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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Anti-government protesters took to the streets in more than a score of cities across Brazil on Saturday as the nation's confirmed death toll from COVID-19 soared past half a million — a tragedy many critics blame on President Jair Bolsonaro's attempt to minimize the disease. Thousands gathered in downtown Rio de Janeiro waving flags with slogans such as “Get out Bolsonaro. Government of hunger and unemployment.” “Brazil is experiencing a great setback. The country was an ex
MALJEVAC, Croatia (AP) — Dozens of human rights advocates briefly blocked Croatia’s border with Bosnia on Saturday to protest the European Union’s migration policies. The protesters demanded that EU’s border agency, Frontex, be dismantled and countries end their pushbacks of migrants trying to reach Western Europe. Waving banners reading “Stop deportation,” or “No human is illegal,” they parked cars at the border and shouted slogans against EU policies. No incidents were reported as Croatian pol
MONTREAL — The sun hadn't yet risen in Montreal on Friday morning when a contingent of Ontario hockey fans prepared to descend on the city ahead of what they saw as a monumental hockey game. The Montreal Canadiens were set to square off against the Las Vegas Golden Knights, marking the first time since 2014 that the team had made the National Hockey League's semi-finals, and Alexander Vizier and his friends had no intention of missing out. The group had driven 17 hours from the northern Ontario
TORONTO — Canada has hit two of the vaccination targets government officials have previously said were necessary for the easing of public health restrictions imposed due to COVID-19. An independent website founded by a University of Saskatchewan student and tracking federal and provincial vaccine data says just over 20 per cent of eligible Canadians — those 12 years old and above — are now fully vaccinated. And just over 75 per cent of eligible Canadians have received at least one dose of a COVI
LYTTON, B.C. — British Columbia's Wildfire Service says a blaze in the Fraser Canyon has been renamed and is now classified as out-of-control after charring 2.5 square kilometres south of Lytton, B.C. The service says the George Road wildfire, which grew to more than twice its size since it began Wednesday is suspected to be human-caused but remains under investigation. It says helicopter crews are assisting firefighters in areas that are inaccessible because part of the blaze is on steep terrai
Many Toronto residents were given a few more options to stay busy this weekend with the re-opening of the Toronto Zoo, Riverdale Farm and more than 40 public pools. And as the province moves closer to immunization targets, there are questions as to whether the roadmap to reopening could actually be accelerated. Morganne Campbell has more in this report.
TORONTO — Ontario is reporting 355 new cases of COVID-19 today and 13 deaths linked to the virus. Health Minister Christine Elliott says there are 58 new cases in Toronto, 54 in Waterloo and 45 in Peel Region. She says there were also 23 new cases in Hamilton and 22 in the Porcupine Health Unit region. The Ministry of Health says 336 people are in hospital with the virus, with 335 patients in intensive care and 221 on a ventilator. Today's data is based on nearly 25,400 tests completed. Elliott
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — An explosion rocked a munitions factory central Serbia on Saturday in the second such incident this month, injuring at least three workers, state-run Serbian television reported. A powerful explosion was heard just before 8 p.m. (1800GMT), followed by several smaller blasts, the TV report said. It added that the workers were slightly injured and treated at a local hospital. Authorities have ordered an evacuation from the area around the Sloboda factory in Cacak, which rem
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on Sunday opened his first Cabinet meeting since swearing in his new coalition government last week with a condemnation of the new Iranian president. He said Iran's presidential election was a sign for world powers to “wake up” before returning to a nuclear agreement with Tehran. Iran’s hard-line judiciary chief, Ebrahim Raisi, was elected Saturday with 62% of the vote amid a historically low voter turnout. He is sanctioned by the U.S. in p
Toronto police say they've made an arrest in what they've previously described as a suspected hate crime on the city's Island. Investigators have alleged a man and a woman were walking to the Island's ferry docks on June 5 when a disagreement broke out between them and a group of other people. Police allege a man from the second group made homophobic comments, and two men from the group assaulted the male victim leaving him with significant injuries. Elijah McGibbon, 24, was arrested today and c
