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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A bombing attack that targeted Afghanistan’s acting defense minister killed at least eight people and wounded 20, authorities said Wednesday. The deputy minister was not hurt in the attack claimed by Taliban insurgents. The blast went off late Tuesday in a heavily guarded upscale neighborhood of the capital of Kabul. It was followed by a gun battle that also left four militants dead, authorities said. The casualty toll could rise, Interior Ministry spokesperson Mirwais
Public Health Sudbury and Districts announced Tuesday that it will begin winding down mass immunization clinics in favour of a more flexible approach to reach vaccination goals. Workplaces, community organizations, places of worship and other groups will now be able to request a mobile vaccination team from the health unit to administer first and second doses at their own location. With more than 80 per cent of Sudbury and districts residents aged 12 and over having received their first dose of
An American couple who found peace in a small, seaside Nova Scotia town will continue serving the community for years to come. Tim and Diane Ledvina posthumously donated $4.8 million to Liverpool's Queens General Hospital Foundation, the largest single private donation the foundation has ever received. "They loved people," Tom, Tim's twin brother, said in a recent interview from his home in Easton, Md. "They moved to a new country, to a small town, and they didn't just kind of lock themselves up
Pope Francis, speaking at his first general audience since he underwent intestinal surgery a month ago and on the first anniversary on Wednesday of a fatal blast in Beirut, said he had a "great" desire to visit Lebanon. The 84-year-old pope, who looked fit and improvised parts of his address, also wished success for French President Emmanuel Macron's efforts to raise more than $350 million in aid for Lebanon at a donors' conference and send another warning to its squabbling political class. The huge chemical explosion in Beirut killed 200 people and caused billions of dollars worth of damage.
Leigh Mitchell has had a first-hand look at how the pandemic has squashed women's career opportunities. As founder of the mentorship group Women in Biz, Mitchell has heard from entrepreneurs whose business has dried up, service sector employees who've been laid off and professionals who've been so overwhelmed they've ultimately taken leaves of absence. "We're losing a lot of role models, which is unfortunate," said Mitchell, who lives in Toronto. A report released in May by Statistics Canada not
The 203rd running of the Royal St. John's Regatta has been postponed by at least a day due to unfavourable lake conditions, organizers said Wednesday morning. According to the race's organizing committee, winds could reach as high as 51 km/h lakeside Wednesday, and that the safety of racers was key to the decision to delay. Organizers will revisit the decision Thursday morning, when wind conditions are expected to be lighter and safer for boat races. More to come Read more from CBC Newfoundland
Public Health Sudbury and Districts reported one new case of COVID-19 on Tuesday in addition to three resolved cases. The health unit is still investigating how the new case was spread. There are now five active cases being monitored in the region, including three cases in Greater Sudbury and two in the Manitoulin district. The health unit has reported 2,184 cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic in addition to 31 COVID-related deaths and 999 cases confirmed or presumed to be vari
DETROIT (AP) — Voters in Detroit on Tuesday rejected a ballot proposal that called for the creation of some new city departments, restructuring the police and fire departments, and linking water rates and public transportation fares to income. Proposal P called for changes to the city charter and received 22,696 for passage, while 46,707 people voted against it during the city primary. The proposal had been opposed by some who said it could have increased spending by the city, which still has to
In The News is a roundup of stories from The Canadian Press designed to kickstart your day. Here is what's on the radar of our editors for the morning of Aug. 4 ... What we are watching in Canada ... Canadian sprinters Andre De Grasse and Aaron Brown both won their semifinal heats in the men's 200 metres at the Tokyo Olympics, giving them each a chance to add to Canada's medal count. De Grasse cruised into Wednesday's 200 final with a Canadian-record time of 19.73 in his semifinal. The 26-year-o
RIT Capital Partners, the investment trust founded by Jacob Rothschild, is co-leading a funding round for crypto investment platform Aspen Digital intended to finance the creation of an online platform that would give wealthy investors a single portal to manage crypto investments. RIT will lead the $8.8 million fundraising round for Hong Kong-based Aspen Digital, along with Liberty City Ventures, an early venture investor in the blockchain industry, Aspen said in a statement on Wednesday.
