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Pakistan called on the United Nations on Friday to investigate whether India used Israeli-made Pegasus spyware to spy on public figures including Prime Minister Imran Khan. The Pakistani leader's phone number was on a list of what an investigation by a group of 17 international media organisations and Amnesty International said were potential surveillance targets for countries that bought the spyware. Pakistan's foreign office issued a statement accusing India of "state-sponsored, continuing and widespread surveillance and spying operations in clear breach of global norms of responsible state behaviour."
Recent developments: Ottawa reports seven more COVID-19 cases Friday and no new deaths. Permanent residents are in limbo, waiting to immigrate to Canada during the pandemic. Pet owners scramble for animal care as vets face backlogs. What's the latest? Ottawa Public Health (OPH) reported seven new cases, and no new deaths on Friday. Hospitals continue to have zero patients with COVID-19, but some key indicators are on the rise. There is a backlog of some 23,000 aspiring immigrants with expired or
ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban say they don’t want to monopolize power, but they insist there won’t be peace in Afghanistan until there is a new negotiated government in Kabul and President Ashraf Ghani is removed. In an interview with The Associated Press, Taliban spokesman, Suhail Shaheen, who is also a member of the group’s negotiating team, laid out the insurgents’ stance on what should come next in a country on the precipice. The Taliban have swiftly captured territory in recent weeks, seized
SINGAPORE (Reuters) -Vaccinated individuals accounted for three-quarters of Singapore's COVID-19 infections in the last four weeks, but they were not falling seriously ill, government data showed, as a rapid ramp-up in inoculations leaves fewer people unvaccinated. While the data shows that vaccines are highly effective in preventing severe cases, it also underscores the risk that even those inoculated could be contagious, so that inoculation alone may not suffice to halt transmission. Of Singapore's 1,096 locally transmitted infections in the last 28 days, 484, or about 44%, were in fully vaccinated people, while 30% were partially vaccinated and just over 25% were unvaccinated, Thursday's data showed.
Looking to counter the increasing menace of the coronavirus Delta variant, a growing number of European countries are raising their defences and trying to pressure more people to get vaccinated to stay safe. Italy on Thursday followed in the footsteps of France, announcing that proof of vaccination or immunity would shortly be mandatory for an array of activities, including indoor dining and entering places such as gyms, pools, museums and cinemas. Greece made a vaccination certificate mandatory for anyone to be allowed into indoor restaurants and bars from last week, while dozens of Portuguese municipalities introduced weekend curbs for inside dining in early July.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken will travel next week to India, an important partner in U.S. efforts to counter China and in vaccine diplomacy that is hobbled by its own COVID-19 crisis. It will be Blinken's first visit to the world's largest democracy as President Joe Biden's secretary of state and he will meet on Wednesday with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar. Blinken will also visit Kuwait at the end of his July 26-29 trip.
An aerial search was scheduled today in and around Bathurst as part of the criminal investigation into the disappearance of 14-year-old Madison Roy-Boudreau. A news release from the Bathurst Police Force said they were being assisted by RCMP air services and Chaleur RCMP. The release was very clear that no other information would be made available. Madison was last seen getting into a grey Ford Ranger pickup truck on May 11. By the next day, police had located the vehicle and kept it under surve
The price of lumber rose at its fastest pace in more than a year on Thursday, after timber companies warned that wildfires in Western Canada are hurting their business. The price of a lumber futures contract jumped by more than 10 per cent, triggering circuit breakers designed to halt trading. Late in the day on Thursday, a contract for 1,000 board-feet of lumber was going for $647 US, up by more than $60 from the previous day's close. Prices are spiking because lumber companies in B.C. and else
Make sure your plans include indoor activities as a backup Saturday, thanks to a forthcoming cold front will sweep through the Great Lakes region. The timing of the front still isn't 100 per cent, but is still expected to generate heavy rain and thunderstorms.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — America’s No. 2 diplomat on Friday expressed sympathy for North Koreans facing hardships and food shortages linked to the pandemic, and renewed calls for the North to return to talks over its nuclear program. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has recently warned of a “tense” food situation and admitted his country faces “the worst-ever” crisis. But his government has steadfastly insisted it won’t rejoin the talks unless Washington drops its hostility. “We all feel for the
