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SHADDADI, Syria (AP) — In the searing 108-degree heat, far from his Louisiana health care business, Army Col. Scott Desormeaux and his soldiers are on a dusty base near Syria’s northern border, helping Syrian rebel forces battle Islamic State militants and keeping an eye on Russian troops in the region. It’s tough duty for the soldiers. But their deployment to the Middle East last November is just a small part of the blistering pace of missions that members of the Louisiana National Guard and Am
People in Newfoundland and Labrador can finally hit the dance floor again, travel more freely and attend larger gatherings as the province moves to Step 2 of its reopening plan. The next step officially came into effect at 12:01 a.m. Sunday, 15 days ahead of schedule. During Friday's COVID-19 briefing, Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Janice Fitzgerald said continued low case numbers and having more than half of the province's eligible population fully vaccinated allowed public health to spee
Most Prince Edward Island businesses will be open on Natal Day, Aug. 2, but there are some government-related closures that could affect some services. Federal government employees get the day off, but not all provincial employees on the Island will. The provincial government recognizes this date as a civic holiday and offices in the Prince County area are closed for the day. The rest of the provincial government instead gets Aug. 20 off for the Gold Cup Parade. Here is a list of what's open and
Fires have burned down forests, encroached on villages and tourist destinations and forced people to evacuate.View on euronews
ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — A German couple have been detained in Croatia for leaving their two children and a dog in a locked car with closed windows in sweltering heat, police said Sunday. A statement said that citizens in the northern coastal town of Porec on Friday evening alerted police after seeing the children and the dog in the car with German license plates. Local media said the children were both girls, ages 6 and 8. The couple had gone shopping and left the children with the dog inside the
Hackers have attacked and shut down the IT systems of the company that manages COVID-19 vaccination appointments for the Lazio region surrounding Rome, the regional government said on Sunday. "A powerful hacker attack on the region's CED (database) is under way," the region said in a Facebook posting. It said all systems had been deactivated, including those of the region's health portal and vaccination network, and warned the inoculation programme could suffer a delay.
ISLAMABAD (AP) — A young mountaineer who last week scaled the second-highest mountain on earth, said Sunday he felt a “sense of achievement” as he stood atop the K2 summit and hoisted the Pakistani flag. Shehroz Kashif, 19, who hails from the eastern city of Lahore, summited K2 at 8,611 meters (28,251 feet) Tuesday morning, becoming the world's youngest mountaineer to scale the treacherous mountain, according to Karrar Haidri, secretary of the Alpine Club of Pakistan. “I faced a lot of difficult
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -U.S. senators introduced a sweeping $1-trillion bipartisan plan to invest in roads, bridges, ports, high-speed internet and other infrastructure, with some predicting the chamber could pass this week the largest public works legislation in decades. The massive infrastructure package, a goal that has eluded Congress for years, is a top legislative priority for Democratic President Joe Biden, who billed it on Sunday as the largest such investment in a century. Senators said the 2,702-page bill included $550 billion in new spending over five years for items such as roads, rail, electric vehicle charging stations and replacing lead water pipes on top of $450 billion in previously approved funds.
It's time to wake the lion. Jimmy Chan, founder of the Montreal Chan Lion Dance Club, is bringing traditional Chinese lion dancing back to Montreal. Until recently, performances have been on hold due to the pandemic. Chan said Montrealers can expect to see his lions back in Chinatown near the end of August, pending city approval. Chinese lion dancing is a carefully choreographed affair that combines a puppy-like joy, as Chan describes it, with elaborate costumes and a rhythmic accompaniment of d
Nova Scotia will officially observe Aug. 1 as Emancipation Day for the first time this year. The day marks the passage of the Slavery Abolition Act of 1833 by the British parliament. The act took effect on Aug. 1, 1834, and marked the end of slavery in British territories. The House of Commons in Ottawa voted unanimously on March 24, 2021, to designate Aug. 1 as Emancipation Day. It did not make Emancipation Day a public holiday. The federal government said the day should be a time for Canadians
ABOARD SEA-WATCH 3, Mediterranean - Two humanitarian rescue ships pulled 394 migrants from a dangerously overcrowded wooden boat in the Mediterranean overnight on Sunday in an operation lasting about six hours, a Reuters witness said. The German and French NGO ships Sea-Watch 3 and Ocean Viking rescued the migrants in Tunisian waters 68 km (42 miles) from the North African coast, near oil facilities and other ships. Sea-Watch 3, which assumed command of the operation, took 141 of the survivors while Ocean Viking took the rest.
