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Freed Canadian hostage: Taliban murdered my daughter, raped my wife

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Freed Canadian hostage Joshua Boyle accused his kidnappers of murdering his infant daughter and raping his wife during his family's years-long captivity by the Haqqani network, a Taliban-affiliated group operating in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Boyle leveled the accusations in a terse statement he read on his arrival in Toronto late Friday with his American wife, Caitlan Coleman, and three children, who were freed Wednesday by Pakistani troops. He condemned the Haqqani network's "stupidity ...

Canadian doctors help 2,000 commit suicide in a year

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Nearly 2,000 people with incurable diseases were helped to die by a doctor in the first year since Canada legalized medically-assisted suicide, according to a report published Friday.From the time Ottawa passed the legislation in June 2016 to June 30, 2017, 1,982 people ended their lives in this way, according to Health Canada.Most had cancer, the agency said.Extrapolating from the data collected for the first half of 2017, the number of assisted deaths is expected to rise but remain at less ...

Minister says 800 Yazidis refugees resettled in Canada

Friday, 6 October 2017

Nearly 800 Yazidi women and girls and others who fled persecution by ISIS in northern Iraq have been resettled in Canada, the immigration minister said Thursday. Canada’s parliament last year, with Iraqi activist Nadia Murad on hand, declared the persecution of Yazidis a genocide and said this country would take in up to 1,200. “Today, I am proud (to say that) almost 800 Yazidi women and girls, and other survivors of ISIS have already arrived, and have begun the process of rebuilding ...

Somali man charged in Canada attack was ordered deported from US

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

The Somali immigrant charged with attempted murder in connection with a weekend vehicle and knife attack in Edmonton, Alberta, was detained in the United States pending deportation before claiming refugee status in Canada, US officials said on Tuesday. Abdulahi Hasan Sharif, 30, is accused of running down a police officer with his car on Saturday night and then stabbing him repeatedly. Police said he fled before driving a U-Haul truck into four pedestrians during an attempt to evade capture. ...

Canada police investigate officer attack, chase as terrorism

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Canadian police said early Sunday that an attack on an officer outside a football game and a high-speed chase of a U-Haul that left four people injured in the Western city of Edmonton, Alberta, are being investigated as acts of terrorism.Edmonton Police Chief Rod Knecht said that officers have one person in custody and think he acted alone, but are not ruling out that others may be involved.The chaos began outside a Canadian Football League game on Saturday night when police say a white ...

Raonic withdraws from US Open due to wrist injury

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Milos Raonic has withdrawn from the US Open due to a persistent wrist injury but plans to return to the Tour later in the year, the Canadian said on late on Wednesday. The world number 11 last played at the Rogers Cup in Montreal earlier this month, where he lost 6-4 6-4 to Frenchman Adrian Mannarino in the second round, before pulling out of the Western & Southern Cincinnati Open last week due to the injury. “I have tried everything in my power to rehabilitate this injury in time ...

Why Trudeau is warning against ‘short-cutting’ in Canada’s asylum process

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Wednesday there is no advantage for asylum seekers who evade border checkpoints to cross into the country from the United States. His comments were aimed at curbing a surge in migrants entering Quebec province on foot from the United States this summer. “Canada is an open and welcoming society because Canadians have confidence in our immigration system and have confidence that we are a country based on laws,” Trudeau told a press conference ...

Canadian accused in Yahoo hack pleads not guilty in US court

Thursday, 24 August 2017

In his first US court appearance on Wednesday, Canadian Karim Baratov pleaded not guilty to charges that he helped Russian agents in a high-profile cyber attack on Yahoo email accounts, his lawyer said. Baratov, a 22-year old Canadian citizen born in Kazakhstan, was arrested in Canada in March at the request of US prosecutors. They charge he was paid to break into at least 80 email accounts by Russian intelligence agents who masterminded the 2014 theft of data from some 500 million ...

Canada’s Muslims in Quebec to get their own cemetery

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Quebec’s mayor announced Friday that the city’s Muslim community will have their own cemetery, despite objections from right-wing groups and rising anti-Muslim sentiment.The city had promised a separate Muslim graveyard after a shooting attack by a white supremacist at a mosque in January that left six people dead.The Muslim cemetery will be set up on land adjoining one of the city’s main cemeteries.“The city of Quebec has accepted, subject to the approval by City Council ...

Petronas drops $28.8 billion natural gas project in Canada

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Petronas said Tuesday it was pulling out of its Can$36 billion ($28.8 billion US) liquefied natural gas exporting project on Canada’s west coast long opposed by environmentalists and native rights activists. The Pacific NorthWest LNG project was greenlighted in September to build a pipeline and two liquefied natural gas terminals on Lelu Island, British Columbia, an area home to a huge nature preserve and wild salmon habitat. Each of the two plants would liquefy some six million tonnes of ...

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