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BERLIN (AP) — German security officials said Thursday they had detained four people — one of them a 16-year-old — who were allegedly planning to attack a synagogue in the western city of Hagen with explosives. The detentions took place on Yom Kippur, the holiest day in Judaism, and two years after a deadly attack in another German city on the Yom Kippur holiday. “One of the four people was a teenager living in Hagen,” police spokeswoman Tanja Pfeffer in nearby Dortmund told The Associated Press.
For Lisa, the toughest part of living in a Toronto shelter while undergoing chemotherapy for cancer during the pandemic wasn't the noise or lack of privacy or worry she'd get sick with COVID-19. It was the fear she'd never find a home. Three years ago, Lisa said she lost her apartment and was left with no other choice than to live in a shelter with up to 100 others — the city's temporary housing solution for the thousands of people experiencing homelessness at any given time. Health problems and
When news broke that coalition forces were leaving Afghanistan this summer, James Camsell feared his friend "Joe" might be dead. The Taliban has tried to kill Joe before, and Camsell, a retired Canadian Armed Forces brigadier-general who served in Afghanistan between 2008 and 2009, hadn't spoken with him in more decade. "I never thought I would hear from him again," he said. But then in August, Camsell got an email from the Afghan man who had worked alongside him as an interpreter in Kandahar pr
With the New Brunswick and Quebec border all but sealed to the general public during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, new figures show sales of alcohol at outlets throughout northern New Brunswick shattered records. But the gains appear to be temporary. Denis Albert owns Le Marché du Village, which serves as N.B. Liquor's agency outlet in the northwestern community of Haut-Madawaska. Albert's store sold $1.36 million worth of beer, wine and other alcohol products between April 2020 and M
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) -Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel attended a lavish military parade at Mexico's 200th anniversary of independence on Thursday, ahead of a summit that will convene recently elected members of a "pink tide" of leftist Latin American leaders. The presidents of Argentina, Bolivia, Peru and elsewhere will meet on Saturday at the summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), a regional body that Venezuela's late leader Hugo Chavez helped set up in 2011. Diaz-Canel's trip to Mexico is the Cuban leader's first foreign visit since huge protests swept the island in July, shaking the communist government as it struggles to manage the coronavirus pandemic and shortages of food, fuel and medicine.
Saskatchewan's plan to tap private health-care resources amid the fourth wave of COVID-19 — paired with the absence of additional measures to stem the tide of infected patients filling hospitals — is drawing criticism. "I think the government has clearly lost the plot here," said Steven Lewis, a health policy consultant formerly based in Saskatchewan. "It has pretty much declared that it will not do what more successful jurisdictions do to contain the pandemic." The province's vaccination rate w
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New Brunswickers can once again travel by train to the rest of Canada, if they're willing to embark on a lengthy journey of nearly 18 hours from Moncton to Montreal. Via Rail's Ocean line, which runs from Montreal to Halifax, was suspended for more than a year during the pandemic. The Ocean returned on Aug. 11 with once-a-week service, including regular stops at stations in Moncton, Miramichi, Bathurst and Campbellton. But the train travels under 50 kilometres an hour on a stretch of aging track
Low wages and rising prices are crucial issues for Russians at parliamentary elections this week, but maintaining financial stability matters more to the Kremlin than driving growth, economists say, with inflation a lingering concern. The Sept. 17-19 election, the last major vote before a presidential poll in 2024, comes as Russia is recovering from its worst economic downturn in more than a decade, the result of the COVID-19 pandemic and low prices for oil, its major export. With vaccinations underway and commodity prices recovering this year, the economy is growing faster than previously expected, expanding 10.3% year-on-year in the second quarter.
