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BAGHDAD (AP) — Over 17,000 looted ancient artefacts recovered from the United States and other countries were handed over to Iraq's Culture Ministry on Tuesday, a restitution described by the government as the largest in the country's history. The majority of the artefacts date back 4,000 years to ancient Mesopotamia and were recovered from the U.S. in a recent trip by Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi. Other pieces were also returned from Japan, Netherlands and Italy, Foreign Minister Fuad Huss
DUBAI (Reuters) -The United Arab Emirates will on Thursday lift a ban on transit flights including from India and Pakistan, the National Emergency and Crisis Management Authority (NCEMA) said on Tuesday. India and Pakistan are important markets for Emirates, Etihad Airways and other UAE carriers flydubai and Air Arabia. The Gulf state, a major international travel hub, had banned passengers from many South Asian and African states travelling through its airports this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.
As Guelph Mayor Cam Guthrie "seriously consider(s)" revoking the state of emergency declared by the city early in the pandemic, Wellington County Warden Kelly Linton says county municipalities have agreed to end their local states of emergency when the province announces it's leaving Step 3 of its reopening plan. Ontario reached the first milestone for exiting Step 3 on Thursday with 80 per cent of people aged 12 and up having received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Two other condition
The N.W.T.'s acting chief public health officer says there's a "sense of urgency" for residents to get vaccinated before a possible spike of COVID-19 cases in the fall. Dr. Andre Corriveau says it's extremely important for people to get vaccinated so the territory can be as prepared as possible going into the colder months. "We anticipate that there will be an increase in cases with the Delta variant," he said. "We're trying to use that window of time that we have while things are still relative
Manitoba is about to relax its pandemic rules for the third time in just under six weeks, and all indications suggest the province will soon be under the least restrictive public health orders since September 2020. Manitobans who fear or desire an Alberta-style elimination of all COVID-19 mitigation measures are in for relief or disappointment: Some restrictions will remain. At 11 a.m., Premier Brian Pallister and Chief Provincial Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin are expected to announce
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson met Tuesday with the Belarusian opposition leader at his office in London, saying the U.K. is “on her side" and committed to supporting human rights in her country. Johnson told Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya that Britain is “very much in support of what you are doing” during their meeting at Downing Street, and condemned Belarus leader Alexander Lukashenko's “severe human rights violations and persecution of pro-democracy figures,” his office said. The talks came
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -U.S. President Joe Biden on Tuesday urged Republican leaders in Florida and Texas - home to roughly a third of all new U.S. COVID-19 cases - to follow public health guidelines on the pandemic or "get out of the way" as the country struggles to contain the rapid spread of the disease's Delta variant. Biden also announced the United States had donated more than 110 million vaccine doses to 65 countries, but the White House kept its focus largely on the crisis at home: outbreaks in the two Republican-led states accounting for an outsized share of rising cases nationwide. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has opposed strict COVID-19 restrictions.
Late afternoon is the most dangerous time of day to battle raging forest fires. Often called the "witching hour" by fire crews, the wind can shift suddenly, threatening to undo the backbreaking work to halt the flames from spreading to nearby communities. New Brunswick forest ranger Madeline Honeyman witnessed firsthand the devastation that wreaked havoc on the village of Lytton in British Columbia's southern interior when she and colleagues were deployed in the region at the beginning of July.
