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KABUL (Reuters) -An explosion near the office of Afghanistan's main security agency wounded three people on Wednesday, hours after a bomb and gun attack on a minister's compound brought surging Taliban violence to the capital. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the late Tuesday attack on the home of acting Defence Minister Bismillah Mohammadi. Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid said his group targeted the minister's residence as an important meeting was underway there.
TOKYO (Reuters) -Sony Corp raised its earnings outlook on Wednesday after a record first-quarter operating profit helped by pandemic stay-at-home demand for PlayStation 5 consoles, TVs, music and movies. Operating profit for the quarter ended June 30 rose to 280.1 billion yen ($2.57 billion) from 221.7 billion yen a year earlier, topping the 207.96 billion expected by 10 analysts, Refinitiv Eikon data showed. It raised its profit forecast for the year through March 2022 to 980 billion yen from 930 billion, bringing it closer to the 1 billion yen average estimate from 25 analysts.
The City of Ottawa has released new intensification targets for different parts of the city, and a new definition for highrise buildings that allows up to 40 storeys, in the lead-up to a major debate and vote this fall on its new official plan. Municipal planning staff posted several chapters of the long-awaited final draft to the city's website last Friday, leaving visible the language they have cut and added since their much-dissected earlier version released in November 2020. Now, residents a
Grant Bergeron is preparing to drive his daughter to Chicago for school this fall, but unlike two of his other children who are already studying in the United States, this year's trip to campus may be more complicated due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. It doesn't help that border officials in the U.S. are sending mixed messages, parents say. Bergeron's daughter, Kellene, is starting her first year in the nursing program at Loyola University Chicago, and like other families with children stud
YOKOHAMA, Japan (Reuters) -Olympic host Japan beat South Korea on Wednesday to earn a spot in baseball's gold-medal game and the Dominican Republic will play for the bronze. The United States and South Korea each have one gold from baseball's five Olympic appearances. Japan's best was silver in 1996.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A bombing attack that targeted Afghanistan’s acting defense minister killed at least eight people and wounded 20, authorities said Wednesday. The deputy minister was not hurt in the attack claimed by Taliban insurgents. The blast went off late Tuesday in a heavily guarded upscale neighborhood of the capital of Kabul. It was followed by a gun battle that also left four militants dead, authorities said. The casualty toll could rise, Interior Ministry spokesperson Mirwais
TORONTO — Police and politicians' efforts to limit public access to recent events in Toronto and Vancouver Island have cast a spotlight on the role of journalists and spurred concerns over freedom of the press. The decision by authorities in Toronto to fence off public parks last month as municipal staff and police cleared homeless encampments sparked backlash from media outlets and advocates, who have petitioned the city to allow reporters on site during the operations. The push for media acces
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The queen's representative in New Zealand said Prince Harry and Meghan discussed moving to the South Pacific country during their 2018 visit, more than a year before the couple stepped back from royal duties and moved to the United States. Governor-General Patsy Reddy also told The Associated Press in an interview she believes the British monarch should remain New Zealand's head of state and described the hand-typed letters she sends to Queen Elizabeth II. Reddy, 6
Ether fell about 1% on Wednesday ahead of a technical adjustment to its underlying ethereum blockchain that would alter the way transactions are processed. The revamp is currently anticipated to go live on Thursday in most time zones, according to market players, a little later than previously expected. The ethereum network underpins a range of projects in the crypto world including non fungible tokens (NFTs) - a crypto asset, representing an intangible digital item such as an image, video, or in-game item - as well many decentralised finance (DeFi) applications.
RIT Capital Partners, the investment trust founded by Jacob Rothschild, is co-leading a funding round for crypto investment platform Aspen Digital intended to finance the creation of an online platform that would give wealthy investors a single portal to manage crypto investments. RIT will lead the $8.8 million fundraising round for Hong Kong-based Aspen Digital, along with Liberty City Ventures, an early venture investor in the blockchain industry, Aspen said in a statement on Wednesday.
