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BRUSSELS (AP) — The leaders of Serbia and Kosovo failed Thursday to reach an agreement on longstanding border and mutual recognition issues that have spiked tensions in the Balkans and added to Europe's instability during the war in Ukraine, the European Union's foreign policy chief said. Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti held talks in Brussels during a meeting that the EU's top diplomat said took place “in a crisis management mode.” Josep Borrell, the EU's
Troubled by the number of unvaccinated COVID-19 patients showing up at his hospital, the French doctor logged on to Facebook and uploaded a video urging people to get vaccinated. He was soon swarmed by dozens, then hundreds, then more than 1,000 hateful messages from an anti-vaccine extremist group known as V_V. The group, active in France and Italy, has harassed doctors and public health officials, vandalized government offices and tried to disrupt vaccine clinics. Alarmed by the abuse of its p
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A federal judge Thursday kept jurisdiction over a lawsuit seeking to close an oil pipeline crossing a section of the Great Lakes, rejecting Michigan's effort to shift the case to state court. U.S. District Judge Janet Neff sided a second time with Enbridge Energy, which contends regulation of its Line 5 is a federal matter and federal courts should handle legal arguments about whether it should continue operating. “The Court reinforces the importance of a federal foru
Eleven Nova Scotians died from COVID-19 the week of Aug. 9-15, the province's updated COVID-19 dashboard showed Thursday. There were an average of 206 daily COVID-19 cases during that time, a decrease from 249 the previous week. Five deaths from COVID-19 were reported last week. New hospital admissions due to COVID-19 were 40, down from 46 a week ago. Nova Scotia Health reported Thursday that: 50 patients are in hospital being treated for COVID-19, seven of whom are in intensive care. 127 patien
This young girl in Kenya is nine years old. Her family faces challenges as they live a modest life in Kenya, Africa. Water is scarce and the climate is unforgiving and harsh. In order to cook and wash, the family requires water to be hauled from the nearest source. But the nearest source is a small drainage ditch with a spring that is 2km (1.2 miles) from her home. This doesn't the girl's family from thriving, even though hauling a jug of water takes her almost two hours each day. Most of the families that live in the outskirts and villages of Kenya are subsistence farmers, surviving by growing corn, carrots, and greens to eat themselves. If they are lucky, they can also grow some extra vegetables to sell at the market. Life can be challenging in Kenya. The soil is difficult to farm in some areas and many people here have to rent land and travel a considerable distance to be able to grow a small crop. Naomy, who is filming the chore of gathering water, farms in this manner. She works long days to earn $3-5 per day. She supports her grandparents as well as a small child who was abandoned by their parents 7 years ago. In a harsh world, children are often forgotten. The struggle to feed a small family is a tough one, but kindness and perseverance prevail as this small family sticks together to overcome the challenges. In our world, it is easy to forget how well off we are or how we have many advantages over others who live on the other side of the planet. We take things for granted, such as water that flows from a tap, or electricity that requires only the flip of a switch.
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A visiting U.S. senator says he has encouraged Kenya’s outgoing president to participate in a “peaceful transition of power” amid the latest election crisis in East Africa’s most stable democracy. “I’ll let the president speak for himself, but that was certainly a hope I expressed today,” Sen. Chris Coons told The Associated Press after his meeting with President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday. He said they discussed ways in which Kenyatta can play a “constructive peacemaking r
The World Health Organization's director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has suggested that racism is behind a lack of international attention being paid to the plight of civilians in Ethiopia's war-shattered Tigray region. Calling it the "worst humanitarian crisis in the world", with 6 million people unable to access basic services, Tedros questioned in an emotional appeal why the situation is not getting the same attention as the Ukraine conflict. "Maybe the reason is the colour of the skin of the people," Tedros, who is from Tigray, told a virtual media briefing on Wednesday.
