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.
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.
Police have charged a woman in southern Alberta with making online threats against the prime minister's wife and the Canadian government. Hal Turnbull said investigators were able to trace the social media account and link it to an address in Lethbridge. "The threats were allegedly made against the Canadian government as well as against the prime minister's wife, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau," he said Tuesday.
The Conservative Party of Canada will try to pick a new leader on May 27 in Toronto and it’s not yet clear who will emerge victorious. There are 13 candidates for the permanent post, which was last held by former prime minister Stephen Harper before outgoing Alberta MP Rona Ambrose stepped to lead the party during the transition to a new leader. All of the candidates claim to have the secret recipe necessary to defeat Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the ruling Liberals, but no real frontrunner has surfaced. From veteran politicians to savvy businessmen, the crowded group of contenders will be narrowed down to one person on Saturday, and that leader will likely change the face of the Conservative party for years to come.
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.
Ontarians will be paying a net $21 billion over the next three decades to get short-term savings under the Liberal government's hydro plan, which is designed to make the province's bottom line look better, two watchdogs said Wednesday. Both the financial accountability officer and the auditor general weighed in on the plan to lower hydro rates, which have roughly doubled over the last decade.
"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.
Clow is on trial for first-degree murder in the death of Lynch on July 24, 2015, in Pleasant Grove, P.E.I. He has pleaded not guilty. RCMP officer Sgt. Kent MacKay questioned Clow for close to two hours at RCMP Kings District headquarters in Montague, P.E.I., on July 25, 2015. In the 84-page transcript MacKay asked Clow what happened in the early hours the day before.
Alberta's child and youth advocate is making an impassioned plea to the government's child-intervention system to do a better job of listening to children the system is helping. In a report released Wednesday, Del Graff says there is a pressing need for the government to develop an approach that concentrates on the children after the suicide death of a 15-year-old First Nations boy in Alberta more than two years ago. Levi's first involvement with child intervention services happened when he was two.
By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - Angry United Nations staff in Geneva protested on Wednesday against a proposed 7.5 percent cut to their salaries, the equivalent of almost a month's pay, and called for strike action if it is implemented. The proposal came from the International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), a group of independent experts, which surveyed the cost of living in eight U.N. locations. It said the salary cut for Geneva-based staff, due to take effect in August, would align them with colleagues in New York, where purchasing power has dropped.
Almost every year, the reports filter down from the highest mountain in the world, and talk among the climbing teams at Everest Base Camp turns to the latest person to die. On Wednesday, authorities said Sherpa rescuers found the bodies of four climbers inside a tent at the highest camp on Everest, a few thousand feet from the summit. "Some years there are more, and some years there are less, but deaths on the mountain are normal," said Jiban Ghimire, who runs a prominent expedition company, Shangrila Nepal Trek.
Of that amount, $1.53 million will be used for renovations at Memorial Hall where the university's psychology research is conducted. "This is a really timely investment from our point of view," said Kujundzic. "The funding ... allows us to offer clinic space which enables us to provide the first pulmonary rehab program in the province," said William Montelpare, the patient-oriented research lead for science.
SwitchWatch is part of Bird Studies Canada, a national NGO for bird conservation. The group organizes bird-watching outings to count the swifts in early spring and get an idea of their population in Canada. The chimney swift is listed as a species at-risk in Canada, and their numbers have "declined by 95 percent since the 1960s," said Kouwenberg.
P.E.I. farm income was up 35 per cent in 2016, continuing a strong run since a peak in 2011. Nationally realized net farm income was up 7.6 per cent, but results varied widely across the country. Quebec had the largest increase, up 66 per cent. Incomes fell in four provinces: Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Saskatchewan and British Columbia.
Evacuation alerts have been cancelled for a wildfire burning out of control near Lumby, B.C. The fire, which was about four hectares in size by Tuesday afternoon, is located near Cooper Road. Lumby Fire Chief Tony Clayton said because of volatile winds last night, evacuation alerts were issued for about 30 homes about two kilometres away, late Tuesday.
Topher Grace says the remote set of the military satire “War Machine” made for an intimate experience with the other actors. The Netflix film, starring Brad Pitt, starts streaming May 26.
Amazon co-founder Jeff Bezos is giving $1 million to the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, the largest-ever gift to the media rights watchdog. The gift from Bezos, who also owns the Washington Post newspaper, was announced at the organization's awards dinner Tuesday. "This generous gift will help us continue to grow, to offer our legal and educational support to many more news organizations, and to expand our services to independent journalists, nonprofit newsrooms and documentary filmmakers," Reporters Committee chairman David Boardman said.
By Kirsti Knolle VIENNA (Reuters) - A 58-year-old former surveying technician from Belgium has taken up his new post as the official hermit of Saalfelden, living in a hut-sized chapel built into a cliff in the mountains of western Austria. Stan Vanuytrecht was one of about 70 candidates from the United States, India, Australia and several other countries who applied for the unpaid position at one of Europe's last hermitages. The 350-year-old Roman Catholic hermitage, in the province of Salzburg, has no power, no running water and no heat.
By Jack Stubbs MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's postal service was hit by Wannacry ransomware last week and some of its computers are still down, three employees in Moscow said, the latest sign of weaknesses that have made the country a major victim of the global extortion campaign. Wannacry compromised the post office's automated queue management system, infecting touch-screen terminals which run on the outdated Windows XP operating system, one of the workers said. Terminals were still blank in some parts of Moscow this week but it was not clear exactly how many branches had been affected.
Shawn Dobson wants the city to stop enforcing school-zone speed limits on holidays. The St. Charles councillor has authored a motion to prevent the ticketing of motorists caught driving above 30 kilometres per hour on weekday holidays from September to June. It doesn't apply during the summer and it shouldn't during the breaks or during holidays," Dobson said Wednesday at city hall, during a break in the monthly council meeting.
Pop star Ariana Grande has flown back to her home in Florida after a suicide attack at her concert in Manchester killed 22 people, reports said Wednesday. Britain's Daily Mail newspaper published photos of a sullen Grande, sporting sweatpants and wearing a backpack, walking down from her jet onto the tarmac as her boyfriend, rapper Mac Miller, waited for her. Celebrity site E! News said Grande had traveled Tuesday from England alongside her mother back to Boca Raton, Florida, where she grew up.
City councillors voted to go ahead with planning work on both the downtown relief line and extending the Yonge line north to Richmond Hill on Wednesday, but not before some councillors warned Toronto is mixing up its transit priorities. Following the 42-1 vote, city and TTC staff will begin planning the relief line, which is set to run east from the downtown core and north under Carlaw Avenue to Pape Station. Staff will also provide a business case for extending the relief line farther north to Don Mills.
Afternoon Mediterranean light pours into an open doorway where Dustin Hoffman sits, grinning. In Noah Baumbach's "The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)," which is competing for the Palme D'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, he plays a mostly forgotten abstract artist whose failed ambitions and self-obsession have instilled deep neuroses into his children (Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Elizabeth Marvel). Hoffman, a two-time Oscar winner, might seem to have little in common with Harold Meyerowitz, but he disagrees.
Here are the top 10 hardcover fiction and non-fiction books in Canada for the week ending May 21 as compiled by Maclean's magazine. The previous week's position is in parentheses.