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Federal Public Safety Minister Bill Blair says on Twitter the Canadian Armed Forces will support vaccine efforts in 32 communities of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation.

The move comes after a request from the province for assistance in getting vaccines to First Nation communities.

The Canadian military has already helped with vaccines in the community of Nain in Newfoundland and Labrador.

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Sunday

Dutch police detain 240 nationwide as anti-lockdown protests turn violent

Police use a water canon during a protest against restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Amsterdam, Netherlands Jan. 24, 2021. Photo by REUTERS/Eva Plevier

AMSTERDAM — Rioters looted stores, set fires and clashed with police in several Dutch cities on Sunday, resulting in more than 240 arrests, police and Dutch media reported.

The unrest came on the second day of new, tougher coronavirus restrictions, including a night curfew, which had prompted demonstrations.

Police used water cannon, dogs and mounted officers to disperse a protest in central Amsterdam on Sunday afternoon, witnesses said. Nearly 200 people, some of them throwing stones and fireworks, were detained in the city, police said.

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Sunday

Israel bans international flights to curb coronavirus spread

This picture taken on Jan. 24, 2021, shows a view of the empty baggage-claim area at the terminal of Israel’s Ben-Gurion International Airport in Lod, near Tel Aviv. Photo by JACK GUEZ/AFP via Getty Images

JERUSALEM — Israel will ban passenger flights in and out of the country from Monday evening for a week as it seeks to stop the spread of new coronavirus variants.

“Other than rare exceptions, we are closing the sky hermetically to prevent the entry of the virus variants and also to ensure that we progress quickly with our vaccination campaign,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in public remarks at the start of a cabinet meeting.

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Sunday

Egypt begins COVID-19 vaccination drive with frontline medical staff

Journalists who are present for a press conference to be held in a tent set up outside the Abou Khalifa hospital, are shown on a large screen the first Egyptian doctor, Abdelmounim Selem, as he is inoculated against the COVID-19, in Ismailia, about 120 km east the capital Cairo, on Jan. 24, 2021. Photo by KHALED DESOUKI/AFP via Getty Images

CAIRO — Egypt began vaccinating frontline medical staff against COVID-19 on Sunday using the jab developed by China National Pharmaceutical Group (Sinopharm).

The vaccine will be provided free of charge first to all doctors and frontline workers treating coronavirus patients, then to other medical workers, senior citizens and people with chronic illnesses, Health Minister Hala Zayed said.

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