Contract negotiations between the Cape Breton Regional Municipality and the union representing some municipal workers remain at a standstill, and one union representative claims it's because of gender discrimination. CUPE National Representative Tammy Martin said the municipality's so-called "inside" workers — Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 933 — are not getting a fair shake. "The male dominated local got offered more and better benefits than the female dominated local, you know
New Zealand police are investigating the suspected murder of two children whose remains were found in suitcases bought at an online auction for an unclaimed locker last week. Police launched a homicide inquiry in Auckland last week after the remains were found by a family going through the contents of a storage locker they had purchased unseen. The two children were aged between 5 and 10 years and had been dead for some time, police said in a statement on Thursday.
Many German citizens are struggling with soaring energy costs following Russia’s war on Ukraine.View on euronews
Regina city council has approved the majority of members for a committee that could help shape the city's downtown core. The catalyst committee will be made up of 16 members, drawn from council members as well as representatives of private industry, business improvement districts and social agencies in Regina. At its Wednesday meeting, city council approved the committee's terms of reference and 14 of its 16 members The committee is named after proposals dubbed "catalyst projects" because they'r
TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Estonia’s foreign minister on Thursday defended his country’s decision to bar Russian tourists, saying they are shirking their “moral responsibility” to stand up to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s regime and its “genocidal war” in Ukraine. The small Baltic country, which shares a 300-kilometer (190-mile) border with Russia, stopped issuing tourist visas to Russians months ago, and as of Thursday no longer accepts those previously issued. “Our idea is to give a signal t
The leaked video shows the prime minister at a private party with friends, singing to Finnish pop hits and dancing - but there's also a cocaine reference heard in the background.View on euronews
Policies were not followed and "errors" were made during the investigation into Coun. Sean Chu's alleged sexual assault on a 16-year-old girl when he was a 34-year-old Calgary police officer, according to a police commission review of how the service handled the allegations. Chu was accused of sexually assaulting the teen in 1997. Criminal charges were not laid but he was disciplined by the Calgary Police Service (CPS) after being found guilty of discreditable conduct. Chu has previously describ
The group of 11 men were sentenced to life for gang-raping a pregnant woman in 2002 during religious turmoil in the state of Gujarat.View on euronews
The number of people who predominantly speak a language other than English at home is continuing to grow in Calgary, according to new census data released on Wednesday. The data shows that Punjabi and Tagalog remain Calgary's top two most spoken languages, aside from English. That's followed by Mandarin, Cantonese, Spanish, Arabic and Urdu. One of Canada's two official languages, French, is the 12th most spoken language in Calgary homes. Language spoken most often at home So, for those 318,445 C
A section of the Cabot Trail in Cape Breton, N.S., is closed after heavy rain caused a washout at a culvert construction detour site. Work is now underway to fix the damage near Black Brook Cove Beach between Ingonish and Neils Harbour. Jersey barriers at the work site were submerged. "They were completely under water and it was probably 60 to 70 feet across," said Robie Gourd, asset manager for Parks Canada's Cape Breton field unit. "So it was a long flood that washed out that bypass road." The
TORONTO — Ontario's nursing college is proposing to register potentially thousands of internationally trained nurses on a temporary basis. Health Minister Sylvia Jones recently directed the College of Nurses of Ontario to develop plans to more quickly register internationally educated professionals within two weeks, amid a nurse staffing shortage that has led to temporary emergency room closures. The college provided its response to the ministry today, and said there are 5,970 active internation
OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has appointed Ontario judge Michelle O'Bonsawin to the Supreme Court of Canada, making her the first Indigenous person to sit on the country's highest bench. O'Bonsawin comes to the court after spending five years as a judge at the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Ottawa. She has also taught law at the University of Ottawa and served as the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group's general counsel for eight years. O'Bonsawin identifies as a bilingual Franco-Onta
Time is running out for the Nova Scotia government to decide on a revised carbon plan, according to the federal environment minister. At a press conference in Halifax on Thursday, Steven Guilbeault said in order to meet new federal requirements on pricing carbon by next year, the province will have to make a decision "in the coming weeks." "If we want everything to be in place by 2023, it takes a bit of time for the system to be established," he said. Since 2019, Nova Scotia has used its own cap