Melania Trump wore a veil to the Vatican on Wednesday to meet the pope, but no head covering a few days earlier to meet the king of Saudi Arabia, a religiously conservative country where most women cover themselves up from head to toe. The answer is a complicated mix of personal preference, diplomatic protocol and religious dictates. Stephanie Grisham, a spokeswoman for the first lady, said Mrs. Trump's decision to wear a black lace veil known as a mantilla followed Vatican protocol that women who have an audience with the pope must wear long sleeves, formal black clothing and a veil to cover their head.
A man found not criminally responsible for killing his three children because of a mental disorder is making slow progress but still faces serious anger issues, a psychiatrist says. Dr. Marcel Hediger told a British Columbia Review Board hearing Wednesday that it's unlikely he would recommend Allan Schoenborn be granted supervised outings into the community within the next year, saying he would first need to see a sustained period of at least six months of healthy anger management. "Mr. Schoenborn quite consistently doesn't feel he has a significant anger-management issue," Hediger told the three-person panel.
Convicted murderer Tommy Arthur — called the "Houdini" of death row by some after escaping seven prior execution dates — was scheduled to be put to death Thursday evening in Alabama, as his attorneys filed a flurry of last minute appeals. Arthur, 75, was convicted in the 1982 murder-for-hire slaying of Troy Wicker. Arthur's lawyers made multiple last-ditch appeals, both in and out of court, seeking to halt the execution originally scheduled for 6 p.m. CDT.
Medical student William Sandeson was deeply in debt and under pressure from his parents about his spending in the weeks before he allegedly murdered another student during a drug deal, a Halifax jury heard Wednesday. "It was to allow Mr. Sandeson to go to medical school," Adam Hayden told Nova Scotia Supreme Court. Gilles Marchand, an RCMP forensic analyst who pulled texts off the Dalhousie University student's cellphone, testified that Sandeson's father told him in July that his mother was worried about his spending.
Army tanks packed with soldiers rolled into a southern Philippine city Thursday as gunfire and explosions rang out after militants linked to the Islamic State group torched buildings, seized more than a dozen Catholic hostages and raised the black flag of ISIS. At least 21 people have died in fighting that erupted late Tuesday, when the army raided the Marawi hideout of Isnilon Hapilon, who is on Washington's list of most-wanted terrorists and has a $5 million bounty on his head. The operation went wrong as the militants called in reinforcements and swept through the mostly Muslim city of 200,000 people.
"We're committed to bring stability to this province and we're committed to ensuring the decisions we make in the next few days are those that actually make government work in British Columbia," he told a news conference. Weaver said he's aiming for Wednesday or earlier to broker a working agreement with either the Liberals or the NDP, but he's open to an extension if required.
The recorded lyrics of competitor MC Rico, a rapper from Iraq's second city, filled the studio of Al-Ghad -- Arabic for "tomorrow". The three judges in the Al-Ghad Star contest concentrated hard on the music, nodded their heads and took notes. "This kind of song makes me think Mosul can bounce back," one said.
An elementary school teacher from Regina has been named one of the top strongwomen in North America. Tracey Halladay, 34, placed third in the recent competition to find North America's Strongest Woman, placing behind two American competitors. By day, she teaches third and fourth graders at McDermid Community School in Regina, but at night, she's flipping 600-pound tires and pressing 180-pound axel bars over her head.
India's passenger trains are notorious for being rickety and spartan, but the government is hoping to change all that with a new "luxury" service. The popular image of rail travel in the country of 1.2 billion people is of hundreds of people crammed into carriages, perching on roofs and hanging off the sides. Of course it is a far cry from the luxury train recently unveiled in Japan -- complete with Michelin-starred chefs, solid cypress bathtubs and a cosy snug with roaring fire.
By Salvador Rodriguez SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Infosys Ltd, the India-based computer services giant, on Wednesday touted its new strategy to hire and train 10,000 American workers over the next two years at the company's annual leadership meeting in San Francisco. Infosys is the largest employer of workers under the U.S. H1-B visa program for skilled workers, which has been under fire as the Trump Administration moves to tighten a range of immigration laws. Many large companies hire so-called outsourcing firms such as Infosys to manage their computer operations.
Tony Award-winning actor and musician Leslie Odom Jr., who starred in the Broadway phenomenon "Hamilton," will be among the guest artists at Boston's iconic July Fourth concert and fireworks celebration. The Boston Pops announced Wednesday that Odom, singer-songwriter Andy Grammer and Grammy Award-winning musician Melissa Etheridge will headline the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular this year under the direction of Pops conductor Keith Lockhart. Organizers say a new work from composer Alan Menken, known for his scores in multiple Disney movies, and Tony Award-winning lyricist Jack Feldman will be premiered at the celebration.
