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Air Algerie jet crashes in rainstorm; 116 people on board, including 5 Canadians

1 hour 4 min ago

An Air Algerie jetliner carrying 116 people — including five Canadians — crashed Thursday in a rainstorm over restive Mali, and its wreckage was found near the border of neighbouring Burkina Faso. The plane, owned by Spanish company Swiftair and leased by Algeria's flagship carrier, disappeared from radar screens less than an hour after takeoff, en route from Burkina Faso's capital of Ouagadougou to Algiers. The wreckage was found about 50 kilometres (31 miles) from the border of Burkina Faso near the village of Boulikessi in Mali, a Burkina Faso presidential aide said.


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UN school sheltering Palestinians in Gaza caught in cross-fire; 15 killed

1 hour 10 min ago

A U.N. school in Gaza crowded with hundreds of Palestinians seeking refuge from fierce fighting came under fire Thursday, killing at least 15 civilians and leaving a sad tableau of blood-spattered pillows, blankets and children's clothing scattered in the courtyard. Palestinian officials blamed Israel for the shelling, which wounded dozens and came on the deadliest day so far of the current round of fighting. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon angrily denounced the attack, saying the killing must "stop now." But the frantic diplomatic efforts spanning the region were running into a brick wall: Israel demands that Hamas stop firing rockets without conditions, while Gaza's Islamic militant rulers insist the seven-year Israeli-Egyptian blockade of the territory must end first.


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Starbucks sales in Americas region up slightly more than expected

1 hour 15 min ago

(Reuters) - Starbucks Corp on Thursday said quarterly sales at established stores in its dominant Americas region grew a somewhat stronger-than-expected 6 percent, including a 7 percent rise for the United States that was helped by food sales. The third fiscal quarter report from the world's biggest coffee chain followed disappointing quarterly results from McDonald's Corp and Dunkin' Donuts parent Dunkin' Brands. Shares in Starbucks were down 2.4 percent to $78.50 in extended trading following its results. Chipotle and Starbucks are two of the top-performing U.S. restaurant chains and their shares can be punished by investors when results do not far exceed expectations.


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Aruba says former Venezuelan intelligence official detained on request from US government

1 hour 19 min ago
Authorities in Aruba announced Thursday that they arrested a close confidant of late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez who was sent as that country's consul to the Caribbean island despite being sanctioned by the U.S. government on charges of drug trafficking. Hugo Carvajal, the former head of military intelligence under Chavez, was arrested at the request of the U.S. prosecutors and is expected to appear in an Aruban court Friday. Carvajal was one of a number of high-ranking Venezuelan military officials blacklisted by the U.S. Treasury in 2008 for allegedly providing weapons to Marxist rebels in neighbouring Colombia and helping them smuggle cocaine to fund their insurgency. Despite the charges, he remained close to power circles in Venezuela and in January was appointed consul to Aruba by Chavez's successor, Nicolas Maduro.
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Milwaukee man gets 3 1/2 years in prison for role in theft of $5M Stradivarius violin

1 hour 28 min ago

A Milwaukee man who provided the stun gun used in the theft of a $5 million Stradivarius violin in January was sentenced Thursday to 3 1/2 years in prison. Universal K. Allah, 37, pleaded guilty in May to being party to felony robbery, a charge with a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison. Milwaukee County Judge Dennis Moroney was not moved. He told Allah that being party to the crime makes him just as culpable as the man who carried out the attack, especially since Allah knew his acquaintance planned to use the weapon to steal a rare musical instrument.


