Hundreds of Congolese rebels have fled military camp in Uganda

More than 100 members of M23 have disappeared from a camp in Uganda where they'd been awaiting amnesty. (Isaac Kasamani/AFP/Getty Images)Hundreds of members of a Congolese rebel group have fled a military camp where they had been awaiting amnesty since the signing of a peace deal with Congo's government in 2013, Uganda's government said Thursday. At least 270 M23 members are still detained in western Uganda, Opondo said. Many rebels fled to Rwanda and Uganda before a 2013 peace agreement. At the time, Ugandan officials said about 1,700 M23 rebels had fled to Uganda, which was mediating talks between the rebels and Congo's government.

January 19, 2017 12:01 UTC

Former Toronto symphony boss wants McCain heiress to pay for his lawyers in their separation case

“I am incapable of funding my ongoing participation in this litigation from my own resources,” Melanson wrote in court documents filed in November. In response, McCain lawyers questioned Melanson’s need for interim payments because of his “extensive” travel. McCain’s lawyers compiled a list of each stop that spans three pages in the court documents. The court documents reveal dozens of pages filled with photos from his travels. According to court documents, he’s living off of the severance package given to him when he left the TSO.

January 19, 2017 11:29 UTC

Six designers to check out at the Interior Design Show

( sachaGRACE ) The Danish Cord Bench, featuring a hand-woven seat, Hamilton Holmes, $2,450. ( Hamilton Holmes ) BUOY Candle Holder, inspired by fishing buoys and made from mouth-blown glass, Khalil Jamal, $90. Whether you work in the design trade or are a design aficionado, IDS offers an opportunity to explore furniture and objects designed with the highest craftsmanship, and to celebrate local, independent design. The Penny accent table consists of copper fragments that seem to float atop this accent table made of 100 per cent pure Lucite on a satin chrome metal base. Hamilton Holmes Woodworking & Design

January 19, 2017 11:03 UTC

Austra steps into a perceived troubling future with new album, tour

But the books she read directly informed much of the subject matter in the 11 songs on Austra’s third album, Future Politics, also out Friday. “So I really did get into reading, which doesn’t really sound like a big deal, but I hadn’t read a book since high school. The moment that Toronto electro band Austra completed its world tour to support its sophomore album, Olympia, its lead singer and songwriter Katie Stelmanis hit the books and began a voracious reading cycle. That’s kind of where the cards of Future Politics came from.”“It was the culmination of a few years of basically reading stuff,” Stelmanis explains. Yet despite the dreary imagery of the album’s first two videos — “Future Politics,” with its sick, zombie-like characters and “Utopia,” where Stelmanis digs into a bowl of grubs — Stelmanis says that Future Politics is an album of hope.

January 19, 2017 11:01 UTC

How cocaine and dirty needles are turning 20-somethings into heart patients

The 30-year-old patient underwent two open heart surgeries in St. John's after a dirty needle spread infection from the injection site to his heart valve. Last year, there were 20 patients — most of whom were in their twenties — undergo open heart surgery. And let me tell you, the second time around with heart surgery and lots of times people don't get through that second operation." Safe injection materialTree Walsh of the Safe Works Access Program, which supplies clean injection kits, says it's startling but not surprising. Walsh said that she's heard some pharmacists have refused to sell injection drug users clean needles.

January 19, 2017 10:26 UTC

Canada Revenue Agency monitoring Facebook, Twitter posts of some Canadians

The Canada Revenue Agency is scrutinizing the Facebook pages, Twitter feeds and other social media posts of Canadians it suspects could be cheating on their taxes. Andrew Treusch, who retired as CRA commissioner in June, previously wrote about how technology is changing the way the tax agency operates. In the report, the agency says business intelligence, which includes "mining accessible data," is a key area. Business intelligence encompasses big data to improve non-compliance detection (predictive analytics) and behavioural economics (such as 'nudging') to improve compliance." However, he said the business intelligence unit does analyze data from CRA's interactions with Canadians through its own Twitter and YouTube accounts.

January 19, 2017 10:01 UTC

Iran says 30 Tehran firefighters killed as burning highrise collapses

A high-rise building in Tehran engulfed by a fire collapsed on Thursday, killing at least 30 firefighters and injuring roughly 75 people, state media reported. The disaster struck the Plasco building, an iconic structure in central Tehran just north of the capital's sprawling bazaar. Local Iranian state television said 30 civilians were injured in the disaster, while the state-run IRNA news agency said 45 firefighters had been injured. At least 30 firefighters are believed to have died after being trapped on the upper floors of the building. Jalal Maleki, a fire department spokesman, earlier told Iranian state television that 10 firehouses responded to the blaze, which was first reported around 8 a.m. local time.

January 19, 2017 10:00 UTC

Avalanche buries Italian hotel, up to 30 missing

A huge avalanche ploughed into a luxury mountain hotel in central Italy after a series of strong earthquakes rattled the area, and up to 30 people might be buried under the snow, officials said on Thursday. Rescue workers using flashlights on their helmets battled blizzard conditions during the night to reach the isolated hotel on skis. "Around 30 people are unaccounted for, between guests and workers at the Hotel Rigopiano in Farindola," Fabrizio Curcio, head of Italy's civil protection department, told reporters. A photo taken from a video shows the snow inside the Hotel Rigopiano in Farindola, central Italy, hit by an avalanche. The disaster struck on Wednesday evening, just hours after four earthquakes with a magnitude of above 5.0 hit central Italy, sparking fears about possible avalanches.