Saskatchewan has begun publishing data on the COVID-19 cases among those too young to get vaccinated, after refusing to do so as recently as last week. It's only a snapshot, showing the numbers for Tuesday and Wednesday this week, but does include eye-opening figures. A fifth of the new cases (205 of 981) reported on Tuesday and Wednesday were among children 0 to 11. At least one expert is happy to see the data being released. Joseph Blondeau is a clinical biologist at the University of Saskatch
Calgary's mayor says the city will explore measures it can take to protect residents from the flood of COVID-19 cases overwhelming the province's health-care system. Mayor Naheed Nenshi made the comments just hours after Premier Jason Kenney announced the province was days away from running out of ICU staff to treat patients. The number of patients in intensive care units was at an all-time high, and Alberta was asking other provinces for health-care workers or ICU staff. As well, doctors were b
In one of Carrie Shogan's treasured videos, she can be seen cheering on one of her rescued pigs as it rolls in mud for the first time. The star of that clip, called Strawberry, had rarely been outside before he arrived at the Little Oink Bank Sanctuary in Oliver, B.C., three years ago, Shogan recalls. He had previously lived in a townhouse, kept there illegally as a pet by his owners. Another of the rescued pigs at Shogan's sanctuary was kept in a condo in Vancouver. Like other people who buy pi
In the hands-on tradition of Atlantic Canadian fish plants, Scotia Harvest president and part owner Alain d'Entremont takes a break from a tour of the company's new state-of-the-art facility, picks up a shovel and packs ice onto halibut in a bin on a forklift. "My grandfather would not be happy if I did not have it on the white side up. Like every halibut should be," he says, using his hands to pack the ice into the gutted cavity. "That's for sure," chimes in Leonard Thibodeau on the forklift. B
Some people planning to vote on Election Day won't be able to cast their ballots if they're isolating. With advance polls now closed and the deadline to apply for mail-in ballots passed, Elections Canada says there's no recourse for voters who get exposed to COVID-19 this week. Anyone who is isolating will not be welcome at polling stations. "If somebody is in isolation, then they're in isolation for safety reasons and they need to remain (there)," said Leanne Tait, Election Canada's returning o
Last year on Mother's Day, Darragh Kilkenny-Mondoux was escorted out of the Notre-Dame-des-Neiges cemetery by security along with her father and sister. The front gate was closed, but they had found a way in through a gap in the fence. Confronted by security, they were told they could be hit with a substantial fine if they were ever caught inside the cemetery again outside of opening hours. Kilkenny-Mondoux was just trying to visit her mother's grave, but the cemetery's management has been scali
ÑUÑUNHUAYCCO, Peru (Reuters) - In Ñuñunhuaycco, a tiny village in the Peruvian Andes, residents recall almost daily a terror that once haunted them every time the sun went down. Before dusk in the 1980s locals would often run into the hills in case brutal Shining Path militants came through in their long-running battle to topple the Peruvian state and impose their own Maoist brand of communism. Memories of those years have been stirred by the death of Abimael Guzman, the professor who founded the Shining Path.
On this day in weather history, the 1928 Okeechobee hurricane hit the Bahamas.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) -The European Union set out a formal strategy on Thursday to boost its presence in the Indo-Pacific and counter China's rising power, pledging to seek a trade deal with Taiwan and to deploy more ships to keep open sea routes. The EU's foreign policy chief Josep Borrell insisted the strategy was also open to China, particularly in areas such as climate change, but diplomats told Reuters that deeper ties with India, Japan, Australia and Taiwan were aimed at limiting Beijing's power. Borrell also said Wednesday's agreement https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-security-biden-asia/china-fumes-over-australias-nuclear-sub-pact-with-u-s-britain-idUSKBN2GB2BN between the United States, Australia and Britain to establish a security partnership for the Indo-Pacific, in which the EU was not consulted, showed the need for a more assertive foreign policy.
After 16 years in power, Chancellor Angela Merkel is not seeking re-election in Germany's Sept. 26 election but she is anything but a lame duck. The likelihood of protracted coalition talks after the vote means Merkel will not be leaving office any time soon and she fully intends to use her time after the election to press on with foreign policy initiatives, government officials say. Under the German constitution, Merkel will remain chancellor until a majority of Bundestag lawmakers elects a successor, who is then sworn in.
The province's tourism industry is doing better than last year, but its revenue is still down by $500 million compared to the year before the COVID-19 pandemic began, according to the CEO of Tourism Saskatchewan. Pandemic restrictions meant a huge drop in revenue for tourism industries across the world, including in Saskatchewan, in 2020. There's improvement this year, but also a lot of uncertainty. "It's frustrating to kind of always be looking at restrictions looming. Who knows what's going to