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With church bells, brass bands, Gulf residents remember Katrina's wrath, celebrate recovery

National News - 1 hour 8 min ago

Churches along coastal Mississippi tolled their bells in unison Saturday morning to mark the 10th anniversary of the day that Hurricane Katrina — one of the deadliest storms in U.S. history — made landfall. Residents in Mississippi and Louisiana were marking the sombre anniversary by paying homage to those who died in Katrina, to thank those who came to rebuild and celebrate how far the region has come since the hurricane struck. In Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, the ringing of church bells provoked sadness and tears.


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Swaziland rights group says 38 girls and young women killed in crash travelling to festival

National News - 1 hour 24 min ago

At least 38 girls and young women were killed in a crash while travelling to a famous traditional festival in Swaziland, a rights group said on Saturday. About 20 others were injured when the truck they were in collided with another vehicle on Friday, the Swaziland Solidarity Network said in a statement. The young women and girls were travelling on the back of an open truck, the rights group said.


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Turkish jets launch 1st airstrikes as part of US-led coalition against the Islamic State group

National News - 1 hour 27 min ago
Turkish fighter jets have carried out their first airstrikes as part of the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State group in Syria, Turkey announced on Saturday. A Foreign Ministry statement said the jets began attacking IS targets late Friday across the border in Syria that were deemed to be threats to Turkey. After months of hesitance, Turkey agreed last month to take on a more active role in the fight against IS.
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Buffett's Berkshire takes $4.48 billion stake in Phillips 66

Business News - 1 hour 28 min ago

Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc disclosed a $4.48 billion stake in oil refiner Phillips 66 , rebuilding a bet it had made in the energy industry before oil prices fell. The 57.98 million-share, or roughly 10.8 percent, stake was revealed in a Friday night filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Phillips 66 shares closed Friday at $77.23.


Buffett's Berkshire takes $4.48 billion stake in Phillips 66

National News - 1 hour 28 min ago

Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc disclosed a $4.48 billion stake in oil refiner Phillips 66 , rebuilding a bet it had made in the energy industry before oil prices fell. The 57.98 million-share, or roughly 10.8 percent, stake was revealed in a Friday night filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Phillips 66 shares closed Friday at $77.23.


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Police arrest foreigner, seize bomb materials and passports in Bangkok shrine bombing case

National News - 1 hour 32 min ago

Thai authorities arrested a foreign man Saturday they said had been holed up in a suburban apartment with bomb-making equipment and stacks of passports, the first possible breakthrough in the deadly bombing at a Bangkok shrine nearly two weeks ago. All television channels broadcast a televised announcement Saturday evening on the suspect's arrest, which came 12 days after the bombing that authorities have called the deadliest attack in Thailand's modern history. Police and soldiers raided the apartment in a non-descript concrete building on the outskirts of eastern Bangkok and found bomb-making materials that matched those used in the Aug. 17 blast at the Erawan Shrine in central Bangkok, police said.


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Nigeria: Boko Haram used teenager to spy on international airport in capital

National News - 1 hour 45 min ago
The Islamic extremist group Boko Haram infiltrated the capital's main airport and was using a teenager to carrying out surveillance, Nigeria's intelligence agency said. A 14-year-old boy was arrested at the Nnamdi Azikiwe international airport in Abuja earlier in the week, Tony Opuiyo, spokesman for the Department of State Services, said late Friday. The intelligence agency said it's working closely with the Aviation Security Department and other groups to prevent any possible attacks at Nigeria's airports.
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Stabbing in northeast Calgary sends two to hospital

National News - 1 hour 48 min ago
Two people have been taken to hospital after a stabbing in northeast Calgary early this morning. 
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Veteran Paul Nichols on cross-country horseback tour for PTSD

National News - 1 hour 51 min ago
A Canadian military veteran stopped in Stittsville, Ont. Friday as he makes his way across the country on horseback to kickstart conversations with soldiers who are having trouble adjusting to post-military life. Paul Nichols served in Bosnia and Croatia in the 1990s but said one of the biggest battles of his life was getting reacquainted with civilian life.
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New Saint-Michel park will serve as 'inspiration' to rest of world, Coderre says

National News - 2 hours 1 min ago
Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre says he wants the city to be world-renowned for its parks. The city has announced the creation of a 2.5-square-kilometre park on the site of the Saint-Michel Environmental Complex. Located in the Villeray-Saint-Michel-Parc-Extension borough in Montreal's north end, the former quarry and garbage dump will become a sprawling public green space as a part of Montreal's 375th anniversary celebrations.
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Police seek suspect in Sherbourne St. double stabbing

National News - 2 hours 8 min ago

Paramedics say two people were transported to a trauma centre in serious condition after being stabbed around 7:30 a.m. Saturday morning on Sherbourne Street near Gerrard Street.


