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Navy report: Multiple errors poisoned Pearl Harbor water

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) — A Navy investigation released Thursday revealed that shoddy management and human error caused fuel to leak into Pearl Harbor's tap water last year, poisoning thousands of people and forcing military families to evacuate their homes for hotels. The investigation is the first detailed account of how jet fuel from the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility, a massive World War II-era military-run tank farm in the hills...


Director Paul Haggis appears in Italian court on sex assault charges

The British woman who has accused Canadian-born screenwriter and director Paul Haggis of two instances of sexual assault appeared Wednesday evening before a judge at the courthouse in Brindisi, in southern Italy, where she was cross-examined for more than eight hours.


Xi Jinping crushed Hong Kong's opposition. Now he claims handover to China marked 'beginning of true democracy'

Chinese leader Xi Jinping on Friday claimed "true democracy" began in Hong Kong 25 years ago when China assumed control, as he marked a symbolic anniversary for the city transformed by his political crackdown.


Supreme Court will not hear appeal by convicted B.C. sex trafficker Reza Moazami

OTTAWA — The Supreme Court will not hear an appeal from a British Columbia man convicted of trafficking 11 female victims, including underage girls, for sex. Reza Moazami, who was sentenced to 23 years in prison, had sought leave to appeal a September decision by the B.C. Court of Appeal. That court dismissed his appeals of his 2014 conviction on 30 prostitution-related offences, as well as a later conviction on an attempt to obstruct justice by...


Supreme Court says expanded rape shield laws are constitutional

The decision relates to verdicts by appeals courts from two separate sexual assault cases — one in British Columbia and one in Ontario — both of which had said the changes made to rape shield laws four years ago affected an accused's right to a fair trial.


Emmett Till's family calls for justice after finding an unserved arrest warrant in his case

Family members of Emmett Till, the 14-year-old Black teen whose murder in the Jim Crow South spurred the civil rights movement in America, say they have unearthed an unserved arrest warrant for the White woman who accused him of making advances toward her, sparking the events that led to his death nearly 70 years ago.


China accuses New Zealand of 'misguided' accusations

China accused New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Friday of making "wrong and thus regrettable" statements that were unhelpful for keeping the two countries' relationship "on the right track". "That allegation is wrong and thus regrettable," the embassy said in a statement posted on its website.


Casting of Rodin's 'Thinker' fetches $11.1 million at Paris auction

A casting of Auguste Rodin's "The Thinker" sculpture, one of the most iconic works of art in the world, sold for 10.7 million euros ($11.14 million) at a Paris auction on Thursday.


N.S. mass shooting inquiry hears domestic violence often downplayed in rural areas

HALIFAX — Domestic violence is likely under-reported in rural communities, an expert in rural economy and society said Thursday at the public inquiry into the Nova Scotia mass shooting that led to the deaths of 22 people. The community closeness and social cohesion that is typical of rural areas “has a double edge,” Dalhousie University sociologist Karen Foster said. The same closeness that may lead rural residents to solve issues among...


Royal Canadian Navy relieves Pacific fleet ship commander for 'inappropriate conduct'

OTTAWA — The Royal Canadian Navy says it has relieved the commanding officer of a warship in the Pacific Fleet. In a release Thursday night, the navy says it has lost confidence in the judgment of Lt.-Cmdr. David Dallin of HMCS Regina. The navy says it took action after an incident that recently took place on another vessel during a naval training exercise. Details of what happened were not released. Commodore David Mazur, commander of Canadian...


Indonesia leader targets food crisis during Russia-Ukraine peace mission

(Reuters) - Indonesia's president ended a trip to Ukraine and Russia saying he hoped for progress reintegrating global food and fertiliser supply lines disrupted by the conflict, and offered to be a diplomatic bridge between the two nations. President Joko Widodo, who is the G20 president this year, was speaking at a news conference alongside his...


Investigation finds Manitoba grand chief engaged in workplace sexual harassment

WINNIPEG — The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs says an independent investigation has found its leader engaged in workplace sexual harassment. A meeting is to be held soon to officially remove Arlen Dumas from the role of grand chief, the assembly said in a news release Thursday. A staff member lodged a workplace misconduct complaint against Dumas in March. Dumas was suspended and a third-party legal firm was tasked with the investigation. A final...


At least 18 dead in Russian missile attack on Odesa building

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian missile attacks on residential areas in a coastal town near the Ukrainian port city of Odesa early Friday killed at least 18 people, including two children, authorities reported, a day after Russian forces withdrew from a strategic Black Sea island. Video of the pre-dawn attack showed the charred remains of buildings in the small town of Serhiivka, located about 50 kilometers (31 miles) southwest of Odesa. Ukrainian...


