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ISLAMABAD (AP) — Dozens of Afghan soldiers slipped across the border into northwestern Pakistan, the Pakistani army said Monday. The Afghan troops were fleeing after their border post was overrun, apparently by the Taliban. The statement said 46 members of the Afghan forces, including five officers, crossed the border late Sunday near the Pakistani border town of Chitral in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. The Afghan soldiers "have been provided food, shelter and necessary medical care as per establ
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States served notice Monday that it will keep existing COVID-19 restrictions on international travel in place for now due to concerns about the surging infection rate because of the delta variant. It was the latest sign that the White House is having to recalibrate its thinking around the coronavirus pandemic as the more infectious variant surges across the U.S. and a substantial chunk of the population resists vaccination. It was also a reversal from the sentiment P
BRI Life, the insurance arm of Indonesia's Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI), said on Tuesday it was investigating claims that the personal details of over two million of its customers had been advertised for sale by unidentified hackers. Hudson Rock, a cybercrime monitoring firm, told Reuters that it had found evidence which showed that multiple computers belonging to BRI and BRI Life employees had been compromised. "We are checking with the team and will provide an update as soon as the investigation is done," BRI Life CEO Iwan Pasila said in a text message.
Musicians made major changes to the way they work during the COVID-19 pandemic, but for Hullo, lockdown was simply business as usual. Hullo is the recording name of musician, composer and singer Nick Bendzsa, who creates the dreamy electronic pop songs of Hullo mostly by himself. "It's [the pandemic] had a great impact in that I've had a chance to dig in and learn how to use my tools a little bit better," said Bendzsa. " [To] really sit with things and let the music speak." Computer as musical i
As families prepare to send children back to school in the fall, the Windsor-Essex English public school board has announced an opt-out deadline for in-person learning. The Greater Essex County District School Board (GECDSB) announced all families who wish to opt out of in-person learning may do so between July 28 and Aug. 6. All elementary and secondary students currently enrolled for in-person learning will have the option to opt out. The Ministry of Education and the GECDSB will provide a rem
Get ready to celebrate New Brunswick Day with live music, large crowds and fireworks. After the COVID-19 pandemic put a damper on public festivities for the holiday last year, the provincial government, in collaboration with the City of Fredericton and St. Mary's First Nation, will be hosting 12 hours of events around the city beginning at 10 a.m. on Monday. "Being the capital city … I would think that it's the place to celebrate the opening to green, and in addition to the celebrations, it's al
Bubble, a New York based startup that allows non-coders to design and create web applications, said on Tuesday it raised $100 million in a funding round led by private equity firm Insight Partners. Technology applications for people with little programming experience -- known as "no-code" or "low-code" in Silicon Valley -- have attracted fresh funding during the pandemic to help overcome a bottleneck created by a surge in e-commerce and the digitization of businesses amid a shortage of coders. Emmanuel Straschnov, Bubble co-founder, said he and his partner started the company in New York in 2012 as the city was seeing a jump in tech startups but entrepreneurs with expertise in different industries with good ideas were struggling to find programmers to help them launch their companies.
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Thousands of foreigners have left Indonesia in recent weeks, airport records released Tuesday showed, apparently spurred by a brutal pandemic wave and a general shortage of vaccines, which have gone to high-priority groups first. Indonesia now has the most confirmed daily cases in Asia, as infections and deaths have surged over the past month and India’s massive outbreak has waned. Infections peaked in mid-July, with the highest daily average reported at more than 50,00
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's defense minister will meet with his French counterpart in Paris this week and the two will discuss the Israeli spyware company NSO, a government statement said Tuesday. The Defense Ministry said Benny Gantz will travel on Wednesday for the meeting with Florence Parly. The defense ministers will discuss the crisis in Lebanon and nuclear talks between world powers and Iran, the ministry also said. Last week, a French newspaper reported that a Moroccan security agency had
In 1990, Zsa Zsa Gabor began a three day jail sentence in California. (July 27)
Prince Edward Islanders may be seeing and feeling the effects of smoke from wildfires Tuesday and Wednesday. Environment Canada issued an air quality statement early Tuesday morning for the whole province, saying smoke from the distant forest fires may cause a reduction in air quality. Most of the smoke will remain high in the sky, casting a red pall over the sun and moon at times. Some smoke may descend to reduce air quality, the statement says. The smoke is expected to blow over the province i
Montreal police have issued an Amber Alert. They are looking for a 16-year-old girl who they say was abducted by her 22 year old brother overnight. According to police, Zahraa Jaafar has been abducted by Ali Mohammad Jaafar. Investigators are looking for a red Nissan Altima, with the following license plate: Y86 XCZ. The alert went out just after 6:20 a.m. on Tuesday.
