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LEEDS, Maine (AP) — The ripple effects of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine have been devastating for families of all kinds — including those who have seen their prospective adoptions put on hold. Ukraine was once one of the U.S.’s most frequent partners on international adoptions, but the war changed all that: The embattled country has halted all international adoptions as the country copes with the turmoil unleashed on its courts and social services. Many children, including orphans, have also fled
Sergeant Vadim Shishimarin, 21, has pleaded guilty to shooting dead 62-year-old civilian Oleksandr Shelipov, and asked for 'forgiveness' from his widow in court.View on euronews
The Missouri Supreme Court denied a request by U.S. Senate candidate Mark McCloskey and his wife to give free legal advice to a conservative activist group as a condition of their professional probation, but McCloskey said Thursday he'll try to find another right-wing organization to represent. Mark and Patricia McCloskey of St. Louis were placed on probation as lawyers in February. The decision stemmed from their actions in June 2020 when they raised guns at racial injustice protesters who vent
It wasn't easy to establish new recreational programs in Kinngait, Nunavut, especially amid a pandemic. But 24-year-old resident Joanne Weedmark managed it all the same, and her efforts did not go unnoticed. Weedmark found out this week she won the "emerging leader of the year" award from the Canadian Parks and Recreation Association. Each year, the award recognizes one emerging leader 30 years old or younger who has made a significant contribution to the sector. The recipient was announced Mond
TURIN, Italy (AP) — Tammy Abraham scored twice to help Roma win at Torino 3-0 on Friday and seal a spot in Europe for next season ahead of the Europa Conference League final next week. Both Abraham goals came in the first half of Roma’s final Serie A match. The England international took his tally to 26 goals in all competitions in a fantastic first season at the Italian club. Lorenzo Pellegrini converted a second penalty for Roma 12 minutes from time. It was Roma’s first Serie A win in more tha
Just in time for the May long weekend, the Trans-Canada Highway will reopen to traffic through Golden, British Columbia, starting at noon on Friday. Since April 12, Alberta drivers travelling to B.C. west of Golden have had to take a 90-minute detour from the Castle Junction intersection west of Banff, Alta., travelling south on Highway 93 through Kootenay National Park, then north from Radium, B.C., up Highway 95. The detour was to allow for crews to work on phase four of the Kicking Horse Cany
Some residents in northwest Calgary are feeling uneasy about coyotes after reports of at least one dog being bit, daily sightings and some tense moments walking in the area. The University of Calgary has closed a green space known as the West Ponds area, tucked behind the Alberta Children's Hospital, in the hopes that coyotes moving their pups nearby will finish up without conflict. Some residents say they wish the university would do more to communicate. Neighbours started a WhatsApp group to a
Chinese officials have vowed to retaliate over Canada’s decision to ban Huawei from accessing its 5G network, accusing officials of violating free trade rules and ‘acting in collusion’ with the U.S.
Canada has unveiled a new round of sanctions targeting Russia over its invasion of Ukraine, along with a new loan of $250 million to help Ukraine's government continue functioning. Speaking by phone Friday after meeting with G7 finance ministers in Bonn, Germany, Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland said the additional funding brings Canada's financial commitment to Ukraine to $1.87 billion in 2022. Freeland said G7 nations are resolute in their ongoing support for Ukraine and have expressed inter
KAMLOOPS, B.C. — The B.C. First Nation whose discovery of unmarked graves on the grounds of a former residential school sparked a national reckoning over Canada's treatment of Indigenous Peoples says it's planning a new search. The T'kemlups te Secwepemc says in a statement that a new round of ground-penetrating radar probing is set to begin this week near the former Kamloops residential school and will take about a month to complete. The nation says Prof. Sarah Beaulieu of the University of the
GASPÉ, Que. — Fisheries and Oceans Canada is searching for an endangered North Atlantic right whale that was spotted Thursday entangled in some kind of gear east of Gaspé, Que. The whale is a 14-year-old female known as Sundog. Federal officials say marine mammal rescue agencies are on standby, though a disentanglement mission won't be attempted unless sea conditions are favourable. It remains unclear what kind of gear needs to be cut away or where it came from. There are about 336 North Atlanti
Masks will no longer be mandatory for students and staff in early learning and childcare centres, K-12 public and private schools and on school buses when classes resume after the Victoria Day weekend May 24. In addition, according to a news release Friday from the Chief Public Health Office, children, students and staff are no longer required to conduct regular at-home antigen screening tests before attending school or childcare. For those who wish to continue regular at-home screening, schools
WASHINGTON (AP) — A closely divided House approved legislation Thursday to crack down on alleged price gouging by oil companies and other energy producers as prices at the pump continue to soar. A bill backed by House Democrats would give President Joe Biden authority to declare an energy emergency that would make it unlawful to increase gasoline and home energy fuel prices in an “excessive” or exploitative manner. The bill directs the Federal Trade Commission to punish companies that engage in
The latest U.S. military and economic aid to Ukraine and Canada's new sanctions against Russia shows North America's commitment, said Daniel Hamilton, a foreign policy expert with Johns Hopkins University. But he warns that the West should be prepared for the 'long haul' as the conflict drags on.
