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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A religious group based in Ohio announced Monday that a violent gang in Haiti has released three more hostages, while another 12 remain abducted. The statement from Christian Aid Ministries said the people were released on Sunday in Haiti and are “safe and seem to be in good spirits." The group provided no further details. On Nov. 21, the religious organization announced that the 400 Mawozo gang had released the first two hostages of a group of 17 kidnapped in mid-Oc
At the foot of Indonesia's Mount Semeru, what is left of the houses along the main village road are covered in a thick layer of hardened volcanic ash. Curah Kobokan was among the worst-hit areas when the 3,676-metre (12,060 ft) Mount Semeru erupted on Saturday, sending a cloud of ash into the sky and dangerous pyroclastic flows into villages below. Since day one of the disaster, volunteer Dodik Suryadiawan, 36, has driven on the bumpy roads in his personal four-wheel drive, helping to retrieve the remains of those who perished.
The holidays may be just a couple of weeks away, but we're sure many residents of Newfoundland and Labrador don't want to see a winter wonderland outside their window for at least another little while. Unfortunately, that won't be the case Thursday. Special weather statements are in place from Environment Canada across eastern Newfoundland, the Bay of Exploits and the Connaigre region, where 25-35 centimetres of snow could fall by the end of Thursday. The snow will come with wind gusts between 9
The MP for Ontario's Windsor West is calling on the federal government to increase its zero-emission vehicle incentives in Canada to match the proposed U.S. incentives. Brian Masse, the NDP's industry and international trade critic, on Monday responded to U.S. President Joe Biden's Build Back Better Bill, which is awaiting Senate approval. Masse and Unifor want Canada-U.S. harmonization of the incentives, which would include them applying to all vehicles built in this country. The U.S. proposal
The Hawkesbury, Ont., fire department is working to put out a burning building at the corner of Main Street East and William Street. Ontario Provincial Police say a call for service came in at 7:33 p.m. The building on fire has commercial space on the main floor and residential units above. Sgt. Cynthia Savard says all occupants are safely out of the building and there are no injuries. Police are assisting the fire department by securing the scene. The fire was still burning at 10:30 p.m. on Mon
Climate change could cost Ontario's provincial and municipal governments up to $116 billion by the end of this century, according to a new report from the province's accountability officer. In a stable climate, the province's maintenance costs would be $10 billion a year, amounting to about $799 billion by 2100. But the report shows the changing climate could drive costs up dramatically. In the short term, the report found the effects of climate change will add about $6 billion to maintenance co
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A Dutch appeals court upheld Tuesday a lower court's decision to throw out a civil case against Israel's defense minister and another former senior military officer over their roles in a deadly 2014 airstrike. The Hague District Court ruled in January 2020 that the case against Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz and former air force commander Amir Eshel couldn't proceed because the men have “functional immunity from jurisdiction.” The Hague Court of Appeal said Tu
PARIS (AP) — French authorities announced Wednesday that a man arrested at Paris-Charles De Gaulle Airport for allegedly being linked to the 2018 killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was misidentified. The Paris General Prosecutor's office issued a short statement Wednesday after over 24 hours of checks, saying that the man arrested Tuesday was not the Khalid Aedh al-Otaibi, who is wanted under a 2019 Turkish arrest warrant. “The (arrest) warrant does not apply to him,” the statement said
CALGARY — A decision on whether a former truck driver who caused the deadly Humboldt Broncos bus crash should be deported to India likely won't be coming until the new year. A lawyer for Jaskirat Singh Sidhu, 33, had sent a voluminous amount of paperwork to the Canada Border Services Agency earlier this year arguing why he should be allowed to stay in Canada once his sentence has been served. Sidhu was sentenced to eight years after pleading guilty to dangerous driving causing death and bodily h
Here’s the latest for Monday, December 6: Jussie Smollett takes the witness stand; New York to require vaccine mandates for city employers; Former GOP senator to challenge Georgia governor; Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit dies.
Merck has announced a partnership with Thermo Fisher Scientific to manufacture Molnupiravir, an oral antiviral medicine for the treatment of COVID-19, in Whitby, Ont. The companies will manufacture Molnupiravir for distribution in Canada and the U.K., as well as markets in Europe, Asia and Latin America, pending local market approvals.
