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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Monday expanded its efforts to assist at-risk Afghan citizens flee Taliban violence as fighting intensifies ahead of the U.S. military pullout at the end of the month. The State Department said it is widening the scope of Afghans eligible for refugee status in United States to include current and former employees of U.S.-based news organizations, U.S.-based aid and development agencies and other relief groups that receive U.S. funding. Current and fo
The "Grand Theft Auto" and "Red Dead Redemption" creator also maintained its annual revenue forecast and did not reveal which games were being delayed, but said the pandemic played no role in its decision to move the release. Companies like Take-Two, Electronic Arts and Activision Blizzard benefited from lockdowns keeping gamers glued to their consoles last year, but those gains have started to taper off as easing pandemic curbs encourage people to step out more. Take-Two forecast second-quarter adjusted revenue between $815 million and $865 million, below analysts' estimates of $890.7 million, according to Refinitiv IBES data.
CHICAGO (AP) — A judge on Monday granted lawyers for Jussie Smollett more time to prepare arguments on several issues, including whether they can introduce a key witness’s previous conviction for battery. Cook County Judge James Linn scheduled the next hearing in the case for Aug. 26. But Linn also urged lawyers for Smollett and the special prosecutor’s office to get prepared for a trial or other resolution to the charges that the actor staged a racist and homophobic attack in January 2019. One
The video service unit said on Monday it will launch DirecTv Stream, a platform that will allow its users to get access to streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon.com Inc's Prime Video and HBO Max. The move will boost the TV operator's position, which like its peers, had been losing subscribers to video streaming services such as Netflix, Prime Video and Apple Inc's service that offer award-wining and exclusive shows.
Ten Indigenous men and women walked from Kingston to Parliament Hill with a copper pail in hand as part of an annual water walk. "Mr. Trudeau said he'd give all of our people fresh water, clean water on our territories," said Lisa Cadue, who organized the walk. Cadue is from Tyendinaga and says she still doesn't have clean water. "We've been on a boil water advisory for 33 years," she said. Cadue has been participating in the water walks for at least 10 years, but Indigenous peoples have been do
MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — A conservative coalition registered a former leader of the 1980s Contra rebels Monday as a presidential candidate to challenge the re-election bid by President Daniel Ortega in Nicaragua's Nov. 7 elections. The Citizens for Liberty coalition registered Oscar Sobalvarro, a rancher and former commander in the U.S.-backed rebellion against Ortega's government during the 1980s. That came despite calls from some opposition parties to boycott the race after Ortega arrested mo
Loved ones of a Black man shot and killed by police in Quebec want to know why he died. The family of Jean Rene Junior Olivier says they called police to help him because he was in a troubled state but didn’t expect it would end with bullets.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham has tested positive for the coronavirus, the first senator to disclose a breakthrough infection after being vaccinated. In a statement issued Monday afternoon, the South Carolina Republican said that he “started having flu-like symptoms Saturday night” and went to the doctor Monday morning. After being notified of his positive test, Graham said he would quarantine for 10 days. “I feel like I have a sinus infection, and at present time, I have mild s
REPENTIGNY, Que. — The family of a Black man shot and killed by police in a Montreal suburb on Sunday wants to know why officers opened fire. Jean René Junior Olivier's family told reporters gathered outside his mother's home on Monday they had called police because they were concerned for his well-being and wanted him to get help. Instead, they said, he received three bullets in the stomach just a few houses over from his mother's home on a leafy residential street in Repentigny, Que., just nor
While the number of new COVID-19 cases in Quebec remains low when compared to the peak of the third wave, the test positivity rate hit 1.4 per cent on Sunday. That's the highest it's been since late May, and new public health data shows infections are on the rise. Quebec has reported an average of 139 new cases a day over the past seven days, up from an average of 57 a week prior. Quebec Public Health reported 154 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday and 347 new infections were identified on Friday a