BEIJING (Reuters) -ByteDance rival Kuaishou Technology said on Wednesday it would stop services of its short video app Zynn, operated in the United States, on Aug. 20. The company's other products for markets outside China will not be affected, Kuaishou said in a statement. "Our strategy for the international markets remains unchanged," it said，without providing a reason for Zynn's shutdown.
ATHENS (Reuters) -Greek authorities ordered villages near the site of the ancient Olympic Games in the western Peloponnese to be evacuated on Wednesday as wildfires raged across the country, destroying swathes of forest and buildings, and sending hundreds fleeing. Temperatures of more than 40 Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) and strong winds have fanned more than 150 wildfires in different areas of the country in recent days, adding to the conflagrations in Turkey and other areas of the Mediterranean. "We are still fighting a titanic battle on many fronts," Deputy Civil Protection Minister Nikos Hardalias said during a briefing, "The next days will be more difficult."
BEIRUT (Reuters) -Lebanon's leading Christian cleric said there could be no immunity from prosecution over the catastrophic Beirut port blast and that officials were evading investigation, as many Lebanese marked the first anniversary by demanding justice. As Lebanon suffers a crippling economic collapse, Maronite Patriarch Bechara Boutros Al-Rai also criticised the ruling class for failing to deal with the crisis - criticism echoed by Western powers at a Paris donors' conference. One year since the blast, caused by a huge quantity of ammonium nitrate kept at the port for years, no senior official has been held to account, infuriating many Lebanese.
Over 62 per cent of people aged 12 and up in First Nations and Inuit communities and the territories are now fully vaccinated for COVID-19, according to the latest data from Indigenous Services Canada. As of the end of July, over 85 per cent of that eligible population had received at least one dose of vaccine. The percentages represent 701,228 vaccine doses administered to individuals aged 12 and older in 687 First Nations and Inuit communities, including 281,188 second doses. Number of COVID-1
Grant Bergeron is preparing to drive his daughter to Chicago for school this fall, but unlike two of his other children who are already studying in the United States, this year's trip to campus may be more complicated due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. It doesn't help that border officials in the U.S. are sending mixed messages, parents say. Bergeron's daughter, Kellene, is starting her first year in the nursing program at Loyola University Chicago, and like other families with children stud
TORONTO — Police and politicians' efforts to limit public access to recent events in Toronto and Vancouver Island have cast a spotlight on the role of journalists and spurred concerns over freedom of the press. The decision by authorities in Toronto to fence off public parks last month as municipal staff and police cleared homeless encampments sparked backlash from media outlets and advocates, who have petitioned the city to allow reporters on site during the operations. The push for media acces
The City of Ottawa has released new intensification targets for different parts of the city, and a new definition for highrise buildings that allows up to 40 storeys, in the lead-up to a major debate and vote this fall on its new official plan. Municipal planning staff posted several chapters of the long-awaited final draft to the city's website last Friday, leaving visible the language they have cut and added since their much-dissected earlier version released in November 2020. Now, residents a
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OTTAWA — Canadians may have to wait a few days to find out the final results of a federal election called in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Canada's chief electoral officer warns. And they may find themselves voting in unusual places or having to go a bit further afield to cast their ballots. But Stephane Perrault wants Canadians to know there's nothing nefarious about the departures from the norm. They're part of a process Elections Canada has devised to ensure an election can be conducted
WARNING: This story contains distressing details. A "disappointing waste of paper." That's how Patty Borthwick described 52 pages of hospital records about the night her daughter tried to take her own life in the psychiatric unit of the Saint John Regional Hospital. "That stuff they gave you, that's all garbage. Like, that's embarrassing that they'd even consider that a release," said Borthwick, who's been trying for months to get access to her daughter's records. And she's even more upset that