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KHARKIV - The remains of the victims of the Malaysia Airlines crash arrived in territory held by the Ukrainian government on Tuesday on their way to the Netherlands, after delays and haphazard treatment of the bodies. The crash site itself, in farmland held by the pro-Russian separatists whom the West accuses of shooting down the plane, remained unsecured 5 days after the disaster. (AP)
GAZA - Israel is confronting a problem beyond the Hamas rockets screeching overhead - a threat underfoot. The Israeli military says it is trying to demolish a sophisticated network of tunnels that run through parts of northeast Gaza, under the border and into southern Israel. Hamas has already used the tunnels several times in the past few days to attempt assaults on Israeli soil. (CNN)
KABUL - A Taliban suicide attacker riding a motorbike killed 5 foreign guards in Kabul on Tuesday, the latest blast to rock the Afghan capital during an impasse over presidential election results. (AFP)
WASHINGTON - The authors of the seminal 9/11 Commission report have produced a new study, a decade after the first, painting an often alarming picture of the country’s vulnerability to another terrorist attack. (Huffington Post)
-Police in South Korea have said that a body they found in June is that of the fugitive boss of the operator of a ferry that sank in April, killing more than 300 people. The billionaire businessman Yoo Byung-eun went missing shortly after the disaster, sparking a massive manhunt. (BBC)
Sinking of the MV Sewol
OTTAWA - The RCMP served Mike Duffy's lawyer with the official charge sheet early Monday, outlining the criminal code violations the senator is accused of committing. (CBC)
MORE: Breaking down the $200K
JAKARTA - 2 Canadian teachers are being detained in Indonesia in connection with a child sexual assault case. Jakarta police named former Calgary teacher Neil Bantleman, 45, and his Indonesian colleague, teaching assistant Ferdinand Tijong, as suspects in a case involving the alleged sexual abuse of 3 young students at Jakarta International School, where Bantleman is an administrator. (QMI)
DAMBOA - Nigeria's militant Islamists are in control of the key town of Damboa in NE Nigeria. The vigilante force defending the town fled on Sunday, and Islamist group Boko Haram's black flag is now flying over Damboa. At least 40 people were killed when Boko Haram first raided Damboa on Friday, the vigilante leader added. (BBC)
A community-led online database documenting the brutal deaths and disappearances of indigenous women in Canada has been launched. The website - an initiative of 3 groups, No More Silence, Families of Sisters in Spirit and the Native Youth Sexual Health Network - is called It starts with us - MMIW. (CBC)
LONDON - The Serious Fraud Office has launched a criminal investigation into alleged rigging of the $5.3T-a-day foreign exchange markets. The move comes after around 15 authorities around the world said they were investigating allegations of collusion and price manipulation in the largely unregulated currency market - allegations that the Bank of England governor, Mark Carney, has said could prove to be a bigger scandal than the manipulation of the Libor interest rate, which has cost investment banks billions in fines. (Guardian UK)
WASHINGTON - Nearly all of the highest-profile domestic terrorism plots in the US since 9/11 featured the 'direct involvement' of government agents or informants, a new report says. Some of the controversial 'sting' operations 'were proposed or led by informants', bordering on entrapment by law enforcement. Yet the courtroom obstacles to proving entrapment are significant, one of the reasons the stings persist. Out of the 494 cases related to terrorism the US has tried since 9/11, the plurality of convictions - 18% overall - are not for thwarted plots but for 'material support' charges, a broad category expanded further by the 2001 Patriot Act that permits prosecutors to pursue charges with tenuous connections to a terrorist act or group. (Guardian UK)
REPORT: Illusion of Justice
MORE: FBI informants
TRIPOLI - Rival militias are locked in battle at Libya's main international airport, with reports of at least 4 people killed in the fighting. Clashes resumed at Tripoli airport on Sunday, after attempts at a ceasefire failed. Missiles, rockets and tanks were said to be used. The fighting began last week, damaging planes and forcing the airport to shut. (BBC)