A man has serious injuries following a motorcycle crash on Highway 103 near Tantallon Saturday evening. Halifax District RCMP was called about a lone motorcycle that had left the road at the Exit 5 inbound off-ramp to Tantallon around 7:16 p.m. AT. The man, who was driving the motorcycle, was airlifted to hospital. A female passenger was also hurt, but police said she is expected to survive. Police say the off-ramp from Highway 103 was closed for several hours. It reopened around 1 a.m. Sunday.
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) -Mexicans on Sunday began to vote on whether to investigate five of the country's former leaders in a referendum championed by President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, amid criticism that the move is a political stunt and turnout could be low. Lopez Obrador has cast past administrations as deeply corrupt and made combating graft his top priority. Lopez Obrador has blamed the former leaders - Carlos Salinas, Ernesto Zedillo, Vicente Fox, Felipe Calderon and Enrique Peña Nieto, whose administrations spanned 1988 to 2018 - for aggravating many of Mexico's woes, from poverty to insecurity.
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Two rare Sumatran tigers at the zoo in the Indonesian capital are recovering after being infected with COVID-19. Nine-year-old Tino became ill with shortness of breath, sneezing, and a runny nose on July 9. He also lost his appetite. Two days later, 12-year-old Hari was showing the same symptoms. Swabs were taken and results came back positive for COVID-19, Suzi Marsitawati from the Jakarta Parks and Forestry Agency said in a statement on Sunday. The tigers were immedia
ISTANBUL (AP) — More than 100 wildfires have been brought under control in Turkey, according to officials Sunday, as firefighters worked to battle blazes that continued in popular seaside destinations. The Minister of Forestry and Agriculture, Bekir Pakdemirli, tweeted that five fires were continuing in the tourist destinations of Antalya and Mugla, while 107 fires were “under control.” The fires in Antalya were continuing in two districts. In Mugla, they continued in the tourist destination of
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern sat motionless Sunday as members of the Pacific Island community pulled a large white mat over her head, completely covering her. Moments later they removed it and embraced her. It was part of a emotional ceremony at the Auckland Town Hall during which Ardern formally apologized for a racially charged part of the nation’s history known as the Dawn Raids. It’s when Pasifika people were targeted for deportation in the mid-1
Police officers across New Brunswick issued tickets amounting to at least $86,794.50 for persons found guilty of breaking rules under the province's COVID-19 emergency measures order. The amount is tallied from 321 tickets officers issued between March 2020 and July 2021, according to Geoffrey Downey, spokesperson for the Department of Justice and Public Safety, in an email to CBC News. Meanwhile, another 18 convictions under the Emergency Measures Act are either pending a penalty or the offende
A commercial real estate expert says Saskatchewan's two major cities have seen roughly 50 per cent of their workers return to an office setting. Richard Jankowski, the managing director of Saskatchewan Brokerage at Colliers International, said this is based on the company's conversations with landlords, developers, tenant groups and government. The rate of return "really varies" from company to company in Saskatoon and Regina, he told CBC Radio's The Morning Edition host Stefani Langenegger. He
Alan Doyle of Great Big Sea played five sold-out shows at the Trailside Music Hall in Charlottetown last week and not a single person got up to dance. Not that they didn't want to. They were wiggling in their seats, clapping their hands and stomping their feet. Some may have boogied a bit on their way to the bathroom. But that was it. While dancing at weddings and organized gatherings in cohorts of 100 is now allowed on P.E.I. under COVID-19 rules, busting a move in nightclubs is still a no no.