Arthritis is typically associated with older adults, but it can affect children too. About 18 months ago, Kayla was hit with an aggressive form of childhood arthritis. It progressed to a point where Kayla couldn't brush her teeth or comb her hair.
As Rumana Monzur was guided to the podium to give a speech to fellow law graduates at the University of British Columbia, a hush fell over the crowd of more than 1,000 people gathered at the Chan Shun Concert Hall. Two years later, she started law studies at UBC. On Wednesday, she graduated from the Peter A. Allard School of Law.
Alex Cuba, Delhi2Dublin and Sam Roberts are just some of the acts that will perform as part of this year's Canada Day celebrations at Canada Place in Vancouver, marking the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation. All events will be free to attend, according to a statement from the Canada Place Corporation. Festivities on July 1 — Canada Day itself — will include five stages and performances from such all-Canadian acts as Sam Roberts, Fefe Dobson, Hey Ocean!, Dragonette and more.
Coffins decked out with board games, gravesites doubling as vegetable patches or children's toy "funeral building bricks" complete with a hearse and crematorium -- just some of the latest trends for dealing with death. More than 3,500 visitors flocked to a recent one-day expo at Amsterdam's historic central Westerkerk church for a peek at new gadgets to help give a loved one a grand, final farewell. Pulling in the crowds were the "funeral" small plastic building blocks for children to create their own hearse that comes with a coffin and a crematorium with imitation flames at the back or a graveyard.
In the midst of China's Cultural Revolution, a 14-year-old coal miner bought a yellowing, torn copy of Honore de Balzac's biography from a book collector on the side of the street. Today Zhou Meisen is a celebrated 61-year-old novelist and screenwriter who has captivated Chinese audiences with "In the Name of the People," the first television drama showing high-level government corruption to air in the country in more than a decade. The drama, which completed its 55-episode run in late April, has been a pop culture sensation, garnering nearly three billion views across China's biggest online video platforms.
By Alexandra Valencia QUITO (Reuters) - Lenin Moreno was sworn in as Ecuador's president on Wednesday following a tight electoral race that the former vice president won on promises of maintaining the social programs of his leftist predecessor, Rafael Correa. Engineer Jorge Glas, a childhood friend of Correa, continues as vice president. Hours after the ceremony, Correa, 54, who served as president for 10 years, was taken to a hospital.
Its been 18 months since Fred Omari was forced to leave his Surrey condo after a massive fire ripped through eight units in the building, while sprinklers flooded more than a dozen more. The residential building has since been redone, and Omari and his wife finally got their long-awaited notice to move back in. Leftover building material was strewn on the balcony and there were noticeable construction deficiencies in the renovation..
The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) voted Wednesday to move ahead with the construction agreement it struck with the developer of a controversial 35-storey tower that will be built overlooking John Fisher Public School. Parents and students protesting outside the school Wednesday morning had hoped the province might step in, saying that the contract will not fully protect students during construction.
A year and a half after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government came to office promising to tighten Canada's gun laws, there are now more than a million restricted and prohibited firearms across the country. The number of restricted firearms in Canada rose 5.5 per cent last year, reaching its highest point in more than a decade, according to the annual report from the RCMP's commissioner of firearms. There are now 839,295 restricted firearms, many of them handguns.
A Winnipeg mail carrier wants to know why a 911 dispatcher repeatedly instructed him to give CPR to an unconscious woman, even after he told the dispatcher that he was concerned she had overdosed. Corey Gallagher, 30, didn't know the woman, but told the CBC he feared she may have been using fentanyl. Gallagher, who has worked for Canada Post for nine years, was delivering mail in the south end of the city Tuesday morning when he came across a woman lying in the lobby of a Manitoba Housing building at Beliveau Road and Eric Street.
"We're eternal optimists," says Paul Fulton, Statoil's country president for Canada. The Norwegian oil giant has been drilling in the area for several years. An estimated 300 to 600 million barrels of oil sit beneath the ocean floor out there.
McKenzie is one of a group of researchers who have identified a species of green crab that is ravaging parts of Newfoundland's south coast. "So what we have is a population that is hybridized, mixed, that is very cold-tolerant," McKenzie said. Conditions in the frigid Newfoundland waters have provided a perfect environment for this newly identified green crab to thrive.
Health officials in the Quebec Cree community of Whapmagoostui say they have contained the spread of rabies in the local dog population, but stress the need for continued vigilance and the importance of caring for animals. Between April 24 and May 5, two dogs were found, one with a confirmed case of rabies, the other with a suspected case. "Getting your dogs vaccinated is really important," said Reggie Tomatuk, program officer with the public health department of the Cree Board of Health and Social Services of James Bay.