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Tropical Storm Erika weakens as heads toward Cuba, but leaves 20 dead in eastern Caribbean

National News - 3 hours 44 min ago

Tropical Storm Erika was losing its punch, apparently dissipating even as it drenched Haiti and the Dominican Republic early Saturday. Another four people died in Haiti in a traffic accident that apparently occurred in the rain. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said that mountains and an unfavourable environment would likely knock Erika below tropical storm force, though there had been a small chance it could recover as it moved along Cuba and then approached Florida late Sunday.


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Autopsy: Ex-papal-envoy on trial for sex abuse of minors died of heart attack at Vatican

National News - 3 hours 46 min ago

The former papal envoy to the Dominican Republic, who went on trial at the Holy See this summer for alleged sexual abuse of minors, died of a heart attack, according to initial autopsy results, the Vatican said Saturday. A Vatican statement indicated that laboratory results, expected in coming days, could elaborate on the cause of the sudden death of Jozef Wesolowski, a 67-year-old Pole, Thursday evening at the Vatican. The Vatican announced the death Friday.


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Chad gives death sentences to 10 Boko Haram members following suicide attacks in capital

National News - 3 hours 52 min ago
N'DJAMENA, Chad - Ten members of Boko Haram have been sentenced to death in Chad for crimes including murder and the use of explosives, Chad's prosecutor said. "The accused have recognized their guilt and accepted the sentence," Bruno Mahouli Louapambe said in a statement Friday, adding that the suspects would be shot. The suspects included Bahna Fanaye, alias Mahamat Moustapha, who Chadian officials have described as a leader of the Nigeria-based group.
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The Latest: Bomb material found with suspect same as in Bangkok's deadly shrine blast

National News - 3 hours 52 min ago

Thailand's police chief says the bomb making material found in the apartment of a suspect is "the same, similar or the same type" as that used in the deadly bombing at a Bangkok shrine earlier this month. The suspect, identified by police as a 28-year-old foreign man, was arrested Saturday from an apartment in a Bangkok suburb. It was the first possible breakthrough in the investigation into the Aug. 17 bombing of the Erawan shrine in central Bangkok, which killed 20 people and injured scores.


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China approves prisoner amnesty to mark World War II anniversary, could release thousands

National News - 3 hours 53 min ago
China's legislature on Saturday approved a prisoner amnesty as part of commemorations of World War II's end that could see thousands of inmates such as war veterans or juveniles released. The official Xinhua News Agency said the measure approved could free several thousand prisoners by the end of this year, but that the exact number won't be known until provincial courts have finished reviewing sentences. According to the measure approved by the National People's Congress, those eligible include veterans of World War II, the Chinese civil war that ended with the Communist victory in 1949 and subsequent conflicts such as the 1950-1953 Korean War.
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Syngenta may seek partners, JVs after product review: chairman in paper

Business News - 4 hours 6 min ago

Syngenta AG may seek partners to help improve its product lineup after a thorough review in the wake of a rebuffed takeover approach from Monsanto Co , the agrichemicals group's chairman told a Swiss newspaper. Syngenta's board is under pressure from shareholders to show how it plans to generate value after turning its back on Monsanto's $47 billion cash-and-share offer, which it said undervalued the company and had too great an execution risk. In an interview with Finanz und Wirtschaft, Michel Demare said it was too early to discuss what steps Syngenta planned to boost its results.


Syngenta may seek partners, JVs after product review: chairman in paper

National News - 4 hours 6 min ago

Syngenta AG may seek partners to help improve its product lineup after a thorough review in the wake of a rebuffed takeover approach from Monsanto Co , the agrichemicals group's chairman told a Swiss newspaper. Syngenta's board is under pressure from shareholders to show how it plans to generate value after turning its back on Monsanto's $47 billion cash-and-share offer, which it said undervalued the company and had too great an execution risk. In an interview with Finanz und Wirtschaft, Michel Demare said it was too early to discuss what steps Syngenta planned to boost its results.


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Mohamed Fahmy, 2 other Al-Jazeera journalists sentenced to 3 years in prison

National News - 4 hours 14 min ago
An Egyptian court has sentenced Canadian Mohammed Fahmy and two other Al-Jazeera English journalists to three years in prison, the last twist in a long-running trial criticized worldwide by press freedom and human rights activists. Fahmy faced widely denounced terror charges and had spent more than a year in prison before a successful appeal of an earlier conviction resulted in the re-trial which culminated in Saturday's verdict. In his ruling Judge Hassan Farid said he sentenced the men to prison because they had not registered with the country's journalist syndicate.
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Ashley Madison courted several buyers, landed none before attack

National News - 4 hours 59 min ago

By Allison Martell and Alastair Sharp TORONTO (Reuters) - The owner of adultery website Ashley Madison had already been struggling to sell itself or raise funds for at least three years before the publication of details about its members, according to internal documents and emails also released by hackers as part of their assault on the company in recent weeks. Avid Life Media announced on Friday that CEO Noel Biderman, who founded the website in 2001, had left the company with immediate effect, the latest sign of the wrenching impact on the company of the attack that led to the disclosure of sensitive data about millions of clients.


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