• Philippines takes 'appropriate action' over Chinese bombers in disputed South China Sea
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    By Manuel Mogato MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines expressed "serious concerns" over the presence of China's strategic bombers in the disputed South China Sea and its foreign ministry has taken "appropriate diplomatic action", the spokesman of President Rodrigo Duterte said on Monday. China's air force said bombers such as the H-6K had landed and taken off from islands and reefs in the South China Sea as part of training exercises last week, drawing angry reactions from opposition lawmakers in Manila. The Philippines could not independently verify the presence of Chinese bombers in the South China Sea, said presidential spokesman Harry Roque.

  • Ontario Liberals target 'fiscal mistakes' made by NDP as campaign heats up
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    Ontario Liberals target 'fiscal mistakes' made by NDP as campaign heats up

    NDP Leader Andrea Horwath responded to calls from the Liberals to adjust their platform on Monday, saying that the party will stick with their platform even though it'll cost $1.4 billion more per year than originally expected. Liberal Leader Kathleen Wynne said Horwath has a responsibility to correct the error — in which the NDP counted a $700-million reserve fund as revenue rather than as an expense — as soon as possible. "We've fixed the problem that was identified," said Horwath, speaking to reporters after a campaign event in Brampton, Ont., that was attended by hundreds of supporters from southern Ontario.

  • Russian 'dirty money' flowing through London damages UK: lawmakers
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    Russian 'dirty money' flowing through London damages UK: lawmakers

    By William James and Andrew MacAskill LONDON (Reuters) - "Dirty" Russian money hidden in British assets and laundered through City of London financial institutions is undermining the government's efforts to take a tougher stance against Moscow's "aggressive foreign policy", UK lawmakers said on Monday. Britain's financial center has been a big beneficiary of the massive flight of Russian cash since the 1991 fall of the Soviet Union. London remains the Western capital of choice for Russian officials and oligarchs who flaunt their wealth across Europe's most luxurious destinations.

  • 'Mum would be proud' of dementia lunches
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    'Mum would be proud' of dementia lunches

    When Hannah Springham's mother got dementia, eating out became "quite a sad experience" as, at times, she no longer knew her daughter. Upon becoming a restaurateur in Norwich, Ms Springham was determined her diners would still have the "best possible time", whether living with the condition or caring for those with it, and so introduced the dementia-friendly lunch service.

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    Surviving the terminal: one former airport dweller's advice to a fellow Syrian stuck in transit

    Hassan Al-Kontar is a 36-year-old Syrian man who has been living in the transit zone of a Malaysian airport for over 75 days. It's a situation Majd Agha, who now lives in New Westminster, B.C., knows all too well. In 2014, Agha was one of six Syrian refugees who became stranded in Phuket airport in Thailand for three months as they tried to reach Europe.

  • U.S. and Canadian regulators open probes into cryptocurrency scams
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    U.S. and Canadian regulators open probes into cryptocurrency scams

    By Pete Schroeder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. and Canadian state securities regulators announced Monday they have launched dozens of investigations into cryptocurrency scams. The North American Securities Administrators Association announced the wide-ranging series of probes on Monday, dubbed "Operation Crypto-Sweep." The investigations, some of which have already concluded, are aimed at unregistered securities offerings and initial coin offerings that promise significant returns without informing investors of the risks. A task force convened by the group of state regulators in April has launched 70 investigations, with 35 already facing completed or pending enforcement actions.

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    Search for missing Vancouver Island father enters day 6

    The search for missing Vancouver Island father Ben Kilmer is now in its sixth day and police are calling the circumstances around his disappearance suspicious. A small amount of blood and his personal items were found in the van, according to RCMP. The 41-year-old electrician from Cobble Hill, B.C., was last spotted on surveillance video at a job site shortly before 11 a.m. Wednesday morning.

