Pettersson, Hughes among 7 Vancouver Canucks players extended qualifying offers

Vancouver Canucks' Elias Pettersson (40), of Sweden, reaches for the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Friday, Feb. 19, 2021. (Darryl Dyck  / THE CANADIAN PRESS) Vancouver Canucks' Elias Pettersson (40), of Sweden, reaches for the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Friday, Feb. 19, 2021. (Darryl Dyck / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

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Two Canadians in prisoner swap freed for health reasons: China

Two Canadians detained in late 2018 who were allowed to return to Canada in a prisoner swap were released on bail for health reasons, China's Foreign Ministry said Monday. A ministry spokesperson made the comment as Beijing sought to downplay the connection between their release and the return to China of a long-detained executive of Huawei Technologies.

Social Democrats narrowly beat Merkel's bloc in German vote

Germany's centre-left Social Democrats won the biggest share of the vote in a national election Sunday, narrowly beating outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel's centre-right Union bloc in a closely fought race that will determine who succeeds the long-time leader at the helm of Europe's biggest economy.