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Global Markets: Gunfire at Kabul airport as evacuation continues

By MarketsFarm

WINNIPEG, Aug. 23 (MarketsFarm) – The following is a glance at the news moving markets in Canada and globally.

– Gunfire broke out at the Kabul airport on Monday, leaving at least one person dead, as evacuation efforts continue in Afghanistan. Dozens of others have died in the turmoil at the airport in recent days as thousands of people try to escape the country before the United States completes its withdrawal at the end of the month. While the U.S. has not ruled out extending the deadline, the Taliban have warned of ‘consequences’ if foreign troops delay their withdrawal.

– A study in Israel of people 60 years of age or older has shown that a third booster shot of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine provides significantly improved protection against infection and serious illness. Israel started administering third doses at the end of July. The U.S. also plans to offer booster shots. A number of Canadian provinces also intend to offer boosters. Meanwhile, the World Health Organization has called for a two-month moratorium on booster shots in order to help reduce global inequality in vaccine distribution.

– A tweet from Liberal Chrystia Freeland has been slapped with a warning later of ‘manipulated media’ by Twitter. Freeland’s tweets, which were posted in both English and French, contain edited video of Conservative leader Erin O’Toole answering a question about privatized health care. A Conservative tweet was removed from Twitter last week over complaints of copyright infringement.

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