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Xinhua world news summary at 0030 GMT, March 22

22 Mar 2023, 10:30 GMT+10

OTTAWA -- The Canadian government announced Tuesday the federal minimum wage will increase from 15.55 Canadian dollars (12.4 U.S. dollars) by 7 percent to 16.65 Canadian dollars per hour on April 1 to keep pace with inflation.

Based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI), which rose 6.8 percent in 2022, the increase will help make life more affordable for the approximately 26,000 Canadian workers who earn less than the current rate, said Employment and Social Development Canada in a news release. (Canada-Wage-Inflation)

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LOS ANGELES -- The U.S. state of California continues to be hit by heavy rain and snow on Tuesday, which led to flooding, power outages and traffic disruptions for residents.

A significant storm would push onto the West Coast on Tuesday with another round of heavy rain, heavy mountain snow, and high winds, according to the U.S. National Weather Service. (U.S.-California-Storm)

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SARAJEVO -- Smajo Zenicanin, a 48-year civilian national of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), has been killed in a landmine explosion in a marked minefield near Doboj, 150 km north of the capital Sarajevo, the state-owned news agency SRNA reported on Tuesday.

Zenicanin became the country's 619th casualty of landmines and explosive devices left over after the Bosnian war that ended in 1995, according to the count of the national Mine Action Center. (Bosnia-Landmine)

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LOS ANGELES -- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has warned of the rapid rise and geographic spread of an emerging fungus called Candida auris (C. auris).

C. auris is considered as an urgent antimicrobial resistance (AR) threat, because it is often resistant to multiple antifungal drugs, spreads easily in healthcare facilities, and can cause severe infections with high death rates, said the CDC in a report published on Monday. (U.S.-CDC-Fungus)

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