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BEIJING (AP) — An earthquake destroyed houses, killed at least three people and injured dozens Thursday in southwest China's Sichuan province. Rescue work was underway following the magnitude 6.0 earthquake. It struck at 4:33 a.m. at a depth of 10 kilometers (6 miles) in Luxian, a county in the city of Luzhou, the official Xinhua News Agency said. State broadcaster CCTV said 88 people were injured, three seriously, and that 35 houses had collapsed. The epicenter was about 200 kilometers (120 mil
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The U.S., Britain and Australia have announced they're forming a new security alliance that will help equip Australia with nuclear-powered submarines. The alliance will see a reshaping of relations in the Indo-Pacific region and beyond. Here's what it might mean for various players: THE UNITED STATES Ten years ago under President Barack Obama, the U.S. began discussing the need to focus more attention on the Indo-Pacific region while pivoting away from conflicts in
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Austria’s minister for the European Union on Thursday accused Turkey of using migrant flows as a means to pressure the 27-member bloc for its own purposes and warned that the EU won’t be “blackmailed” by any country. Karoline Edtstadler said countries on the EU’s external borders like Cyprus won’t be left alone to fend for themselves amid an influx of new migrants. “Turkey, which uses migration and migrants as a tool to pressure the European Union, we will not accept that,
Walter and Agnes Hearn woke at 1 a.m. to find their house flooded with sea water as Hurricane Larry ripped through the Avalon Peninsula on Saturday, leaving behind property damage and thousands without electricity. The Hearns live in Admirals Beach, on the southern portion of the Avalon. Their community was directly in Larry's path, and much of the area faced sea surge warnings. "I looked out the window and said to my husband, 'We got to get out of here. The sea water is everywhere,'" Agnes Hear
GENEVA — FIFA intensified its push for hosting the men’s World Cup every two years on Thursday by garnering support from soccer fans around the world to help combat resistance from Europe and South America. The latest public relations tactic came in the form on an online survey commissioned by FIFA. The Associated Press does not routinely report the claims of opinion polls conducted over the internet. The FIFA statement did not provide data, details of the polling methodology or questions asked,
MONTREAL — A question at the English-language federal leaders' debate last week has become a major issue in Quebec, boosting the Bloc Québécois in the polls and drawing criticism from Quebec politicians, federal party leaders and the province’s media. For people who follow Quebec politics, the widespread negative response to the question, which described two Quebec laws as discriminatory, wasn't a surprise. They say it comes at a time when many Quebecers are particularly sensitive to the idea th
TORONTO — The fate of many of this year's Canadian Emmy nominees has already been decided going into Sunday's big show on CTV and CBS but there are still plenty of reasons to wave the Maple Leaf. The Creative Arts Emmys in Los Angeles last weekend handed out awards in most of the categories in which Canucks were nominated, with filmmaker James Cameron among the early winners. Here are five things to know about homegrown talent at the 73rd Emmy Awards: THE SETTING: Sunday's show was originally se
A powerful mix of insecurity and traditional prejudice against more liberal female politicians put Awatef Rasheed off running for parliament when she returned to Iraq in 2014 after years abroad. Seven years later, with Iraq less unstable, Rasheed has decided to contest a Oct. 10 election for the assembly, even if abuse and intimidation of women would-be lawmakers persist. Passing a new domestic violence law, and more representation for women in the executive branch of government, are among the goals of some of the would-be female lawmakers.
