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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says in a new report that the threat to international peace and security from the Islamic State extremist group is rising, pointing to an “alarming” expansion of its affiliates in Africa and its focus on a comeback in its former self-declared “caliphate” in Syria and Iraq. The report to the U.N. Security Council, which was circulated Tuesday, said IS and other terrorist groups have taken advantage of “the disruption, grievances and develop
SYDNEY (Reuters) -Australia's New South Wales reported one of the country's youngest deaths from COVID-19 on Wednesday, as daily infections lingered near a 16-month high despite the lockdown of 5 million people in Sydney entering its sixth week. The man was ineligible for a Pfizer vaccine, as Australia limits that type for people over 40 amid tight supplies, while Canberra has only recently told people to take the AstraZeneca vaccine as cases swell, having previously limited it to people over 60. The death highlights the risk facing Australia's largest city, which is struggling to contain an outbreak of the highly infectious Delta variant when fewer than 20% of Sydney's residents are vaccinated.
CALGARY — Premier Jason Kenney says he respects the advice of Alberta's top doctor to lift all COVID-19 public health orders, as local leaders and health-care experts from across the country continue to condemn the province's plans. In defence of Alberta's move to end isolation requirements, contact tracing and asymptomatic testing, Kenney said Tuesday the decision was based on science and data. But he didn't provide specifics. "People are understandably anxious about both the disease itself and
Faculty members have called on their employers to require university staff and students to be immunized against COVID-19 to earn the privilege to visit campus this fall, but schools in Manitoba are sticking with the status quo. On Tuesday, the Manitoba Organization of Faculty Associations issued a news release to put pressure on post-secondary institutions and the province to support a vaccine mandate. "This is what has taken place at over 400 universities in the United States, and it is the saf
Canada Soccer is backing Sweden's request to reschedule their women's gold-medal game from its current start time of 11 a.m. Tokyo time on Friday because of concerns about excessive heat. The national organization cited the "health and safety" of its players as the reason for its position, as heat continues to play a factor at the Olympics. The temperature at Tokyo's Olympic Stadium at 9 a.m. Wednesday for the men's decathlon 100 metres was 33 C, but felt like 47 C with the humidity. "Canada Soc
PARIS (Reuters) -French President Emmanuel Macron criticised a "failing" Lebanese political class he blamed for their country's economic turmoil at a donors' conference that raised $370 million on the anniversary of the Beirut port blast. One year since an explosion ripped through the capital's port and plunged Lebanon further into economic crisis, its politicians have yet to form a government capable of rebuilding the country, despite French and international pressure. "Lebanese leaders seem to bet on a stalling strategy, which I regret and I think is a historic and moral failure," Macron said in opening remarks as host of the international donors' conference.
BOSTON (Reuters) -Stocks, Treasuries and other major markets were mixed on Wednesday after July data showed that U.S. jobs growth slowed but demand for services increased, all as Federal Reserve officials signaled a likely pullback in market support. At the same time, the Nasdaq Composite added 19.24 points, or 0.13%, to 14,780.53, with big technology stocks such as Netflix Inc, Amazon.com Inc and Facebook Inc outperforming. Employers added 330,000 jobs last month, the ADP National Employment Report showed on Wednesday, compared with an increase of 695,000 forecast by economists polled by Reuters.
RCMP have released video of a suspect after discovering a viable explosive device in the aftermath of a double shooting in Kelowna Saturday just before 7 p.m. Police say the device was found near the intersection of Pandosy Street and K.L.O. Road after it was cordoned off for the investigation. "We can now confirm this was a viable explosive," said Insp. Beth McAndie. Based on our examination, this device had the potential to cause significant damage to property and seriously injure members of t
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Tuesday called on resistant Republican governors to “get out of the way” of vaccine rules aimed at containing the more transmissible and dangerous COVID-19 variant. He backed city and private mandates requiring people to be vaccinated to go about some daily activities. Speaking from the White House, Biden sharply criticized Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and other officials who have moved to block the reimposition of mask mandates to sl
Students, teachers and guardians will soon learn more details about the back-to-school season, a government source told the Free Press. The source indicated the province plans to reveal its blueprint for the 2021-22 academic year — which will be the third consecutive school year affected by COVID-19 — on Thursday afternoon. Since the final bell rang in June, school administrators have anticipated a return to classroom instruction will occur with limited public health restrictions, similar to how
Three people are dead after dozens of shots were fired at an apartment in Montreal’s Rivière-des-Prairies neighbourhood on Monday. City police say they will be asking their provincial counterparts for support to investigate issues of gun violence and organized crime.
