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Russia and Ukraine meet in Turkey for first high-level contact since invasion

Negotiations mediated by Turkey took place today in the first high-level contact between the two sides since Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine. Ukraine’s foreign minister said he discussed a 24-hour ceasefire with Russia, but no progress was made. Al Jazeera has more.

Poilievre is early favourite to lead Conservatives

A new poll suggests that 41 per cent of Conservative voters believe Pierre Poilievre would make the best leader of the Conservative Party of Canada. The National Post has the full story.

Lifting mask mandate on March 21 a bad idea, doctor says

The medical officer of health for the Eastern Ontario Health Unit says March 21 is too soon to lift the provincial rule requiring people to mask up in many public places. CBC has more.

Soaring gas prices hurting groups that help vulnerable

High gas prices in Ottawa and across the country are hurting organizations that depend on driving to deliver services for the city’s most vulnerable, CTV reports.

Saudi oil company closes in on Apple as world’s most valuable firm 

Oil giant Saudi Aramco is narrowing the gap with Apple Inc. for the title of the world’s most valuable company. Benefiting from oil prices hitting a 14 year high, Aramco shares have jumped 15 per cent in less than three weeks. Read more at the Financial Post.