SAN FRANCISCO - US federal authorities charged FedEx with assisting illegal pharmacies by knowingly delivering painkillers and dangerous drugs to customers without prescriptions. The indictment filed in federal court in San Francisco alleges that FedEx Corp. conspired with two related online pharmacies for 10 years ending in 2010. (AP)
LAMPEDUSA - 19 migrants have died, reportedly by suffocating, aboard a crowded boat travelling from North Africa to Italy. The migrants are thought to have choked on fumes from an old engine while they were confined below deck. Rescuers found 18 people in a tangle of bodies. Another person is said to have died during the evacuation. The boat was carrying some 600 people. EU border agency Frontex says almost 60,000 migrants have already landed in southern Italy this year. (BBC)
HUNAN - At least 38 people have been killed when a lorry carrying flammable liquid collided with a long-distance bus in the southern Chinese province of Hunan. The official Xinhua news agency said the lorry drove into the back of the bus on a motorway early on Saturday causing a fire and an explosion. 5 vehicles in all were involved in the accident. (BBC)
MORE: Highway accident
Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office
METAIRIE - Jefferson Parish sheriff's deputies found a racketeer and a riddle when they pulled over a van in Metairie two months ago. The racketeer was Joe Gagliano, the 55-year-old son of a reputed New Orleans mob underboss. The riddle was what he was doing in a van outfitted with what appeared to be gun ports, with a sniper rifle and silencer inside. (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
This week, new figures from
Statistics Canada show annual inflation
hit 2.4%. That's up from 2.3% last month, the ninth month in a row of a
rising inflation rate. And while the things you buy are more than 2% dearer
(3% if you live in Ontario) than they were a year ago, wages have not been
keeping pace. (CBC)
L'ASSOMPTION - Quebec's anti-corruption unit has been carrying out a search at L'Assomption city hall since 11:45am. According to the mayor of L'Assomption, Jean-Claude Gingras, UPAC investigators are searching through the records of the former municipal administration. (CBC)
MONTREAL - A Montreal
filmmaker is trying to get part of an art exhibit back from the
It was confiscated after it arrived at Trudeau Airport from Iran, and
Sadaf Foroughi now has less than two weeks to get it back before it's
destroyed. The item in question
is a traditional Iranian peep box she modified to showcase her short film.
The border services agency says it acted within its legal
jurisdiction. Right now,
Foroughi's piece is in a storage area for 30 days. At $105 per day, she's
now spent $2,000 on an item she can't access.
TORONTO - RCMP arrested Aline Rozeline Zeitoune, 50, a former passport processing officer with Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), on Thursday at her parents' home in Toronto. The woman faces a total of 97 charges in the case, including one count of breach of trust and multiple charges related to the production and distribution of fraudulent travel documents. (CBC)
HOMS - Militant group Islamic State seized a Syrian gas field and killed at least 90 people on Thursday in one of the bloodiest clashes between the al Qaeda offshoot and President Bashar al-Assad's forces, a monitoring group said. Islamic State has made rapid gains in Syria in recent weeks, mostly by seizing territory from rival rebel groups, using weaponry brought in from Iraq where last month it managed to take large areas from government forces. (Reuters)
EDMONTON - Omar Khadr has
agreed to remain in a federal prison - for now.
Lawyers for the former Guantanamo Bay detainee consented Thursday to
a stay of a recent decision by the Alberta Court of Appeal that ordered he
be transferred to a provincial jail.
But they didn't waive another part of the decision that ruled he
should be serving his sentence in Canada as a youth.
MILAN - Italian former Prime
Berlusconi has won an appeal against his conviction for paying for sex
with an underage prostitute.
His 7-year prison sentence has now been thrown out by judges in Milan.
OTTAWA - Police have an obligation to facilitate the right of a suspect to speak to a lawyer, the Supreme Court of Canada says, in upholding the acquittal of a suspected drunk driver whose blood was drawn by medical staff at a hospital, before he could contact his counsel. (Globe & Mail)
JUDGMENT: 2014 SCC 50
OTTAWA - A senior RCMP
communications adviser alleging sexual harassment and assault by a superior
officer is the latest to join more than 300 women with similar claims across
Canada in seeking legal action against the force.
