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MONROE, La. (AP) — Growing up in the piney backwoods of northern Louisiana, where yards were dotted with crosses and the occasional Confederate flag, Jacob Brown was raised on hunting, fishing and dreams of becoming a state trooper. But within weeks of arriving at the Louisiana State Police training academy in Baton Rouge, instructors pegged Brown as trouble. One wrote that he was an arrogant, chronic rule breaker with “toxic” character traits that should disqualify him from ever joining the sta
SYDNEY (Reuters) -All fully-vaccinated Australian citizens and permanent residents will be able to leave the country without a special exemption from Nov. 1, authorities said on Wednesday, as Australia eases coronavirus restrictions amid a rise in vaccination rates. Many of these are now expected to return after Sydney and Melbourne ended quarantine rules for inoculated travelers from Nov. 1. Other cities, mostly virus-free, are expected to ease their border rules once they reach higher vaccination rates.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The World Bank's board has turned down a request by IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva for a meeting to defend herself against claims that she pressured staff to alter data as the bank's CEO in 2017, according to two sources briefed on the situation. An attorney hired by Georgieva asked for the meeting in a 17-page letter on Friday to the dean of the bank's board. The attorney, Whitney Debevoise of Arnold & Porter, wrote that an investigation report prepared by the WilmerHale law firm for the board was improperly conducted, violated Georgieva's due process rights, and based its fundamental conclusion on a false assumption, according to a copy of the letter viewed by Reuters.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Tuesday announced a $100 million initiative meant to beef up the U.S. relationship with the organization of Southeast Asian nations. Biden made the new spending announcement at a virtual summit with the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations. It marked the first time since 2017, when President Donald Trump participated in the summit, that a U.S. president took part in a meeting of the bloc. The engagement comes as Biden is looking to strengthen
U.N. chief Antonio Guterres assailed what he called "an epidemic of coup d'états" on Tuesday and urged the Security Council to act to effectively deter them as the 15-member body prepared to discuss the military takeover in Sudan. Sudan's top general Abdel Fattah al-Burhan on Tuesday defended the military takeover, saying he had ousted the government of Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok to avoid civil war. It is the latest in a series of military takeovers in Myanmar, Mali and Guinea and attempted coups in several other countries.
Shelters in Colombia are preparing for increasing numbers of impoverished migrants arriving on foot after Venezuela reopened its border with its Andean neighbor, many of them children in need of food, medical attention and the chance to play again, aid workers said. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's leftist government said this month it was reopening https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/venezuela-reopen-border-with-colombia-tuesday-official-says-2021-10-04 its side of the 2,219-km (1,379-mile) border with Colombia, which was closed in 2019 over political tensions. Colombia's right-wing government reopened its side https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/colombia-reopens-border-with-venezuela-after-14-months-2021-06-02 of the frontier in June after closing it for 14 months amid the coronavirus pandemic.
As President Joe Biden heads to a vital United Nations climate change summit, an increasing number of Americans, 59 percent, view the climate crisis as a "very important" issue, according to a new AP-NORC/EPIC survey. (October 26)
A 46-year-old man died late Monday night after he was struck by an STM bus. The bus was making a left turn at the intersection of de Castelneau Street and Chateaubriand Avenue in the neighbourhood of Villeray, when it struck the man at around 11 p.m. No passengers were in the bus at the time. Montreal police say the man's death was declared at the scene. The bus driver, a 53-year-old man, was treated for shock but otherwise was not injured. Montreal police set up a security perimeter so special
The Canadian military is bringing two water purification units to Iqaluit, more than a week after the city’s water was deemed undrinkable. But the units take about a week to get set up, and a key water source, the river, is starting to freeze.
