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SHANGHAI (Reuters) -China's Tencent Holdings Ltd said on Tuesday it would further curb minors' access to its flagship video game, hours after its shares were battered by a state media article that described online games as "spiritual opium". Economic Information Daily cited Tencent's "Honor of Kings" in an article in which it said minors were addicted to online games and called for more curbs on the industry. The outlet is affiliated with China's biggest state run news agency, Xinhua.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The number of children traveling alone who were picked up at the Mexican border by U.S. immigration authorities likely hit an all-time high in July, and the number of people who came in families likely reached its second-highest total on record, a U.S. official said Monday, citing preliminary government figures. The sharp increases from June were striking because crossings usually slow during stifling — and sometimes fatal — summer heat. U.S. authorities likely picked up more th
KELOWNA, B.C. — The race for the leadership of British Columbia's Liberals is getting a sixth candidate, with Kelowna-Mission MLA Renee Merrifield officially announcing her candidacy. Merrifield says in a statement Monday she has the experience and drive to lead the Opposition Liberals back to government. She says the province needs a leader who can work with the people to write the next chapter in B.C.'s history. Merrifield, who says she has more than 20 years business experience, says she is a
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho state lawmaker refused to answer questions she deemed “irrelevant” during a hearing Monday to determine whether she violated ethics rules by publicizing in disparaging social media posts the name of a woman who accused another lawmaker of rape. The lawmaker also argued that the young Statehouse intern who said she was raped wasn't actually a victim or entitled to privacy under the law. Republican Rep. Priscilla Giddings became the subject of two ethics complaints by
OTTAWA — Former Afghan interpreters now living in Canada are pleading for the federal government to help extended family members stuck in Afghanistan as the Taliban continues its march across the country. The former interpreters are among about 800 Afghans resettled under two different programs between 2008 and 2012 who say their previous work with Canada has left parents and siblings back home at risk of Taliban reprisals. “If they cannot get their hands on you, they will get your brother, they
RENO, Nev. (AP) — The slender, bushy-tailed Sierra Nevada red fox will be listed as an endangered species, federal wildlife officials announced Monday, saying its population has dipped to just 40 animals in area of California stretching from Lake Tahoe to south of Yosemite National Park. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decided against listing a distinct population of the foxes in the southern Cascade Range of Oregon and near Lassen Peak in Northern California. But it said in a listing rule to
NEW YORK (AP) — Investigators conducting an inquiry into sexual harassment allegations against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo questioned him for eleven hours when he met with them last month, The New York Times reported Monday. The Times spoke to five people who had been briefed on the meeting, and who recounted some details on the condition of anonymity. The Times reported that at points, the videotaped interview was tense, with Cuomo challenging one of the investigators on his fairness and indepen
For the first time ever, Canada will play for Olympic gold in women’s soccer after defeating the United States 1-0 in the semifinals. Jessie Fleming of London, Ont., scored the winning goal for Team Canada from a penalty kick.
The head of the Japan Medical Association called on Tuesday for a nationwide state of emergency to contain a surge in COVID-19 cases in Olympics host city Tokyo and elsewhere, Kyodo news agency said, as worries grow about a strained healthcare system. The call by JMA President Toshio Nakagawa followed Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga's announcement that only COVID-19 patients who are seriously ill and those at risk of becoming so will be hospitalised, while others isolate at home, a shift in policy some fear could boost the death toll. Japan has seen a sharp increase in coronavirus cases.
