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QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — They were a pair of young doctors in love who put off marriage to save lives. As the pandemic raged in Ecuador last year, they posted a social media photo of themselves dressed in biohazard suits kissing and holding a sign saying: “Today was to be our wedding day, but instead…” David Vallejo and Mavelin Bonilla’s decision to postpone their May 23, 2020, wedding to treat COVID-19 patients at a large public hospital in southern Quito moved many people in Ecuador and beyond. A
OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is being allowed to check out from his quarantine hotel roughly 12 hours after checking in. Trudeau's office says he received his negative COVID-19 test Wednesday morning and can now leave the three-star Ottawa lodging. Members of his delegation to Europe who landed in Ottawa around 7 p.m. were tested on arrival and received negative test results the next day at about 8 a.m. Trudeau was overseas from last Thursday until Tuesday for summits with other G7, NA
OTTAWA — Annamie Paul is firing back against the coterie of party executives who sought to oust her as head of the Greens, calling them out for "racist" and "sexist" accusations as she seeks to defend her leadership and affirm her authority within a divided party. The defiant words at a news conference Wednesday came after Paul survived another day of party strife when a move to push her out shifted course on Tuesday night, leaving her with a tenuous grip on power ahead of a likely federal elect
VANCOUVER — Police say a person in North Vancouver who bought what they thought was an "interesting artifact" may actually have purchased an old explosive. RCMP Sgt. Peter DeVries says they were called Wednesday when the purchaser realized they may be the new owner of a "historical ordnance." DeVries says the item is old, "looks something like a shell of some sort" and has been identified as a military ordnance. Police had to shut down part of the busy Dollarton Highway in the area as a precauti
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's government has issued a directive ordering all civil servants to use the legal spelling of the prime minister's name, after a court earlier squashed a detention order that was signed by the leader using his more widely known unofficial spelling. Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin's office told all civil servants in a circular earlier June to use his real name, Mahiaddin Yasin, in all formal documents. It said this followed advice from the Attorney-General's
NEW YORK (AP) — Rudy Giuliani and his lawyers will get to designate which materials seized from him will be reviewed by a court-appointed expert reviewer to determine what should never be seen by federal prosecutors. Barbara Jones, who will serve as the “special master” in the review, said in her first report to a federal judge that she will not be looking at everything seized in the late-April raids on ex-President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney. Instead, she'll look at “potentially pr
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The health of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has long been a source of morbid fascination in rival South Korea, which sits in the shadow of Kim's 1.2-million-strong army and his growing arsenal of nuclear-armed missiles. Has he gained even more weight? Is he struggling for breath after relatively short walks? What about that cane? Why did he miss that important state anniversary? Now, the 37-year-old faces fresh speculation in the South about his health again. But this
MUNICH (AP) — Holding France midfielder Paul Pogba from behind, Germany defender Antonio Rüdiger appeared to open his mouth and lightly bite his opponent's back. Pogba said the German “nibbled” on him, and Rüdiger said he regrets doing it. The incident happened Tuesday toward the end of the first half during France's 1-0 win at the European Championship. “I shouldn’t go like that with my mouth to his back — no question — it looks unfortunate,” Rüdiger said Wednesday. “Paul and I spoke very amica
TORONTO — Like his adorable sea-monster character in Disney and Pixar's new animated film "Luca," actor Jacob Tremblay is set for some summertime fun. And the Vancouver-raised star says he hopes for more adventures on the horizon, now that he's had his first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. The 14-year-old posted a video of himself getting the jab on Twitter on May 30 and says it provided a sense of "relief" as he heads into the warmer months, with planned family outings including a visit to Osoyoos
OTTAWA — Russian President Vladimir Putin contradicted the evidence Wednesday when he asserted Russians are not a leading source of cyberattacks on the United States and other countries. They are. A look at his claims in the news conference that followed his summit with U.S. President Joe Biden. PUTIN: "From American sources, it follows that most of the cyberattacks in the world are carried out from the cyber realm of the United States. Second place is Canada. Then two Latin American countries.