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Quebecers can now bring back booze from the rest of Canada

1 hour 28 min ago
It's not quite signing the Constitution, but Quebec is joining the rest of the country in an area many people will find just as important. Quebecers will now be legally allowed to bring back alcohol from the rest of Canada for their personal consumption. Finance Minister Carlos Leitao said Thursday that Quebec was the last province that prohibited residents from returning home with booze after a visit to the rest of Canada. Leitao and Public Security Minister Lise Theriault said in a statement those quantities are the same that are permitted in Ontario.
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Edmonton Eskimos 50/50 jackpot starts at nearly $72,000

1 hour 38 min ago
Heading to the Edmonton Eskimos game tonight at Commonwealth Stadium? As of Wednesday night there were already 31,000 tickets sold for Thursday’s Battle of Alberta game between the Eskimos and the Calgary Stampeders.
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U.S. judge says she is troubled by Apple $450 million e-books deal

1 hour 42 min ago

By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Thursday expressed concern over a proposed $450 million settlement of claims Apple Inc conspired with five publishers to fix e-book prices, saying its provisions could drastically reduce money paid to consumers depending on appeals. U.S. District Judge Denise Cote in Manhattan said she found "most troubling" a clause requiring Apple to pay only $70 million if an appeals court reversed her finding that the company is liable for antitrust violations and sent it back to her for further proceedings. She also took issue with the lack of any requirement for Apple to pay interest while the appeals go forward. The comments came a week after 33 U.S. states and territories and lawyers for a class of consumers submitted the settlement for Cote's preliminary approval, and to avoid a scheduled Aug. 25 damages trial.


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Discussions underway for major aviation meeting next week

1 hour 53 min ago
Discussions have been held to set up a meeting of representatives of various international organizations and states that are involved in the airline industry. A spokeswoman for the International Air Transport Association, which represents air carriers, said a meeting is in the works for Montreal next week but has not yet been confirmed. The meeting would focus on the safety of air travel in light of a spate of aviation disasters that has shaken the confidence of flyers. An Air Algerie flight from Burkina Faso to Algeria's capital crashed Thursday.
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Visa cuts revenue forecast as cross-border transactions slow

1 hour 55 min ago

Visa Inc, the world's largest credit and debit card company, cut its revenue forecast for the year, as growth in cross-border transactions slowed amid a strengthening of the U.S. dollar. Visa, which gets about 60 percent of its total transaction volume from outside the United States, cut its full-year revenue growth forecast to 9-10 percent from 10-11 percent. International transaction revenue rose less than 1 percent to $854 million in the latest quarter. Wedbush Securities Inc analyst Gil Luria said Visa's international transaction revenues was growing at the lowest rate since the financial crisis.


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Blood thinner ineffective in preventing pregnancy complications from clots: study

2 hours 1 min ago
Pregnant women with clotting disorders are often prescribed a challenging and cringe-inducing treatment — daily doses of a blood-thinner injected into the abdomen — in a bid to prevent a miscarriage or other complications. Up to one in 10 pregnant women are at risk of developing blood clots in their veins, a condition known as thrombophilia. Over the last 15 years, many doctors have treated women with an anticoagulant drug called low molecular-weight heparin (LMWH), with the idea that it could prevent blood clots in the placenta that can cause such complications as miscarriage, pre-eclampsia and underweight infants. Over the course of the pregnancy, a woman could end up poking herself with needles up to 400 times, leaving a patchwork of bruises across the belly.
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Air Algerie Flight AH5017: Gatineau resident believes family was on board

2 hours 8 min ago
A resident of Gatineau, Que., believes his wife and children were on Air Algerie Flight AH5017 that is presumed to have crashed over northern Mali. Zoungrana is originally from Burkina Faso. In total, 116 people were on the flight that departed from Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, en route to the Algerian capital of Algiers on Thursday.
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Settlement reached in Scotiabank overtime case involving retail branch workers

2 hours 9 min ago
Scotiabank (TSX:BNS) has agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit seeking unpaid overtime with some of its retail branch bank employees. Details of the settlement weren't made public by the bank and are subject to court approval, but a spokeswoman for Scotiabank said Thursday the settlement was "not financially material" to the bank. Cindy Fulawka, a personal banking representative at Scotiabank, filed the lawsuit against the bank in December 2007 seeking to represent some 5,000 Scotiabank personal or senior bankers, financial advisers and small business account managers.
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2 planes carrying remains from Malaysian Airlines disaster arrive in the Netherlands