Dozens of firefighters battled a large blaze with the help of rain Monday at Millett Lumber in Chester Grant, N.S. Chief Doug Rines of the Chester Basin Volunteer Fire Department said they were called to the fire just before 1 p.m. AT. The main building was "totally engulfed in flames" when crews arrived, Rines said, so they took a defensive stance and made sure the fire didn't spread to the surrounding buildings. They were joined by another 11 departments from the surrounding areas, and in tota
ROME (AP) — Premier Mario Draghi's government easily won two confidence votes early Tuesday, securing approval from lawmakers in Parliament's lower chamber for a key justice system overhaul that Italy needs as part of reforms to help secure generous pandemic recovery funds from the European Union. Following debate, in back-to-back confidence votes, the Chamber of Deputies by a wide margin approved two key articles of the bill. The first article passed by a vote of 462 to 55, while the second was
BOZALAN, Turkey (AP) — Selcuk Sanli set his two cows loose, put his family’s most treasured belongings in a car and fled his home as a wildfire approached his village near Turkey's beach resort of Bodrum, one of thousands fleeing flames that have coated the skies with a thick yellow haze. For the sixth straight day, Turkish firefighters battled Monday to control the blazes that are tearing through forests near Turkey’s beach destinations. Fed by strong winds and scorching temperatures, the fires
Montreal police say three people have died after at least five people were hit by gunfire in the city's east end on Monday. The shooting is being investigated as a homicide. Julien Lévesque, a spokesperson for the city's police service, said the victims were shot in an apartment building on Perras Boulevard, near 54e Avenue, in the Rivière-des-Prairies neighbourhood at around 7 p.m. Monday. The shots came from outside the building and all the people shot were in the same apartment, police say. T
China's Wuhan city will test its 12 million residents for the coronavirus after confirming its first domestic cases of the highly transmissible Delta variant. Wuhan, where the virus first emerged in late 2019, had reported no local coronavirus cases since mid-May last year but on Monday authorities confirmed three cases of the Delta variant. The strain has been found in a handful of provinces and big cities including Beijing over the past two weeks.
PATCHOGUE, N.Y. (AP) — With laughter and tears, songs and stories, friends and family of Biz Markie celebrated his life and legacy at a funeral Monday, remembering the rapper as larger than life and full of love. “He cared for people, he had a way of making us laugh through our pain," said Rev. Al Sharpton in his eulogy at the Patchogue Theatre on Long Island, where Biz Markie's black coffin was placed center stage, an arrangement of white flowers on top. “He’d come in a room and his presence di
WASHINGTON — It sounds like Justin Trudeau had the chance to needle his U.S. counterpart about Canada's semifinal soccer win at the Tokyo Olympics. A readout from the Prime Minister's office says Trudeau spoke today with President Joe Biden — and that Canada's victory over the United States came up in the conversation. The two discussed weightier matters as well, including "close collaboration" at the Canada-U.S. border. Canada has decided to begin allowing fully vaccinated U.S. citizens and per
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A heat wave baking southeast Europe has fueled deadly wildfires in Turkey and threatened the national power grid in Greece as governments scrambled Monday to secure the resources needed to cope with the emergency. Temperatures reached 45 C (113 F) in inland areas of Greece and nearby countries and are expected to remain high for most of the week. Battling deadly wildfires along its coastline for a sixth day, Turkey broadened an appeal for international assistance and was pr
A U.S. labor board official has recommended a rerun of a landmark Amazon.com Inc union election in Alabama where employees had voted overwhelmingly against making their warehouse the online retailer's first to organize in the United States. The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU), which workers rejected joining earlier this year by a more than 2-1 margin, had said Amazon illegally threatened staff with reduced benefits and compromised the election's integrity via a ballot collection box it secured outside the warehouse. The labor official's recommendation in support of a new election focused on problems with the collection box, a person familiar with the matter said.
BOSTON (Reuters) -U.S. stocks rose, 10-year Treasuries were flat and oil prices fell as markets assessed mixed signals from corporate earnings and economic growth data. The dollar index rose 0.03%, with the euro down 0.03% to $1.1864.
As Brooke Henderson competes for her second time going for gold during the Tokyo Olympics, her hometown of Smiths Falls rallies behind her. "She is a perfect example of a great person and a great Canadian; she'll do her best," said Gord Percy, general manager at the Smiths Falls Golf and Country Club. "The whole club and the community are very proud of her still." Henderson is one of four golfers going for the Olympic gold for Team Canada. Tokyo is Henderson's second time competing for gold, aft