The lawyer bringing the class action said in the two years since the
lawsuit was filed, hundreds of women, one-third of them still with the
force, have come forward. The suit, which now has 336 complainants, alleges
widespread systemic discrimination by the RCMP against female members.
(Globe & Mail)
PREVIOUS: RCMP harassment scandal
OTTAWA - The Supreme Court of Canada has sided with the federal government in a long-running legal fight with Quebec's leading labour organizations in a multibillion-dollar employment insurance case. The unions sued the Harper government after it decided in 2010 to close the old employment insurance account and transfer the $57B balance into the government's general revenues. (CP)
2014 SCC 49
TORONTO - 2 major telecommunications firms - Rogers and Telus - say they
will no longer routinely give basic customer information to police and
security agencies without first seeing a warrant.
Rogers received almost 175,000 requests for customer information from
government and police agencies last year, according to a report the firm
issued in June. (CP)
Canada's two-tiered process of approving potentially life-saving oncology
drugs are preventing cancer patients in some provinces from accessing
medication that's readily available in other parts of the country, according
to a new study. The study,
released by think-tank
Fraser Institute, looks at the effectiveness of the pan-Canadian
Oncology Drug Review (pCODR),
which was established in 2010 to recommend new cancer drugs to all the
provinces and territories, except Quebec.
TORONTO - Car crash scams are becoming increasingly sophisticated,
investigators say, with the latest wrinkle involving organized groups
gaining access to medical clinics to cash in on lucrative payouts for phoney
insurance treatments. (CBC)
FORTALEZA - This week in Fortaleza heads of state from Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa (the so-called BRICS countries) agreed to establish a New Development Bank (NDB) at their summit meeting. (Washington Post)
MORE: BRICS Development Bank
The sensitive testimony of survivors of Canada's notorious residential school system should be sealed for decades rather than destroyed, because destruction would damage the historical record, an Ontario court heard Tuesday. In making a pitch to keep the records, a lawyer for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission said their preservation does not have to equal their publication. (CP)
OTTAWA - What do Pamela Wallin, a defunct CFL team, and the Communications
Security Establishment of Canada have in common?
All have had their Wikipedia entries anonymously altered by people
using government-associated Internet protocol addresses. And a new Twitter
account is tracking those changes.
Government of Canada Edits (@gccaedits)
is a Twitter bot that automatically tweets whenever a Wikipedia entry is
edited anonymously from a House of Commons-associated IP address.
VANCOUVER - Foreign actors and directors who want to film in Canada are also being subject to a $1,000 fee per worker and a 15-day waiting period to obtain a work permit, under new rules unveiled by the federal government at the end of June. While the $1,000 fee required to hire a foreign worker is perceived as 'a cash grab,' the primary concern is the delay in having a work permit issued for foreign workers who in turn hire hundreds of Canadian crew to work on their sets. (CBC)
Public servants sick days
THE HAGUE - A court on Wednesday cleared the Netherlands of liability in the deaths of the most of the 8,000 Bosnian Muslims slain in the Srebrenica massacre 19 years ago, but did order the nation to compensate the families of more than 300 men turned over to Bosnian Serb forces and later killed. (AP)
LONDON - Police forces across Britain have arrested 660 suspected pedophiles during a six-month covert operation to find people accessing indecent images of children online, Britain's NCA said on Wednesday. Doctors, teachers, scout leaders, care workers and former police officers were among those detained in the action, which involved 45 police forces around the UK. (Reuters)
Rosa del Carmen Verduzco
ZAMORA - Federal and state police officers raided a group home Tuesday in the western state of Michoacan and rescued 458 children who were forced to beg for money and suffered sexual abuse while being against their will in filthy conditions. Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam said police also rescued 138 adults from La Gran Familia group home in the city of Zamora. (AP)
OTTAWA - If prostitution is the world's oldest profession, then bureaucracy must be the second. Which is why it's so confounding that Canada, which has never met a regulation that it didn't like, has been so squeamish to slap red tape over those red lights. Put simply: Bill C-36 is the legislative equivalent of throwing an anvil at an ant colony. But more than that, it denies the Canadian federation its chance to do what it does best: regulate the death out of societal questions. (PostMedia)
COMMENT:Sex trade to stay in shadows
NEWMARKET - York regional police officers responded
to a 911 call about shots being fired near an apartment building at 260 Davis Dr
just after midnight on Tuesday.
