left behind at Kabul airport after learning they need valid passports to exit the country, according to a group helping them. Ross Lord reports on the growing anxiety as the Taliban gains ground.

After more than five years as premier of Manitoba, Brian Pallister said he won’t seek re-election. Global’s Marney Blunt has more from Winnipeg.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo resigned over a barrage of sexual harassment allegations Tuesday in a fall from grace a year after he was widely hailed nationally for his detailed daily briefings and leadership during the darkest days of COVID-19. Jackson Proskow reports on the governor’s tarnished legacy and how he handled his exit.

In a move to better secure the future of mRNA technology in Canada, Ottawa has signed on with COVID-19 shot maker, Moderna. The announcement of a domestic production plant comes as the pandemic highlighted a major gap in our country’s biotechnology sector. Global News Health reporter, Jamie Mauracher, has more.

The Quirk Creek gas plant near Calgary, Alta., could soon be home to thousands of computers mining for Bitcoin, after a U.S. company proposed to set up the computers there from China. But as Heather Yourex-West explains, the plan comes with a hefty environmental price.

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