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The World Health Organization's director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has suggested that racism is behind a lack of international attention being paid to the plight of civilians in Ethiopia's war-shattered Tigray region. Calling it the "worst humanitarian crisis in the world", with 6 million people unable to access basic services, Tedros questioned in an emotional appeal why the situation is not getting the same attention as the Ukraine conflict. "Maybe the reason is the colour of the skin of the people," Tedros, who is from Tigray, told a virtual media briefing on Wednesday.
Four times the tonnage of the original Open Arms rescue tugboat and with a capacity to carry up to 1,000 people, the Open Arms Uno made its first rescue on Wednesday, picking up 101 migrants stranded on a wooden boat off the Tunisian coast. "Sit down, if you don't sit down we don't continue," a crew member shouted to the excited migrants from a speed boat launched from the vessel operated by the Spanish charity Open Arms before all were taken aboard. One had jumped into the water to try to reach the speed boat, prompting it to briefly move away in a safety maneuver.
Regina city council has approved the majority of members for a committee that could help shape the city's downtown core. The catalyst committee will be made up of 16 members, drawn from council members as well as representatives of private industry, business improvement districts and social agencies in Regina. At its Wednesday meeting, city council approved the committee's terms of reference and 14 of its 16 members The committee is named after proposals dubbed "catalyst projects" because they'r
TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Estonia’s foreign minister on Thursday defended his country’s decision to bar Russian tourists, saying they are shirking their “moral responsibility” to stand up to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s regime and its “genocidal war” in Ukraine. The small Baltic country, which shares a 300-kilometer (190-mile) border with Russia, stopped issuing tourist visas to Russians months ago, and as of Thursday no longer accepts those previously issued. “Our idea is to give a signal t
A doctor in eastern Ontario charged with first-degree murder in the death of an elderly patient last year is now facing three new first-degree murder charges. Dr. Brian Nadler was arrested Wednesday. All three of the latest alleged victims were under Nadler's care.
After the fall of Afghanistan's capital Kabul more than a year ago, the families of some Canadian citizens who assisted Canadian military forces are still being hunted by the Taliban government in that country. Some 45 language and cultural advisers — Canadian citizens who were recent Afghan immigrants — were recruited by Canada's Department of National Defence to carry out dangerous assignments like gathering intelligence on the Taliban and warning of attacks during the war in Afghanistan. Now,
Eleven Nova Scotians died from COVID-19 the week of Aug. 9-15, the province's updated COVID-19 dashboard showed Thursday. There were an average of 206 daily COVID-19 cases during that time, a decrease from 249 the previous week. Five deaths from COVID-19 were reported last week. New hospital admissions due to COVID-19 were 40, down from 46 a week ago. Nova Scotia Health reported Thursday that: 50 patients are in hospital being treated for COVID-19, seven of whom are in intensive care. 127 patien
TORONTO — Ontario's nursing college is proposing to register potentially thousands of internationally trained nurses on a temporary basis. Health Minister Sylvia Jones recently directed the College of Nurses of Ontario to develop plans to more quickly register internationally educated professionals within two weeks, amid a nurse staffing shortage that has led to temporary emergency room closures. The college provided its response to the ministry today, and said there are 5,970 active internation
Ontario is reporting 56 more deaths linked to COVID-19 over the past seven days, a marked drop from its seventh-wave high of 96 the week before. The news comes two weeks after Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kieran Moore told reporters the latest wave of the virus, driven by the BA.5 Omicron subvariant, has peaked. The province has said the seventh wave officially began June 19. Do you have a coronavirus question or news tip for CBC News? Email us at email@example.com Deaths are considered a "laggi
Environment Canada is continuing to issue heat warnings for Calgary and much of southern Alberta with daily high temperatures expected to reach 30 C for the rest of the week. Daytime temperatures in some parts of the province are forecast to range from 29 to 34 C. The heat should taper off Monday night and Tuesday before rising again on Wednesday, the agency said on its alerts page. As of 10:20 a.m. Wednesday, the heat warnings covered these areas: Calgary. Okotoks, High River, Claresholm. Drumh
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Wildfires raging in the forests of eastern Algeria have killed at least 37 people and wounded 161 others, the civil protection department of the North African country said Thursday. Most of the victims were reported in the wilaya, or region, of El Tarf, near the northern Algeria-Tunisian border, where 34 people were found dead. The death toll included a family of five found in their home and eight people on a public bus whose driver was surprised by flames while traveling
The beach on Île Notre-Dame in Jean-Drapeau Park will be closed until further notice because of an E. coli contamination, Quebec's Environment Ministry said Thursday morning. It has yet to say whether the closure of the Jean-Doré beach could continue into what's expected to be a hot weekend for the city. Temperatures will reach a high of 30 C starting Friday, and are anticipated to stay in that range until Sunday, Environment Canada says. Other beaches in the Montreal area, like Cap-Saint-Jacque
A plan to kill off an invasive fish, along with all other fish species in New Brunswick's Miramichi Lake, can go ahead — for now. Last week, Court of Queen's Bench Judge Terrence Morrison issued an emergency injunction temporarily barring a group from using rotenone, a pesticide and piscicide, on the lake with the intent of killing off invasive smallmouth bass. That injunction expired at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, and a hearing in Woodstock Court of Queen's Bench that was supposed to include arguments
New Zealand police are investigating the suspected murder of two children whose remains were found in suitcases bought at an online auction for an unclaimed locker last week. Police launched a homicide inquiry in Auckland last week after the remains were found by a family going through the contents of a storage locker they had purchased unseen. The two children were aged between 5 and 10 years and had been dead for some time, police said in a statement on Thursday.
