A number of international business leaders and media companies are distancing themselves from Saudi Arabia ahead of an investment summit in the kingdom later this month. The pullback from projects with the Saudi government or attendance at the three-day event that begins Oct. 23 in Riyadh follows the disappearance of a Saudi journalist, Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, who was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, 33, has aggressively pitched the kingdom as a destination for foreign investment, inviting members of the global business elite to the inaugural Future Investment Initiative last year as a way to bolster non-oil revenue.
Syria's main jihadist group signaled on Sunday it would abide by the terms of a Russian-Turkish deal to prevent a Syrian government offensive on rebel-held Idlib the day before a critical deadline. Tahrir al-Sham, a jihadist alliance spearheaded by al Qaeda's former Syrian affiliate previously known as the Nusra Front, said it had adopted its stance after taking time for "consultation". Although it did not explicitly say it would abide by the deal, it said it would seek to provide security for people in the area it controls and that it appreciated efforts to protect that area, an apparent reference to Turkey.
If you hadn't already heard, the second Royal wedding of 2018 occurred on Friday when Princess Eugenie tied the knot with her longtime beau Jack Brooksbank. For the ceremony, she wore a gorgeous ivory dress designed by Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos that was deliberately low-cut in the back to show off scars from surgery Eugenie had as a child to correct scoliosis. The custom silk dress, designed by Zac Posen, was a gorgeous blush colour, nipped at the waist and draped in a way that complemented Eugenie's figure perfectly.
Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is opening a new front in his party's fight against the revamped NAFTA deal, saying he would have done better than Justin Trudeau. The United States is measuring its success in the newly revised North American Free Trade Agreement by what it gained, Scheer tweeted Sunday. Scheer argues his party would not have had to sign the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement because it would have negotiated a more attractive one for Canadians.
Hundreds of Montrealers waited in line for up to two hours to buy vintage transit-related items including station signs, subway seats and bus fare boxes. Phil Carpenter has the story.
Prince Harry and his wife, the Duchess of Sussex, are expecting their first child in the spring, Kensington Palace said Monday. The announcement came hours after Harry and the former Meghan Markle arrived in Sydney at the start of a 16-day visit to Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand. After their arrival in Sydney, the prince and the former American actress held hands and walked out an airport rear entrance and into a car.
China accused the United States on Sunday of going on the offensive by sending U.S. Navy vessels into the South China Sea and described U.S. arms sales to Taiwan as interference in Chinese internal affairs. "It’s not Chinese warships that are going to the coast of California or to the Gulf of Mexico. This is very clear," Ambassador Cui Tiankai told the "Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace" program, apparently referring to a U.S. destroyer sailing near islands claimed by China in the South China Sea on Sept. 30.
For many Montrealers, the sound of coins dropping into a fare box or the sight of an original smurf-blue-and-white subway car brings back memories of past commutes and long hours on the road. Early customers waited in line for up to two hours for a chance to buy transit-related items including station platform signs, subway seats and bus fare boxes at a sale put on by the city's transit society. Twenty-nine-year-old Josh Arless showed up early enough to snag a metal sign from the Laurier subway stop and an old fare box.
One is a member of a rebel group that was once backed by the CIA. "The important thing is we fight the same enemy," said Abu Eliyas, 40, a member of the Turkey-backed Failaq al-Sham group. "At home, we exchange military skills and information, and discuss the Syrian scene." Abu Yousef, 27, belongs to the jihadist Tahrir al-Sham, formerly known as the Nusra Front.
Whitehorse's municipal election candidates were invited this past week to meet with people who have experienced poverty and homelessness, and have some tea together. It's the first time the Yukon Anti-Poverty Coalition has hosted such a forum. This time, three graduates from the coalition's "Voices Influencing Change" program, which teaches people who experienced poverty and homelessness to advocate for themselves, participated in the discussion.
Members of a community group in Ottawa's Sandy Hill neighbourhood say they're disappointed that rowdy parties took over their streets again last month — and they want candidates in the municipal election to explain what they're going to do about it. Police promised to step up enforcement during the annual Panda Game — a football match between the University of Ottawa and Carleton University at Lansdowne Park — which usually leads to large celebrations. "We feel frustrated and disappointed," said Susan Young, president of Action Sandy Hill.
An emergency intercom in the jail unit of a young Halifax man who died of a methadone overdose had been improperly disabled by guards who regarded it as a nuisance, according to a corrections investigation. According to the report, released to The Canadian Press under freedom-of-information legislation, the intercom had been cut some time earlier, in contravention of provincial rules. The investigator quoted the cellmate as saying he shouted to ask other inmates to use the emergency intercom to get the attention of guards.
