OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso - The president of Burkina Faso stepped down Friday after protesters stormed parliament and set the building ablaze, ending his 27-year reign and sparking a struggle in the military for control of the West African country.
BEIJING (Reuters) - China's factory activity unexpectedly fell to a five-month low in October as firms fought slowing orders and rising costs in the cooling economy, reinforcing views that the country's growth outlook is hazy at best. The official Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) eased to 50.8 in October from September's 51.1, the National Bureau of Statistics said on Saturday, but above the 50-point level that separates growth from contraction on a monthly basis. Analysts polled by Reuters had forecast a reading of 51.2. ...
MONCTON, N.B. - Justin Bourque, the disturbed young man who fatally shot three Mounties and wounded two others in what a judge described as a "blind rage," has been sentenced to an unprecedented 75 years in prison.
A new committee has been struck to determine the future of Edmontonâs Rexall Place once the new downtown arena opens in 2015. Mayor Don Iveson has joined with the CEOs of ATB Financial, Edmonton Economic Development and others to brainstorm whatâs next for the current Oilersâ home arena and concert venue. Northlands CEO Tim Reid said all options will be considered -- from re-purposing the building to demolishing it.
The Alberta government has launched an edgy new campaign it hopes will encourage young people to think twice about binge drinking. âI think it's a really big problem, because there's not enough information about it and it's still considered the cool thing to do,â third-year student Kathleen Degeer said Friday. To help, the Alberta Liquor and Gaming Commission has invested $200,000 into its âThanks Alcoholâ campaign, which aims to encourage students to think about the choices they make when drinking.
By Devika Krishna Kumar (Reuters) - Herbalife Ltd would pay $15 million to settle an 18-month battle over a class action lawsuit brought by a former distributor claiming that the nutrition and supplements company is running an alleged pyramid scheme, according to a U.S. court filing. The company would pay $15 million in cash, plus up to $2.5 million for product returns, according to the court filing that granted preliminary approval for the settlement on Friday. ...
A Calgary doctors says it's time to make flu shots mandatory for health care workers. Dr. William Ghali is scientific director of the O'Brien Institute for Public Health at the University of Calgary. In British Columbia, where a mandatory system has been in place sinceÂ 2012, the vaccination rate for health care workers is 20 percentage points higher.
A very shy boy spent time petting a veryÂ patientÂ horse on Friday, and even read a book his new friend. It allÂ was all part of a pet therapy program for junior high students with autism, being run at Gary Millarâs farm near Fort Saskatchewan. While many people are likely familiar withÂ the idea of therapy dogs or even therapy cats, it may come as a surprise that horses are also being increasingly used to help children with disabilities.
LORDS VALLEY, Pa. - A survivalist accused of ambushing two state troopers, killing one and seriously wounding the other, made his first court appearance Friday after he was captured by U.S. marshals near an abandoned airplane hangar, ending a seven-week manhunt that had rattled the nerves of area residents.