The weather is heating up and so are the summer events. Here's a list that might help your weekend sizzle. The Monster Truck Throwdown starts Friday and runs until Sunday at Rad Torque Raceway in Leduc County. You can expect trucks like Rat Nasty, Anger Management and Roughneck to turn up and rev up the crowds. A different type of horsepower will be on display at the 93rd Canadian Derby on Saturday afternoon at Century Mile Racetrack and Casino. Competitors will descend on the city Sunday for th
Demand for housing in the Windsor area is already outstripping supply, and the region will need 30,400 new homes by 2031, according to new research. Getting there would require creating new housing more quickly, according to Mike Moffatt, an economist and senior director of the Ottawa-based think-tank, the Smart Prosperity Institute, which published the report. Moffatt says it about 3,000 homes per year need to be added to the region, more than double the level of construction we've seen over th
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Thursday greeted Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an in the western city of Lviv, ahead of a meeting with United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres. (August 18)
PEEKSKILL, N.Y. (AP) — At a recent rally with union workers and other supporters in the downtown square of this small city on the banks of the Hudson River, New York Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney tried to remind Democrats of everything he thinks the party has accomplished. He touted the sweeping coronavirus relief legislation passed in early 2021, last fall's infrastructure deal, a plan to boost high-tech manufacturing, the toughest limits on guns in decades and, just recently, a climate and health
Watching elephants in the wild is always a special experience and many times they surprise you with some of the most entertaining behaviour, just like in this video, showing a young elephant falling head over heels down a river bank. It was during a safari in the Kruger National Park when we came across a herd of elephants on the banks of a dry river bed. The elephants were slowly making their way along the top of the river bank, giving us an amazing opportunity to view them from close by. Part of elephants in the herd slowly started making their way down a steep river bank, into the dry river bed in order to cross to the other side. While the first few elephants slowly managed themselves down the steep river bank, some elephants found it a little more challenging getting down, leading to the most awkward but hilarious looking elephant movements. This was very entertaining to watch and I grabbed my camera and started filming with the hope that the other elephants in line might be just as entertaining with their efforts to get down the river bank. One adult elephant took the approach of sliding its front legs down the river bank first, with its hind feet remaining up on the river bank, hind legs stretched out backwards. I was amazed by how flexible these giant animals actually were and the incredibly awkward body positions they can get themselves into. Slowly the elephant got its one hind leg down from the river bank and then the other one, making it look fairly easy and efficient at the same time. Right behind the adult elephant was a young elephant observing every move. It was the young elephant’s turn to get down and I was wondering if the youngster would be able to follow the example of the adult elephant. The young elephant got to the edge of the river bank when it paused and shook its head, getting ready for its attempt down the river bank. The young elephant then slowly went down on its hind legs, looking to follow the same approach as the previous adult elephant. The young elephant was sitting down for a few seconds, contemplating the next move. Then the young elephant took us all by surprise when it suddenly decided that its front legs were too short to slide down and instead came up with a very creative and funny looking move. The young elephant just decided to go head over heels down the river bank, hoping for a soft landing in the sand. It was hilarious to watch the elephant rolling down the river bank in such a manner. Even though it was not the most efficient looking way of getting down, the young elephant managed to get down in its own fashion, landing on its side before getting back onto its feet. The young elephant continued to cross the dry river bed with the rest of the herd. We left the sight of the elephants feeling totally overjoyed by what we just saw and with a big smile on everyone’s faces. Definitely a sight to remember.
ZOLOCHIV, Ukraine (AP) — Dr. Ilona Butova almost looks out of place in her neatly pressed lavender scrubs as she walks through a door frame that hangs from a crumbled wall into what used to be an administrative office of her hospital in Zolochiv. Not one building in the facility in the northeastern Ukrainian town near the Russian border has escaped getting hit by artillery shells. Since Russia's invasion on Feb. 24, space to treat patients at the hospital has shrunk constantly because of damage.