2 hours 15 min ago

Two more military aircraft carrying remains of victims from the Malaysian plane disaster arrived in the Netherlands on Thursday, while Australian and Dutch diplomats joined to promote a plan for a U.N. team to secure the crash site which has been controlled by pro-Russian rebels. Human remains continue to be found a full week after the plane went down — underlining concerns about the halting and chaotic recovery effort at the sprawling site spread across farmland in eastern Ukraine. All 298 people aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 — most of them Dutch citizens — were killed when the plane was shot down on July 17. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who says he fears some remains will never be recovered unless security is tightened, has proposed a multinational force mounted by countries such as Australia, the Netherlands and Malaysia that lost citizens in the disaster.


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Canadian Press NewsAlert: Algerian plane wreckage found in Mali

2 hours 16 min ago
OUGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso - Burkina Faso official says wreckage, remains from missing air Algerie flight found in Mali.
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Palestinian and Jewish Israeli youth become friends at Ontario camp

2 hours 21 min ago

Two young teenagers sit, arms around each other at an Ontario camp, talking about their lives and their new-found friendship. But these teenagers, and their bond, symbolize much more than the usual summer camp memories many hold.


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Canada Revenue Agency says 'preventing poverty' not allowed as goal for charity

2 hours 21 min ago

The Canada Revenue Agency has told a well-known charity that it can no longer try to prevent poverty around the world, it can only alleviate poverty — because preventing poverty might benefit people who are not already poor. The bizarre bureaucratic brawl over a mission statement is yet more evidence of deteriorating relations between the Harper government and some parts of Canada's charitable sector. The lexical scuffle began when Oxfam Canada filed papers with Industry Canada to renew its non-profit status, as required by Oct. 17 this year under a law passed in 2011. Ottawa-based Oxfam initially submitted wording that its purpose as a charity is "to prevent and relieve poverty, vulnerability and suffering by improving the conditions of individuals whose lives, livelihood, security or well-being are at risk."


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Canada to impose sanctions on range of Russian firms and banks

3 hours 6 min ago

Canada said on Thursday it will impose sanctions on "a broad range" of Russian companies and banks to punish Moscow for what it said was the illegal occupation of Crimea and "provocative military activity" in eastern Ukraine. The companies include Novatek OAO, Russia's No. 2 natural gas producer, as well as Gazprombank OAO, Russia's third largest bank by assets. The United States last week imposed sanctions on the two banks that Canada listed on Thursday and many of the same arms manufacturers, which include firms such as Bazalt, Sozvezdie, NPO Mashinostroyenia and KBP Instrument Design Bureau.


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Dutch sending 40 military police to Ukraine to help search for Flight 17 victims

3 hours 14 min ago

The Netherlands is sending 40 unarmed military police to eastern Ukraine as part of a ramped-up effort to find the last victims of the downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 still at the wreckage site, Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced late Thursday. He also is sending forensic investigators to the site to try to piece together exactly what happened when the plane was shot down a week ago, killing all 298 people on board. "They are really looking like the forensic experts," he said. A day earlier, the two military transport planes — one Dutch and one Australian — brought back the first 40 coffins and more flights were planned for Friday.


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'Dry' Manitoba community discovers it never had an official booze ban

3 hours 14 min ago
A dry community in southern Manitoba has discovered it's actually wet. Staff with the Rural Municipality of Hanover discovered this week that a ban on alcohol sales, which has existed as long as anyone can remember, was never actually put into law. "I didn't know any better," Reeve Stan Toews said Thursday. Like other communities in the area south of Winnipeg, where there is a large Mennonite population, Hanover has considered allowing booze sales in the past.
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