Fiona is a beautiful soul who lives on a heavenly farm in Ontario, Canada. She roams freely with acres of lush, green grass to graze on and rolling hills nestled beside a forested area for shade. She drinks from ponds full of fresh water and she enjoys the sunshine and fresh air all day long. She's as happy as a cow can be, living a life that is as close to what nature intended as possible. Fiona has just had her first calf, and she's as perfect as Fiona is. Hope is two days old and she is curious and inquisitive. Dave, a part time farm hand in this meadow has arrived to meet Fiona's baby. He has brought a bag of corn, which is one of Fiona's favorite treats. Hope is nursing away when Dave approaches and Fiona can see that she is about to get a snack. She interrupts the milk session, walking up to Dave. But Hope follows along and checks out what is happening. She can see that her mother is having a good time with her corn but she can't quite understand the appeal. She has a sniff and she tries a little nibble but all she knows is milk and she has little interest in solid food. Fiona is a trusting cow and Hope learned quickly that people will do her no harm. The farmers here are extremely kind to their animals, placing herd health and well-being ahead of profit. The animals on this farm get quality vet care, lots of food, and a life of freedom. The herd wanders safely here with no worry about predators. There is even a gigantic bull named Gus who watches over his ladies protectively. This operation is what is referred to as an ethical farm. The cows live stress free and healthy. The farmers sell beef locally, reducing costs and avoiding shipping the animals from one location to another. Buying food from an ethical source doesn't cost much more and it is well worth the peace of mind knowing that it supports the farmers who are doing things right. Farms like these can be found in most communities.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Summer Lee has won a five-way Democratic primary for a Pittsburgh-based U.S. House seat, making her the favorite in the heavily Democratic district to win the fall general election and become the first Black woman elected to Congress from Pennsylvania. Friday was the fourth day of counting ballots after Tuesday's primary in the closely contested race for the open 12th District seat. Lee, a second-term state House member, lawyer and former labor organizer, comes from the pa
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Two U.S. Secret Service employees in South Korea to prepare for President Joe Biden’s visit have been sent home after being involved in a confrontation with locals that led to a police investigation. An agent and an armed physical security specialist were involved in the alcohol-fueled incident that included a heated argument with a taxi driver and led to local law enforcement filing a police report, according to a person familiar with the matter who was not authorized
On this day in weather history, a tornado struck Sarnia.
Pentagon press secretary John Kirby is joining the White House, according to a person familiar with the matter, adding star power to the President Joe Biden's National Security Council. Kirby, who also served as the top spokesman at the Pentagon and the State Department during the Obama administration, is expected to take handle strategic communications for the NSC, as the West Wing navigates a range of foreign policy challenges, from Russia's invasion of Ukraine to North Korea's nuclear program
The chief of pediatrics at Atlantic Canada's largest children's hospital warned Thursday that his facility is already stretched to its limits as the Nova Scotia government announced masks would no longer be required inside schools beginning next week. Dr. Andrew Lynk of the IWK Health Centre in Halifax said pediatricians across the province had hoped masking in schools would remain in place until the end of the school year on June 30 to prevent a rise in the number of children coming to hospital