Calgary Stampede receives $10M from federal government to aid recovery from pandemic

CALGARY — The Calgary Stampede has received more than $10 million from the federal government to help it bounce back after last year's event was scaled down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A report to the city this week showed the Stampede had an operating loss of $8.3 million in 2021. Last year's Stampede ran at half capacity because of COVID-19 public health measures and was cancelled all-together the year before. Daniel Vandal, the federal...


At least 6 migrants died and 10 others were found in 3 separate human smuggling cases in Texas over the last 24 hours

At least six migrants were killed and 10 others have been found in three separate human smuggling incidents in Texas in the past 24 hours, authorities said.


Spouse of gunman to testify at N.S. shooting hearings but won't be cross-examined

HALIFAX — The spouse of the gunman in the Nova Scotia mass shooting will testify mid-July before a public inquiry, but she won't face direct questions from lawyers representing victims' families. The Mass Casualty Commission said Thursday in a news release that due to Lisa Banfield's status as a "survivor of the perpetrator's violence" and "in light of information she has already provided," only the inquiry's lawyer will be asking her questions...


Canada's top doctor says talks underway to obtain more vaccine to fight monkeypox

Canada's top doctor says negotiations are underway for more vaccine to curtail monkeypox as confirmed cases reached 278 nationwide. Chief public health officer Theresa Tam says there are "continuing discussions and contract negotiations" to obtain doses from Bavarian Nordic, the Danish manufacturer of a smallpox vaccine approved for use against monkeypox. She says current doses are coming from Canada's National Emergency Strategic Stockpile for...


Uvalde mother says police are harassing her after she saved kids from shooting

The woman's lawyer claims police officers in Uvalde have parked outside her house and flashed car lights at her.


CBC makes changes at 'The National' ahead of free streaming channel launch

TORONTO — CBC News is shaking up the anchor roles at "The National" as it makes plans to launch a free 24-hour live streaming channel this fall. The news division of the public broadcaster announced several changes Thursday that it says will help build a new home for local, national and current affairs reporting with commercial breaks. CBC's flagship news program "The National" will now mainly be helmed by veteran journalist Adrienne Arsenault,...


Trial for US basketball star begins in Moscow-area court

MOSCOW (AP) — U.S. basketball star Brittney Griner is set to go on trial in a Moscow-area court Friday, about 4 1/2 months after she was arrested on cannabis possession charges at an airport while traveling to play for a Russian team. The Phoenix Mercury center and two-time U.S. Olympic gold medalist could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted of large-scale transportation of drugs. Fewer than 1% of defendants in Russian criminal cases are...


Number of Conservative members surge: party says 675,000 eligible to vote in fall leadership contest

The Conservative Party of Canada has released a preliminary list of members eligible to vote in the party's September leadership race showing there are now more than twice the number of eligible voters than were in the 2020 contest that crowned Erin O'Toole as leader.


The killing of a Black transgender woman in Milwaukee has officials asking for the public's help with any information

Milwaukee officials are urging the public to come forward with any information related to the killing of a transgender Black woman who was found dead two weeks ago.


Thailand scrambles fighters after Myanmar jet airspace breach

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand scrambled fighter jets near its border with Myanmar on Thursday and ordered its defense attache to issue a warning to the military government, its air force said, over what it called an airspace violation during a combat operation. Two F-16 fighter jets were deployed when a radar detected a plane in Thai airspace in T...


More Canadian troops headed to Latvia, Trudeau says at NATO summit

MADRID — Canada will be sending more troops to Latvia as part of a pledge to upgrade and strengthen the NATO battlegroup it is leading there, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Thursday. The Canadian-led NATO battlegroup is made up of about 2,000 troops, including 700 Canadians, and is one of eight such units based in eastern Europe designed to deter and defend against any Russian invasion. Canada signed an agreement on the sidelines of a...


Quebec group goes to court over Gov. Gen. Mary Simon's lack of French

MONTREAL — A group of Quebecers is going to court to argue that Mary Simon's appointment as governor general should be invalidated because she isn't fluent in French. The group, led by historian Frédéric Bastien, filed a request to Quebec Superior Court this week for a declaratory judgment stating that Simon's nomination violates Charter provisions declaring Canada to be bilingual. The former Parti Québécois leadership candidate says choosing a...