The Nature Trust of New Brunswick is celebrating the conservation of 4,047 hectares of land (10,000 acres) in the province, a new milestone in the land trust's 34-year history. Nature Trust CEO Renata Woodward said it couldn't have achieved the landmark without the support of its board members, staff and over 400 volunteers. "It feels absolutely amazing, I am just thrilled where the organization is right now," said Woodward. The Nature Trust conserves and stewards a network of 69 nature preserve
ROME (AP) — Premier Mario Draghi's government easily won two confidence votes early Tuesday, securing approval from lawmakers in Parliament's lower chamber for a key justice system overhaul that Italy needs as part of reforms to help secure generous pandemic recovery funds from the European Union. Following debate, in back-to-back confidence votes, the Chamber of Deputies by a wide margin approved two key articles of the bill. The first article passed by a vote of 462 to 55, while the second was
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador on Monday downplayed the abysmal turnout for a national referendum on pursuing ex-presidents for alleged wrongdoing during their administrations. Only 7% of Mexico’s eligible voters participated Sunday, but the president preferred to focus on the fact that more than 6 million voted, declaring it a “triumph.” Nine out of 10 voted “yes” on the question. “Democracy is never going to fail,” López Obrador said. The participation fell wel
BOSTON (AP) — The eviction system, which saw a dramatic drop in cases before a federal moratorium expired over the weekend, rumbled back into action Monday, with activists girding for the first of what could be millions of tenants to be tossed onto the streets as the delta variant of the coronavirus surges. Landlords tired of waiting for federal rental assistance were in court hoping to evict their tenants, while families from Ohio to Virginia turned up before judges hoping for a last-minute rep
The south shores of Lake St. Clair are under a blue-green algae bloom advisory. The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit issued the warning on Friday, saying that people should avoid swimming if the water looks cloudy or like "green paint or pea soup." "Infants and young children [under age six] should not swim or play in the water. For adults and children six years of age and older, they should swim with caution and rinse off after swimming," the health unit said in a media release. Drinking water
There's been a national reckoning on place names and the people they're named after — and some say that conversation should include looking at the name of British Columbia, which refers, in part, to Christopher Columbus. Robert Jago, a writer and consultant from the Kwantlen First Nation and the Nooksack Tribe, says any association with the Italian explorer, who is widely associated with the beginnings of the violent colonization of the Americas, is problematic. "I think everyone knows this by n
The United States doubled down on its tough stance and sanctions on Cuba after historic protests in the Communist-run island last month and said it would seek to support protesters. But many countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, a region which is still scarred by Washington’s backing of coups during the Cold War and has shifted leftwards in recent years, are asking it to back off instead. President Joe Biden branded Cuba a "failed state" in the wake of the July 11-12 protests over an economic crisis and curbs on freedoms.
Twitter Inc will partner with the Associated Press and Reuters to more quickly provide credible information on the social networking site as part of an effort to fight the spread of misinformation, it said on Monday. Like other social media companies, the San Francisco-based firm has been under pressure to remove misleading or false information on its site. Earlier this year Twitter launched a program called Birdwatch, asking its users to help identify and fact-check misleading tweets.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A Black man who said a group of white men assaulted him and threatened to “get a noose” at a southern Indiana lake is facing criminal charges more than a year after the confrontation that earlier led to charges against two of the alleged attackers. Vauhxx Booker, a local civil rights activist and member of the Monroe County Human Rights Commission, was charged with misdemeanor trespass and felony battery for his involvement in last year’s Fourth of July incident at Lake Monro
As Brooke Henderson competes for her second time going for gold during the Tokyo Olympics, her hometown of Smiths Falls rallies behind her. "She is a perfect example of a great person and a great Canadian; she'll do her best," said Gord Percy, general manager at the Smiths Falls Golf and Country Club. "The whole club and the community are very proud of her still." Henderson is one of four golfers going for the Olympic gold for Team Canada. Tokyo is Henderson's second time competing for gold, aft