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MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte unabashedly renewed his threat to kill drug dealers in his final state of the nation speech on Monday, while defending his nonconfrontational approach in the country's territorial dispute with China in the South China Sea. Duterte, 76, who won a six-year presidential term in 2016, is winding down his often-tumultuous presidency amid a raging pandemic, a battered economy and a legacy overshadowed by his deadly campaign against illega
MONTREAL — Quebec is offering an extra dose of mRNA vaccine to people who want to travel to countries that don't recognize their vaccination status. A third dose is being made available because some countries don't consider people fully vaccinated if they have received a mix of COVID-19 vaccines, the Health Department said Monday. "The administration of an additional dose of vaccine remains an exceptional measure for people who have an essential trip planned outside the country, in the short ter
LONDON (AP) — Londoners were cleaning up Monday after torrential rain left homes, roads and several subway stations flooded, the second unseasonal inundation in as many weeks. The Met Office weather agency said 41.8 millimeters (1.65 inches) of rain — almost a month's worth — fell in central London on Sunday afternoon. Monday was drier, but the Environment Agency said four flood warnings remained in place for southeast England, and the Met Office said parts of England and Scotland could see more
The Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) has announced plans to end drive-thru vaccinations in a bid to shift focus from the general public to those who are under- and unvaccinated. Drive-thru vaccinations and appointments booked through the SHA online system and 1-833-SASKVAX will be discontinued as of Aug. 8. In their place, walk-in clinics will be made available in public venues throughout the province including retail stores, summer events, recreation areas, grocery stores, post-secondary cam
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Several states scaled back their reporting of COVID-19 statistics this month just as cases across the country started to skyrocket, depriving the public of real-time information on outbreaks, cases, hospitalizations and deaths in their communities. The shift to weekly instead of daily reporting in Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota marked a notable shift during a pandemic in which coronavirus dashboards have become a staple for Americans closely tracking case counts and trends to
Ottawa reports seven more COVID-19 cases Monday. Vaccination rate continues to slow across the city. Roughly 66.7 per cent of Ontarians aged 12 and older have had two shots of vaccine Today's Ottawa update Ottawa Public Health (OPH) reported seven more COVID-19 cases and no new deaths Monday. There are 42 known active cases. Numbers to watch 0.6%: The rate of COVID-19 tests coming back positive. 1.19: The number of people infected by a single COVID-19 case, or R(t). The spread of the coronavirus
Residents of Ethiopia's Amhara region said on Monday some young men were responding to a weekend call to arms by their president, as Amhara's government denied that forces from neighbouring Tigray had advanced further into the region. An eight-month-old war between Ethiopia's central government and the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), the party that controls Tigray, has spread to neighbouring parts of northern Ethiopia, risking a further destabilisation of Africa's second most populous nation.
OTTAWA — Canada's first Indigenous Governor General is promising to meet Canadians across the country, understand their concerns and bring a renewed purpose to her office "to meet this moment" in the country's shared history. Mary Simon, an Inuk leader and former Canadian diplomat, became the country’s 30th representative of the head of state on Monday. She is the fifth woman to fill the role. Simon pledged to help the country reckon with the historical mistreatment of Indigenous Peoples, includ
If you ever dreamed of being on a trivia game show, Jeopardy! champion and “Chaser” from The Chase Brad Rutter is spilling tips on how to be a trivia master.
TORONTO — Ontario has asked the federal government to ensure Canadians who received mixed COVID-19 vaccines will be recognized for international travel as border measures lift. Health Minister Christine Elliott and Solicitor General Sylvia Jones wrote to Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc and other officials on Sunday about the issue. "We ask the Government of Canada to work with the WHO to update its guidance to international partners that mixing vaccines should be international
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Dozens of Afghan soldiers slipped across the border into northwestern Pakistan, the Pakistani army said Monday. The Afghan troops were fleeing after their border post was overrun, apparently by the Taliban. The statement said 46 members of the Afghan forces, including five officers, crossed the border late Sunday near the Pakistani border town of Chitral in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. The Afghan soldiers "have been provided food, shelter and necessary medical care as per establ
WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, Bennie Thompson, didn’t realize the severity of the Jan. 6 insurrection until his wife called him. He was inside the Capitol, sitting in the upper gallery of the House, hoping for what he called a “bird's-eye view of the process” and to be able to tell his grandchildren that he was there when Congress certified Joe Biden’s presidential victory. People are breaking into the building, London Thompson told him, and it was on t
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Monday the battle against narcotics is far from over, more than five years after he began a brutal war on drugs that has killed thousands and prompted an accusation of possible crimes against humanity. Duterte, in his last State of the Nation address, defended the campaign, saying it had brought down crime and improved peace and order. "We still have long way in our fight against the proliferation of drugs," Duterte said in his nearly three-hour address, which many had expected would focus on the COVID-19 pandemic.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States will keep existing COVID-19 travel restrictions on international travel in place for now due to concerns about the surging infection rate because of the delta variant, according to a White House official. President Joe Biden earlier this month said that his administration was “in the process” of considering how soon the U.S. could lift the ban on European travel bound for the U.S. after the issue was raised by German Chancellor Angela Merkel during her visit t
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will require state employees and all health care workers to show proof of a COVID-19 vaccination or get tested weekly, tightening restrictions in an effort to slow rising coronavirus infections in the nation’s most populous state, mostly among the unvaccinated. The new rule will take effect next month, officials announced Monday. There are at least 238,000 state employees, according to the California controller's office, and at least 2 million health care wor
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Toronto police are seeking the public's help in identifying a man suspected of sexually assaulting a woman. Police say the assault happened in the morning of July 4. That's when a woman was walking around Rouge River Drive, north of Sheppard Avenue East, when a stranger approached and sexually assaulted her, according to investigators. \ Police previously described the man as 40 years old, brown, and standing six foot, four inches tall. At the time, police said he was wearing a green hoodie with
Numerous campaign signs for a Black MLA candidate have been vandalized and burned in Truro, about an hour’s drive north of Halifax. Tamara Tynes Powell is the Liberal candidate for of Truro–Bible Hill–Millbrook–Salmon River. She is the sole Black candidate in the riding. Sunday, on Facebook, Tynes Powell wrote: Late Sunday night, about five hours after Tynes Powell's post, Lenore Zann, the area's MP and former NDP MLA, made a lengthy post accompanied with photos that seemed to shed further light
OTTAWA — A former Conservative cabinet minister who began a new political party says his defamation suit against a prominent political commentator and strategist should be allowed to proceed. People's Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier alleges Warren Kinsella repeatedly branded him as a racist in articles, blog posts and on social media in the run-up to the October 2019 federal election. David Shiller, a lawyer for Kinsella, is arguing in Ontario Superior Court the suit from Bernier is a stra
Disney is planning on closing down almost all of its retail stores in Canada by next month. The iconic chain announced in March that it planned to close 60 locations across North America this year, but had no specific comment on its Canadian locations, which at the time numbered 18. "While consumer behaviour has shifted toward online shopping, the global pandemic has changed what consumers expect from a retailer," the company's statement at the time said. "Disney will remain flexible in its appr