When North American lumber prices hit a record $2,050 per thousand board feet on May 7, about $100 of that was going to New Brunswick landowners who were selling sawlog quality trees into the market. It's a fact that still irks Linda Bell. "It sure is a low number," said Bell, who works with private sellers of wood as general manager of the Carleton Victoria Forest Products Marketing Board. "This is something landowners waited for for years, to try and get a good price, and it just didn't happen
Calgary police have laid multiple charges against a man accused of violent domestic assaults against three women over a 10-year span. The investigation started in May when a woman told police she had been violently assaulted by a man with whom she had had a relationship, the Calgary Police Service (CPS) said in a release Friday. She also gave investigators the names of two other women believed to have been abused, physically and sexually, by the same man. "The level of violence exhibited by the
A federal attempt to shield documents related to the firing of two scientists is a violation of parliamentary privilege and must be tossed out of court, House of Commons Speaker Anthony Rota says. In a notice of motion filed Thursday in Federal Court, Rota says the House — by virtue of its parliamentary privileges — has the power to send for the "persons, papers and records" it deems necessary to its functions. "This constitutionally entrenched power is fundamental to our system of parliamentary
The parents of thousands of Ethiopian students stranded in the war-ravaged northern region of Tigray on Friday appealed for help to evacuate them after the main university warned it could not feed them for much longer amid food and cash shortages. Mekelle University, which gets its budget from the federal government, posted a notice on its Facebook page on Thursday saying its bank accounts have been blocked and the federal government has not sent its funds for this year. It said it was running out of money to feed students and that from July 27 it would stop taking responsibility for them.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Angelina Jolie scored a major victory Friday in her divorce with Brad Pitt when a California appeals court agreed with her that the private judge deciding who gets custody of their children should be disqualified. The 2nd District Court of Appeal agreed with Jolie that Judge John W. Ouderkirk didn't sufficiently disclose business relationships with Pitt's attorneys. “Judge Ouderkirk’s ethical breach, considered together with the information disclosed concerning his recent prof
HALIFAX — Nova Scotia's top public health doctor says there have been 22 cases of heart inflammation reported in the province after immunization with Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines. The cases of myocarditis and pericarditis — or swelling of the heart muscle and lining — have mostly arisen in males between 20 and 30 years old who recently received their second doses of vaccine, Dr. Robert Strang, the province's chief medical officer of health, told reporters on Friday. It's not clea
LeVar Burton is on a quest to become the new host of ``Jeopardy!'' The actor and educator says he was initially "terrified" of hosting, but when he let go of trying to follow in Alex Trebek's revered footsteps and instead focused on being himself, the job became fun. (July 23)
A tiny shipwreck on a nearly deserted Newfoundland coast has brought together a small fishing community and a group of fourth graders from a bustling American city. The six-foot-long HK Pride was built by students from the Grade 4 science class at Harvard-Kent Elementary School in Boston, in partnership with the city's USS Constitution Museum. The small ship equipped with a GPS tracking device was launched into the Gulf Stream off Cape Hatteras in North Carolina on May 4. After 75 days at sea, t
Like many Canadians, Sherbrooke resident Jacqueline White has been kept from seeing family in the U.S. by a border that has been shut down to most travellers. She hasn't seen her son, who lives in Boston, in nearly two years. She says she was ecstatic Monday when she heard Canada would reopen its borders in less than three weeks and that her son could make the trip to Canada. "The first thing we're gonna do is hug each other," she said. "It's been quite a while." The 78-year-old said she conside
Special air quality statements have been issued for parts of southern Alberta as smoke from wildfires in B.C. continues to blow into the province, causing poor air quality and reduced visibility. Environment Canada issued the statements Friday morning for the following regions: Airdrie - Cochrane - Olds - Sundre Banff National Park City of Calgary Crowsnest Pass - Pincher Creek - Waterton Lakes National Park Kananaskis - Canmore Nordegg - Forestry Trunk Road Highway 734 Okotoks - High River - Cl