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Russia says 48-hour truce reached in Syria’s Aleppo

BEIRUT – The Russian Defence Ministry said a 48-hour cessation of hostilities has been declared in the divided northern Syrian city of Aleppo and activists reported a relative calm in Syria’s largest city on Thursday.In past months, Aleppo has witnessed fierce fighting and bombardment, which…

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Kenya: Bomb scare at Canadian High Commission over visas

NAIROBI, Kenya – Kenya’s police chief says a large package sent to the Canadian High Commission in Nairobi caused a bomb scare but turned out to be visa forms.Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet said Thursday the road to the Canadian diplomatic offices was sealed…

Sports

Zaruba turns head with spectacular play

When Adam Zaruba soared into the air and pulled down the ball with one hand from a Canadian restart without breaking stride this season at the Paris Sevens, Canada coach Liam Middleton applauded but was not that surprised at the remarkable solo try. “When it…

Senate passes C-14 with amendments

OTTAWA – The Senate has sent the federal government’s controversial bill on assisted dying back to the House of Commons with a major amendment that guts the central premise of the proposed law: that only those who are near death should qualify for medical help…

Can Canadian prison inmates now ask to die?

CALGARY – A Belgian man three decades into a life sentence for rape and murder wanted doctors to help him die — and he nearly got his wish.Frank Van den Bleeken suffered no terminal disease when he was granted a doctor-assisted death in September 2014….

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Retiree spending drops off after 70: study

OTTAWA – A new study says automatically raising workplace pension contributions in tandem with the cost of living is unnecessary because Canadian retirees increasingly tighten their purse strings after they reach 70 years old.The report by the C.D. Howe Institute think tank also argues that…

Lifestyle News

Rules on GMO crops in Hawaii heads to US appeals court

HONOLULU – The fight over regulating genetically engineered crops in three Hawaii counties was back in a federal courtroom as some agricultural giants look to protect their farms from bans against modified food.The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in Honolulu Wednesday…

Commons passes change to national anthem

OTTAWA – Ailing Liberal MP Mauril Belanger was in the House of Commons Wednesday as his private member’s bill to render O Canada more gender neutral cleared one final hurdle.The legislation still requires the approval of the Senate, however, which means Belanger — who was…

Entertainment News

Charlie Sheen gets testy when asked about HIV diagnosis

STOCKHOLM – Charlie Sheen, whose tumultuous professional and personal life has been a tabloid staple for years, is tired of talking about the past.That was the message Wednesday when he snapped at a reporter with Sweden’s daily Aftonbladet, telling her questions about how he felt…