Ontario reported 864 new cases of COVID-19 and three more deaths from the virus on Thursday. Health Minister Christine Elliott says 655 of the infected people are not vaccinated or have unknown vaccination status. She says 209 of the infected people are fully vaccinated. The new case numbers are based on 34,365 completed tests. There are 191 patients in intensive care with COVID-related critical illness, including 120 people on ventilators. The province says 84 per cent of residents aged 12 and
The first of three virtual speaker events will take place tonight at the Kingston PumpHouse in a series called "Refugees Welcome: Refuge Canada Speaker Series". The series is meant to give residents a chance to listen to community members who have firsthand experience as refugees and helps localize and raise awareness of the current exhibition at the PumpHouse. Heritage Services Program Coordinator Keely Maddock says the exhibition brings a focus on questioning if Canada's response to refugees i
After 45 minutes of debate, Niagara-on-the-Lake councillors decided they will do nothing about the route for the Pedal Pub. At the end of July, council tasked town staff to work with the Pedal Pub to come up with alternative routes for the business after several councillors took issue with the mobile pub running down two of the busiest streets in the municipality, Queen and Mississagua. During a two-part council meeting that concluded on Sept. 3, councillors were chiefly worried about safety – a
LONDON (Reuters) -Piers Morgan, the outspoken British journalist and broadcaster, has joined Rupert Murdoch's News Corp and Fox News Media in a global deal that includes a new TV show in early 2022, newspaper columns and a book contract. Murdoch said in a statement on Thursday Morgan was "the broadcaster every channel wants but is too afraid to hire". "Piers is a brilliant presenter, a talented journalist and says what people are thinking and feeling," he said.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -International Monetary Fund Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva and other multilateral-organization leaders on Thursday urged countries with high COVID-19 vaccination rates to boost efforts to send doses to low- and middle-income countries. Georgieva and the heads of the World Bank Group, World Health Organization and World Trade Organization expressed concern in a joint statement that it would not be possible to vaccinate at least 40% of the population in all countries by the end of 2021 without urgent action. Wide disparities in vaccination rates in advanced economies and developing countries will be a key issue raised during a virtual global summit that the United States is organizing on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly.
Taxi drivers in Iqaluit stopped providing service around 7 p.m. Saturday evening to protest against youth throwing rocks at their cars, an issue one cab company owner said has been going on for the past three years. At least 20 Caribou Cabs taxis parked near the Northmart, and they weren't taking any passengers. Danny Savard, the owner of Caribou Cabs, negotiated with the drivers to go back on the road, but the drivers said they were fed up. Taxi driver Omar Yuosef said drivers have called the R
From Botswana to Black Lake First Nation, the sickness of strangers weighs on Dr. Nnamdi Ndubuka like they were his own loved ones. Easing the suffering of the sick is a binding thread across cultures and climates for the Northern Inter-Tribal Health Authority medical health officer, whether he's battling HIV/AIDS in Africa, or COVID-19 in the farthest reaches of northern Saskatchewan. “These are people that I can relate to and I share the weight with,” he says. “It’s so dear to me to see the bu
The vaccine certificate program is the best case scenario for struggling businesses that need to avoid further lockdowns amid the pandemic, Niagara-on-the-Lake Chamber of Commerce president Eduardo Lafforgue says. “We want to avoid another lockdown, it would be absolutely catastrophic. That’s why we have been so supportive (of the vaccine certificate),” Lafforgue said. He emphasized the vaccine certificate is not a political whim imposed by the Ontario government. “This is under the recommendati
Here are the top stories for Thursday, September 16th: North Korea launches missles from a train; Impoverished Afghans expelled from their homes; SpaceX launches first private flight into orbit; Baby killer whale rescued in Russia. (Sept. 16)
Nova Scotia RCMP have ended their criminal investigation into a failed $3-million feta cheese importation business involving the Glooscap First Nation. The Mounties found no evidence of criminal offences on the part of the band's private-sector partner in the scheme, Ilia Gourmet Inc., of Windsor N.S. In 2020, the Glooscap First Nation said it discovered financial irregularities by Ilia Gourmet in a business venture to import, process and distribute 25 tonnes of feta cheese from Greece. Glooscap
A parking lot and road were built without permission on top of an environmental conservation area near the Holiday Inn on York Road and now the developer is looking to get approval after the fact by having the area rezoned. The road was built to connect Counsell Street and Glendale Avenue, which are separated by conservation land. The unsanctioned construction came to light during a public meeting regarding 524 York Rd. held during a committee of the whole session on Monday. Coun Norm. Arsenault
County of Stettler council was angry about a social media attack on their chief administrative officer (CAO) and reaffirmed their support for her at the regular meeting of council Sept. 8. At the beginning of the regular meeting Coun. Wayne Nixon, when asked by Reeve Larry Clarke if there were any additions to the meeting agenda, stated he wanted to discuss the topic of harassment of county staff. Councillors agreed to discuss the subject. Nixon stated he was concerned about staff, including the