When officers arrived on the scene, 'they
were confronted by a man who was armed with a handgun and that man advanced on
the officers, [and] the officers discharged their firearms.'
The man was transported to hospital with
serious injuries, and was conscious when he arrived.
Jian Ping Li and her son
- It has been more than 80 days since Jian Ping Li, 42, and her 6-month-old son
Xiao Feng Lu disappeared without a trace from their Brossard, QC, home.
According to Longueuil police, Li left behind
her ID, money and other personal effects, as well as the baby stroller. It's
believed she left on foot, was picked up or was taken.
Brother Jian Jun Li and sister Jian Ying Li
came to Montreal from their home in China one week after the disappearance to
try to find their sister and nephew.
Jun Li is a police officer in China.
- The mayor of La Prairie, QC, has died after suffering multiple wasp stings at
Lucie Roussel was in Stratford, QC, when she
stepped on a wasp nest Sunday. She was reportedly stung by more than 15 wasps
and died later in hospital.
Roussel, 51, had been the mayor of La
Prairie, a Montreal-area community, since 2005.
VANCOUVER - For the second time in five days, the entire SkyTrain light-rail system covering much of the Vancouver region was off line - blamed on a computer glitch that left cars stalled between stations and thousands stranded across Canada's third-largest transit system. Monday's 5-hour shutdown, blamed on a 'technical issue' by a spokesperson for the region’s transit authority TransLink, prompted dozens of passengers on the 68-kilometre system to get out of stalled trains and dangerously walk near electrified tracks, some elevated, to stations. (Globe & Mail)
MORE: SkyTrain reopens
Narinder Kaur Kalsi Baldev Singh Kalsi
VANCOUVER - Narinder Kaur Kalsi, the wife of a Surrey Sikh temple president who was taken into custody July 14 and later charged with attempted murder, was taken off life support Sunday afternoon. RCMP were called to a home in the 19400-block of 32 Ave in Surrey July 13, where they found Kalsi suffering from life-threatening injuries. One day later, they charged Baldev Singh Kalsi, 66, with aggravated assault in relation to the incident. (Vancouver Sun)
TALLAHASSEE - Police say Daniel Markel, a 42-year-old father of two and law professor at Florida State University, was gunned down at his home in Tallahassee at around 11am on Friday. Markel, who graduated from Harvard Law School in 2001, was raised in Toronto. He began teaching criminal law at Florida State University in 2005. Investigators said they are treating Markel's death as a homicide but have released few details about the case. They have yet to identify any suspects in connection to the case. (CTV)
DORVAL - Police are investigating the suspicious death of a 47-year-old man. His body was found in an apartment on Roy St in Dorval on Sunday afternoon. Officers say they have had encounters with the man before, but are not sure what caused his death. (CBC)
Man found dead
THUNDER BAY - At about 10pm Friday, police say two separate 911 calls were received from city residents who were concerned about a fire they observed in the grassy area between Sears and Field St, just west of Fort William Road. Thunder Bay Fire Rescue attended the scene and immediately called police when they found a dead man's body. (CBC)
NORWAY HOUSE - A young man is in a Winnipeg hospital after being shot by RCMP in Norway House Sunday afternoon during a children's baseball game. RCMP confirmed in a release late Sunday an officer discharged a firearm and a Norway House resident suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Both Ron Evans, chief of Norway House Cree Nation, and a witness to the shooting identified the wounded man as Evan Cromarty, who they said is about 20 years old and lives in Norway House. (Winnipeg Free Press)
TORONTO - Criminal charges have been dropped against 4 people arrested in the sweeping Project Traveller investigation, including those laid against a man who tried to broker the sale of the first Rob Ford crack video. The Crown decided to withdraw charges against Mohamed Farah, 34, Nicholas Obeng, Muhideen Jama and Halima Said. Both Mr. Jama and Ms. Said were accused of participating in a criminal organization. (Globe & Mail)
