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NAIROBI (Reuters) -Ethiopia's Somali region said on Wednesday a vital road and rail trade route linking the landlocked capital of Addis Ababa to the sea port of Djibouti was blocked by youths angered by a deadly militia attack on their region. Around 95% of imports into the nation of around 110 million people are transported via that corridor, according to a 2018 study by the U.N. Conference on Trade and Development. The Ethiopian prime minister's office and authorities in Djibouti could not immediately be reached for comment.
Walmart-owned Flipkart has asked India's Supreme Court to restrain the country's antitrust body after it asked sensitive questions in what the firm called an "invasive" investigation of its e-commerce operations. The request, in a court filing more than 700 pages long that has not been made public, illustrates the e-commerce giant's level of concern over the investigation, which has prompted public spats between U.S firms and the Indian government. In its investigation, which includes Amazon.com Inc, the Competition Commission of India (CCI) sought a list of Flipkart's top sellers, online discounts and pacts with smartphone makers, among 32 questions it asked on July 15.
LONDON (Reuters) -England will allow fully vaccinated visitors from the European Union and United States to arrive without needing to quarantine from next week, in a huge and long-awaited boost for airlines and travel companies. Britain's travel industry has criticised the government for being too slow to open up, saying it has squandered its lead in the global vaccine rollout and given the EU a headstart in attracting tourists. Now, from Aug. 2, travellers with U.S. and EU-approved vaccines will not have to quarantine.
In The News is a roundup of stories from The Canadian Press designed to kick-start your day. Here is what's on the radar of our editors for the morning of July 28 ... What we are watching in Canada ... Canada's labour minister was told earlier this year that it would cost employers more than one million dollars annually to provide free tampons and pads in federally regulated workplaces. The March briefing note to Filomena Tassi estimated the annual employer costs would likely be 1.17 million dol
LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Better Call Saul” star Bob Odenkirk collapsed on the show's New Mexico set on Tuesday and had to be hospitalized. Crew members called an ambulance that took the 58-year-old actor to a hospital, where he remained Tuesday night, a person close to Odenkirk who was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter told The Associated Press. It was not immediately clear what caused the collapse, or how long Odenkirk might be hospitalized. “Better Call Saul,” the spin-off prequel to “
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden's latest leap into the Senate's up-and-down efforts to clinch a bipartisan $1 trillion infrastructure deal comes with even more at stake than his coveted plans for boosting road, rail and other public works projects. The outcome of the infrastructure bargaining, which for weeks has encountered one snag after another, will impact what could be the crown jewel of his legacy. That would be his hopes for a subsequent $3.5 trillion federal infusion for families’
Remember the payphone? It was once the lifeline to staying connected while out of the house, with large rows of them found inside shopping malls, hotels and airports, while others had their own booths on busy city streets. They still exist, of course, but to a smaller degree, leaving the safety net in place as a precaution if the cellphone dies. Brendan Fahey, the former president of Newtel Mobility — now known as Bell Mobility — told CBC Radio's Newfoundland Morning the slow demise of payphones
Telefonica Deutschland said it was raising its outlook for revenue and core profit this year to show slight growth after posting the strongest first-half growth since the merger that created the company in 2015. The unit of Spain's Telefonica said second-quarter revenue rose by 5.7% to 1.9 billion euros ($2.25 billion), driving growth in adjusted core profit of 10.8% to 612 million euros. "We developed very well in the first half of the year and achieved record growth in revenue and operating profits," CEO Markus Haas said in a statement.