BANGKOK (AP) — A Thai protest leader on Tuesday renewed calls for the reform of the country’s monarchy and suggested that time was running out for the powerful institution to respond. “This year shall be the last year that we will discuss monarchy reform. After this, whatever will happen, will happen. You can’t stop the sun rising. You can’t control what people believe in,” Arnon Nampha said at a candlelight rally in downtown Bangkok by about 200 people who defied coronavirus regulations to atte
A 65-year-old Edmonton man is dead after the canoe he was in flipped in Isle Lake Sunday, RCMP say. Evasnburg RCMP said in a news release Tuesday that reports of a police drowning came in around 3 p.m. near the Summer Village of South View at Isle Lake. Preliminary investigation shows the canoe turned over in the water from the wake of a passing motor boat. About a half hour later, another boat helped pull two people out of the water and took them to shore. A 64-year-old woman survived but the 6
A 54-year-old man from Montreal Lake Cree Nation is facing numerous charges after he allegedly set a house on fire while three people were inside, officials said. On Tuesday at 5:30 a.m. Saskatchewan RCMP were called to a house fire on Montreal Lake Cree Nation. Police say the fire was set deliberately while three people were inside the house. No one was injured, but the house was extensively damaged, said police. The 54-year-old has since been arrested and charged with one count of attempted mu
Smoke conditions persist in some communities across the N.W.T., as wildfire officials provide an update on the forest fire season. The territory has seen 131 forest fires so far this year, affecting 114,174 hectares of land. That's slightly below the territory's 10 year average, which is 175. Some regions are hotter and drier than usual, like the Beaufort Delta, so they're seeing more fire activity, whereas other parts of the territory have had more wet conditions due to high water levels. The N
Rocky View County is the latest Alberta municipality to declare an agricultural disaster, as drought conditions continue to plague the province's crops and pastures. Weeks of extreme heat and little rain have caused projected crop yields to drop by as much as 75 per cent in some regions. In recent days, Vulcan County, Foothills County, Greenview, the County of St. Paul and Lac Ste. Anne County, among others, have declared agricultural disasters as well. Dan Henn, Reeve of Rocky View County and a
When the Canadian women's eight rowing crew took an early lead in their gold medal race at the Tokyo Olympics on July 30, Calgarian Kasia Gruchalla-Wesierski had a feeling they were going to hold on and win. "Within the first 15 strokes, I just felt the power and the commitment from the girls," she told The Homestretch on Tuesday. "And I just knew, like, nobody was going to walk through us today. I didn't really know or process throughout the race what that meant, but I just knew." And they did
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal judge Tuesday blocked Texas from allowing state troopers to stop vehicles carrying migrants on the grounds that they may spread COVID-19 as worries and new cases are rising along the U.S.-Mexico border. The temporary order by U.S. District Judge Kathleen Cardone of El Paso is at least a short-term victory for the Biden administration, which had warned that Republican Gov. Greg Abbott's plan would create more problems amid high levels of summer border crossings in T
EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Officials in the border city of El Paso dedicated a garden Tuesday that is meant to bring healing two years after a gunman targeting Latinos opened fire at a Walmart, killing 23 people in an attack that stunned the U.S. and Mexico. Much like the first anniversary of the shooting, many of the events honoring those slain were again limited by precautions for the coronavirus pandemic. The dedication of the healing garden — a space dedicated to quiet reflection among water and
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco Mayor London Breed on Monday agreed to pay nearly $23,000 in a fine to the city for a series of ethics violations while in office, including asking a former governor to release her brother from prison and allowing a former head of public works embroiled in a corruption scandal to pay her car repair bill. The proposed agreement from the city’s Ethics Commission also fines Breed for failing to properly report a 2015 campaign contribution while running for reelect