HALIFAX — A 60-year-old convicted sex offender in Nova Scotia has been charged with over 40 historical sex offences alleged to have occurred between 1984 and 1998. Investigators with the RCMP allege that James Michael Snow of Salmon River, N.S., committed the offences against five people who were minors during that time. Police say they originally received a report of a historical sexual assault involving a victim who was a young child at the time, and after a months-long investigation they iden
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s testy relations with Russia are likely to get worse and the bloc’s 27 member countries must ensure that Moscow does not divide them, the EU’s top diplomat warned Wednesday. Unveiling a report on ways to deal with what the Europeans believe is an increasingly authoritarian Russia hostile to the West, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said the likelihood that ties will improve anytime soon remains “a distant prospect.” The EU, Borrell told reporters in Brus
LETHBRIDGE, Alta. — The head of police in a southern Alberta city has addressed criticisms of his department in the face of continued warnings from the justice minister that the force could be disbanded. Lethbridge Police Chief Shahin Mehdizadeh held an 80-minute virtual town hall on Tuesday night to outline plans for the department going forward. He suggested ongoing media attention, policing during the pandemic, budget cuts and the opioid crisis have been major challenges for the Lethbridge Po
Hair salon owners are calling on Ontario to allow their industry to reopen, saying their establishments are safe and employ ample measures to guard against COVID-19. The province entered the first phase of a three-step reopening plan last Friday. Non-essential retailers were able to reopen, patio dining resumed and outdoor fitness classes restarted, among other things. Hair salons and other personal care services, however, are only slated to open in Step 2, which won't kick in until next month.
Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole on Wednesday questioned Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland on Canada’s housing prices, which have increased rapidly during the COVID-19 pandemic. O’Toole said the housing prices and the country's inflation rate, which climbed in May to its largest yearly increase since 2011, are turning into an "economic crisis."
OTTAWA — Canada was excoriated as a racist, hypocritical failure Tuesday as MPs who don't intend to seek re-election said their official farewells to Parliament. Mumilaaq Qaqqaq, the New Democrat MP for Nunavut, used the opportunity to blast Canada as a country built on the oppression of Indigenous People and whose history is "stained with blood." "People like me don't belong here in the federal institution," she told the House of Commons. "The reality is that this institution and the country ha
Divisions flared quickly on Wednesday as U.S. Catholic bishops opened a national meeting highlighted by a sensitive agenda item — whether to take initial steps toward a possible rebuke of politicians, including President Joe Biden, who receive Communion while supporting abortion rights. Some said the issue was so important and contentious that all the more than 260 participating bishops should have an opportunity to address it during the three-day meeting that’s being held virtually. Others deri
Cross-border travel could soon return between North American neighbours. Canada-U.S.A. crossings have been closed to non-essential travel since the pandemic hit last March. But after 15 months there’s optimism restrictions could finally loosen this month. “We’re going to have to open eventually because our border communities of Sarnia-Lambton and Windsor-Essex, their economies are quite intertwined with that of the United States and to some degree we are too here in Chatham-Kent,” says Medical O
A variant-driven surge in COVID-19 cases might prevent a southwestern Ontario region from easing pandemic restrictions with the rest of the province next month, and stronger public health measures may return if the situation doesn't improve, the area's top doctor said Wednesday. Waterloo Region reported the highest number of new COVID-19 cases in the province on Wednesday. At 71 new infections, the area surpassed cases reported in the longstanding hot spots of Peel Region and Toronto. Dr. Hsiu-L
TORONTO — Help for the struggling James Bay community of Kashechewan has been slow in coming, as COVID-19 infections surge through overcrowded homes and isolation facilities remain non-existent, Chief Leo Friday said on Wednesday. The virus has attacked children particularly hard, with those aged 12 and under accounting for more than half the 232 active cases, the chief said. One child was in intensive care but said to be improving. "Nobody seems to do anything about it," Friday told The Canadia