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Toronto Star reporter Daniel Dale has announced he will be suing Mayor Rob Ford for libel after the allegations he made earlier this week, and then repeating them on two occasions. … Continue reading →
North Korea said on Friday Jang Song Thaek, the uncle of leader Kim Jong Un and previously considered the second most powerful man in the secretive state, has been executed after a special military tribunal found him guilty of treason. "The accused Jang brought together undesirable forces and formed a faction as the boss of a modern day factional group for a long time and thus committed such hideous crime as attempting to overthrow the state," the North's official KCNA news agency said. The official Rodong Sinmun newspaper on Friday carried a photograph of Jang in handcuffs and being held by uniformed guards as he stood trial. Earlier this week North Korea stripped Jang of all posts and expelled him from the ruling Workers' Party, accusing him of criminal acts including mismanagement of the state financial system, womanizing and alcohol abuse.
Canada Post has suspended its sale of permanent stamps, in advance of hiking the cost to send letter mail.
By Louis Charbonneau and Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Chemical weapons were likely used in five out of seven attacks investigated by U.N. experts in Syria, where a 2 1/2-year civil war has killed more than 100,000 people, according to the final report of a U.N. inquiry published on Thursday. U.N. investigators said the deadly nerve agent sarin was likely used in four incidents, in one case on a large scale. "The United Nations Mission concludes that chemical weapons have been used in the ongoing conflict between the parties in the Syrian Arab Republic," the final report by chief U.N. investigator Ake Sellstrom said. Syria's U.N. Ambassador Bashar Ja'afari and the opposition Syrian National Coalition did immediately comment on the 82-page report.
'It's the media that is distracted by the Senate scandal.' That seems to be the position, at least, of Conservative house leader Peter Van Loan who addressed reporters on Thursday about his government's accomplishments in the fall session of Parliament. Continue reading →
OTTAWA - Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz says he needs to keep interest rates at historically low levels to head off the risk of a deflationary trap that would have dire consequences for the Canadian economy. The central banker told a business audience at the Canadian Club in Montreal on Thursday that it may take a couple of years before inflation returns to the two-per-cent target, which he called "sacrosanct." In fact, Poloz's speech suggests he could be cutting rates right now if he was not fearful of adding more fuel to an already overheated housing market and near record-high levels of household debt. "Our current monetary policy weighs this risk against the risk of inflation falling even further below target," he said.
There's a prevailing belief out there — outside of Quebec — that the sovereignty debate is dead or at least on hold. Maybe someone should tell that to the governing Parti Quebecois. Last weekend a Leger poll suggested that support … Continue reading →
The federal regulator is looking at wholesale rates Canadian companies charge for roaming in its ongoing investigation into why Canadian roaming rates are so high.
By Olivia Kumwenda-Mtambo JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - A South African sign-language interpreter accused of miming nonsense as world leaders paid tribute to Nelson Mandela defended himself as a "champion" signer on Thursday but said he suffered a schizophrenic episode during the event. The interpreter, 34-year-old Thamsanqa Jantjie, told Johannesburg's Star newspaper he started hearing voices and hallucinating while on stage, resulting in gestures that made no sense to outraged deaf people around the world. The government admitted Jantjie was not a professional interpreter but played down security concerns at his sharing the podium with world leaders including U.S. President Barack Obama at the memorial on Tuesday. We accept all that." After the memorial, South Africa's leading deaf association denounced him as a fake, making up gestures to be put into the mouths of Obama and his South African counterpart Jacob Zuma.
The hollowing out of many of Canada's small towns, especially on the Prairies, is forcing some difficult choices. Once vibrant communities have seen their populations shrink as people migrate to large cities in search of jobs and better services. Towns … Continue reading →
The controversial brother of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has been accused of buying votes after he was caught handing out a stack of $20 bills to residents of an Etobicoke public housing building. CBC News recorded Coun. Doug Ford who, … Continue reading →
Suicide is not a crime in Canada, nor is attempting it, though it will earn someone a psychiatric assessment. But potentially putting others in danger and damaging property in a suicide bid will get the police's attention. That's why police … Continue reading →
OTTAWA - Government House leader Peter Van Loan is striking back at critics of Canada Post's planned service cuts, comparing them to wealthy big-city dwellers who complained about having to lug their trash to the curb. The Crown corporation says it will phase out door-to-door mail delivery in Canada's urban centres as a way to stem rising financial losses — a move that would also slash thousands of jobs. Van Loan, who summoned reporters to trumpet the government's accomplishments during the now-ended fall session of Parliament, says most of his constituents get their mail from superboxes and it presents no big deal. Van Loan says most Canadians are already getting their mail from superboxes and that Canada Post made the decision after consulting with customers.
Lenore Zann, a Nova Scotia member of the legislature, has complained to the provincial cyberbullying unit after a high school student tweeted a topless image of her from her acting days, but the teen behind the tweet says he thinks the whole issue has been blown out of proportion.
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By Emmanuel Braun BANGUI (Reuters) - As the base for French forces in Central African Republic, Bangui airport is one of the safest places in town. It is now also home to around 30,000 civilians who have fled fighting between Christian and Muslim militia. Even here, though, fear is palpable and access to the displaced, who are sprawled out across a large field or sheltering among rusting carcasses of abandoned airplanes, is controlled by Christian militia men and boys, some of whom are armed with machetes. An assault on Bangui last week by these Christian militia, aided by gunmen loyal to ousted President Francois Bozize, sparked waves of killings and reprisals that killed over 500 people and displaced over 100,000 in the capital alone.
There's a political battle brewing in Ottawa as we wind down the year. Both Conservative and Liberal party headquarters are trying one-up each other for fundraising bragging rights in the final quarter of 2013. The Liberals are trying to raise … Continue reading →
The phosphorus that builds your DNA and bones originally came from an exploding star, a new study confirms.
SANAA, Yemen - Missiles fired by a U.S. drone slammed into a convoy of vehicles travelling to a wedding party in central Yemen on Thursday, killing at least 13 people, Yemeni security officials said. The city, a stronghold of al-Qaida militants, witnessed deadly clashes early last year between armed tribesmen backed by the military and al-Qaida gunmen in an attempt to drive them out of the city. A military official said initial information indicated the drone mistook the wedding party for an al-Qaida convoy. One of the three security officials, however, said al-Qaida militants were suspected to have been travelling with the wedding convoy.
By Elisabeth O'Leary and Teresa Larraz Mora MADRID (Reuters) - Separatist parties in Spain's Catalonia region set November 9 next year as the date for a proposed independence referendum on Thursday and agreed the wording, but the Spanish government immediately poured cold water on the plan. Catalan regional government head Artur Mas said the vote, which the Spanish government says would be unconstitutional, would ask two questions: "Do you want Catalonia to be a state?" and "Do you want that state to be independent?" Calls for independence in Catalonia, a wealthy industrial region of northeastern Spain which accounts for a fifth of the country's economic output, have grown as a prolonged Spanish recession and cuts in public spending have hit the area, creating a headache for Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.
Should Edmonton be looking at heating downtown sidewalks and streets to clear them of ice and snow in the winter?