An early morning fire in a chicken barn in Sheffield Mills, N.S., destroyed the building and killed 30,000 young chickens. "They were fairly young," said Jeffrey Skaling, the deputy fire chief of the Canning volunteer fire department. The 60-metre long, two-storey chicken barn was engulfed in flames when they arrived, said Skaling.
A Canadian group that pushed for change in the country's screen industry amid the #MeToo movement is taking matters into its own hands after seeing a lack of action. Actresses Mia Kirshner and Freya Ravensbergen, two of the co-founders of #AfterMeToo, say the group is building a digital online centre featuring resources for survivors of workplace violence. Formed shortly after the #MeToo movement took off on Oct. 15 of last year amid a flood of sexual misconduct allegations, #AfterMeToo held a symposium and released a report of nine recommendations aimed at stopping workplace sexual violence.
The UNB Reds women's hockey team may not have had the result it hoped for in its first game of the Atlantic University Sport regular season. "There were a lot of nerves running through their systems prior to the game so we kind of had to work out some kinks," she said. The coach said her team improved as the game moved along.
Police say three people died after they were hit by a small plane in central Germany as it attempted to take off from an aborted landing. Police in Hesse state said the victims, two adults and a child, were standing at the edge of an airfield at the Wasserkuppe hill near Fulda, German news agency dpa reported.
An Inupiat community in far northern Alaska is mourning the deaths of two whale hunters who died when their boat capsized while they were towing a bowhead whale home to help feed residents. Pausauraq Jana Harcharek, a relative of one of the hunters, couldn't bring herself to watch. Harcharek said her cousin Ron Ron Kanayurak, a whaling crew member, died last Sunday in the accident.
The disaster, which claimed the life of record-breaking Korean climber Kim Chang-ho, is the worst climbing accident to hit the Himalayan nation in two years. Police official Bir Bahadur Budhamagar said rescuers helped by locals retrieved the bodies of the nine climbers on Sunday from near their basecamp at Mount Gurja, a 7,193 metre-high peak (23,600 feet), located roughly 216 km (135 miles) northwest of Nepal's capital, Kathmandu. The Korean expedition was being led by Chang-ho, who set the record in 2013 for being the fastest to reach the summits of the world's 14 highest mountains without using supplemental oxygen, according to climbing officials.
"Our language is holy, it was given by the creator," Starlight said. Starlight's first language was Tsuut'ina, but when he went to school he was forbidden from speaking it and instead forced to speak English, an indignity he describes as an attempt to eradicate his very identity. Tina Kinnee-Brown, ACAD's Indigenous coordinator, said Starlight's class was in high demand, with all 25 spaces filled within days of the program's announcement and another 40 people on the waitlist.
Toronto mayoral candidate John Tory doesn’t plan to switch his strategy the last week before the election. Says people are responding well to his messages about affordable housing and transit.
I lost my ability to speak, to play the piano, to play the trumpet, lost my fine motor skills and lost the majority of my language — both French, German and English. "I lost my ability to speak, to play the piano, to play the trumpet, lost my fine motor skills and lost the majority of my language — both French, German and English," said Few, who performed with his friend Mark Fewer Sunday afternoon in Regina as part of the Cecilian Chamber Series.
Ecuador has restored partial internet access to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who took refuge in the country's London Embassy more than six years ago, WikiLeaks and an Assange lawyer said separately on Sunday. The move comes nearly six months after the Ecuadorean government suspended Assange's communications in March, after he discussed issues on social media that could damage the country's diplomatic relations, including a diplomatic crisis between London and Moscow as well as Catalonian separatism. "Ecuador rolls back @JulianAssange isolation," WikiLeaks said in a message on Twitter.
A Calgary couple says they are in a power struggle with their condo board over the ability to charge their electric vehicle. Kevin Kruse and Sydney Cooper bought a Chevy Volt — a hybrid that runs on gas or electricity — about two years ago, and said at first they had no problem charging the car by plugging it into the 110-volt outlet at their assigned spot. Kruse says he woke up one morning to find the power had been switched off.
An argument escalated into a backyard shooting at a toddler's birthday party in South Texas, leaving four men dead and a fifth man wounded, authorities said Sunday. The shooting happened at a child's first birthday party Saturday afternoon in Taft, 12 miles (19 kilometres ) north of Corpus Christi, the Texas Department of Public Safety said. Sgt. Nathan Brandley said those involved were distant relatives.
Gerard Dunn has found an unexpected best friend in his local postman who makes daily house calls — sometimes with the help of a supervisor — to deliver an "overwhelming" torrent of fresh cards for him to look through. Since that tweet, Gerard has received thousands of cards from people all over the world, including Europe, Australia, Africa, and the Americas. The tweet even elicited a response from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau who sent Gerard a card wishing him a happy birthday.