MONTREAL—More anti-migrant banners have popped up in Quebec, this time in Montreal where many asylum seekers are being temporarily housed. The banners were posted at various sites either late Sunday or early Monday, including at the Olympic Stadium, where several hundred people who filtered across the border illegally are staying in a makeshift shelter. Far-right group Atalante Québec claimed responsibility on Facebook, posting photos of masked members in front of about 10 banners they say were displayed early Monday. Read more:Religious groups sound alarms as hate crimes appear to be on the riseSimilar banners carrying the word #REMIGRATION appeared earlier this month in Quebec City, including one on an overpass on a busy thoroughfare.
August 22, 2017 15:22 UTC
WASHINGTON—The Trump administration is imposing sanctions on 16 mainly Chinese and Russian companies and people for assisting North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs and helping the North make money to support those programs. The Treasury Department says the penalties are intended to further isolate North Korea for its nuclear and missile tests. The 16 do business with previously sanctioned companies and people, work with the North Korean energy sector, help it place workers abroad or evade international financial curbs. Read more: North Korean threat puts spotlight back on whether Canada should join missile defence programAs North Korea intensifies missile program, the U.S. opens $11-billion base in South Korea
August 22, 2017 15:22 UTC
“Lethal autonomous weapons threaten to become the third revolution in warfare,” Musk and 115 other experts such as Alphabet’s artificial intelligence expert Mustafa Suleyman warned in an open letter released to the public Monday. “These can be weapons of terror, weapons that despots and terrorists use against innocent populations, and weapons hacked to behave in undesirable ways,” the letter adds. The letter was released at an artificial intelligence conference in Melbourne ahead of formal UN discussions on autonomous weapons. Signatories implored UN leaders to work hard to prevent an autonomous weapons “arms race” and “avoid the destabilizing effects” of the emerging technologies. The organization says autonomous weapons “cross a moral threshold.”“The humanitarian and security risks would outweigh any possible military benefit,” HRW claims.
August 22, 2017 14:15 UTC
NEW DELHI—India’s Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down the Muslim practice that allows men to instantly divorce their wives as unconstitutional. The bench, comprising five senior judges of different faiths, deliberated for three months before issuing its order in response to petitions from seven Muslim women who had been divorced through the practice known as triple talaq. Indian law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on NDTV that since the court deemed the practice unconstitutional there is no need for any further legislative action by the government. The decision was widely lauded by women’s rights activists as a step toward granting Muslim women greater equality and justice. It’s a historic day,” said Zakia Soman, the co-founder of the Indian Muslim Women’s Movement, which was part of the legal battle to end triple talaq.
August 22, 2017 14:15 UTC
Star photographer Boris Spremo was a member of the Order of Canada, receiving 285 national and international photojournalism awards in a lifetime of photography. ( Toronto Star file photo ) Boris Spremo pictured at age 73. ( Spremo, Boris )Spremo was lauded for his photo of Trudeau the day after the latter won the 1980 federal election. ( Boris Spremo )“That to me is the quintessential Boris picture, right there, because it sums up his personality, his style,” said Star photographer Richard Lautens. ( Boris Spremo )
August 22, 2017 14:03 UTC
Former Olympic champion Therese Johaug will miss the 2018 Winter Games after her ban in a steroid doping case was extended. ( Matthias Schrader / The Associated Press )GENEVA—The 2018 Winter Olympics will be without a potential star whose ban has been extended in a doping case involving a steroid in lip balm. A former Olympic champion, World Cup winner and seven-time world champion in cross-country skiing, Therese Johaug is now barred from racing until mid-April. With Bjoergen skipping the 2016 season, Johaug regained her World Cup title and was training to defend it at a high-altitude camp in Italy one year ago. Johaug has raced at the top international level since 2007, gaining 42 individual World Cup wins and Olympic gold in the 4x5-kilometre relay at the 2010 Vancouver Games.
August 22, 2017 13:36 UTC
MILAN—Italian firefighters working through the night, sometimes digging by hand, freed a 7-month-old baby Tuesday and then his two older brothers from the rubble of their home that collapsed when a 4.0-magnitude quake struck the resort island of Ischia during the height of tourist season. Read more:Earthquake rocks Italian resort island Ischia; at least one dead, six trapped Cheers went up with each rescue, which firefighters confirmed with exclamation mark-punctuated tweets. The quake hit during the height of the tourist season, with the island’s population of 64,000 ballooning by another 150,000 at the time the quake struck. Together with the nearby island of Capri, Ischia is a favourite island getaway for the European jet set, famed in particular for its thermal waters. The magnitude-4.0 earthquake struck the Italian holiday island of Ischia during peak tourist season, killing two women.