To mask or not to mask, that is the question. Unlike the last 10 months, businesses and individuals will have the choice as of midnight Friday, when the province will lift its state of emergency order. But even without the order, businesses can still require customers to wear masks, explained Benjamin Perryman, an assistant law professor at the University of New Brunswick. "Whether it's a mask in relation to the pandemic or the height of a person to go on a ride, or that you need to have a drive
Frustrated tales of emergency room standstills are a seasonal tradition in Newfoundland and Labrador, as they are in most jurisdictions — but this summer, it’s different. Social media are awash with tales of desperate people lined up all day or all night, or lying on stretchers in hallways. Some just leave in frustration. So, is it worse than in previous years? “Yes, is the short answer to that,” says Dr. Greg Brown, clinical chief of emergency services with Eastern Health. “And I’ve been an eme
Libya will return to "square one" and the turmoil of 2011 if national elections planned for December are delayed, the speaker of parliament said, with a new rival government likely to set itself up in the east. The elections are seen in the West as a critical step in efforts to bring stability to Libya, which has been in chaos since the 2011 NATO-backed uprising against Muammar Gaddafi. Libya, a major oil and gas producer, was divided in 2014 between an internationally recognised government in the west and a rival administration in the east that established its own institutions.
Strong sales of 5G iPhones and services such as the App Store and Apple Music are expected to drive growth at Apple Inc, which reports results on Tuesday, but some investors will be listening to the company's strategy to ward off anti-trust foes. The services business faces lawsuits, regulatory scrutiny, including from an empowered U.S. Department of Justice, and a raft of pending legislation in the United States and Europe to lower its commissions on apps and make other changes. "We believe government action (via antitrust, executive order, and legislation) represents the single greatest risk for shares of Apple," Tom Forte, an analyst at D.A. Davidson & Co, wrote in a note to clients, adding that he hoped Apple's executives would address the risks on the company's earnings call on Tuesday.
Google said on Tuesday that it was taking legal action over an expanded version of Germany's hate-speech law that recently took effect, saying its provisions violated the right to privacy of its users. The Alphabet unit, which runs video-sharing site YouTube, filed suit at the administrative court in Cologne to challenge a provision that allows user data to be passed to law enforcement before it is clear any crime has been committed. The request for a judicial review comes as Germany gears up for a general election in September, amid concerns that hostile discourse and influence operations conducted via social media may destabilise the country's normally staid campaign politics.
Bobby Sylliboy stands at the front of the room, carefully demonstrating how to stretch out strips of wet deer hide. He tells his captive audience to pick out a skin from a bucket — and leave any negative energy at the door. "All the good emotions are going into it," he said. "So when they go home, they'll say 'Yes, I got something, I made something." The space is packed for a traditional drum-making workshop led by Sylliboy. It's one of the first cultural events at a new youth centre in Esgenoôp
The race to develop COVID-19 vaccines has opened up research opportunities to study coronavirus treatments, which could help deal with the illness if it becomes endemic, Edmonton researchers say. Some experts predict that COVID-19 may become endemic — meaning a base level of infection remains within Canada and may show up annually like the flu. So researchers, including University of Alberta physics professor Michael Woodside, are looking into coronavirus treatments. "Fortunately, it was clear p
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will be on P.E.I. Tuesday afternoon. Trudeau will meet with Premier Dennis King at 4 p.m., and the two will then make an announcement at the Carrefour in Charlottetown at 4:30 p.m. Federal minister of Families, Children and Social Development Ahmed Hussen and P.E.I. Minister of Education and Lifelong Learning Natalie Jameson will also attend the announcement. Trudeau has announced deals to reduce child-care costs in B.C. and Nova Scotia this month, and the P.E.I. go