Nine Saskatchewan communities broke daily maximum temperature records Sunday. The temperature in Leader was the highest of the communities who broke daily records. It was 36 degrees there Sunday. The old record for Aug. 1 was 35.6 degrees set in 1955. Here's a look at the places and records: Buffalo Narrows Area: New record of 32.1, old record of 30.0 Key Lake Area: New record of 32.1, old record of 32.0 Kindersley Area: New record of 35.4, old record of 34.4 La Ronge Area: New record of 30.9, o
Demand for vehicles is soaring but that's helped create a shortage of microchips, a key component for autos.(Laurent Pirot/CBC / Radio-Canada)
Since the start of the pandemic, many people from across the country have decided to move to New Brunswick. Thousands arrived last winter, causing prices in the real estate market to soar. But in the small Kent County village of Rogersville, a different issue has emerged — minority language services. Located near Richibucto and about an hour from Moncton, Rogersville has a predominantly French-speaking population. French is the mother tongue of over 91 per cent of the region's residents, accordi
BEIRUT (AP) — After the massive explosion at Beirut’s port a year ago, only a small part of Ibrahim Hoteit’s younger brother was identified: his scalp. Hoteit buried his brother — a large man, a firefighter, a martial arts champion — in a container the size of a shoebox. Since then, Hoteit has sold his business, a perfume and accessories shop. He sleeps only a few hours a night. Black circles ring his eyes. One thing drives him now: winning justice for the victims of the Aug. 4, 2020, explosion
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — A Belarusian activist who ran a group in Ukraine helping Belarusians fleeing persecution was found dead in the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, local police said Tuesday. Vitaly Shishov, leader of the Kyiv-based Belarusian House in Ukraine, was found hanged in one of the city's parks not far from his home, police said in a statement. A probe has been launched, with police investigating whether it was a suicide or a murder made to look like suicide, head of Ukraine's National Police
Stratford actor Kevin Kruchkywich has been acclaimed as the federal NDP candidate for Perth-Wellington. An actor by trade for around 25 years, Kruchkywhich said he was motivated to put this hat in the political ring by the societal inequalities he saw exposed during the pandemic. "This pandemic has really galvanized in me a feeling that I want to be of service and I want be a part of making some changes to a system that I think is not serving the average person," he said. "My belief is that the
BERLIN (AP) — A German court on Tuesday convicted an 84-year-old man of illegal weapons possession for having a personal arsenal that included a tank, a flak cannon and multiple other items of World War II-era military equipment. The state district in the northern city of Kiel handed the man a suspended prison sentence of 14 months and ordered him to pay a fine of 250,000 euros ($300,000), the German news agency dpa reported. It also ordered the defendant, whose name was not given in line with G
The Region of Queens rallied around Brooklyn’s Sarah Mitton after she placed 28th overall in the women’s shotput competition at the Tokyo 2020 Summer Games. Fans in Queens County were glued to their televisions the morning of July 30 to watch her in the qualification portion of the event. She was unable to advance to the final round, with a best throw of 16.62 metres in her third attempt, after being disqualified in her first two throws. She finished 28th overall in a field of 31. Mitton’s perso
It seems everyone could see the warning signs from at least a block away. Grounded Coffee owner Scott Campbell pleaded for action regarding the two-way stop that happened earlier this week, instead asking once again for it to become a pedestrian-friendly four-way stop. In a letter sent to environment and infrastructure executive director Andy Campbell, and forwarded to Midland council and staff, a request was put forward to turn the Bay Street and First Street intersection into a four-way stop.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -Vice President Kamala Harris will focus on defending international rules in the South China Sea, strengthening U.S. regional leadership and expanding security cooperation during her trip to Vietnam and Singapore this month, a senior White House official told Reuters. Harris will be the first U.S. vice president to visit Vietnam as Washington seeks to bolster international support to counter China's growing global influence. The U.S. official said Washington saw both countries as critical partners given their locations, the size of their economies, trade ties and security partnerships on issues such as the South China Sea, which China claims almost in its entirety.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — People who inject drugs in West Virginia's largest county should have expanded access to sterile syringes, testing and treatment in response to one of the nation’s highest spikes of HIV cases, according to federal and state recommendations released Tuesday. The report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the state Department of Health and Human Resources and Kanawha County’s health department comes amid a new state law that tightens requirements fo
E-commerce giant Amazon.com Inc interfered with a union election by installing a mailbox to collect ballots and by distributing paraphernalia encouraging employees to vote against organizing, according to a report by a U.S. National Labor Relations Board hearing officer. The NLRB official on Monday recommended a rerun of the landmark Amazon union election in Alabama where employees overwhelmingly voted against making their warehouse the online retailer's first to organize in the United States.