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BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s executive branch warned Hungary and Poland Tuesday that it will take action if they continue to violate the 27-nation bloc’s democratic standards, amid signs that both countries have little intention of changing their ways. Hungary and Poland have faced criticism in the EU for years over allegations that they are eroding judicial and media independence, among other democratic principles. Last week, Hungary passed a new law banning content portraying or promot
NEW YORK (AP) — Elin Hilderbrand, known as the queen of the beach read, plans to retire from writing novels in 2024. The best-selling author's latest book “Golden Girl" is her 27th book and is now available. Hilderbrand says she deliberately wants to quit while there's still an appetite for her writing. “A lot of people will follow a writer for a long time and then inevitably they will turn out a book that is not as good as the others,” Hilderbrand told The Associated Press in an interview last
OTTAWA — Data from the Canada Revenue Agency shows its recent efforts to combat tax evasion by the super-rich have resulted in zero prosecutions or convictions. In response to a question tabled in Parliament by NDP MP Matthew Green, the CRA said it referred 44 cases on individuals whose net worth topped $50 million to its criminal investigations program since 2015. Only two of those cases proceeded to federal prosecutors, with no charges laid afterward. The lack of prosecutions follows more than
The latest numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Canada as of 7:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, June 22, 2021. Some provinces and territories do not report daily case numbers. There are 1,410,206 confirmed cases in Canada. _ Canada: 1,410,206 confirmed cases (10,162 active, 1,373,889 resolved, 26,155 deaths).*The total case count includes 13 confirmed cases among repatriated travellers. There were 627 new cases reported Tuesday. The rate of active cases is 26.74 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven d
The latest numbers on COVID-19 vaccinations in Canada as of 10:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, June 22, 2021. In Canada, the provinces are reporting 482,991 new vaccinations administered for a total of 33,049,022 doses given. Nationwide, 7,818,433 people or 21 per cent of the population has been fully vaccinated. The provinces have administered doses at a rate of 87,202.249 per 100,000. There were 1,953,600 new vaccines delivered to the provinces and territories for a total of 37,033,950 doses delivered
OTTAWA — The Liberals have accused Parliament of becoming toxic to their minority agenda while the Opposition Conservatives say Canada's institutions are broken under the Trudeau government — finger-pointing that fuels growing speculation voters may soon head to the polls. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his ministers are calling out Conservatives for using procedural delay tactics to stop votes from happening on outstanding pieces of legislation, which time is ticking on to pass before the Ho
A new report grades Canadian governments in how they responded to the country's international promise to conserve at least 17 per cent of its land mass and 10 per cent of its oceans by 2020. The report, released today by the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, says Quebec and the federal government are the only jurisdictions to come close to meeting the 17 per cent conservation target. The society says Alberta performed the worst, cancelling previously planned protections, delisting parks and
BERLIN (AP) — The head of the European Union's executive Commission said Tuesday she will propose shifting the bloc's financial aid for migrants in Turkey away from emergency humanitarian relief to long-term support. The EU and Turkey agreed a deal in 2016 under which the bloc provides billions to help Syrian refugees in Turkey, and in return Ankara works to stop migrants departing its territory for Greece. Despite criticism from rights groups, the agreement is seen as a model for similar deals
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Prime Minister Imran Khan faced growing criticism at home on Tuesday after seemingly blaming a rise in sexual violence in Pakistan on women wearing “very few clothes." His comments drew nationwide condemnation from human rights activists and the country’s opposition, which sought an apology. The controversial statements aired over the weekend came in an interview on Axios, a documentary news series on HBO. “If a woman is wearing very few clothes it will have an impact, it will h
OTTAWA — Chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam says she'll soon have advice to help fully vaccinated Canadians figure out what they can safely do, but it won't be a blanket list of dos and don'ts covering everyone, everywhere. Instead, Canada is looking at a "risk assessment tool" that will guide Canadians to make a call on their own whether they are safe and comfortable to take off their masks and throw physical distancing to the wind. "It's not a straight black and white, sort of everybo