  • 'Hard, but therapeutic': Husband of dog walker lost for three days pens book about experience
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    'Hard, but therapeutic': Husband of dog walker lost for three days pens book about experience

    The husband of dog walker who spent a harrowing three days lost in the woods on Coquitlam's Burke Mountain has penned a book about the experience. In November, Annette Poitras and three dogs had set off for a two-hour walk in the woods, but she slipped on a log as they made their way out, injuring her side so seriously she couldn't walk any farther. Search and rescue members said if Poitras had not been rescued that night, she may not have made it off the mountain.

  • First Ebola vaccines given as WHO seeks to beat Congo outbreak
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    First Ebola vaccines given as WHO seeks to beat Congo outbreak

    By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - A vaccination campaign aimed at beating an outbreak of Ebola in Congo began on Monday in the port city of Mbandaka, where four cases of the deadly disease have been confirmed. Use of the VSV-EBOV shot - an experimental vaccine developed by Merck - marks a "paradigm shift" in how to fight Ebola, said the World Health Organization's head of emergency response, and means regions with Ebola outbreaks can in future expect more than just containment of an outbreak with basic public health measures such as isolation and hygiene. "It's the first time in the midst of an outbreak ... that we're using this as a way to stem transmission," WHO's Peter Salama said in a telephone interview.

  • Socially responsible funds dump or rethink Facebook over data privacy
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    Socially responsible funds dump or rethink Facebook over data privacy

    By Ross Kerber BOSTON (Reuters) - Several socially conscious investment firms are selling or rethinking their Facebook Inc holdings, unsatisfied by the company's moves to strengthen personal data protection and online safety after scandals involving the improper sharing of users' information. The retreat from the world's largest social media network is one of the sharpest responses by investors to concerns about Facebook's handling of user data. Cambridge Analytica, a now-defunct political data firm hired by Trump's 2016 election campaign, has been accused of harvesting data for 87 million Facebook users and is under investigation in the United States and Europe.

  • Turn on the tap: TransLink rolls out new payment methods
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    Turn on the tap: TransLink rolls out new payment methods

    Hopping on and off transit in Metro Vancouver will soon become a little easier when it comes to payment. Starting Tuesday, riders will be able to tap their Mastercard, Visa, Apple Pay, Google Pay or Samsung Pay at fare gates and Compass Card readers.

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    Dog killed in bear encounter at Jasper National Park

    Parks Canada is reminding visitors to keep their pets on a leash after a dog was killed by a bear Wednesday in Jasper National Park. "With heavy hearts, Parks Canada can confirm that a dog did not survive an encounter with a bear Wednesday evening," officials wrote in a post on Facebook. The dog escaped through an open window after a car pulled over to look at the bear.

  • Stephen King goes inside mind of new evil in 'The Outsider'
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    Stephen King goes inside mind of new evil in 'The Outsider'

    Detective Ralph Anderson arrests the respected Little League coach of Flint City, Oklahoma, based on a mountain of evidence that he murdered — maybe even ate? Detective Anderson has the full support of the up-for-re-election district attorney and seemingly enough DNA in the perp's van (white and windowless, naturally), all over the crime scene and on the murder weapon.

  • Germany calls on chip and hardware makers to tackle processor flaws
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    Germany calls on chip and hardware makers to tackle processor flaws

    Germany's federal cyber agency called on chip and hardware-makers to address new vulnerabilities discovered in computer central processing units, but said no complete fix was possible at the moment. The BSI agency said its analysis showed the new flaws, dubbed Spectre-Next Generation, resembled the Meltdown and Spectre bugs discovered in January and could allow attackers to access personal data such as passwords and encryption keys. Temporary measures were needed since vulnerable processors and affected computer systems could only be swapped out in the longer-term, the agency said on Friday.

  • Wildfire risks remain extreme throughout much of Saskatchewan
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    Wildfire risks remain extreme throughout much of Saskatchewan

    The long weekend is capping off with a blanket of extreme fire risks for almost all the province. The risk only eases up in the La Ronge, Sask. area and upwards in the east, but there is no such relief in the northwest until up past La Loche, Sask., according to the Canadian Wildland Fire Information System. A fire in Prince Albert National Park has forced staff there to put up a 24-hour evacuation alert on its Sandy Lake and Narrows campsites as a precautionary measure.

