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Bulgaria's outgoing prime minister on Thursday called on Russia to withdraw a diplomatic ultimatum sent after Sofia expelled 70 Russian diplomatic staff which included a threat to close Russia's embassy in the Balkan nation. Bulgaria, an EU and NATO member, said on Tuesday it was expelling 70 Russian diplomatic staff over espionage concerns and had set a cap on the size of Moscow's representation as tensions between the two once-close countries fractured over Russia's invasion of Ukraine. The move, announced by the foreign ministry and Kiril Petkov, the outgoing prime minister, was the largest expulsion of Russian diplomats by Sofia in recent years and would more than half the size of Moscow's diplomatic footprint in Bulgaria if it goes ahead.
People at high risk of severe disease from COVID-19 infection should be offered a booster shot this fall, regardless of how many boosters they've previously received, the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) said on Wednesday. That group includes everyone age 65 and older, NACI's updated guidance said. Everyone else — age 12 to 64 — "may be offered" the additional doses in the fall, NACI said. NACI said it will provide recommendations on the type of booster to be given when evidenc
OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is calling on Canadians to recommit to the country’s values, including respect, hope and kindness, in his official Canada Day message. The prime minister said the national holiday is an opportunity to commit to the values that the Maple Leaf represents, adding that the flag is more than a symbol. "It's also a promise — a promise of opportunity, a promise of safety for those fleeing violence and war, and a promise of a better life," he said. Along with peopl
Three of six police officers wounded in a shootout with armed robbery suspects remain in hospital, with one listed in intensive care. Saanich Police Department Chief Const. Dean Duthie says he visited the wounded officers and their families at hospital. He also says explosive devices found at the bank robbery scene were safely removed by the bomb squad and disposed of at a Victoria area landfill site.
The government announced Wednesday that public health requirements for travellers arriving in Canada, including use of the ArriveCAN app, are expected to be in place until at least September 30, 2022. "As we move into the next phase of our COVID-19 response, it is important to remember that the pandemic is not over. We must continue to do all that we can to keep ourselves and others safe from the virus," Jean-Yves Duclos, the minister of health, said in a news release. "As we have said all along
A single winning ticket was drawn for Tuesday’s Lotto Max jackpot. The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) said the ticket was sold somewhere in Toronto. There were also five Maxmillion winners from Quebec, Ontario and the Prairies, with two tickets sharing one of the $1 million prizes.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York lawmakers began a special legislative session Thursday with the intent of limiting the proliferation of firearms in public after the Supreme Court gutted the state’s century-old handgun licensing law. The state is overhauling its rules for carrying guns after the court decided that ordinary citizens had a right to arm themselves in public for self-defense, something New York had limited mostly to people working in law enforcement or security. New rules being rushed t
This summer, visitors in southern Ontario have a new way to see the spectacular Niagara Falls. Niagara Parks Power Station has opened its new attraction, The Tunnel. Guests can ride a glass-panelled elevator 180 feet (54 metres) below the main generating hall and walk the 2,200-foot (670 metres) long tunnel that winds through the former hydro-electric station to an outdoor viewing platform where a breathtaking scene awaits. Take a look at the views of both the American Falls and the Canadian Hor
Hundreds of people turned out for the final leg of a four-month march from Vancouver to Ottawa by a Canadian soldier charged with criticizing federal vaccine mandates while in uniform. James Topp's arrival in the capital has prompted both fears and promises of a new round of protests starting Canada Day.
Canada has promised to send new drone cameras and armoured vehicles to Ukraine on the last day of the NATO leaders summit, which also emphasized the need for members to increase defence spending.
Israeli lawmakers voted on Thursday to dissolve parliament following the collapse of Prime Minister Naftali Bennett's ruling coalition, opening the way for a Nov. 1 election that will be Israel's fifth in less than four years. Bennett will stand down at midnight to be replaced by his coalition partner, Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, who will lead the government during what is expected to be a bitter election battle with opposition leader and ex-premier Benjamin Netanyahu. Bennett, a former army commando and tech millionaire, will not run in the election.
Parking can be hard to come by in uptown Saint John, but paying for it might soon become easier. The city is moving toward a QR code payment option that would allow users to pay with a smartphone and a credit card. The technology will be an additional option to current payment methods, like the HotSpot app, pay-and-display, and coin machines. Marc Dionne, the director of parking, parks and recreational facilities for Saint John, says the city will be the first in the Maritimes to adopt QR codes
HALIFAX — The contract-tendering process for a major development of a Halifax hospital will continue despite the fact there is only one bidder left, Nova Scotia’s premier said Wednesday. Tim Houston told reporters that the Halifax Infirmary project remains under “active procurement" after one of two interested parties dropped out. “The qualified bidders knew the process,’ said Houston. “They’ll make their decisions as they go through the process, but the province is committed to seeing that proc
Actress Sandra Oh and track and field icon Donovan Bailey are among the dozens named to Canada’s highest civilian honour. Governor General Mary Simon named 85 appointees to the Order of Canada -- including former Global BC anchor and reporter Deb Hope.
Coney Island is getting a face lift. The iconic beachfront community is actually getting three new rides and pedestrian plazas on five acres along the boardwalk. The new attractions are part of an expansion by Luna Park. (June 30) (AP Video/Joseph B. Frederick)
Summer travel is underway across the globe, but a full recovery from two years of coronavirus could last as long as the pandemic itself. (July 1)
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada will take part in the G20 summit expected to take place in Bali in November, even if Russian President Vladimir Putin goes too. Trudeau says he expects all G7 countries to take part even if Russia remains a full-fledged member of the G20.
Here's the latest for Thursday June 30th: New poll on Trump and January 6th; Putin denies Russian attacks on civilian targets; Texas Gov. pledges more checkpoints for trucks after migrant deaths; Mother killed while pushing stroller in NYC.
R&B star R. Kelly was sentenced to 30 years in prison Wednesday for using his superstardom to subject young fans — some whom were just children — to systematic sexual abuse. The singer and songwriter, 55, was convicted of racketeering and sex trafficking last year at a trial that gave voice to accusers who had once wondered if their stories were being ignored because they were Black women. U.S. District Judge Ann Donnelly imposed the sentence after hearing from several survivors who attested to
Air Canada will cut dozens of daily flights this summer as the airline grapples with a series of challenges amid soaring demand for travel. The changes would see Air Canada reduce its schedule by 77 round trips — or 154 flights — on average, each day during the months of July and August. "Regrettably, things are not business as usual in our industry globally, and this is affecting our operations and our ability to serve you with our normal standards of care," Michael Rousseau, the airline's pres