Canada and World Full Headlines for August 20

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Published on August 21, 2020 by

On this episode of Global National: New financial aid is coming to Canadians hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, as the federal government unveiled three new benefit programs, revamped Employment Insurance (EI) and extended the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) on Thursday. David Akin explains the changes and what could delay the new benefits.

As for the ongoing WE Charity affair, the thousands of pages of documents the feds released about the WE Charity deal also reveal who had serious concerns about it. Abigail Bimman explains.

Turning to U.S. politics: Joe Biden is set to accept the Democrats’ nomination for U.S. president Thursday night. Jackson Proskow explains what Biden’s speech is expected to focus on and how President Donald Trump is trying to provide a counter-campaign to the Democratic National Convention (DNC).

And Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny is now in a coma fighting for his life. But what made him ill? As Redmond Shannon reports, the politician is the latest critic of President Vladimir Putin to have suffered a similar fate.

Dozens of wildfires are raging across British Columbia, with the Christie Mountain wildfire growing to 2,000 hectares. Aaron McArthur reports from Kaleden, B.C. , and explains what could hamper firefighting efforts.

Plus, the international community is condemning Tuesday’s coup in Mali, after armed soldiers forced the country’s democratically-elected president to resign. As Eric Sorensen reports, the military mutineers say they want stability, not power.

Thousands of desperate migrants try to cross the English Channel, hoping for a fresh start in Europe. Not everyone survives that dangerous journey, though. Crystal Goomansingh spoke with one man who took that risk, in hopes of a better life.

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