Newly released data from Statistics Canada shows significant drops in serious crime in Ottawa — but nearby Kingston, Ont., was identified as one of few places in Canada where crime is on the rise. Statistics Canada's Crime Severity Index weighs police-reported crime by its seriousness, producing a score using a benchmark of 100, which is equal to 2006 crime rates. Since 2006, serious crime has decreased significantly across the country, but the five years leading up to 2020 saw a gradual increas
TORONTO — Before he moved to the United States to become a comedy writer on late-night talk shows and "The Simpsons," Tim Long was a self-described nerd in an Ontario town dubbed "home of the white squirrel." Exeter, Ont., has had so many white bushy-tailed critters — relative anomalies compared to their black and brown cousins — the town mascot is a giant squirrel named Willis the White Wonder, and the focus of an annual festival. Naturally, when Long loosely based his new Canadian comedy film
WARNING: This story contains distressing details. A Vancouver woman was shocked to discover that a photograph showing her in a private moment of mourning for Indigenous children who died at a former residential school in Kamloops, B.C., is being licensed to news outlets without her consent. Loretta John, who is a member of the Lheidli T'enneh First Nation near Prince George, B.C., and a housing worker in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, attended a public memorial outside the Vancouver Art Gallery
KABUL (Reuters) -China told a visiting Taliban delegation on Wednesday it expected the insurgent group to play an important role in ending Afghanistan's war and rebuilding the country, the Chinese foreign ministry said. Nine Taliban representatives met Foreign Minister Wang Yi in the northern Chinese city of Tianjin on a two-day visit during which the peace process and security issues were discussed, a Taliban spokesperson said. Wang said the Taliban is expected to "play an important role in the process of peaceful reconciliation and reconstruction in Afghanistan", according to a readout of the meeting from the foreign ministry.
Adecco Group has agreed to buy AKKA Technologies in a deal worth 2 billion euros ($2.4 billion), it said on Wednesday, the biggest deal in the Swiss staffing company's 25-year history. The acquisition of Belgium-based AKKA will make Adecco the world's largest provider of temporary staffing by revenue, overtaking Dutch rival Randstad. Adecco will combine AKKA with its science and IT staffing business Modis to boost its services providing engineering, technical and R&D staff to automakers and aerospace companies.
Recent developments: Health units ramp up efforts to vaccinate youth before school starts. Ottawa reported three more COVID-19 cases Tuesday. Ontario logged 129 new cases. What's the latest? The first day of classes for most publicly-funded schools in Ontario is just under six weeks away. Health units are ramping up youth vaccination efforts, using prizes and social media, as the window quickly closes for students to be fully immunized by the time school starts. The Ontario NDP called on Premier
OTTAWA — A requester seeking access to a week's worth of emails and messages from the head of a federal agency embroiled in controversy has been told to wait five years or more for a response under Canada's information law. The applicant recently asked the Public Health Agency of Canada for emails, texts and messages that president Iain Stewart had sent or received from June 14 to 21. The Access to Information request was prompted by curiosity about Stewart's refusal to provide a House of Common
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The air quality in Sudbury and surrounding districts is expected to fluctuate over the next few days due to active forest fires in northwestern Ontario and eastern Manitoba. Environment Canada issued a special air quality statement on Sunday for Greater Sudbury and vicinity, including Manitoulin Island, West Nipissing, French River, Espanola and Killarney. The health risk in Sudbury was low on Monday afternoon, and it is projected to be moderate through to Tuesday. Public health officials recomm
OTTAWA — Canada's labour minister was told earlier this year that efforts to provide free tampons and pads in federally regulated workplaces could cost employers more than $1 million annually to become a reality. The March briefing note to Filomena Tassi estimated the annual employer costs would likely be $1.17 million to provide free tampons and pads, based on an annual, per-employee cost of almost $60 and assuming a 50-per-cent take-up rate. A 100-per-cent take-up rate would put the cost close
OTTAWA — The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has expanded the recall of Al-Rabih brand Halva/Halawa over the possibility of a Salmonella contamination. The original recall involved halva/halawa with pistachios manufactured by Phoenicia Group, and sold in 454g and 907g packages. The expansion now includes 200g and 2.5 kg packages of halva/halawa with pistachios, as well as 200g, 454g and 907g packages of halva/halawa with chocolate, 454g packages of plain light and 200g, 454g and 907g and 2.5 kg
Public Health Sudbury and Districts changed the way it reports variant cases last week because officials felt the previous method was “misleading.” The number of variant cases in the region is probably much higher than the six previously reported because not all cases that screen positive for variants of concern are sent for genome testing. To better reflect case data in the region and encourage the public to get fully vaccinated against COVID-19, the health unit decided to start reporting confi