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Newfoundland and Labrador's police watchdog won't investigate a rash of sexual assault allegations involving the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary unless the women involved want it to happen, as the head of the agency vows to build trust in its abilities, where some critics say there is little to be had. At least 12 women have been in touch with St. John's lawyer Lynn Moore to speak about their experiences with sexual assault and on-duty RNC officers, Moore said this week. No formal complaints hav
VANCOUVER — Two groups focused on environmental issues are calling on the British Columbia government to come up with a plan to track "heat dome injuries" following record-setting temperatures that are also linked with 570 deaths in the province over a one-week period. Representatives of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment and the West Coast Environmental Law Association said thousands of people across the province sought medical help for conditions like heat stroke, dehyd
"The company has determined that achieving and sustaining a top-tier market position in Spain would require a disproportionate level of investment with highly uncertain long-term potential returns," Deliveroo said in a statement. Spain's government in May gave food delivery companies three months to convert their couriers into staff workers, one of the first laws in Europe regarding gig-economy workers' rights. The proposal is subject to consultation with employees and riders who will be affected by the end of operations, Deliveroo said, adding that Spain accounted for less than 2% its overall transaction values in the first half of 2021.
PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech government on Friday approved a program of help for Afghans who worked with Czech troops during their deployment in NATO missions. Defense Minister Lubomir Metnar said the help meant for Afghan interpreters and their families includes their relocation, an offer of asylum and financial aid. Metnar said the goal of the program is to ensure safe and decent live conditions for them after NATO troops pull out of Afghanistan. The government’s move came days after the Czech vete
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A search and rescue operation is underway Friday near Greece’s island of Lesbos along the maritime border with Turkey, after an inflatable dinghy carrying migrants apparently sank, authorities said. Ten people had been rescued and another three were believed to be missing, Greece’s coast guard said. Two coast guard patrol boats, a vessel from the European border agency Frontex, one helicopter and two aircraft, as well as a vessel that had been sailing nearby, were involved
China will ramp up its scrutiny of online ride-hailing firms under plans to strengthen the protection of worker rights and require firms to amend any non-compliant operations, the Ministry of Transport said on Friday. The ministry said in a statement which did not name any companies that it had found that some ride-hailing firms were infringing driver rights while other platforms were disrupting fair competition in the market. Online ride-hailing firms with "illegal" operations will be required to put forth timetables and work plans on how they will expedite the removal of non-complaint vehicles and personnel, it said.
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Attackers threw a hand grenade at a police van in Pakistan's northwestern city of Peshawar on Friday, killing a policeman and wounding two others before fleeing the scene, police said. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. In a statement, Peshawar police said the attack happened while a government administrator was visiting market areas to ensure people were adhering to social distancing rules to contain the coronavirus. Pakistani authorities have ta
If you look up the hashtag 'van life' on social media platform TikTok, you'll join about 4.8 billion others who are looking at videos of beautiful, shiny vans with macrame plant holders and fairy lights. It's a trending lifestyle sold as an alternative form of housing that promises mobility and freedom. But for some people in Whitehorse, living in a vehicle is a very practical decision amid the territory's housing crisis. For others, it's one of their only options. Amy Hrebien would love to own
HONG KONG (AP) — A pro-democracy protester was sentenced Friday to nine years in prison in the closely watched first prosecution under Hong Kong’s national security law as the ruling Communist Party tightens control over the territory. Tong Ying-kit, 24, was convicted of inciting secession and terrorism for driving his motorcycle into a group of police officers at a July 1, 2020, rally. He carried a flag bearing the banned slogan, “Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our times.” President Xi Jinpi
An internal CDC document said the variant, first detected in India and now dominant across the globe, is as contagious as chickenpox and far more contagious than the common cold or flu. The document, entitled "Improving communications around vaccine breakthrough and vaccine effectiveness", said the variant required a new approach to help the public understand the danger - including making clear that unvaccinated people were more than 10 times more likely than those who are vaccinated to become seriously ill or die. Recommended preventative measures included making vaccines mandatory for health care professionals to protect the vulnerable and a return to universal wearing of face masks.