The latest numbers on COVID-19 vaccinations in Canada as of 4:00 a.m. ET on Sunday June 20, 2021. In Canada, the provinces are reporting 418,980 new vaccinations administered for a total of 31,818,682 doses given. Nationwide, 6,791,918 people or 18 per cent of the population has been fully vaccinated. The provinces have administered doses at a rate of 83,955.908 per 100,000. There were 633,500 new vaccines delivered to the provinces and territories for a total of 34,674,914 doses delivered so fa
ST. ALBERT, Alta. — A city northwest of Edmonton says it has cancelled its Canada Day fireworks display because it was to be held on the site of a former residential school. The City of St. Albert says in a news release that Mission Hill, where the July 1 display was planned, is the site of the former Youville Residential School and that it "likely" contains unmarked graves of former students. It says it made the decision to "demonstrate empathy and respect for members of the community who have
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan's version of a trial of the century gets under way Monday when a relative of King Abdullah II and a former chief of the royal court are to be ushered into the defendants' cage at the state security court to face charges of sedition and incitement. They are accused of conspiring with a senior royal — Prince Hamzah, a half-brother of the king — to foment unrest against the monarch while soliciting foreign help. The palace drama erupted into the open in early April, when
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Júnior Urso scored on a give-and-go with Chris Mueller in the 84th minute to lift Orlando City to a 3-2 victory over Toronto FC on Saturday night. Orlando City (4-1-3) opened the scoring 49 seconds into the match with Tesho Akindele slotting it through the goalkeeper’s legs. Nani made it 2-0 with a header to finish Akindele’s cross in the eighth minute. Silvester van der Water’s pressure of goalkeeper Quentin Westberg near the end line created the opportunity. Ayo Akinola pu
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The largest gay pride parade in central Europe took place again in Warsaw for the first time in two years after a pandemic-induced break — and amid a backlash in Poland and Hungary against LGBT rights. Warsaw Mayor Rafal Trzaskowski walked at the head of the Equality Parade on Saturday — a sign of support for LGBT rights by the liberal politician. Thousands of people joined the march and were cheered on by others waving rainbow flags from their apartment balconies and sidew
The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada (all times Eastern): 7:30 p.m. Yukon health officials are reporting 29 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of active cases in the territory to 87. Chief Medical Officer Dr. Brendan Hanley says 22 cases are in Whitehorse and seven are in rural communities. Hanley says 31 of the cases are believed to be caused by the Gamma variant of the virus, which was first identified in Brazil. The territory has seen 182 cases of COVID-19 since th
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — President Joe Biden announced Saturday that Champ, the older of the family’s two dogs, had died “peacefully at home.” The German shepherd was 13. “He was our constant, cherished companion during the last 13 years and was adored by the entire Biden family,” Biden and first lady Jill Biden said in a statement posted to the president’s official Twitter account. The Bidens are spending the weekend at their home in Wilmington, Delaware. The Bidens got Champ from a breeder afte
Terrace RCMP have issued a renewed public plea to citizens a year after James Robert’s homicide investigations began. Roberts’s body was located in Terrace on May 15, 2020 a day after he was murdered in an attack that the police term “targeted, serious and violent.” Roberts, who was 38-years-old when he was found deceased, was last seen alive around 4 p.m on May 14, 2020. His body was found the next day around 11 a.m. in the woods between the curling rink and the train rail tracks by a Terrace R
ORLANDO, Fla. — Taking advantage of a defensive blunder, Junior Urso's 84th-minute goal lifted Orlando City SC to a 3-2 win over Toronto FC in MLS play Saturday. Brazilian fullback Auro's poor cross-field pass went straight to the Orlando midfielder, who played a give-and-go with Chris Mueller before slotting a low shot past Quentin Westberg at the near post. Goals by Ayo Akinola and Jonathan Osorio had looked to rescue Toronto from a nightmarish start that saw Orlando goals by Tesho Akindele an
Yukon health officials reported 29 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, bringing the total number of active cases in the territory to 87. Chief Medical Officer Dr. Brendan Hanley said 22 cases were in Whitehorse and seven were in rural communities. He said 31 of the cases are believed to be caused by the more contagious Gamma variant of the virus, which first emerged in Brazil. Yukon has seen a recent surge in infections, with nearly half of the 182 total cases since the pandemic's onset currently