LONDON (AP) — British parliamentary authorities are calling in the police after a newspaper reported that traces of cocaine had been found at numerous sites in Parliament. House of Commons Speaker Lindsay Hoyle said he was contacting police after the Sunday Times reported that illegal drugs were being used inside Parliament buildings. The newspaper said tests using drug detection wipes found traces of cocaine in 11 locations that are only accessible by accredited parliamentary lawmakers, staff a
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When most people think of penguins, we usually think of Antarctica, yet only 7 of the 17 known penguin species live there. This small penguin actually lives and thrives at the equator. It is the Galapagos penguin and it finds an abundance of food around the remote islands such as Fernandina, due to the convergence of powerful ocean currents. One of the three main ocean currents, the Humboldt, brings with it cold water and this creates the perfect habitat for anchovies, sardines, and mullet. These fish are the main species that make up the diet of the Galapagos penguins. Flightless birds, they are amazingly agile in the water. Penguins are capable hunters, able to reach speeds of 35km/h (20mph) underwater, using their powerful flippers. These penguins are perfectly at home in the surf, but they spend much of their day on the rocky shores of the Galapagos Islands. They take shelter at night in crevices and caves in the lava debris along the shore. These swimmers were scuba diving in the nearby waters off Fernandina but they passed close to shore as they returned to their dive boat. They hopped in the water to explore a particularly beautiful stretch of coastline. As they were snorkeling in the blue waters near shore, they were joined by sharks, curious penguins, and playful sea lions. The penguins hunted and paid little attention to the swimmers, although they came close for a curious inspection a few times. The sea lions however, rolled and cavorted, inviting the clumsy humans to play and follow them as they dashed back and forth and all around them. Sea lions are truly the clowns of the ocean, seemingly laughing and eager to have fun with anyone who enters their domain. The sea lion even tried to catch one of the penguins in what seemed to be a game, but the penguin was not amused. Wisely, penguins avoid sea lions as they are also known to prey on penguins when the opportunity arises. Penguins and sea lions are both hunted by large sharks, making life in these waters hazardous for both of them. The Galapagos Islands are home to some of the most fascinating and beautiful animals on the planet. Many of the remote areas such as this one see so few humans that the animals here have very little reason to fear them. Although people must keep a respectful distance, it is not uncommon to find that the animals here will approach humans curiously if they are careful and quiet. The swimmers in this group enjoyed a once in a lifetime experience as they played with sea lions and penguins in their own habitat and on their own terms.
IQALUIT, Nunavut — The Canadian Armed Forces says its water purification system in Iqaluit is up and running again after it was down for two weeks. The military has been in the Nunavut capital of 8,000 residents since Oct. 23 to purify river water using a reverse-osmosis system. Iqaluit has been under a state of emergency since Oct. 12 when fuel was detected in the city's drinking water. The military's water purification unit hasn't been operating since Nov. 22 when high winds knocked over a ten
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BANGKOK (AP) — Aung San Suu Kyi, the civilian leader of Myanmar who was ousted in a de facto coup this year, was convicted on two charges Monday and handed a four-year sentence that was quickly cut in half — in proceedings widely criticized as a further effort by the country’s military rulers to roll back the democratic gains of recent years. The verdict — on charges of incitement and violating coronavirus restrictions — serves to cement a dramatic reversal of fortunes for the Nobel Peace laurea
British Columbia said Tuesday it will expand its booster shot program, as provincial officials reported five new cases of the omicron variant. Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said those who are considered immuno-compromised and who received a three-dose primary series of vaccine will be offered a fourth shot. That booster will administered six months after the third shot, per new recommendations from the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI). Henry also said the province
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin were still far apart after two hours of talks on the escalating crisis caused by Russia’s massing of tens of thousands of troops near its border with Ukraine. Biden delivered a simple message during Tuesday’s video call with Putin: invade Ukraine again and face painful sanctions that will do resounding harm to your economy. Putin had his own blunt take, according to his foreign adviser Yuri Ushakov, telling the U.S. president that “the Rus
The City of Windsor would "welcome" discussions about hiring another Indigenous housing support worker, after a recent count showed 22 per cent of people experiencing homelessness in the city identify as Indigenous. "We get a lot of questions and a lot of inquiries from various groups, various agencies," Jelena Payne, Windsor's Commissioner of Community Development and Health Services, said at a media event to unveil a new affordable housing project on Monday. "We sit down with everybody, we loo