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Published:Wednesday | October 17, 2018 | 3:21 PM

TORONTO (AP) — Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says Canada’s government will introduce legislation to let people apply for a pardon of small-scale marijuana possession convictions — as long as they’ve finished their...

Published:Wednesday | October 17, 2018 | 9:42 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — First lady Melania Trump’s plane was forced to return to a Washington area military base on Wednesday because of smoke in the cabin, temporarily delaying her trip to a Philadelphia hospital. Her spokeswoman, Stephanie...

Published:Wednesday | October 17, 2018 | 9:37 AM

PANAMA CITY, Florida. (AP) — Hurricane Michael killed at least 16 people in Florida, most of them in the coastal county that took a direct hit from the storm, state emergency authorities said Tuesday. That’s in addition to at least 10...

Published:Wednesday | October 17, 2018 | 12:00 AM

HAVANA (AP):A Cuban dissident group said Tuesday that the island's government has released Tomas Nunez Magdariaga, who had carried out a lengthy hunger strike to protest his imprisonment.The US government had publicly called for his release on...

Published:Wednesday | October 17, 2018 | 12:00 AM

ESQUIPULAS (AP):US President Donald Trump threatened Tuesday to cut aid to Honduras if it doesn't stop a caravan of some 2,000 migrants, even as they resumed their northward trek through Guatemala with hopes of reaching the US border.Despite having...

Published:Wednesday | October 17, 2018 | 12:00 AM

ABUJA (AP):Islamic State-linked extremists in Nigeria have killed another abducted health worker despite an urgent plea from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to spare her life, the global aid organisation confirmed on Tuesday."It'...

Published:Tuesday | October 16, 2018 | 6:08 PM

Tom Clarke has been dealing marijuana illegally in Canada for 30 years. He wrote in his high school yearbook that his dream was to open a cafe in Amsterdam, the Dutch city where people have legally smoked weed in coffee shops since the 1970s. Turns out, Clarke didn’t have to go nearly so far to open his own retail cannabis outlet. On Wednesday, Canada becomes the second and largest country with a legal national marijuana marketplace. Uruguay was first. Clarke, 43, will be among the first to legally sell recreational marijuana when his shop opens at midnight in Newfoundland, Canada’s easternmost province.

 

Published:Tuesday | October 16, 2018 | 5:08 PM

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The World Health Organization says it is convening a meeting on Wednesday to determine whether Congo’s latest Ebola outbreak constitutes a public health emergency of international concern. Aid organisations have...

Published:Tuesday | October 16, 2018 | 4:11 PM

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese maker of rabies vaccine was fined 9.1 billion yuan or US$1.3 billion on Tuesday for falsifying production records in a scandal that prompted a nationwide crackdown on the industry. Disclosure of the case and the...

Published:Tuesday | October 16, 2018 | 1:44 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Low-income people in states that haven’t expanded Medicaid are much more likely to forgo needed medical care than the poor in other states, according to a government report released Monday amid election debates from...

Published:Tuesday | October 16, 2018 | 1:02 PM

SHANGHAI (AP) — It’s now possible to check in automatically at Shanghai’s Hongqiao airport using facial recognition technology, part of an ambitious rollout of facial recognition systems in China that has raised privacy concerns...

Published:Tuesday | October 16, 2018 | 9:43 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — In the three years that Donald Trump rocketed from candidate to president, the PEN American Center has criticised him as a bully, an autocrat, a user of hate speech and an enemy of free expression. It has published studies,...

Published:Tuesday | October 16, 2018 | 9:30 AM

PANAMA CITY, Florida. (AP) — Joanne Garone Behnke has replayed every possible scenario in her mind a hundred times. Maybe her 79-year-old aunt sought shelter at the sturdy condo nearby that withstood Hurricane Michael’s devastating...

Published:Tuesday | October 16, 2018 | 12:00 AM

BERLIN (AP):A Moroccan man convicted of helping Mohamed Atta and the other Hamburg-based September 11 suicide pilots as they plotted attacks on New York and Washington was deported on Monday from Germany to his homeland.El Motassadeq was convicted...

Published:Tuesday | October 16, 2018 | 12:00 AM

PARIS (AP):Flash floods that tore through several towns in southwest France following an overnight storm killed at least 12 people, authorities said on Monday. Some residents had to be helicoptered from rooftops as the equivalent of several months...

Published:Tuesday | October 16, 2018 | 12:00 AM

ISTANBUL (AP):Turkish crime scene investigators dressed in coveralls and gloves entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on Monday, nearly two weeks after the disappearance and alleged slaying of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi there.Police officers...

Published:Tuesday | October 16, 2018 | 12:00 AM

LONDON (AP):A media report says that Ecuador has formally ordered WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to steer clear of topics that could harm its diplomatic interests.The nine-page memo published on Monday by the Ecuadorean website CÛdigo Vidrio says...

Published:Monday | October 15, 2018 | 5:02 PM

BISMARCK, North Dakota (AP) — A Jamaican man who authorities said masterminded a lottery scam that defrauded at least 95 Americans out of more than $5.8 million was sentenced Monday to six years in federal prison. Lavrick Willocks, 29,...

Published:Monday | October 15, 2018 | 12:32 PM

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Prince Harry and his wife, the Duchess of Sussex, are expecting their first child in the spring, Kensington Palace said Monday. The announcement came hours after Harry and the former Meghan Markle arrived in Sydney...

Published:Monday | October 15, 2018 | 10:05 AM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco has come to be known around the world as a place for aggressive panhandling, open-air drug use and sprawling tent camps, the dirt and despair all the more remarkable for the city’s immense wealth. Some...

Published:Monday | October 15, 2018 | 12:00 AM

ISTANBUL (AP):At least 22 migrants, including children, were killed in a truck accident Sunday, Turkey's official news agency said.The Anadolu news agency said that the migrants were travelling in a truck in the western province of Izmir that rolled...

Published:Monday | October 15, 2018 | 12:00 AM

DUBAI (AP):Saudi Arabia warned on Sunday that it will respond to threats and political pressure with tough measures of its own after us President Donald Trump said the oil-rich kingdom deserves "severe punishment" if responsible for the...

Published:Monday | October 15, 2018 | 12:00 AM

JERUSALEM (AP):Israel's prime minister says that he favours appointing an envoy to the Christian world, a sign of Israel's efforts to foster close ties with its Christian allies.Benjamin Netanyahu spoke Sunday at a meeting in Jerusalem of visiting...

Published:Monday | October 15, 2018 | 12:00 AM

MEXICO BEACH, Florida (AP):Crews with backhoes and other heavy equipment scooped up splintered boards, broken glass, chunks of asphalt and other debris in hurricane-flattened Mexico Beach on Sunday as the mayor held out hope for the 250 or so...

Published:Sunday | October 14, 2018 | 10:45 AM

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia warned Sunday it will respond to any “threats” against it as its stock market plunged following President Donald Trump’s warning of “severe punishment” over the...

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