Russian propaganda finds fertile ground in Serbia

After 12 years together, it was Russian propaganda that finally ended Liubov Maric's marriage to her Serbian husband. The Ukrainian admits they had been having difficulties, but after the invasion of Ukraine in February things began to spiral as her husband lapped up vast amounts of Russian propaganda. The man she had once fallen in love with was no longer recognisable, she said, even forbidding their son from listening to Ukrainian folk music,...


CRTC tells Radio-Canada to apologize for offensive language on air

MONTREAL — The CRTC has ruled that Radio-Canada must apologize and review its practices after a host and commentator made repeated use of the N-word on air in 2020. In a decision dated Wednesday, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission said the public broadcaster violated Canadian broadcasting policy objectives and values. It also did not do enough to mitigate the effect the word could have on its audience, "particularly...


Debate over Canadian flag resumes as convoy protests return to Ottawa

As convoy protests return to the nation's capital ahead of Canada Day, some Canadians say they want to reclaim the symbolism of the Maple Leaf from the protesters.


Canada will be at G20 summit this fall even if Putin attends: Trudeau

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada will take part in the G20 summit expected to take place in Bali in November, even if Russian President Vladimir Putin attends. Trudeau says he expects all G7 countries, which also includes the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy and Japan, to take part even if Russia remains a full-fledged member of the G20. He says it is “too important” a conversation on the global economy that...


India bans many single-use plastics to tackle waste

India imposed a ban on many single-use plastics on Friday in a bid to tackle waste choking rivers and poisoning wildlife, but experts say it faces severe headwinds from unprepared manufacturers and consumers unwilling to pay more. The country generates around four million tonnes of plastic waste per year, about a third of which is not recycled and ends up in waterways and landfills that regularly catch fire and exacerbate air pollution. Stray...


Police describe car with 'multiple' explosives involved in B.C. bank shooting

SAANICH, B.C. — RCMP have described a vehicle linked with two robbery suspects killed in a shootout with police outside a bank in Saanich, B.C., where six officers were wounded. Cpl. Alex Bérubé said Thursday that multiple explosive devices were placed inside a white 1992 four-door Toyota Camry with two black racing stripes over the hood and roof. He asked anyone who may have seen the vehicle before the robbery on Tuesday to contact police. The...


Explosive testimony piles pressure on Trump – how likely are criminal charges?

In six televised hearings, the House January 6 committee has presented extraordinary testimony about Donald Trump’s attempt to overturn the 2020 election and its culmination, the deadly attack on the US Capitol by a far-right mob. The committee is made up of seven Democrats and two rebel Republicans, Adam Kinzinger and Liz Cheney, who refused to follow their party in bending the knee to Trump. Set free of bipartisan considerations when the House...


Washington state police will not comply with out-of-state agency requests for abortion-related information, governor says

Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee issued a directive Thursday that bars state police from cooperating with out-of-state investigatory requests related to abortion in his efforts to make the state a "sanctuary" for those seeking the services.


B.C. police watchdog orders review of proposed discipline

VICTORIA — British Columbia's police complaint commissioner has ordered a review by a retired judge into a disciplinary decision against an officer who allegedly disobeyed orders during an investigation. A release from the commissioner says the Vancouver Police Department investigated an officer from the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of B.C. for allegedly speaking with a witness and a relative of a dead person in February 2021,...


Canadians urged to catch up on vaccinations, prepare for fall boosters

Federal health officials are bracing Canadians for another round of COVID-19 vaccines expected to roll out in the fall, and are urging those behind on their boosters to catch up now. Canada's chief public health officer Theresa Tam says circulating Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5 are even more transmissible and able to evade immunity than previous versions, making a rise in cases likely in coming weeks. She and Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos...


Police make arrests after anti-vaccine mandate soldier leads march into Ottawa

OTTAWA — Police arrested four people in downtown Ottawa Thursday after a Canadian soldier charged for speaking out against COVID-19 vaccine requirements led a procession into the city and delivered a speech on "freedom" to a rapt crowd of about 1,200 supporters. James Topp was charged in February with two counts of conduct to the prejudice of good order and discipline for comments made while wearing his uniform and has since been leading a...


North Korea blames Covid-19 outbreak on 'unusual items' near South Korea border

North Korea on Friday claimed its Covid-19 outbreak began when two residents touched "unusual things" near the South Korean border, according to state media.


'Sense of future' for Lytton if homes rebuilt by this time next year: B.C. minister

LYTTON, B.C. — When a wildfire swept through Lytton, B.C., during a record-setting heat wave, Tricia Thorpe and her husband lost their house, barn, a woodworking shop and dozens of animals on their farm. She and her husband, Don Glasgow, have rebuilt thanks to help from volunteers, but the vast majority of people aren't in that situation on the first anniversary since the village was nearly wiped out. Thorpe said rebuilding is taking too long...


