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Four times the tonnage of the original Open Arms rescue tugboat and with a capacity to carry up to 1,000 people, the Open Arms Uno made its first rescue on Wednesday, picking up 101 migrants stranded on a wooden boat off the Tunisian coast. "Sit down, if you don't sit down we don't continue," a crew member shouted to the excited migrants from a speed boat launched from the vessel operated by the Spanish charity Open Arms before all were taken aboard. One had jumped into the water to try to reach the speed boat, prompting it to briefly move away in a safety maneuver.
A doctor in eastern Ontario charged with first-degree murder in the death of an elderly patient last year is now facing three new first-degree murder charges. Dr. Brian Nadler was arrested Wednesday. All three of the latest alleged victims were under Nadler's care.
Environment Canada is continuing to issue heat warnings for Calgary and much of southern Alberta with daily high temperatures expected to reach 30 C for the rest of the week. Daytime temperatures in some parts of the province are forecast to range from 29 to 34 C. The heat should taper off Monday night and Tuesday before rising again on Wednesday, the agency said on its alerts page. As of 10:20 a.m. Wednesday, the heat warnings covered these areas: Calgary. Okotoks, High River, Claresholm. Drumh
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Thursday greeted Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an in the western city of Lviv, ahead of a meeting with United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres. (August 18)
A plan to kill off an invasive fish, along with all other fish species in New Brunswick's Miramichi Lake, can go ahead — for now. Last week, Court of Queen's Bench Judge Terrence Morrison issued an emergency injunction temporarily barring a group from using rotenone, a pesticide and piscicide, on the lake with the intent of killing off invasive smallmouth bass. That injunction expired at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, and a hearing in Woodstock Court of Queen's Bench that was supposed to include arguments
Eleven Nova Scotians died from COVID-19 the week of Aug. 9-15, the province's updated COVID-19 dashboard showed Thursday. There were an average of 206 daily COVID-19 cases during that time, a decrease from 249 the previous week. Five deaths from COVID-19 were reported last week. New hospital admissions due to COVID-19 were 40, down from 46 a week ago. Nova Scotia Health reported Thursday that: 50 patients are in hospital being treated for COVID-19, seven of whom are in intensive care. 127 patien
New Zealand police are investigating the suspected murder of two children whose remains were found in suitcases bought at an online auction for an unclaimed locker last week. Police launched a homicide inquiry in Auckland last week after the remains were found by a family going through the contents of a storage locker they had purchased unseen. The two children were aged between 5 and 10 years and had been dead for some time, police said in a statement on Thursday.
BRUSSELS (AP) — The leaders of Serbia and Kosovo failed Thursday to reach an agreement on longstanding border and mutual recognition issues that have spiked tensions in the Balkans and added to Europe's instability during the war in Ukraine, the European Union's foreign policy chief said. Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti held talks in Brussels during a meeting that the EU's top diplomat said took place “in a crisis management mode.” Josep Borrell, the EU's
This adorable duo is ready to hit the yard for some fun playtime. As soon as mom makes the suggestion, Samson the Newfoundland and Rambo the Cavalier King Charles head for the door. Their ensuing chaos is just too cute!
TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Estonia’s foreign minister on Thursday defended his country’s decision to bar Russian tourists, saying they are shirking their “moral responsibility” to stand up to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s regime and its “genocidal war” in Ukraine. The small Baltic country, which shares a 300-kilometer (190-mile) border with Russia, stopped issuing tourist visas to Russians months ago, and as of Thursday no longer accepts those previously issued. “Our idea is to give a signal t
Releasing treated oilsands tailings into the environment isn't the only solution being considered to clean up the massive toxic ponds in northern Alberta, federal Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault says. Guilbeault said Wednesday that even though his government is developing regulations on how the tailings could be drained into the Athabasca River, other solutions are under review. "We've never said that this is the only solution we're contemplating," he said. "We haven't ruled out the possi
A Quebec City police officer accused of violating his code of conduct by the province's police ethics committee when he struck a protester with a tear gas canister was exonerated Tuesday. The new ruling says when Charles-Scott Simard fired the canister, he was unaware that it was dangerous to do so at point-blank range and that he was following orders he was given to disperse a crowd of protesters. The incident, which took place in March 2015 at a protest over budget cuts at the National Assembl
This young girl in Kenya is nine years old. Her family faces challenges as they live a modest life in Kenya, Africa. Water is scarce and the climate is unforgiving and harsh. In order to cook and wash, the family requires water to be hauled from the nearest source. But the nearest source is a small drainage ditch with a spring that is 2km (1.2 miles) from her home. This doesn't the girl's family from thriving, even though hauling a jug of water takes her almost two hours each day. Most of the families that live in the outskirts and villages of Kenya are subsistence farmers, surviving by growing corn, carrots, and greens to eat themselves. If they are lucky, they can also grow some extra vegetables to sell at the market. Life can be challenging in Kenya. The soil is difficult to farm in some areas and many people here have to rent land and travel a considerable distance to be able to grow a small crop. Naomy, who is filming the chore of gathering water, farms in this manner. She works long days to earn $3-5 per day. She supports her grandparents as well as a small child who was abandoned by their parents 7 years ago. In a harsh world, children are often forgotten. The struggle to feed a small family is a tough one, but kindness and perseverance prevail as this small family sticks together to overcome the challenges. In our world, it is easy to forget how well off we are or how we have many advantages over others who live on the other side of the planet. We take things for granted, such as water that flows from a tap, or electricity that requires only the flip of a switch.
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A visiting U.S. senator says he has encouraged Kenya’s outgoing president to participate in a “peaceful transition of power” amid the latest election crisis in East Africa’s most stable democracy. “I’ll let the president speak for himself, but that was certainly a hope I expressed today,” Sen. Chris Coons told The Associated Press after his meeting with President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday. He said they discussed ways in which Kenyatta can play a “constructive peacemaking r
TORONTO — Ontario's nursing college is proposing to register potentially thousands of internationally trained nurses on a temporary basis. Health Minister Sylvia Jones recently directed the College of Nurses of Ontario to develop plans to more quickly register internationally educated professionals within two weeks, amid a nurse staffing shortage that has led to temporary emergency room closures. The college provided its response to the ministry today, and said there are 5,970 active internation
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Wildfires raging in the forests of eastern Algeria have killed at least 37 people and wounded 161 others, the civil protection department of the North African country said Thursday. Most of the victims were reported in the wilaya, or region, of El Tarf, near the northern Algeria-Tunisian border, where 34 people were found dead. The death toll included a family of five found in their home and eight people on a public bus whose driver was surprised by flames while traveling
PARIS (AP) — Violent thunderstorms and hurricane-force winds left at least eight dead Thursday in France and Italy, uprooting trees in Tuscany and on the French island of Corsica and ripping away brick shards from St. Mark's famed bell tower in Venice. Over 100 boats in the Mediterranean Sea called for emergency help, authorities said. The storm produced gusts of more than 220 kph (136 mph) in some areas, the national weather agency Meteo France said. About 45,000 households were without power o
The beach on Île Notre-Dame in Jean-Drapeau Park will be closed until further notice because of an E. coli contamination, Quebec's Environment Ministry said Thursday morning. It has yet to say whether the closure of the Jean-Doré beach could continue into what's expected to be a hot weekend for the city. Temperatures will reach a high of 30 C starting Friday, and are anticipated to stay in that range until Sunday, Environment Canada says. Other beaches in the Montreal area, like Cap-Saint-Jacque
Some business owners along Huron Church Road say the $10,000 they received in compensation for last winter's Ambassador Bridge blockade doesn't come close to covering the losses they incurred. When barriers went up blocking access to Fred Bouzide's market, it kept customers away right before Valentine's Day, when he was trying to sell thousands of dollars worth of roses. He was compensated $10,000 through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario's West Windsor Small Business
ZOLOCHIV, Ukraine (AP) — Dr. Ilona Butova almost looks out of place in her neatly pressed lavender scrubs as she walks through a door frame that hangs from a crumbled wall into what used to be an administrative office of her hospital in Zolochiv. Not one building in the facility in the northeastern Ukrainian town near the Russian border has escaped getting hit by artillery shells. Since Russia's invasion on Feb. 24, space to treat patients at the hospital has shrunk constantly because of damage.