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ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The top U.S. military officer said Friday that calls he made to his Chinese counterpart in the final stormy months of Donald Trump's presidency were “perfectly within the duties and responsibilities” of his job. In his first public comments on the conversations, Gen. Mark Milley such said calls are “routine” and were done "to reassure both allies and adversaries in this case in order to ensure strategic stability.” The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff spoke to The Asso
A day after New Brunswick's top doctor said testing centres were "backed up," officials with Horizon Health Network and the Department of Health say they're working to meet a jump in demand for COVID-19 tests. Horizon's vice-president of community Jean Daigle said the health authority has seen an increased demand in testing in the wake of the recent spike in cases of COVID-19 in the province. "We are currently in the process of scaling up our assessment centre operations and staffing resources i
LONDON (AP) — House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi warned Britain on Friday that there will be no U.S.-U.K. trade deal unless the British government solves post-Brexit disagreements with the European Union that risk destabilizing Northern Ireland’s peace. Britain and the EU are at odds over trade arrangements that have imposed checks on goods coming to Northern Ireland from the rest of the U.K. They were agreed by both sides in their divorce deal, to keep an open land border between the
One Derbyshire cheesemaker says it has fallen victim to the extra paperwork, costs and confusion that have hit many a British exporter to the continent since the UK left the EU.View on euronews
Walking through the rows of trees and seeing the different varieties at Wintermoor Orchards in York, P.E.I., you can see the trees' branches laden with apples ripening in the sun. Apple growers are getting a good sense of this year's crop as the cooler fall nights begin to set in and U-picks begin to open. "This will be one of our bigger crops," said orchard co-owner Mark Ashley. "Things are ripening up nice. Size is up. I've gone through it walking my dog in the morning and pretty proud of it.
First major fall storm of the season will be impactful in southern British Columbia, especially after a summer of dangerous heat and strong drought.
Taiwan's air force scrambled on Friday to warn away 10 Chinese aircraft that entered its air defence zone, Taiwan's defence ministry said, the day after the island announced a $9 billion boost to military spending to counter the threat from China. Chinese-claimed Taiwan has complained for a year or more of repeated missions by China's air force near the democratically governed island, often in the southwestern part of its air defence zone close to the Taiwan-controlled Pratas Islands.
Shaleen Erwin bounces a happy, blonde baby boy in her lap. Her husband Tom grabs the tiny blue soother every time it falls out of six-month-old Mac's mouth. There was a time this family did not know if they'd get these happy moments. The entire family contracted COVID-19 while Shaleen was 23 weeks pregnant. The Erwins' story literally starts on a dark and spooky night: Oct. 31, 2020. They spent the night trick-or-treating with their four-year-old son Leo, along with Shaleen's sister, brother-in-
U.S. stocks ended sharply lower in a broad sell-off on Friday, ending a week buffeted by strong economic data, corporate tax hike worries, the Delta COVID variant, and possible shifts in the U.S. Federal Reserve's timeline for tapering asset purchases. All three major U.S. stock indexes lost ground, with the Nasdaq Composite Index's weighed down as rising U.S. Treasury yields pressured market-leading growth stocks. They also posted weekly losses, with the S&P index suffering its biggest two-week drop since February.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is reviewing its policies on housing transgender inmates in the federal prison system after protections for transgender prisoners were rolled back in the Trump administration, The Associated Press has learned. The federal Bureau of Prisons’ policies for transgender inmates were thrust into the spotlight this week after a leader of an Illinois anti-government militia group — who identifies as transgender — was sentenced to 53 years in prison for mastermind
"Whose streets?" "Our streets!" Responded dozens of Windsorites in Charles Clark Square Thursday night. Many people gathered together for the annual Take Back the Night event, an initiative that aims to end sexual assault and domestic violence People in the crowd came for their own personal experiences or to show allyship. Part of the conversation Thursday was around the reported sexual assault cases at Western University in London, Ont., which took place earlier this week. An official with the
TOKYO (AP) — Official election campaigning started Friday for the next head of Japan's governing Liberal Democratic Party. The winner will almost certainly become leader of the world’s No. 3 economy, shaping key political, military and security roles in the region. Two men and, unusually for Japan, two women are competing in the Sept. 29 vote to replace outgoing Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga. Their policies focus on anti-coronavirus measures, an economy hobbled by the pandemic and how to deal wi
The complicated case of a condemned B.C. canine took yet another unexpected twist Thursday after interference from an insistent rooster and an excited German shepherd scuttled a court-ordered assessment of the death-row dog. Just days before a hearing to determine if Bronx should be destroyed, a Victoria provincial court judge said the dog's defenders deserve a second crack at an evaluation to see if the Dogo-Argentino Rottweiler cross is truly incorrigible. Judge Christine Lowe said she watched
Advisers to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration voted on Friday to recommend COVID-19 vaccine booster shots for Americans 65 and older and those at high risk of severe illness, after overwhelmingly rejecting a call for broader approval. The panel also recommended that the FDA include healthcare workers and others at high risk of occupational exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19, such as teachers. "We stand ready to provide booster shots to eligible Americans once the process concludes at the end of next week," he said.
It's open. The new Petitcodiac River bridge between Moncton and Riverview opened to traffic just before 3 p.m. Friday. The opening marks the conclusion of a decades-long push to restore tidal flow to the river choked by construction of the causeway in the 1960s. Marco Morency, a board member of the environmental group Petitcodiac Riverkeeper, says the bridge opening is a day that is a dream come true for the many people who wanted the river restored "It's a really a community celebration today,"
B.C. Premier John Horgan's marquee campaign promise — the one that helped him get elected in 2017, then re-elected last fall — may be in jeopardy, or at least further complicated, depending on the outcome of this federal election. The main parties have all made varying child care pledges, and not all of them align with the province's. Mere weeks before the campaign officially started, Horgan made a $3.2-billion handshake with then-Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. That deal, however, is now hanging
BERLIN (AP) — Environmental campaigners pressed Friday for Germany's next chancellor to take strong action against climate change, including by bringing forward the country's coal phase-out and banning new gasoline vehicles from 2025. With 9 days to go before the German election, Greenpeace activists unfurled a three-story banner on Berlin's main train station designed as a vacancy ad seeking a new “climate chancellor.” Outgoing German leader Angela Merkel was herself at times known as the “clim
Even after more than 20 years, Sultan Ali Sadat can still remember the chills he felt the moment he landed in Canada as an Afghan refugee. Dressed for summer weather that December evening — with $100 in his pocket, a pregnant wife and two young kids by his side — Sadat said the kindness of those in Saskatoon quickly warmed them up. "We'll never forget that night," he said with a smile. "It was –44 C and we had nine families waiting in the airport to welcome us." Now, with help from the rest of S
With the federal election only days away, candidates are busy working to address as many concerns of residents as they can. With significantly less activity in mining and resource extraction, in addition to border closures, economic recovery is top of mind for business leaders in the Northwest Territories. In 2019-2020, the tourism sector brought in approximately $205 million in visitor spending, according to NWT Tourism CEO Donna Lee Demarcke. And the industry was projecting further growth "by
Saskatchewan's hard-pressed businesses that have fought to stay afloat during the pandemic say the province's proof- of-vaccination program that will be implemented in a few weeks might pose some challenges for them, but is a better alternative than shutting down again. On Thursday, Premier Scott Moe announced that effective Oct. 1, a provincial requirement for proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test will be implemented to access indoor dining, restaurants, nightclubs, bars, movie theatre