PEMBERTON - Police have identified the man found dead in the campground at the Pemberton Music Festival as Nick Phongsavath, 21, of Regina, SK. Just after 6pm, festival-goers found Phongsavath unresponsive inside his tent, which had been set up near a row of portable toilets at the north edge of one of the festival camping areas. Investigators said Saturday that they had not confirmed the cause of the man's death, or whether foul play was involved. (CBC)
Lorie Maureen Bearbull
WINNIPEG - The female victim of a stabbing on Salter St Friday morning has been identified. Lorie Bearbull, 37, suffered multiple stab wounds and was transported to hospital in critical condition around 4:15am on Friday. She later succumbed to her injuries in hospital. (Winnipeg Free Press)
CALGARY - Ojullo Mark Ojullo, 20, and Shannoh Jabet, 19, have both been charged with one count of second-degree murder in the death of Ayuen Ajak Goot, also known as Devon Goot. (Beacon)
MORE: 2 facing murder charges
TORONTO - Police say 4 men who answered an online car ad were stripped naked, beaten and forced to call friends and family for money to secure their release. Police say an 18-year-old man and 3 friends met another man in an underground garage last Monday in northwest Toronto and were shown the car. Investigators say they were surrounded by a group of men with a machete and a gun and they were robbed, stripped and beaten with rocks. Alhaji Kabba, 18, of Toronto is wanted for a number of charges. (CTV)
EDMONTON - Defence lawyers are threatening job action if Alberta doesn't increase legal aid funding. (QMI)
TORONTO - 2 Toronto men are facing murder charges in connection with a downtown shooting earlier this month. Police say 36-year-old Rala Federick was standing with another man (near Dundas St East and George St) in the morning of July 6 when a third man approached and shot them both. Federick, who was shot in the abdomen, died of his injuries in hospital. Shaqwan Kawano and Alton Grant, both 19, are charged with first-degree murder. (CP)
KELOWNA - The mayor has declared a state of emergency in Kelowna, BC, as a growing wildfire threatens homes and residents in the Okanagan community. An evacuation order in the area has now been expanded three times, and now covers 1,100 homes and more than 3,000 residents. The Smith Creek fire was sparked Thursday afternoon and grew 200 hectares overnight. It is totally uncontained and forestry official believe it is human-caused. (CTV)
VANCOUVER - IHIT said Irinei Catalin Ghiorghita was taken into custody Tuesday after walking into the Coquitlam RCMP detachment 'to advise the police that his wife was fatally wounded at their home.' Police went to the home in the 2400-block of Davies Ave and found an unresponsive woman. She was pronounced dead at the scene, and a shotgun was seized from the townhome. He is now charged with one count of second-degree murder. The victim has been identified as his wife, Andra Ghiorghita, 38. (CTV)
Mimi Khonsari Clare Spiers
TORONTO - The man convicted of murdering Mimi Khonsari in Barrie 10 years ago has been sentenced. This marked the second time Claire Spiers has been sentenced for Khonari's murder, but unlike the first time there will be no appeal. Spiers was first convicted in 2008 for first-degree murder but the case was thrown out by the court of appeal. (CTV)
PREVIOUS: Verdict tossed because of jury vetting
Dustan Preeper & Joshua Preeper
HALIFAX - Dustan Preeper, 26, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the death of Melissa Dawn Peacock in court Wednesday morning. Joshua Preeper, 22, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. Dustan also pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of 26-year-old Ben Hare of Truro. Both men received automatic life sentences. Dustan won’t be eligible for parole for 25 years, while Joshua can apply for parole in 12 years. (CTV)
Chronicle Herald: Melisa Dawn Peacock
EDMONTON - The 36-year-old woman, who cannot be
named under a publication ban protecting the identity of the children, also
entered guilty pleas on charges of aggravated assault and failing to provide the
necessaries of life.
