Four killed in car attack in Canada — police say it was premeditated and ‘motivated by hate’

Following a car attack that killed four people from a Muslim family in Canada, police say they are assuming it was motivated by hatred. “Investigators believe that this was an intentional act and that the victims were targeted because of their Islamic faith,” a statement from police in London, Ontario, said on Monday. “There is […]

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“We’re all pained” – Canada indigenous leaders dismiss Pope remarks

By Anna Mehler Paperny TORONTO (Reuters) – Indigenous leaders and school survivors on Sunday dismissed Pope Francis’ expressions of pain at the discovery of 215 children’s remains at a former Catholic residential school in Canada, saying the church needed to do much more. In his weekly blessing in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday, Francis said […]

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China vents anger at US Senators’ visit to Taiwan

China expressed fury over US Senators visiting Taiwan to donate coronavirus vaccines, saying it could embolden “separatist forces” on the island. Beijing sees democratic, self-ruled Taiwan as part of its territory which is to be seized one day, by force if necessary, and rages at any diplomatic attempts to recognize it as an independent nation. […]

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Trial of Myanmar’s Suu Kyi to begin next week

The trial of ousted Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi will begin next week, her lawyer told AFP Monday, with the Nobel laureate facing an eclectic raft of charges, from possessing unlicensed walkie-talkies to flouting coronavirus restrictions during last year’s election campaign. Myanmar has been in uproar since Suu Kyi was ousted in a February […]

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Merkel’s conservatives see off far-right challenge to win state poll

Saxony-Anhalt state election in Germany – Supporters of the Christian Democratic Union react after the first polls results for the state election of Saxony-Anhalt. – Bernd Von Jutrczenka/dpa German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives saw off a strong challenge from the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) to return to power in a key state election with […]

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Meghan gives birth to baby girl called Lilibet

LONDON (Reuters) -Meghan, Britain’s Duchess of Sussex has given birth to her second child, a baby girl, who she and husband Prince Harry have named after Queen Elizabeth and his late mother Princess Diana. Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana Mountbatten-Windsor was born on Friday at the Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in California, with Harry in attendance. “On […]

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Peruvians vote to elect president, divided by class, geography

By Marco Aquino and Marcelo Rochabrun LIMA/TACABAMBA, Peru (Reuters) -Peruvians began voting to pick a president on Sunday in an election that has bitterly divided them by class and geography, with urban and higher-income citizens preferring right-wing Keiko Fujimori while the rural poor support leftist political novice Pedro Castillo. Polls in the runoff election began […]

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Famed ‘Tank Man’ photo vanishes from Microsoft’s Bing search engine — even outside China: report

Searches for the famous Tiananmen Square “Tank Man” protest photo came up empty on Microsoft search engine Bing on Friday, raising censorship concerns on the anniversary of the deadly crackdown. The award-winning photo from 1989 was not served up in image or video searches using Bing even outside China, a country known for strictly controlling […]

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Canada’s Trudeau blasts Catholic Church for ignoring role in indigenous schools

By Steve Scherer and Anna Mehler Paperny OTTAWA (Reuters) -The Catholic Church must take responsibility for its role in running many of Canada’s residential schools for indigenous children, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Friday, after the discovery of the remains of 215 children at one former school last month. “As a Catholic, I am […]

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Opposition decries ‘hostage’ video as Belarus airs interview with detained journalist

Belarusian journalist Roman Protasevich, who was arrested after his plane was forced to land in Minsk, appeared on state television Thursday in a tearful interview that family and campaigners say was conducted under duress. Looking uncomfortable in the video, Protasevich—the co-founder and former editor of opposition Telegram channel Nexta which galvanised anti-government demonstrations—confessed to calling […]

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One small step for cephalopods: SpaceX carrying research squids to ISS

A SpaceX rocket took off Thursday for the International Space Station carrying supplies for scientific experiments, including some surprising passengers — squids and virtually indestructible microorganisms called tardigrades. The rocket, leased by NASA, launched from Florida at 1:29 pm local time (1729 GMT). The Dragon capsule detached from the Falcon 9 rocket about 12 minutes […]

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NASA announces two new missions to Venus

NASA announced two new missions to Venus on Wednesday that will launch at the end of the decade and are aimed at learning how Earth’s nearest planetary neighbor became a hellscape while our own thrived. “These two sister missions both aim to understand how Venus became an inferno-like world, capable of melting lead at the […]

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Greece to improve Acropolis access after restoration row

Greece’s culture ministry on Wednesday said it would improve disability access to the Acropolis, the country’s top archaeological monument, as a row over a recent makeover rages on. In collaboration with Greek associations for people with disabilities, the ministry said signs in Braille and bold would be installed for visitors with visual impairments, in addition […]

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