January 19, 2017 08:05 UTC

Milos Raonic tops Gilles Muller to advance to third round at Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia — Third-seeded Milos Raonic of Canada maintained his record of reaching the third round all seven years he has contested the Australian Open. The Thornhill, Ont., product saved a set point in the third before beating Gilles Muller 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (4) on Thursday. Raonic clinched the win on his second match point when Muller returned a shot wide. The win advanced Raonic to a third-round match against Gilles Simon, who beat Rogerio Dutra Silva in straight sets. In men’s doubles, Toronto’s Daniel Nestor and his partner Edouard Roger-Vasselin of France downed Andres Molteni and Diego Schwartzman 6-0, 6-4 to advance to the second round.

January 19, 2017 06:39 UTC

Connor McDavid scores in overtime as Edmonton Oilers top Florida Panthers 4-3

Before that McDavid set up Zack Kassian and Mark Letestu — one even-strength, one on the power play — to move to 101 points in his 92nd game. It was 99’s right-winger Blair MacDonald, who did it in game 85, early in his second NHL season. It was Letestu’s fifth on the power play, second to Leon Draisaitl. Letestu is a special-teams demon, with seven points on the power play and two goals and an assist short-handed — 10 of his 21 points. Then in the second, Michael Sgarbossa got his first NHL goal in his 30th NHL game on a power play rebound of a Jonathan Marchessault’s shot.

January 19, 2017 06:13 UTC

6-time Australian Open champ Novak Djokovic shocked in 2nd round

Defending champion Novak Djokovic is out of the Australian Open, beaten 7-6 (8), 5-7, 2-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4 by wild-card entry Denis Istomin in a second-round match on Thursday. In the 10th game of that set, Djokovic saved two sets points after serving a double-fault. 1, has won five of the last six Australian Open tournaments and six overall. His win Thursday maintained Raonic's record of reaching the third round at least all seven years he has contested the Australian Open. 15 Grigor Dimitrov, who beat Raonic in the semifinals before winning the Brisbane International earlier this month, moved into the third round with a 1-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 win over Chung Hye-on.

January 19, 2017 06:05 UTC

Trudeau says he ‘maybe’ could have spoken some English at Quebec town hall

MONTREAL — Quebec’s deep-rooted linguistic tensions flared up in unlikely fashion Wednesday as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was forced to explain why he refused to answer questions in English at a town hall meeting. The controversy erupted when Trudeau answered English questions in French on Tuesday night — including one about how English speakers could get help to gain access to mental-health services. “Thank you for using our country’s two official languages, but since we’re in Quebec I’ll respond in French,” Trudeau told a woman at a town hall meeting in Sherbrooke. He pointed out he answered a French question in English at a recent town hall meeting in Peterborough, Ont. “But the prime minister didn’t commit to it all the way, since he backtracked a few hours later.”– With files from Vicky Fragasso-Marquis

January 19, 2017 05:37 UTC

Arlene Dickinson on Kevin O'Leary's entry into Conservative leadership race

Since announcing his candidacy for the Leader of the Conservative Party, I've been inundated with requests to comment on Kevin O'Leary. It's the exact same question I've received from Canadians from coast to coast since we co-starred on Dragon's Den together. Arlene Dickinson worked with Kevin O'Leary on CBC's Dragon's Den up until her departure from the show in 2015. Now, the self-professed billionaire, who couldn't part with $10,000, thinks he's the best person to lead our country. The fact is Kevin doesn't know about the honour of our armed forces, because he doesn't fight for anyone but himself.

January 19, 2017 05:23 UTC

Secondary scoring comes through, Carey Price woes continue, as Penguins top Canadiens 4-1

MONTREAL — It is rare that the name Carey Price is linked with the word “slump” but the Montreal Canadiens star goaltender is starting to hear it. A 4-1 loss on Wednesday night to the Pittsburgh Penguins marked the eighth time in Price’s last 10 outings that he has let in three or more goals. “That’s a good team,” said Price. Andrighetto got one back at 18:11 when he banked one in off Murray from the side of the net. A scoreboard tribute was paid to former Montreal Expos star Tim Raines for his election to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

January 19, 2017 05:17 UTC

Jared Sullinger makes debut for Toronto Raptors in 94-89 loss to Philadelphia 76ers

PHILADELPHIA — In a series of unremarkable mid-season games for the Raptors where the wins have been piling up, this one was a little different. First, it came in a game the Raptors did not win. “I was able to keep up with the game,” Sullinger said after scoring eight points in his return in just under 14 minutes of playing time. “I didn’t think I was going to be able to keep up, especially how hard and how fast the Sixers play. The 89 points by the Raptors was the second lowest output of the year, second to only the 82 they scored in San Antonio.

January 19, 2017 05:04 UTC

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