Ontario is reporting 296 COVID-19 cases and 60 deaths today, but the province says the numbers include older infections and deaths that are just now being counted. The province says 54 of the deaths reported today are from previous months but are now being recorded after a data review. It also says approximately 80 cases reported today are from last year, following a data review by Toronto Public Health. The province says there are 334 people hospitalized with the virus, including 314 people in
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president has threatened to order the arrest of Filipinos who refuse COVID-19 vaccination and told them to leave the country if they would not cooperate with efforts to end a public health emergency. President Rodrigo Duterte, who is known for his public outbursts and brash rhetoric, said in televised remarks Monday night that he has become exasperated with people who refuse to get immunized amid a health crisis then help spread the coronavirus. “Don’t g
Canada's largest national park is now so threatened by upstream development and divided governance that it likely meets the criteria to be placed on the list of World Heritage sites in danger. UNESCO released the draft finding on Alberta's Wood Buffalo National Park this week. The agency has been concerned about the park — the world's second-largest freshwater delta — since 2017, when it found 15 of 17 of the parks' ecological benchmarks were deteriorating. Despite welcoming federal moves that i
A 13-year-old Honduran girl who spent two months at the government's largest emergency shelter for migrant children said she was put on suicide watch and was eating only popsicles and juice because the food smelled so foul. At another site, a 17-year-old Salvadoran girl said she had to wear the same clothes and underwear for two weeks and spent most days in bed. At a third facility in Texas, a 16-year-old Honduran boy said he had not met with a case manager for more than three weeks to see wheth
EDMONTON — Alberta is proposing two new plans to monitor water quality on the North Saskatchewan, Battle and Upper Athabasca rivers. Environment Minister Jason Nixon says clear objectives to monitor and maintain water quality are to be established. Similar approaches are already in place for the Lower Athabasca, Bow, South Saskatchewan, Oldman and Milk rivers. Nixon says consultations and feedback for a framework will begin immediately and continue until mid-September. He adds that public input
MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaragua police announced late Monday they had placed former first lady María Fernanda Flores Lanzas, wife of ex-President Arnoldo Aleman, under house arrest for alleged crimes against the state. There was no mention of Aleman or his whereabouts. The police statement said she would remain under guard while the allegations against her were investigated. Even before her arrest, writer and former Nicaraguan Vice President Sergio Ramírez said Monday there was “zero possibi
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau defended his government's new COVID-19 border rules on Tuesday when asked why fully-vaccinated American tourists would be unable to enter Canada, as Canadians who have received both doses can. He said while the vaccine protects those who are vaccinated, there is still a risk they could pass it to other people, and the government wants to avoid the possibility of transmission in partially-vaccinated people or communities with low vaccination rates.
HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong police have arrested a 40-year-old man on suspicion of using seditious words after a flag with a banned protest slogan was seen hanging outside his apartment. Police received a report on Monday from a passerby who spotted the flag bearing the banned slogan “Liberate Hong Kong, the revolution of our times” hanging from a laundry rack outside the apartment in the Mong Kok neighborhood in Kowloon, police said Tuesday. Officers arrested the man, who remains in detention, p
HALIFAX — Nova Scotia is reopening its provincial boundaries on Wednesday to travellers from the Atlantic provinces but with modified rules for those coming from New Brunswick. During a briefing Tuesday, Premier Iain Rankin said while travellers from New Brunswick will be allowed to enter for any reason, they will also be subject to isolation requirements based on their vaccination status and test results. That decision follows New Brunswick's announcement last week that it would reopen its boun
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia said Tuesday it will fight against plans to downgrade the Great Barrier Reef’s World Heritage status due to climate change, while environmentalists have applauded the U.N. World Heritage Committee’s proposal. The committee said in a draft report on Monday that “there is no possible doubt” that the network of colorful corals off Australia’s northeast coast was “facing ascertained danger.” The report recommends that the world’s most extensive coral reef ecosyst