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BEIJING (AP) — China’s foreign minister met Wednesday with a delegation of high-level Taliban officials as ties between them warm ahead of the U.S. pullout from Afghanistan. A photo posted on the ministry’s website showed Wang Yi posing with senior Taliban leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar and his delegation in the city of Tianjin, then sitting down to talks. The highly conspicuous show of friendliness had the appearance of a diplomatic mission at a time when the Taliban are craving legitimacy.
AURORA, Colo. (AP) — A video showing a police officer pistol-whipping and choking a Black man during an arrest in a Denver suburb has reignited anger over policing in the community, with activists decrying what they say is just the latest example of the mistreatment of people of color. Aurora Officer John Haubert was arrested on suspicion of attempted first-degree assault, second-degree assault and felony menacing charges, after officers responded Friday to a trespassing report where they found
HONG KONG (AP) — A lawyer for the first person convicted under Hong Kong’s national security law asked Thursday for no more than 10 years in prison instead of the possible life sentence faced by the former restaurant waiter in a closely watched case as China's ruling Communist Party tries to crush a pro-democracy movement. Tong Ying-kit was convicted Tuesday of inciting secession and terrorism for driving his motorcycle into a group of police officers during a July 1, 2020, pro-democracy rally w
THUNDER BAY — The drought scene on farms in the Northwest is looking pretty grim as farmers pray for rain. “We have had decent amounts of rain until the end of June when the tap turned off here,” said dairy farmer Bernie Kamphof of Kamphof Farms Ltd. “Things are not good here and they are looking worse every day, but we are certainly not in the position that they are in Western Canada yet.” Kamphof grows feed for his 450 head of cattle with predominant crops of alfalfa, corn and barley. “The alf
The Municipality of North Grenville is developing a new Strategic Plan to help guide the community’s services and development for the next ten years. Municipal Council and staff encourage residents to complete a survey on their vision for North Grenville. The results of this survey will directly inform the Strategic Plan. Is your priority improving sidewalks and road safety? Or would you prefer to see greater attention paid to environmental stewardship? It could be that you are keen to foster de
The owner of the Montreal Canadiens has apologized for drafting Logan Mailloux, a player convicted of sharing a sexually explicit photo of a woman without her consent. But fans aren’t satisfied with the apology and question why the team is keeping Mailloux.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un paid tribute to China's war dead at a Pyongyang memorial and vowed to maintain firm ties with Beijing, state media reported Thursday, as he seeks to bolster relations with his country's main ally amid deepening hardships linked to the pandemic. Kim’s visit Wednesday to the Friendship Tower that honors Chinese soldiers killed during the 1950-53 Korean War was his third since he took power in late 2011. It came a day after the 68th annivers
World share markets were back on the climb on Thursday as the U.S. Federal Reserve signalled it was in no rush to taper stimulus and reassurances from Beijing saw beaten-up Chinese stocks leap off the canvas. "I don't see an outcome where we see runaway inflation by any stretch of the imagination".
The Give N’ Take Library, located near Heckston at 1000 Slater Road, is an essential stop for anyone looking for a good read. Angie Thompson started the library on her front porch in 2018. Since then, the library has expanded to an Amish shed in her yard. The attention and care devoted to the library is clear. Her husband, Gary, fitted the shed with book shelves, and Angie does her best to keep donations organized alphabetically and by popularity. Angie explains that she started the library beca
THUNDER BAY — Northwestern Ontario farmers are in crisis as they watch their crops deteriorate in the severe drought conditions. Above-seasonal temperatures and lack of rainfall across Western Canada is causing farmers to turn to extremes to keep cattle watered and fed. On Tuesday, the Ontario government announced $2 million in relief through the Northwestern Livestock Emergency Assistance Initiative after farmers expressed serious concerns and illustrated the severity of the crisis during an in
CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) -Canadian pipeline operator TC Energy Corp could spend billions of dollars on its plans to lower emissions by switching to renewable energy to run its huge network of U.S. and Canadian oil and gas pipelines. Calgary-based TC Energy, which ships oil and gas through nearly 100,000 kilometres (62,140 miles) of pipelines, one of the biggest networks in North America, has been encouraged by a better-than-expected response to a request in April for information on wind power for projects in the United States. "We started just with our liquids pipeline and it gives us really a lot of confidence that we'll be able to pivot quickly to our natural gas pipeline business both in the U.S. and in Canada," Corey Hessen, TC Energy's president of power and storage, told Reuters.
