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NEW DELHI/KABUL (Reuters) -The United States said on Wednesday it was deeply troubled by reports of escalating attacks on civilians as the Taliban sweep across Afghanistan and Washington pulls out its last remaining troops and ends its longest war. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, on a visit to India, said the only path to peace in Afghanistan was through negotiations, which all parties must take seriously. Taliban insurgents have captured districts across Afghanistan and seized vital border control points in recent weeks, as Washington withdraws its last troops after 20 years.
GUYSBOROUGH – There’s a new name in the hat for the Guysborough–Tracadie riding in this provincial election, but he isn’t an unfamiliar face. Progressive Conservative candidate Greg Morrow is a long-time, well-known broadcaster in the Strait area, whose journalism career has given him a solid understanding of the issues and concerns of the Guysborough-Tracadie area. Morrow spoke to The Journal last week about the issues he’s heard at the door and as a reporter covering the Municipality of the Di
BRUSSELS (AP) — Prosecutors in Belgium have opened an investigation into the deadly floods that ravaged several towns this month and left 37 people dead in the country. The prosecutor's office in the city of Liege said in a statement Wednesday that an investigative judge was appointed to lead the inquiry, which will examine whether there is a basis to charge anyone with involuntary manslaughter by failure of care or precaution. Amid discontent among the thousands of residents impacted by the flo
WASHINGTON (AP) — Many Americans believe their communities are doing a good job meeting the needs of older adults, but white people may be better equipped than people of color to age within their communities, according to a new survey from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. The poll finds more Americans think their area is doing well rather than poorly in providing access to resources and services for aging adults, including health care, healthy food, transportation an
A double dose of disaster has caused major traffic snarls in the Deer Lake area, with a highway washout followed by a building fire creating work for emergency responders and slowdowns for drivers. The Trans-Canada Highway near the Deer Lake Powerhouse remained off limits to drivers Wednesday afternoon, after a heavy rainfall caused parts of the road to washout and damaged other parts of the town. Motorists were being diverted through the town itself when fire broke out around 1 p.m at the Rockw
BERLIN (AP) — Lottery officials say a woman in Germany carried a winning ticket in her purse for weeks without realizing it was worth about 33 million euros ($39 million). Lotto Bayern said Wednesday that the 45-year-old woman was the sole winner of a draw on June 9, having correctly guessed seven fields on a German lottery ticket. It quoted the woman, who wasn't named, saying “I still get dizzy at the thought that I carelessly carried almost 33 million euros around in my purse for several weeks
The S&P 500 ended little changed on Wednesday after Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said the central bank was still a ways away from considering raising interest rates. The Nasdaq ended sharply higher, with shares of Google parent Alphabet Inc hitting an all-time high as a surge in advertising spending helped it post record quarterly results. In a news conference following the release of a new policy statement from the Fed, Powell also said the U.S. job market still had "some ground to cover" before it would be time to pull back from the economic support the U.S. central bank put in place in the spring of 2020 to battle the coronavirus pandemic's economic shocks.
OTTAWA (Reuters) -Canada's inflation rate slowed more than expected in June from a decade-high in May as food, transport and clothing costs eased, data showed on Wednesday, but some analysts said it might be only a brief reprieve. Inflation eased to 3.1% in June from 3.6% in May, Statistics Canada said, lower than the 3.2% median forecast of analysts polled by Reuters. Earlier this month, the Bank of Canada said inflation was expected to remain at or above 3% - the top of the bank's 1%-3% control range - through the rest of 2021, easing back to the 2% target by 2022.
