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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
The worst air quality in the nation is available by the lungful in Castlegar and Nelson, according to an international air quality technology company. The Swiss-based IQAir (https://www.iqair.com/ca/canada) has positioned Castlegar (272) and Nelson (241) at the top of their real-time most polluted city ranking for Canada due to the degree of smoke accumulating from burning wildfires in the West Kootenay. A quality index between 201 and 300 is considered very unhealthy and a health alert. The are
HALIFAX — The software issue identified as a cause of last year's naval helicopter crash off Greece that killed six Canadian crew members needs to be fixed without delay, say experts on the interplay between automation and humans in aircraft. Two internal reviews by the Canadian Armed Forces found the autopilot took control of the CH-148 Cyclone helicopter, plunging it into the Ionian Sea as the pilot was turning to return to HMCS Fredericton on April 29, 2020. Master Cpl. Matthew Cousins, Sub-L
OTTAWA — The head of a federal infrastructure financing agency says he has seen a shift in the types of transit projects cities want to build as they opt for zero-emission buses in lieu of large-scale subways. Canada Infrastructure Bank chief executive Ehren Cory says the shift mirrors other changes in the planning of projects the agency was set up to help fund like electricity grid projects. What it means for the financing agency is a rethink of how much of the billions in public funding will g
Ottawa has the largest Inuit population outside of the North and that community is celebrating the swearing in of Mary Simon as the first Inuk governor general. At Larga Baffin, where people from the Qikiqtani (Baffin) region of Nunavut stay while travelling to Ottawa for medical purposes, this piece of history has created a resounding sense of pride, says its new president Malaya Zehr. "There's so much excitement around my environment and probably really anywhere across the country. It is reall
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — More than three months after winning an election which sparked a constitutional crisis, Samoa's first female prime minister was finally able to take office on Tuesday. A smiling Fiame Naomi Mata’afa sat in the chair that her predecessor had been reluctant to relinquish after 22 years in power. She held her first Cabinet meeting, with members of her FAST Party dressed in the distinctive red clothes that party members and supporters often wear. Fiame, 64, said they w
Recent developments: Ottawa reported three more COVID-19 cases Tuesday. Ontario logged 129 new cases. Ontario asks the federal government to work with the WHO on ensuring mixed vaccines are recognized abroad. Quebec is offering a third dose of mRNA vaccine to AstraZeneca recipients who need to travel. What's the latest? Ottawa Public Health (OPH) reported three more COVID-19 cases Tuesday and zero new deaths. Ontario reported 129 new cases of COVID-19 and five deaths. After a precipitous decline
The legacy of social justice and volunteerism created by a young community leader in Ottawa will now live on through a memorial foundation, one year after his sudden, tragic death. Abel Mengistab was struck by a bus in June 2020 when he was 20 years old, and approaching his final year as an undergraduate at Carleton University. "Everyone describes him as a gift of God … he was an incredible child — very smart, outstanding student, very much involved from a young age in social justice," said his
BEIJING (Reuters) -Tencent's WeChat has temporarily suspended registration of new users in mainland China as it undergoes a technical upgrade "to align with relevant laws and regulations", China's dominant instant messaging platform said on Tuesday. "We are currently upgrading our security technology to align with all relevant laws and regulations," the company said in a statement to Reuters.
The group, which makes 3D design software and technologies for manufacturing, infrastructure and healthcare groups, now expects non-IFRS revenue growth of 10%-11% this year, bringing its earnings per share to up to 0.91 euros ($1.07), adjusting for the company's five-for-one stock split earlier this month. The company noted strong contributions from its transport and mobility software as well as its life sciences business, which helps to manage clinical trials. Its software was used in around 400 trials related to COVID-19 treatments and vaccines for some 200 companies, finance chief Pascal Daloz told reporters in a call - including those developed by Novavax, Moderna and AstraZeneca.
A unionization drive among professional soccer players in Canada is gaining steam as the Canadian Premier League's (CPL) second season during the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Atlético Ottawa goalkeeper Dylon Powley is one of the players leading the charge. "I've played in Sweden before, and even at the lower level that I played at in Sweden, there was still some form of representation for the players," Powley said during an interview on Monday with CBC Radio's All In A Day. "We're not fighting f
Ever since Diana Bosco transitioned to female four years ago, she's been attempting to get identification that accurately reflects her gender — a process she describes as invasive and stymied by systemic discrimination against transgender people. She's currently trying to get an Ontario photo card — government-issued ID for those without a driver's licence — with her "sex designation" listed as "F." But she said she has only met with barriers. "It's been an impossible struggle," Diana said. "It
EDMONTON — Alberta needs to create an emergency program similar to ones in other provinces to address a toxic drug supply that is killing people, an emergency room doctor and public health professor say. The number of deaths from poisoning caused by increasingly potent drugs shows no sign of slowing down in Alberta, says Dr. Shazma Mithani. She says she's tired of seeing people die from drug poisoning on almost every one of her shifts at Edmonton's Royal Alexandra Hospital north of downtown. Mit
Quebec has fared well at warding off the most talked-about variant of the summer, delta, thanks to stringent measures over the winter and a steadily growing vaccination rate. But experts warn the variant's presence in the province is likely to spread in the coming months, and that other variants could gain prominence as their foothold grows and Quebec further loosens restrictions. They say two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine continue to provide the best protection against the virus and its mutations
PARIS (Reuters) -Cuba's embassy in Paris said on Tuesday it had been attacked overnight with petrol bombs that caused some damage but no injuries to its staff, in an incident that prompted French authorities to beef up security around the building. Three petrol bombs were thrown by two unnamed individuals, causing a fire on the facade and the entrance of the building, the embassy said in a statement. Cuba has been rocked by protests against a deep economic crisis, the government's handling of the coronavirus pandemic and curbs on civil liberties, prompting the Communist-run country to restrict access to social media.
The Associated Press reconstructed the story of a failed 2015 murder plot by a Florida branch of the Ku Klux Klan using one-and-a-half hours of recordings made by an undercover FBI informant, thousands of pages of public records, field reporting and interviews. The FBI confidential informant infiltrated the Florida Traditionalist Knights of the Ku Klux Klan in 2015, and testified about the investigation during a criminal trial in 2017. The FBI tapes were entered as evidence in the trial, and bec
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Deanne Simms remembers walking into a salon as a teen and being met by a woman who was frantically running toward her from a back room, waving her hands in the air, yelling, "No, no, no; we don't do your hair here!" Years later, after she had her first child, a stylist at a different salon told her it takes generations to get rid of her hair's texture and it's a big "problem to solve." As a biracial woman, Simms says her hair is important to her and tied to her identity. Throughout the years, sh
Nathan Kruljac was a young man of 25 when he experienced some shortness of breath while out for a drive in Surrey, B.C. He went to a walk-in clinic. Minutes later, he was taken to hospital. After a week of tests doctors had a diagnosis: follicular non-Hodgkins lymphoma. While treatment eventually put the cancer into remission, Kruljac says he never truly recovered. Fifteen years later, he still suffers from trauma and PTSD. "I still see [the cancer] as a time bomb rather than a success," he said