PHOENIX (AP) — Groups connected to prominent supporters of former President Donald Trump's movement to cast doubt on the 2020 election results have raised more than $5.7 million for Arizona Republicans' election audit, according to figures released late Wednesday. Doug Logan, CEO of Cyber Ninjas, the little-known firm hired to lead the audit, ended months of silence about who was paying for it and how much it cost. The money from pro-Trump groups dwarfs the $150,000 contributed by the Arizona Se
Canadian beach volleyball duo Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes remained undefeated at the Tokyo Olympics with a straight-sets (21-13, 24-22) victory over Switzerland's Joana Heidrich and Anouk Vergé-Dépré on Thursday in Tokyo. With both teams entering the match with a perfect record in Pool A, the contest decided who would take top spot heading into the knockout stage. The top two teams from each of the six pools, plus the two best third-place teams, advance directly to the single-eliminat
Businesses in and around Penticton, B.C., are disappointed by their local city council's rejection of a plan to build 130 units of rental housing, saying the decision will complicate efforts to hire and retain staff. Jonathan McGraw, president of the Penticton and Wine Country Chamber of Commerce, says a lack of rental housing for staff has been an ongoing challenge for businesses in the area. "We're hearing that they're having a difficult time with the hiring and retention of employees," McGraw
LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Better Call Saul” star Bob Odenkirk had a “heart related incident” when he collapsed on the show's New Mexico set, and his condition is stable as he recovers at a hospital, his representatives said Wednesday. “We can confirm Bob is in stable condition after experiencing a heart related incident," the statement said. "He and his family would like to express gratitude for the incredible doctors and nurses looking after him, as well as his cast, crew and producers who have staye
What is a COVID-19 vaccine “breakthrough” case? It’s when a fully vaccinated person gets infected with the coronavirus. In studies, the two-dose COVID-19 vaccines by Pfizer and Moderna were around 95% effective at preventing illness, while the one-shot Johnson & Johnson shot was 72% effective, though direct comparisons are difficult. So while the vaccines are very good at protecting us from the virus, it’s still possible to get infected with mild or no symptoms, or even to get very sick. If you
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden took quick action after his inauguration to start shifting federal inmates out of privately run prisons, where complaints of abuses abound. “It is just the beginning of my administration’s plan to address systemic problems in our criminal justice system,” Biden promised in January as he signed an executive order on the matter. The administration also is expected to encourage reductions in bulging state and local prison populations by allowing the use coronav
THUNDER BAY — Parcels arriving at Ryden’s Border Store near the Pigeon River border crossing slowed down significantly over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic but they never completely stopped. Lori (Sam) Boomer, owner of the northern Minnesota border store less than an hour’s drive south of Thunder Bay, Ont., noticed a pattern that has been going on for several months. The government always advised the border would remain closed until the 21st of the month, at which time they would re-evaluate
STOCKHOLM/PARIS (Reuters) -Franco-Italian chipmaker STMicroelectronics raised full-year sales and investment outlook on Thursday as surging demand from car and phone makers boosted second-quarter profits and kept its factories under pressure to meet orders. Bottlenecks in the chip industry due to a wave of orders led German carmaker Volkswagen and iPhone maker Apple, two of the biggest buyers of sensors and sophisticated semiconductors, to alert markets about potential production difficulties due to chip shortages. Apple is one of STMicro's top clients, as well as electric carmaker Tesla and most major carmakers.
Calgary council has voted in favour of changes to its arena deal with Flames ownership. On Monday, the public learned that the city and the Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation (CSEC) had each agreed to pay an additional $12.5 million for the arena, with CSEC covering any additional cost overruns. It was also announced that the city-owned developer behind the Rivers District will no longer oversee the project and that that duty will now be under CSEC. On Wednesday, council voted in favou