  • FCC investigating website flaw that exposed mobile phone locations
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    FCC investigating website flaw that exposed mobile phone locations

    By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission said on Friday it was referring reports that a website flaw could have allowed the location of mobile phone customers to be tracked to its enforcement bureau to investigate. A security researcher said earlier this week that data from LocationSmart, a California-based tech firm, could have been used to track AT&T Inc , Verizon Communications Inc , Sprint Corp and T-Mobile US mobile consumers within a few hundred yards of their location and without their consent. Senator Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, on Friday had urged the FCC to investigate, saying on Twitter that a "hacker could have used this site to know when you were in your house so they would know when to rob it.

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    B.C. drone schools expect surge in enrolment with proposed law changes

    Drones are a hot market in the province, where everyone from realtors to wedding video companies are looking for people to capture picturesque, sweeping aerial shots. The rules will also require commercial users to take knowledge tests with the agency in order to receive permits, which would allow them do things like fly over crowds of people and near buildings—​both of which are currently illegal in Canada without site-specific permission.

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    Italy's 5-Star meets steel unions on Ilva plant it eventually wants shut

    A prominent 5-Star Movement lawmaker met unions at Italy's Ilva steel plant on Monday, saying afterward he had made headway toward a solution for the factory - due to be bought by ArcelorMittal with several thousand job losses - which his party wants eventually to close. "We held an informal dialogue with Ilva's unions to come up with a shared path toward long-term solutions for what has become an economic, environmental and health disaster," Fioramonti said on Twitter. Lorenzo Fioramonti was 5-Star's proposed Industry Minister before the March 4 vote, which ended in a hung parliament.

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    Anglers cast their lines for silver bass along Windsor's riverfront

    Victoria Day weekend brings out anglers from as far away as Toronto to try their luck at catching silver bass along the Detroit River. Every Victoria day since Romeo Mercado can remember, he and his friends made their way down from Scarborough to fish. The Moore's had the day off and wanted to spend a little family time fishing.

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    Caraquet's Ichiboshi fish plant lays off approximately 40 employees: union

    About 40 employees of the Ichiboshi fish plant in Caraquet, N.B., have been laid off this weekend, according to the union president. 

  • 5 tips to keep your houseplants alive
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    5 tips to keep your houseplants alive

    "There's just lots of rewards of enjoying and seeing something actually grow," said Alan Preston, co-owner of Hearts and Flowers in Charlottetown. Preston recommends spraying the front and backs of the leaves of your plants every two to three weeks with a product called Safer's Soap — an insecticidal soap — to keep bugs away.

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    B.C. massage therapist suspended for dating patient

    A B.C. massage therapist has been suspended for two months and fined after he dated one of his patients for six months. Christopher Sherman asked the woman on a date while she was lying on the table during a massage, according to an agreed statement of facts posted by the College of Massage Therapists of B.C. The notice said he accepted the woman's Facebook friend request while she was his patient.

  • Million dollar idea: The light bulb
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    Million dollar idea: The light bulb

    What was life like before light bulbs, relying on candles or gas lamps through the long winter evenings. Most people credit American inventor Thomas Edison as the bringer of electric light. In fact, a couple of 19th Century British inventors got there before him. Video Journalist: Jeremy Howell

  • Taiwan exports orders beat forecast as tech sector growth picks up
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    Taiwan exports orders beat forecast as tech sector growth picks up

    By Roger Tung TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan's export orders growth beat forecasts in April, as the island's technology sector recovered from a weak first quarter, with goods such as auto electronics driving growth although communications products remained a soft patch. Orders for the trade-reliant economy rose 9.8 percent to $39.1 billion from the same period a year earlier, data from the Ministry of Economic Affairs showed on Monday. From the previous month, export orders declined 7.7 percent.

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    'This is where it hurts': Campground owners cleaning up after flooding

    Some campground owners in New Brunswick are just starting to be able to clean up after major spring flooding damaged their businesses. "There was nothing we could really do when the flood came, because all there was was water," said Mark Murchison, owner of Crystal Beach Campground in Westfield Beach, N.B. The campround has been in Murchison's family for about six decades.