Alberta will not be following in the footsteps of Quebec by offering a third COVID-19 vaccine dose to people who want to travel to countries that don't recognize their vaccination status. On Monday, Quebec's health department said it would make a third dose of either Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna available for those planning to travel out of the country. That's because some countries may not consider people who have received the AstraZeneca or Covishield vaccine, or those who have received differen
Erin O’Toole said Tuesday he’s not worried about the prospect of another fringe party led by a former Conservative Party of Canada leadership candidate. “Good. I don’t want them in our centre/centre-right party,” O’Toole said when asked about video footage from the weekend that showed independent MP Derek Sloan telling an Alberta audience he will launch a new party next month. “It’s going to be the greatest patriotic movement Canada has ever seen,” Sloan said as supporters applauded. Sloan was b
Calgary council has voted in favour of a plan to sell a portion of Richmond Green park, located at Sarcee Road and 33rd Avenue S.W., in order to expand and improve the green space. The land use change, which council approved in a 9-5 vote Tuesday, will see a mixed-use residential and commercial development built where there are currently two baseball diamonds. The city will use the money from that sale to remove an old City of Calgary operations centre and clean up the land, and convert a former
Simone Biles will not defend her Olympic title. The American gymnastics superstar withdrew from Thursday's all-around competition to focus on her mental well-being. (July 28)
Tilray and Canadian pot producer Aphria combined last month in a reverse merger to create the world's largest cannabis producer by sales and expand further in the United States. Tilray Chief Executive Officer Irwin Simon said the company had saved about $35 million in costs from the deal and was on track to save $80 million over the next 16 months from lower shipping costs, better packaging deals and by doing away with office spaces, redundant senior positions. Tilray's net revenue rose 25.3% to $142.2 million during the fourth quarter, but fell short of analysts' average estimate of $146.2 million, according to Refinitiv IBES estimates.
Everywhere you turn at the Tokyo Olympics, there are Canadian women carving a new path for women in sport in their country. Through five days of competition in Japan, Canada has won nine medals. Women have won all of them — the latest, 21-year-old swimmer Penny Oleksiak. Swimmer Maggie Mac Neil won Canada's first gold at the Games. Weightlifter Maude Charron powered her way to the second gold. Jessica Klimkait made history in judo, becoming the first Canadian woman to win an Olympic medal in the
Canada's inflation rate came in at 3.1 per cent in June as prices for shelter and transportation rose quickly, while increases for things like food, clothing and recreation slowed down from May's level. Statistics Canada reported Wednesday that shelter costs have increased by 4.4 per cent in the past year, and transportation costs went up by 5.6 per cent compared to June 2020. But the inflation rate was dragged lower because the price of many goods has come down from where it was last year, incl
The number of daily COVID-19 cases in British Columbia has tripled during the past three weeks, and at the same time the delta variant has grown to become the most dominant strain in the province. Based on what has transpired in Israel, the United Kingdom, Netherlands, and several other countries with similar vaccination campaigns where the variant took hold, the number of positive cases in B.C. could soon approach the heights of the second and third waves. Relatively high vaccination rates mean
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -New York and other U.S. states filed a notice on Wednesday saying they will fight the dismissal of an antitrust lawsuit that they launched against Facebook Inc in an appeals court. In June, a U.S. judge dismissed federal and state antitrust complaints against the social media company that had sought to force it to sell Instagram and WhatsApp. Judge James Boasberg of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed the states' lawsuit but said the Federal Trade Commission could refile its complaint.
NEW DELHI (AP) — The top diplomats of India and the United States pledged Wednesday to expand their multilateral security partnership, underscoring the deepening of ties between two countries concerned over China’s growing influence in the region. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar met in New Delhi and sought to strengthen a regional front against Beijing’s assertiveness in the Indo-Pacific and their cooperation in Afghanistan. They also la
Founded in 2012 by European tech entrepreneurs Sascha Konietzke and Paolo Negri, the company operates a content management system that is used by global giants like Spotify Technology SA, Electronic Arts Inc and WeWork. The fresh capital will be used to expand global footprint in marketing and sales along with investing in its platform, the Contentful said. The funding follows Contentful's plan to explore a listing in the United States, as per a Reuters report in May, that could value it at nearly $5 billion.
As we flip towards August, temperature extremes will try to mellow out, but the heat will continually attempt to favour the West.