The Supreme Court's conservative majority is a threat to the world

The Supreme Court spent recent weeks triggering political and legal earthquakes across America. But its latest audacious blow could affect the entire planet.


Governor General calls on Canadians to work toward inclusive society on Canada Day

OTTAWA — Gov. Gen. Mary Simon says Canadians should work together to build an inclusive society in her official message to the nation to mark Canada Day. She says Canadians should be kind to each other, learn from one another and listen to Indigenous Peoples, on whose land we live. Simon is Canada's first Indigenous Governor General and was known for her Inuit advocacy work before being appointed to the role. She says on Canada Day, Canadians...


New shipbuilding delay leaves Canada reliant on allies, civilian ship to supply navy

OTTAWA — The Royal Canadian Navy will need to wait an extra two years for the delivery of new support ships, the federal government said Thursday, meaning Canada will need to rely on a civilian ship and the goodwill of allies to resupply its naval fleet for the foreseeable future. The first of two new support ships being built by Seaspan Shipyards in Vancouver will not be delivered until at least 2025 — two years later than the most recent...


Japanese asked to save power as country's east sizzles

By Yuka Obayashi and Elaine Lies TOKYO (Reuters) -The highest temperatures since record-keeping began 147 years ago scorched much of eastern Japan for a week as of Friday, with the government asking citizens to cut power use as much as possible, while still running air conditioners to stay safe. The region around Tokyo was set for its seventh strai...


Second suspect charged in Montreal drive-by shooting that killed 15-year-old girl

MONTREAL — Quebec prosecutors have charged a 27-year-old man with first-degree murder in the drive-by shooting death of a 15-year-old girl. Prosecutors say Aymane Bouadi also faces four counts of attempted murder. Bouadi is the second suspect arrested in the February 2021 killing of Meriem Boundaoui. Salim Touaibi, 26, was arrested Monday and also faces one count of first-degree murder and four counts of attempted murder. Boundaoui was sitting...


Xi defends vision of Hong Kong as 25-year anniversary marked

HONG KONG (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday defended his vision of the “one country, two systems" framework against accusations by the U.S., U.K. and others that Beijing has undermined the freedoms and autonomy promised to Hong Kong for 50 years. In a speech marking 25 years since the city became a semi-autonomous Chinese region following its handover from Britain in 1997, Xi said the “one country, two systems” framework — which...


'Permanent bone loss': Calgary study finds astronauts suffer on return to Earth

CALGARY — The experience may be out-of-this-world but research indicates those who travel to outer space suffer from increased bone loss. A study released Thursday from the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary followed 17 astronauts before and after their spaceflights. The TBone study, conducted over a seven-year period starting in 2015, found that prolonged weightlessness accelerated bone loss in the astronauts. "You see on...


Xi Jinping visits a Hong Kong changed by Covid, protests to swear in new leader

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday defended the “one country, two systems” form of governance in Hong Kong in a rare visit to the Chinese territory amid a deepening authoritarian crackdown by Beijing.


Bail decision reserved for 4th suspect accused of conspiracy in Coutts, Alta.

LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA — A judge has reserved her decision on whether to grant bail for the fourth man charged with conspiracy to commit murder at a border blockade earlier this year in southern Alberta. Jerry Morin, who is 40, attended the two-day hearing in Lethbridge, Alta., by video. Queen's Bench Justice Johnna Kubik says she would give her ruling on July 18. Morin, Anthony Olienick, Chris Carbert and Christopher Lysak are accused of...


NASA launches tiny CAPSTONE to blaze a unique new 'trail' around the Moon

This new cubesat is prepping the way for the future lunar missions.


Taliban's reclusive supreme leader attends Afghan clerics' meeting

The Taliban's reclusive supreme leader Hibatullah Akhundzada showed up Friday at a major gathering of clerics in the Afghan capital called to rubber-stamp the hardline Islamist group's rule over the country. His arrival, broadcast on state radio, was greeted with cheers and chants including "Long live the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan", the Taliban's name for the country.


Reclusive Taliban leader attends gathering in Afghan capital

By Charlotte Greenfield and Mohammad Yunus Yawar KABUL (Reuters) -The reclusive supreme leader of the Afghan Taliban, Haibatullah Akhundzada, joined religious leaders from around the country in the capital, Kabul, on Friday at a meeting with a focus on national unity, the state news agency said. The Bakhtar News Agency confirmed that the leader, wh...