The developed world has failed to deliver on its commitment to send some $100 billion a year to help poorer countries fight climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, according to a new report jointly drafted by Canada and Germany ahead of the COP26 summit. The report, prepared by Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson and his German counterpart, Jochen Flasbarth, documents the progress richer countries have made to date in financially supporting other countries with climate change mit
OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau revealed the new makeup of his cabinet that included some additions, subtractions and a shakeup for others. Here are five things to know about the cabinet and what it all could mean. In, out, and moving about: The prime minister expanded his cabinet to 38 ministers, not including Trudeau himself, which meant adding some new faces in Kamal Khera as seniors minister, Pascal St-Onge as sport minister (also the only rookie MP in cabinet), Marci Ien as gender eq
A London nursing home faces charges under Ontario's Occupational Health and Safety Act after a registered nurse died from COVID-19 and many others were infected early into the pandemic. Court documents obtained by CBC News show Kensington Village is accused of misleading health inspectors and not providing proper training or supervision for wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) or room cleaning. Brian Beattie, 57, an RN for 23 years who started at Kensington in 2018, died from the novel co
Canada’s post-pandemic economic recovery could be slowed by a growing shortage of truck drivers, which would have severe implications for the North American supply chain.
TORONTO — A drama about an Indigenous graduate student involved in a debate over the sale of alcohol on her Quebec reserve has won a top prize at the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival. "Bootlegger," directed and co-written by Algonquin-French filmmaker Caroline Monnet of Outaouais, Que., took the $7,500 Dramatic Feature Award at the festival that wrapped Sunday. Devery Jacobs, who grew up in the Kahnawà:ke Mohawk Territory in Quebec, stars alongside Pascale Bussières of Montreal. The Queb
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s top lawyer filed suit against the Biden administration on Monday seeking to restore a Trump-era ban on abortion referrals by family planning clinics that President Joe Biden reversed earlier this month. The action filed by Republican Attorney Dave Yost in U.S. District Court in Cincinnati was joined by 11 other states. At issue are new federal regulations set by the Department of Health and Human Services that take the Title X federal family planning program back to
The City of Toronto is in a position to buy a west end rooming house and a downtown councillor says he fully supports the plan because Toronto is dire need of affordable housing. Coun. Joe Cressy, who represents Ward 10 Spadina-Fort York, said city staff have confirmed that the city has entered into an agreement that gives it the first right of refusal to buy the Parkview Arms, a rooming house at 935 Queen St. W., across from Trinity-Bellwoods Park. It contains 58 rooms. Mayor John Tory's execut
An IT security analyst in Halifax says the provincial government is failing to protect Nova Scotians from potential online impostors who steal personal information with lookalike websites. So for $20, Logan Atwood registered the web address "govns.ca" so it can't be used in so-called "typosquatting" attacks. "Working in the industry, I realized just how many bad things that domain could be used for," Logan said. Typosquatting is the practice of buying web addresses that are nearly identical to p
BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — A Brazilian Senate committee recommended on Tuesday that President Jair Bolsonaro face a series of criminal indictments for actions and omissions related to the world’s second highest COVID-19 death toll. The 7-to-4 vote was the culmination of a six-month committee investigation of the government’s handling of the pandemic. It formally approved a report calling for prosecutors to try Bolsonaro on charges ranging from charlatanism and inciting crime to misuse of public fun
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Across Northern California, crews worked Monday to clear streets of toppled trees and branches and to clean gutters clogged by debris carried by rainwater from a massive storm that caused flooding and rock slides, and knocked out power to hundreds of thousands. Despite the problems, the rain and mountain snow were welcome in Northern California, which is so dry that nearly all of it is classified as either experiencing extreme or exceptional drought. The wet weather also gre
Toronto police have released the name of the victim in a fatal shooting on Eglinton Avenue West early Saturday. He is identified as Donald Leroy "Smokey" Marson, 36, of Toronto. Officers were called to 2591 Eglinton Ave. W. at 2:20 a.m. on Saturday. When police arrived, they found a man in an apartment who had been shot. Officers tried to save his life but he was pronounced dead at the scene. Marson is Toronto's 69th homicide victim of the year. Investigators are urging anyone who witnessed the