When you arrive at the Four Girls Lavender farm, the fields of purple announce themselves first by their fragrance. "The scent is is really attractive and it'll last for a while." said owner Alain Côté in an interview with CBC at the Colpitts Settlement farm in southeastern New Brunswick. Côté and his family opened the Salisbury-area farm to the public this summer, after planting 220 lavender plants last year in preparation. He and his wife Krista work as teachers in the community and have time
Former Sen. Carl Levin, a powerful voice for the military during his career as Michigan's longest-serving U.S. senator, dies at 87 (July 30)
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli health authorities began administering coronavirus booster shots Friday to people over 60 who've already received both does of a vaccine, in a bid to combat a recent spike in cases. The decision was announced Thursday by the Israeli prime minister, Naftali Bennet, making Israel the first country to offer a third dose of a Western vaccine to its citizens on a wide scale. ″Israel is a pioneer in going ahead with the third dose for older people of the age of 60 and above,″
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The International Criminal Court has withdrawn its arrest warrant for the wife of former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo following her husband's acquittal on charges of involvement in deadly violence that erupted following his country's disputed 2010 presidential election. Simone Gbagbo had faced similar charges under an arrest warrant issued by the global war crimes court in 2012. Her husband was acquitted in 2019, midway through his trial at the ICC, of respo
Up until this summer, Maxime Boily would only head to Quebec City's Beauport Bay about once a year. He'd get together with a group of his friends, and have them carry his wheelchair across the sand, into the water where he would dip his toes, lower himself into a kayak or go for a swim. Since last month, cooling off at the beach has become a lot easier. "I feel so happy because it's the first time I see this kind of equipment," said Boily. "I can push my wheelchair alone — I don't need help." Be
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 July 30 ... What we are watching on the world stage ... TOKYO—The Canadian women's eight rowing crew has captured gold at the Tokyo Olympics. They crossed the line first in Friday's final with a time of five minutes 59.13 seconds at Sea Forest Waterway. It's Canada's first gold in the event since the 1992 Barcelona Games, the first women's gold
A grisly murder in the heart of Islamabad involving families from the privileged elite of Pakistani society has dominated headlines for the past week, stirring national outrage over femicides in the South Asian nation. Noor Mukadam, 27, the daughter of a former Pakistani diplomat, was found beheaded in a posh neighborhood of the capital on July 20. Police have charged Zahir Jaffer, a U.S. national and scion of one of Pakistan's wealthiest families, with murder.
WUKRO, Ethiopia/GENEVA (Reuters) -The United Nations children's agency said on Friday that more than 100,000 children in Ethiopia's northern region of Tigray could suffer life-threatening malnutrition in the next 12 months, a 10-fold increase to normal numbers. UNICEF spokesperson Marixie Mercado said that one-in-two pregnant and breastfeeding women screened in Tigray were acutely malnourished.
Alan McCleery competed as a kayaker in the 1960 Olympics Games in Rome, and until early last year had never stopped paddling. That was when a hip fracture sent the 92-year-old Ottawa resident to hospital. The injury, combined with mobility issues caused by a rare form of muscular dystrophy, prevented him from taking part last summer in his favourite recreational activity. "It was a very, very unhappy situation because I enjoyed the sport very much and it kept me in good physical condition," McCl
A South Carolina state lawmaker is mounting a primary challenge to U.S. Rep. Tom Rice, saying the five-term Republican broke his constituents' trust by voting to impeach former President Donald Trump earlier this year. In an interview Thursday with The Associated Press, state Rep. Russell Fry said that he will be a candidate for Congress, running against Rice, who, up until his surprise vote in January, had always been a consistent supporter of the former president, representing an area that vot