Day: February 9, 2019

U.S. ambassador to Canada calls on China to release Canadians from ‘unlawful’ detention

February 9, 2019

The U.S. ambassador to Canada said Saturday her country is “deeply concerned” about China’s “unlawful” detention of two Canadians. Ambassador Kelly Craft said in a statement to The Associated Press the arrests of ex-diplomat Michael Kovrig and entrepreneur Michael Spavor are “unacceptable” and urged China to end the arbitrary detentions. It is her first public […]

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Prince Philip gives up driver’s licence in wake of crash

February 9, 2019

Prince Philip has decided to stop driving at the age of 97, less than a month after he was involved in a collision that left two women injured, Buckingham Palace said Saturday. Prosecutors said they would consider the decision as they decide whether to charge the husband of Queen Elizabeth II over the Jan. 17 […]

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Prince Philip gives up driving, licence in wake of crash

February 9, 2019

Buckingham Palace says 97-year-old Prince Philip has decided to stop driving, less than a month after he was involved in a collision that left two women injured. The palace said Saturday that “after careful consideration,” Queen Elizabeth II’s husband “has taken the decision to voluntarily surrender his driving licence.” Philip was behind the wheel of […]

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The battle for lipoedema surgery: ‘I’ve got pain constantly in my legs’

February 9, 2019

Lipoedema is a painful and debilitating health condition that causes abnormal swelling and fat deposits on women’s legs and arms. Little is known about it, and it’s often misdiagnosed as obesity. Doctors say the liposuction treatment needed is being wrongly classed as cosmetic surgery, so is rarely funded by the NHS. The BBC’s Alexandra Mackenzie […]

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Democrat Elizabeth Warren officially launches campaign for 2020 presidential bid

February 9, 2019

Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts has officially launched her campaign for the Democratic nomination for U.S. president in 2020. Warren picked the working-class city of Lawrence, Mass., for the kickoff Saturday, banking on a populist call to fight economic inequality that she hopes will distinguish her in a crowded Democratic field and help her move past the […]

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Thousands facing night without power as wind batters B.C.’s South Coast

February 9, 2019

Thousands of residents were facing Saturday night without power after a powerful windstorm blew through B.C.’s South Coast Friday and Saturday. British Columbia’s power utility has worked to restore power after around 70,000 customers were cut off by damage due to high winds, some up to 90 kilometres an hour. “We want to thank you for your […]

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Italian PM calls for calm as France fumes over ‘unacceptable’ input in yellow vest movement

February 9, 2019

Here’s a useful political rule of thumb: The more inflated the rhetoric, the less serious the crisis. Now read on. “From today, the Alps have become higher,” said an op-ed piece this week in Italy’s la Republicca newspaper. “The Italian government has made a series of outrageous declarations. Their latest interference is a provocation and unacceptable,” […]

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Alberta is expected to hit -50 with the wind chill as extreme cold endures

February 9, 2019

The extreme cold is continuing its icy grip on Alberta. Temperatures with the wind chill will make it feel like it’s between –40 C and –50 C in some parts of the province, prompting an extreme cold warning from Environment Canada. “Some parts of Alberta should expect extreme cold conditions to occur in the overnight […]

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Coldest spot in Canada is Teepee Creek, Alta., at –41.2 C, Vancouver Harbour warmest at 1.8 C

February 9, 2019

The extreme cold is continuing its icy grip on Alberta. Temperatures with the wind chill will make it feel like it’s between –40 C and –50 C in some parts of the province, prompting an extreme cold warning from Environment Canada. “Some parts of Alberta should expect extreme cold conditions to occur in the overnight […]

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U.K. paper reveals abuse claims against tycoon Philip Green

February 9, 2019

A British newspaper has published details of allegations of sexual and racial misconduct by retail tycoon Philip Green, after the Topshop owner dropped a legal bid to stop the claims being reported. The Daily Telegraph on Saturday described allegations by five former employees, including that he groped a female executive, held another in a headlock […]

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