Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Left in a Bag as a Newborn. DNA Testing Helped Her Understand Why.

On a frigid December night in 1996, a young woman ducked into an apartment building in South Brooklyn and left a shopping bag in the foyer. Inside was a 3-day-old girl, along with a remorseful, but tender, letter from the woman saying that said she hoped for a better home for her newborn daughter, Sarah, […]

Armstrong business owner trolled online after Kelowna City Park beach incident

An Armstrong business owner said she’s being trolled online after addressing a same-sex couple on a popular Kelowna beach for allegedly behaving inappropriately. Jaimie Wlasenko runs a hair salon in Armstrong. She was at Kelowna’s City Park a couple of weeks ago with her daughter and niece. She said her daughter told her two women […]

US says Europeans coming around on threat posed by Huawei

WASHINGTON (BLOOMBERG) – The US has strong indications that European nations are coming around to the severity of the threat posed by China’s Huawei Technologies Co and the dangers of incorporating its equipment into their coming 5G networks, according to an administration official. The official said that while European nations probably won’t impose an outright […]

US state is first to legalise human composting

Washington has become the first state in the US to legalise human composting. Under the new law, people there can now choose to have their body turned into soil after their death. The process is seen as an alternative to cremations and burials, and as a practical option in cities where land for graveyards is […]

Canada zoo owner charged with cruelty

A Canadian zoo owner has been charged with criminal animal cruelty and the animals on the premises are being seized by authorities. The owner of the St-Édouard Zoo in Quebec faces two counts of cruelty and neglect covering over 100 animals at the zoo. They include lions, tigers, zebras, bears, wolves, kangaroos and primates. Authorities […]

Virginia Uber driver was Somali war criminal, jury finds

A US jury has found that a former Uber driver living in Virginia committed acts of torture during Somalia’s civil war in the late 1980s. Somali citizen Farhan Tani Warfaa testified last week in the Washington DC suburbs that ex-Somali colonel Yusuf Abdi Ali shot and tortured him. Ali was a commander in the national […]

Deflated, Venezuela’s Opposition Considers Negotiating With Maduro

CARACAS, Venezuela — It was a daring gambit: Juan Guaidó, Venezuela’s opposition leader, stood by a military base alongside dozens of uniformed officers and political allies, calling for a military uprising against President Nicolás Maduro. Three weeks later, Mr. Guaidó is shuttling among a half-dozen safe houses to escape capture. Most of the men who […]

Preliminary phase of Lionel Desmond inquiry begins

More than two years after former Canadian soldier Lionel Desmond killed his mother, wife and daughter before taking his own life, a provincial fatality inquiry got underway Tuesday in Guysborough, N.S., not far from the family’s rural home. The commissioner overseeing the inquiry, provincial court Judge Warren Zimmer, opened the hearings by recounting the grim […]

Dogs now allowed in Quebec’s network of provincial parks

There is good news for dog owners hoping to explore Quebec’s network of provincial parks, campgrounds and nature reserves in company of their four-legged friends. As of May 17, dogs are allowed in the province’s parks managed by the Société des établissements de plein air du Québec (SÉPAQ). But before yipping with with joy, be […]