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Attack in Egypt outside church kills 7, hurts 3

CAIRO — Gunmen killed at least seven people in a drive-by shooting outside a church in southern Egypt as worshippers left a midnight Mass for Coptic Christmas today, the church bishop, security and hospital officials said.

The attack took place in the early morning hours in the town of Nag Hamadi in Qena province, about 40 miles from the famous ancient ruins of Luxor.

Bishop Kirollos of the Nag Hamadi Diocese, a hospital administrator and a local security official all said seven people were killed in the attack. The security official said three people were seriously wounded as well.

Canada lending doses of flu vaccine to Mexico

OTTAWA — Canada is lending Mexico 5 million doses of the swine flu vaccine.

Federal Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq said in a statement Wednesday that Mexico requested the doses to help bridge that country's immediate pandemic vaccine requirements.

The Public Health Agency of Canada says Mexico placed orders with several manufacturers, but the bulk of Mexico's order will only be available at the end of the month.

The agency says Canada's assistance is not a donation. They say Mexico will replenish Canada's supply by March 31.

Canada's shipments will begin this week.

Canada has a large surplus after buying just over 50 million doses of vaccine in August, when it seemed likely each person would need two doses of vaccine.

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