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JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's highest court on Friday denied an application by former president Jacob Zuma to rescind his sentence of 15 months in jail for contempt of court in a ruling viewed as a stern test of the country's resolve to hold powerful figures to account. The Constitutional Court judgment upheld its own ruling that Zuma should go to prison for refusing to testify at a commission of inquiry into widespread corruption in government and at state-owned companies while he was pres
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The Federal Reserve, facing a labor market that may be stalling or on the cusp of a surge, is expected next week to open the door to reducing its monthly bond purchases while tying any actual change to U.S. job growth in September and beyond. Fed officials, including Chair Jerome Powell, have said the U.S. central bank's $120 billion in monthly bond purchases could be scaled back later this year as a first step towards ending the crisis-era policies implemented in the spring of 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic was taking hold. But after an unexpectedly weak gain of 235,000 jobs in August, officials will want to keep their options open, ready to reduce bond purchases as soon as the Nov. 2-3 policy meeting if employment growth rebounds and COVID-19 risks recede, but able also to delay any "taper" if the virus hinders the recovery.
Ambulances from Chatham-Kent were briefly called in to help deal with situations in Essex County earlier this week, and that is causing concerns with the union representing EMS workers as well as some residents in the area. "I don't want to see my father end up in worse shape because he couldn't get EMS to attend within a reasonable period of time," George Vieira said. His father underwent surgery on Wednesday. He says one concern following the procedure is that there could be arterial bleeding
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
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
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
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.
The P.E.I. Watershed Alliance says more data gathering, research and monitoring are needed in order to understand the impacts supplemental irrigation would have on both land and water in the province. The group presented before the provincial legislative committee on natural resources and environmental sustainability Thursday, providing recommendations for how supplemental irrigation could be approached sustainably if it was to be implemented on P.E.I. "We have to look at this as a long-term [is
The largest Canadian railroad expects to complete the remaining C$1.1 billion ($869.02 million) of share repurchases by the end of January next year, it said in a statement. The company, under fire from some investors for its failed bid to buy Kansas City Southern, said it was targeting C$700 million of operating income improvements in 2022 by increasing labor productivity and reviewing its non-rail businesses. Canadian National's abandonment of its approach for Kansas City Southern allowed rival Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd to cement a deal to buy the U.S. peer and create the first direct railway linking Canada, the United States and Mexico.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -U.S. President Joe Biden urged world leaders on Friday to join the United States and European Union in a pledge to cut methane emissions, hoping to build momentum before an international summit on climate change begins next month. Biden made the remarks during a virtual meeting of the Major Economies Forum (MEF), a follow-up to an Earth Day meeting he hosted in April https://www.reuters.com/article/us-global-climate-summit-idCAKBN2CA0DK to unveil new U.S. greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets and press other countries to do more to curb theirs.
(Reuters) -The Teamsters Union has launched campaigns to organize employees in at least nine Canadian facilities of U.S. e-commerce company Amazon.com, according to Reuters interviews with union officials. The influential union took the first step earlier this week to organize employees at one of Amazon's Canadian facilities, and the interviews reveal it is widening such efforts across the country, where the e-commerce company employs about 25,000 workers and plans to add 15,000 more. The campaigns could be seen as a bet by the Teamsters that early success unionizing employees in a more labor-friendly market such as Canada will inspire similar results south of the border, where Amazon has so far fended off unionization attempts.
TRENT HILLS, Ont. — Provincial police say they are looking for a teenage suspect in connection with a shooting Thursday in Trent Hills, Ont. Investigators with the Northumberland Detachment say officers were called to a residence just after 8:00 a.m. where they found a male with a suspected gunshot wound. Police say the victim was rushed to hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries. They have identified the suspect as 18-year-old Zachary Comeau of no fixed address. He's described as wh
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
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.
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
First major fall storm of the season will be impactful in southern British Columbia, especially after a summer of dangerous heat and strong drought.
"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
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
Wealthy countries likely missed a goal to contribute $100 billion last year to helping developing nations deal with climate change, according to the head of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), after increasing funding by less than 2% in 2019. Rich countries are under pressure to commit more funds before the COP26 climate summit in November, where world leaders will attempt to strike deals to cut emissions faster and avert disastrous levels of global warming.
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.