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.
An inmate once called the "Houdini" of Alabama's death row for escaping seven past execution dates through legal challenges was put to death early Friday for a 1982 murder-for-hire shooting. Tommy Arthur, 75, was pronounced dead at 12:15 a.m. CDT Friday following a lethal injection administered at a southwest Alabama prison, authorities said. Arthur was convicted of killing riverboat engineer Troy Wicker, who was fatally shot as he slept in his bed in the north Alabama city of Muscle Shoals.
"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.
Monstrous cyclones are churning over Jupiter's poles, until now a largely unexplored region that is more turbulent than scientists expected. NASA's Juno spacecraft spotted the chaotic weather at the top and bottom of Jupiter once it began skimming the cloud tops last year, surprising researchers who assumed the giant gas planet would be relatively boring and uniform down low. It's very different, very complex," Juno's chief scientist Scott Bolton of the Southwest Research Institute said Thursday.
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.
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.
A few months ago the future of senior football on P.E.I. was third and long. Now, with a fresh coaching staff, new players and a new name the team is ready to tackle a new season in the Maritime Football League. "This is P.E.I.'s provincial team," said quarterback Dave Clark.
Researchers in Toronto have received a $2.6 million grant to bolster Indigenous maternal and child health programs in an effort to close the gaps in health care that exist between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal families. The project, which officially launches Thursday, is called "Kind Faces Sharing Places: An Action Research Project for Indigenous Families During and After Pregnancy and Birth." It aims to bring better health care to First Nations populations, some of which have infant mortality rates up to four times the national average. Smylie is the director of the Well Living House at St. Michael's Hospital, a research centre for Indigenous infants, children and families.
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.
By Sijia Jiang HONG KONG (Reuters) - China's Lenovo Group Ltd , the world's largest personal computer (PC) maker, reported a return to profit on Thursday but said rising component prices could pressure its bottom line this year as supply shortages extend to batteries. The news sent Lenovo shares up as much as 6 percent in Hong Kong trade. The result comes as Lenovo navigates a PC market that has shrunk markedly since the advent of tablet computers.
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.
When the fire started at the Miscou Fish Product plant early Thursday morning, Miscou wharf master Richard Lareguy jumped into the first truck he found outside the building, hoping to at least save some crab — to no avail. Employees who were in the fish plant when the fire started got out safely, but the building was engulfed in flames by the time firefighters arrived.
St. Stephen is looking for development proposals for two key blocks of land downtown. The border municipality purchased the properties over the past few years to assemble into blocks of adjacent lots in hopes of spurring commercial and residential development. "We do have specific ideas in mind and we've been reaching out to some developers and saying, 'Here's what we have to offer, here's what we'd like to see developed,'" said Derek O'Brien, the town's chief administrative officer.
Business owners along a stretch of Notre-Dame Street West in Montreal's Saint-Henri neighbourhood are worried a prolonged general strike by construction workers could make an already bad situation worse. Major construction projects across Quebec are now on hold indefinitely after unions representing 175,000 construction workers in Quebec launched a general unlimited strike Wednesday. "We're talking really about the systemic destruction of small businesses and those are people's dreams, those are people's livelihoods," said Abisara Machold, owner of the hair salon Inhairitance.
Windsor police are working with the province's chiefs of police to allow officers to carry naloxone kits, life-saving antidotes used to counteract overdoses of the opioid fentanyl. Three Winnipeg officers were forced to self-administer naloxone Monday after a possible exposure to fentanyl. Windsor police deputy chief Vince Power describes the Winnipeg incident as an example of the increasing need for a best practices protocol.
The province is currently working with local principals to decide staffing needs around the Island. Southern Kings Consolidated will lose almost two and a half positions by this fall, according to Ashley Higginbotham, co-president of the home and school association. "Unfortunately when you get into the more rural schools, you still have to have a certain amount of teachers to address the curriculum and all of the other items that need to be done in an average school day," said Higginbotham.
Representatives of the P.E.I. Department of Transportation delivered a presentation at Stratford Town Centre on Wednesday concerning the construction of a roundabout along the Trans-Canada Highway. The proposal is for a roundabout at the Georgetown and Mason road intersections with the highway. About 70 people were at the meeting to listen to details of the proposal, and voice concerns over how the changes will affect them.
Philippe St-Pierre was setting out on an annual hunting trip with four friends in a remote part of Quebec's Côte-Nord region in September 2016. St-Pierre, who had been flying for more than 15 years, attempted to steer it back on to the nearby lake, but the plane didn't have time to gain enough altitude or speed. St-Pierre, speaking in French, described what happened next.
By Cate Cadell SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Google's artificial intelligence program, AlphaGo, beat Chinese Go master Ke Jie for a second time on Thursday, taking an unassailable 2-0 lead in a best of three series meant to test the limits of computers in taking on humans at complex tasks. It is popular in Asian countries and most top-ranked players hail from China, Japan and South Korea. Ke, the 19-year-old world no. 1, was visibly frustrated, tugging his hair and laying his head on the table during the final moments of the second match against AlphaGo on Thursday.
Thailand's telecoms regulator said on Thursday anyone wanting to use or buy a pre-paid SIM card for a mobile phone in the deep south will have to have their fingerprints verified and face scanned to stop insurgents from using them to trigger bombs. A decades-old separatist insurgency in the largely ethnic Malay Muslim provinces of Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat has killed more than 6,500 people since 2004, according to independent monitoring group Deep South Watch. The latest bomb, outside a supermarket in Pattani town, wounded 60 people this month.
There's a glimmer of hope for America's ailing honeybees as winter losses were the lowest in more than a decade, according to a U.S. survey of beekeepers released Thursday. Beekeepers lost 21 per cent of their colonies over last winter, the annual Bee Informed Partnership survey found. The U.S. government has set a goal of keeping losses under 15 per cent in the winter.