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AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — As a poorly paid public school teacher, Khaled Jaber always needed a side hustle, working as a private tutor and using his car as a taxi to help pay the bills. For unexpected needs, such as medical expenses, he has had to borrow money from relatives. Somehow, the 44-year-old muddled through life, sustained by his love of teaching high school Arabic and the respect his job earned him in the community. But his fragile equilibrium has been upended by the government’s harsh trea
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BEIRUT (Reuters) -Tensions over a probe into last year's massive blast in Beirut burst into the worst street violence in more than a decade on Thursday, with six Shi'ites shot dead and gun battles reviving memories of the country's 1975-90 civil war. Bullets bounced off buildings and people ran for cover during bursts of gunfire which lasted several hours on what was once a frontline in the war. The Iran-backed Hezbollah and its ally, the Shi'ite Amal Movement, accused the Lebanese Forces (LF), a Christian party that has close ties to Saudi Arabia, of attacking its supporters, who were gathering to demand the removal of the judge investigating last year's port blast.
Prince Edward Island's Chief Public Health Officer announced three new COVID-19 cases Friday. One person is in their 30s, another is between 12 and 19, and the third is under 12. All three had recently travelled outside of P.E.I. Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Heather Morrison said there are no links to schools or early learning centres. "The three individuals tested negative initially, but on a subsequent test tested positive. Contact tracing is underway, and the individuals are self-isolating
'We need the community to be whole when we're past the pandemic,' says Smithers, B.C., Mayor Gladys Atrill. She encourages people to be kind and keep the community functioning as a new series of COVID-19 restrictions takes effect.
JIUQUAN, China (Reuters) -China on Saturday launched a rocket carrying three astronauts - two men and one woman - to the core module of a future space station where they will live and work for six months, the longest orbit for Chinese astronauts. A Long March-2F rocket carrying the Shenzhou-13 spacecraft, which means "Divine Vessel", blasted off from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the northwestern province of Gansu at 12:23 a.m. (1623 GMT on Friday). The vessel successfully docked to the port of the space station on at 6:56 a.m. (2156 GMT), and the astronauts entered the space station's core module at 10:03 a.m., the China Manned Space Agency said.
VANCOUVER — Two successive frontal systems will bring an "atmospheric river" to British Columbia's south coast until Saturday night. Environment Canada has issued rainfall, snowfall and special weather statements for several areas along B.C.'s coast and in the boundary region. It says 75 to 100 millimetres of rain is expected for Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley, Whistler, the Sunshine Coast, Howe Sound and inland and eastern Vancouver Island. The west coast of Vancouver Island should expect u
Director Wes Anderson was joined by George Clooney and Bill Murray for the world premiere of “Fantastic Mr. Fox” in London. (Oct. 14)
HENRICO, Va. (AP) — First lady Jill Biden campaigned Friday for Democrats in governors' races in Virginia and New Jersey, saying "this election will set a course for a year from now” during her first political trip of her husband's presidency. Biden spoke at an early voting rally at Middlesex College in Edison, New Jersey, where Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy is running against Republican Jack Ciattarelli, an ex-state Assembly member. She also hit an evening event in suburban Richmond, Virginia, al
U.S. health advisers are debating if those who received Moderna COVID-19 vaccinations should get a booster at half the original dosage. But they stress the priority is still to get shots to the 66 million unvaccinated Americans who are eligible. (Oct. 14)
A second lawsuit has been filed over alleged sexual abuse at Whitehorse's Hidden Valley Elementary School. Two parents filed a statement of claim on behalf of their child, as well as themselves, to the Yukon Supreme Court on Oct. 1, naming former Hidden Valley educational assistant William Auclair-Bellemare, the Yukon government and the attorney general of Canada as defendants. The lawsuit alleges the child suffered "predation" and sexual assault at the hands of Auclair-Bellemare, and that the g
It's been more than two weeks since wildfires forced hundreds of people from the Shoal Lake and Red Earth Cree Nations to evacuate their homes north of Hudson Bay, Sask. — and still, no official return date has been set. "They're very lonely," said Shoal Lake Chief Marcel Head in a virtual news conference Friday afternoon. "They want to return home, but we've been telling them that we wouldn't want to put a risk on their health." Environment Canada lifted all air quality advisories in the area F
BEIRUT (Reuters) -Lebanon's Prime Minister Najib Mikati said Thursday's violence was a setback for the country but would be overcome, adding that his cabinet was working to provide the International Monetary Fund (IMF) with necessary financial figures ahead of talks to pull the country out of its economic meltdown. Mikati spoke to Reuters after a deadly shooting rocked the capital Beirut as tensions over a probe into last year's massive blast in Beirut burst into the worst street violence in more than a decade, leaving six Shi'ites dead. "We have a lot of stages after that to complete recovery," he said adding that the country's central bank had no liquidity of foreign currency that it could utilise.
Boeing Co said on Thursday that some titanium 787 Dreamliner parts were improperly manufactured over the past three years, the latest in a series of problems to plague the wide-body aircraft. The quality issue does not affect the immediate safety of flights, the company said, adding it had notified the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Boeing is working to determine how many planes contain the defective part.
Johnson & Johnson executives have pitched a booster as a way to strengthen a robust vaccine that they said has retained its protective power over eight months. But FDA scientists pointedly challenged that assertion on Friday. (Oct. 15)
WASHINGTON (AP) — A commission tasked with studying potential changes to the Supreme Court has released a first look at its review, a draft report that is cautious in discussing proposals for expanding the court but also speaks approvingly of term limits for justices. The 36-member bipartisan commission, largely composed of academics, has been studying court reform and holding hearings, but it was not charged with making recommendations under the White House order that created it. As a result, m
Health and Safety Expert Mario Possamai is raising serious questions around B.C.'s management of the pandemic. He talks to Global News Morning about his concerns.
Manager of Queen Street West BIA Meg Marshall speaks about the tier system that is undermining small businesses.
OTTAWA — The country could be heading for its first typical flu season since the pandemic began, even as health systems are still battling the fourth wave of COVID-19, Canada's top doctor warns. Last year the flu was "virtually non-existent," in Canada, thanks to strict public health measures to protect against COVID-19, chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam said Friday. What served as a blessing last fall, sparing already overwhelmed health systems, could now mean Canadians have less immu
With the federal government's vaccine mandate for air travellers kicking in soon, chiefs in small Northwest Territories communities say they're waiting to hear about possible exceptions to the rules. By Oct. 30, most Canadians will need to be fully vaccinated if they're planning to hop on a plane. There will be a month of flexibility where people who are in the process of being vaccinated can show a valid COVID-19 molecular test, according to a recent Oct. 6 update from the federal government. T