According to an agreed statement of facts,
the woman admits she and her husband - who was handed a 15-year prison sentence
on June 11 after earlier pleading guilty to the same charges - were solely
responsible for the abuse and neglect of the two young girls, the endangerment
of the surviving twin and the death of her sister.
WINNIPEG - One of the first police officers on the scene of the beheading of a young man aboard a Greyhound bus on a Manitoba highway 6 years ago has taken his own life. Ken Barker, a recently retired RCMP corporal who was a dog handler, died by suicide last weekend after struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder for years. Family and former colleagues say the 51-year-old had already seen almost two decades of horrific crimes when he witnessed the grisly scene on the Trans-Canada Highway west of Winnipeg in 2008. (CP)
MORE; Mountie's answer to pain
FREDERICTON - New Brunswick MLAs will no longer be responsible for paying for their rent after an internal legislative committee approved a new policy that all future office payments be made directly by the legislature. MLAs will still get to decide on the location of their constituency office, but they will no longer be ones paying the monthly bill. (CBC)
TORONTO - Police were called for 'unknown trouble' and found Duane Small, 44, of Toronto, suffering from serious head injuries inside a bus shelter on the corner of Victoria Park Ave and Clydesdale Dr around 2:30am. Raymond McCurdy, 39, of Toronto, was arrested Tuesday morning and charged with one count of manslaughter. (Toronto Star)
MORE: Man charged
CALGARY - Douglas Garland was charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of Calgary residents Kathy and Alvin Liknes, as well as second-degree murder in the death of the couple's 5-year-old grandson Nathan O'Brien. The charges come a day after police announced that the search for the family had become a triple murder investigation. Police believe there is enough evidence to say they have been murdered, but their bodies have not been recovered. (CBC)
There's still hope
WINNIPEG - An audit into Winnipeg city hall's handling of the new police
headquarters found there was a lack of oversight that kept senior staff and
councillors in the dark.
An audit and a quantity survey were ordered
by city council after the price of the new headquarters ballooned by $75M,
climbing to a total cost of $210M.
The probe found no criminal wrongdoing in the
LONDON, ON - Former Liberal cabinet minister Joe Fontana was sentenced Tuesday to 4 months of house arrest for a government fraud, avoiding time behind bars, but nonetheless leaving court with his reputation 'in tatters.' Fontana resigned as mayor of London, ON, last month after he was found guilty of fraud, forgery and breach of trust by a public official. He said he would not seek public office again. (CTV)
Kent David Gallant
CHARLOTTETOWN - Police say Kent David Gallant, 45 of Charlottetown, died at the scene of the stabbing at the corner of St. Peters Road and Brows Lane. A 17-year-old girl has been charged with first-degree murder in the case. (CBC)
WARWICK TOWNSHIP - Provincial police say the body of Susan Gubbels, 55, was found in a home in Warwick Township while Mario Gubbels, 54, was found dead shortly later inside a vehicle in London. Police say the couple's son, Jeremy Gubbels, 26, has been charged with 2 counts of first-degree murder. (CP)
TORONTO - George Fawell, 24, of Toronto, was found near railway tracks at 840 Queen St. East Aug. 24, 2012 around 10:45am. Mauro Granados-Arana, 25, of Toronto was arrested July 14. Wayne Estwick, 26, of Toronto, was arrested July 7. Michael Martins, 52, of Medicine Hat, AB, was arrested last week. Ashley Andrews, 28, of Toronto, was arrested May 2, 2013. Lori Ann Crook, 39, was arrested and charged April 4, 2013. (Inside Toronto)
Kevin James Bowser Shilo Marcino Beals
HALIFAX - Police have issued a Canada-wide arrest warrant for a man wanted in connection with a slaying 10 years ago. Police say Shilo Marcino Beals, 31, of Cherry Brook, NS, faces one count of first-degree murder in the death of Kevin James Bowser. The 28-year-old victim was found suffering from gunshot wounds on Uniacke St near downtown Halifax on July 10, 2004. (CP)
MORE; Accused eludes police
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