Firooz Mohammad is still going to work every day at his restaurant, Subhan Halal Pizza on the Danforth, but he admits his mind back in Afghanistan. "We are mentally so stressed; we're in a deep depression, feeling so bad about our family members left behind." Mohammad was an interpreter with the Canadian Armed Forces, a job that put him and his family in danger of reprisals from the Taliban, which Canadian soldiers fought for more than a decade. Taliban forces are now gaining momentum and puttin
OTTAWA — A new poll suggests more Canadians believe the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic has not passed as concerns rise about a fourth wave of infections driven by the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant. Fifty-four per cent of respondents to an online survey by Leger and the Association for Canadian Studies say the worst of the COVID-19 crisis is already over, compared with 63 per cent who believed so in a survey last month. Leger executive vice-president Christian Bourque said there i
Meng Wanzhou will return to a Vancouver courtroom Wednesday for the final weeks of an extradition proceeding that has lasted more than two and a half years, roiling relations between Canada and China in the process. The Huawei executive's lawyers are expected to take a final stab at convincing the judge overseeing the high-profile hearing to toss the case before arguments move on to a debate over the merits of the extradition request itself. In lower court legal terms, it's an endgame — of sorts
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BEIJING (Reuters) -ByteDance rival Kuaishou Technology said on Wednesday it would stop services of its short video app Zynn, operated in the United States, on Aug. 20. The company's other products for markets outside China will not be affected, Kuaishou said in a statement. "Our strategy for the international markets remains unchanged," it said，without providing a reason for Zynn's shutdown.
Public Health Sudbury and Districts announced Tuesday that it will begin winding down mass immunization clinics in favour of a more flexible approach to reach vaccination goals. Workplaces, community organizations, places of worship and other groups will now be able to request a mobile vaccination team from the health unit to administer first and second doses at their own location. With more than 80 per cent of Sudbury and districts residents aged 12 and over having received their first dose of
BEIRUT (Reuters) -Lebanon's leading Christian cleric said there could be no immunity from prosecution over the catastrophic Beirut port blast and that officials were evading investigation, as many Lebanese marked the first anniversary by demanding justice. As Lebanon suffers a crippling economic collapse, Maronite Patriarch Bechara Boutros Al-Rai also criticised the ruling class for failing to deal with the crisis - criticism echoed by Western powers at a Paris donors' conference. One year since the blast, caused by a huge quantity of ammonium nitrate kept at the port for years, no senior official has been held to account, infuriating many Lebanese.
PARIS (Reuters) -Thales, Europe's largest defence electronics company, said it was in advanced talks to sell its GTS railway signalling business to Japan's Hitachi in a deal that values the division at 1.66 billion euros ($2 billion). Thales shares were up 2.5% in early trading, among the top performers on the French stock market. "With this major strategic move, we will be able to focus on the development of our 3 high-tech long-term growth businesses, each of them able to sustainably deliver double-digit margins," Thales Chairman and CEO Patrick Caine said in a statement.
TOKYO — Canadian and Swedish team officials are asking organizers to push back the scheduled late-morning kickoff time for the women's soccer final to avoid the searing heat expected Friday at Tokyo's Olympic Stadium. Canadian Olympic Committee chief sport officer Eric Myles says the COC supports Canada Soccer's request for a change. Swedish team officials say they have discussed the subject with FIFA, the sport's governing body, and are hoping the International Olympic Committee will approve th
In The News is a roundup of stories from The Canadian Press designed to kickstart your day. Here is what's on the radar of our editors for the morning of Aug. 4 ... What we are watching in Canada ... Canadian sprinters Andre De Grasse and Aaron Brown both won their semifinal heats in the men's 200 metres at the Tokyo Olympics, giving them each a chance to add to Canada's medal count. De Grasse cruised into Wednesday's 200 final with a Canadian-record time of 19.73 in his semifinal. The 26-year-o