August 22, 2017 13:22 UTC
MADRID—Four alleged members of a terror cell accused of killing 15 people in attacks in Barcelona and a Spanish resort appeared in court Tuesday, a day after the last missing member of the cell was gunned down by police near Barcelona. The four men were arrested last week for their alleged involvement in the planning or execution of attacks in Barcelona on Thursday and the northeastern resort town of Cambrils early Friday. They were to testify before National Court Judge Fernando Andreu in Madrid, who will decide whether they should be jailed or released. Spanish media have named the suspects as Driss Oukabir, Mohammed Aalla, Salh el Karib and Mohamed Houli Chemal. Three were arrested in the northern Catalan town of Ripoll and another in Alcanar, south of Barcelona, where a house that was blown apart turned out to be a botched bomb-making workshop.
August 22, 2017 12:33 UTC
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA.—Charlottesville, Virginia, is planning to cover the statues of Confederate Gens. Robert E. Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson in black fabric. The Daily Progress reports the city council voted unanimously early Tuesday to shroud the statues in fabric to represent the city’s mourning of Heather Heyer. The 32-year-old woman was killed Saturday when a car rammed into a group of people protesting a white nationalist rally in the city. Read more:UN experts say Charlottesville exemplifies rising racism in U.S.Tina Fey on Charlottesville: Stay away from neo-Nazis, eat sheet cake instead
August 22, 2017 12:00 UTC
MARANELLO, ITALY—Kimi Raikkonen signed a one-year extension to his contract at Ferrari on Tuesday and will race for the Italian Formula One team next year. Raikkonen joined from McLaren in 2007, winning the drivers’ title in his first year with Ferrari. The Finnish driver left F1 at the end of 2009 but returned with Lotus two years later, and rejoined Ferrari for the 2014 campaign. The 37-year-old Raikkonen has not won a race since his return to Ferrari, and he lies fifth in the drivers’ championship, 86 points behind teammate Sebastian Vettel, who leads the standings.
August 22, 2017 11:03 UTC
Firefighters in Italy freed a seven-month-old baby and his two older brothers from rubble early Tuesday following a 4.3-magnitude quake on the resort island of Ischia off Naples. The mother, who Italian media say is heavily pregnant, managed to escape through a window while rescuers helped the father. The quake hit during the height of the tourist season, and Italian television showed many visitors taking refuge in parks. Rescue workers carry a child after an earthquake hit the island of Ischia in Naples on Tuesday. The quake came just two days shy of the one-year anniversary of a 6.2-magnitude earthquake that devastated several towns in central Italy.
August 22, 2017 10:43 UTC
In fact, all four of the cars that Bombardier delivered last December were not complete when they arrived on TTC property. The TTC agreed to let Bombardier ship unfinished streetcars to Toronto and complete them on the transit agency’s property in order to successfully meet 2016 delivery targets, the Star has learned. The gambit paid off — Bombardier finished all four cars in Toronto and they went into service before the New Year as planned. The documents the Star obtained are minutes of meetings that TTC and Bombardier hold each month about the streetcar order. “TTC will stop the PAC process in Toronto if schedule slips (sic) and the 16 cars delivery becomes at risk,” read the minutes.
August 22, 2017 09:56 UTC
Porter told her to call Air Miles to get back her points. On her return, she asked Air Miles for an extension because of the wildfires burning in B.C. “We just spent two hours on the Air Miles website trying to find something to do, but came up with nothing,” she said. My advice: Travel booked with loyalty points may have tougher rules than travel booked directly with the provider. When booking flights with Air Miles, contact the rewards plan first when you want to change or cancel the flights.
August 22, 2017 09:56 UTC
Trump said he thought about pulling out of Afghanistan entirely, but decided against it. "There are absolutely no plans to send any troops back to Afghanistan," Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on June 29. An Afghan National army soldier stands guard a checkpoint on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday. The Canadian who was in charge of international election monitoring in Afghanistan said walking away from Afghanistan, politically, is not the right thing to do. "The military piece is important but we need to invest more in all the people of Afghanistan, not just their security forces."
August 22, 2017 09:00 UTC
Mayor Leslie O'Shaughnessy listens during a meeting with representatives from the federal, provincial and municipal governments about asylum seekers at the Nav Centre. Commander Bradley Nuttley, Cornwall's manager of emergency management and community services, says the city is supporting the Nav Centre in housing the asylum seekers. The military has deployed 130 soldiers to the Nav Centre to build a tent city with a capacity for 500 people. Cornwall residents packed into council chambers for a special meeting on the response to asylum seekers at the Nav Centre. Elaine MacDonald said there should be a free transit pass for Nav Centre residents to encourage them to settle in Cornwall permanently.
August 22, 2017 09:00 UTC