LEEDS, England — English soccer club Leeds has announced a tour next month in Myanmar, where the United Nations has described the country’s treatment of Rohingya Muslims as ethnic cleansing. Leeds says it will play Myanmar’s national team on May 11 in Mandalay, two days after facing an all-star team in Yangon. The second-tier club, a Champions League semifinalist in 2001, says players will take part in coaching clinics for children organized by the Myanmar soccer federation. The federation is chaired by businessman Zaw Zaw, the founder and chairman of a bank which is sponsoring the post-season visit. About 700,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Buddhist-majority Myanmar.
April 24, 2018 09:45 UTC
SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — South Korean President Moon Jae-in plans to raise the issue of Japanese citizens who were abducted decades ago by North Korea in his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un this week. Moon told Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in a telephone conversation that resolving the issue would contribute to peace in Northeast Asia, Moon spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom said Tuesday. Seoul says the summit will focus on North Korea’s nuclear disarmament. Japan says North Korea abducted at least 17 Japanese citizens in the 1970s and 1980s to train its agents in Japanese language and culture to spy on South Korea. North Korea says eight others have died, but their families say the North’s statement cannot be trusted.
April 24, 2018 09:39 UTC
Justice Anthony Hayden rejected what he said was a final legal appeal by the parents of 23-month-old Alfie Evans, who has a degenerative neurological condition. But his parents have refused to accept the decision and fought to prevent Alfie’s life support being switched off. Evans, 21, and Alfie’s mother Kate James, 20, want to take Alfie to the Vatican’s Bambino Gesu Pediatric Hospital. At Tuesday’s emergency court hearing in Manchester, the judge asked whether there might be “other options” that involved Alfie’s parents taking their son home. On Monday, the Italian foreign ministry announced it had granted Alfie Italian citizenship to facilitate his arrival and transport.
April 24, 2018 08:41 UTC
Germany, which Canada will be replacing in Mali, deployed four NH90 transport helicopters to make sure it had two operational on a daily basis. The role of the Griffons will be to escort and defend the Chinooks, not protect ground troops. El Salvador to provide firepowerInstead, El Salvador will provide ground troops with aerial cover. The UN would also like Canada to allow the Griffons to do double-duty as light transport helicopters, with El Salvador providing the escort. Canada's Griffon helicopters are armed, but the will not be in Mali to protect ground troops as helicopters sent by other countries have.
April 24, 2018 08:04 UTC
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — A mummified body discovered near the site of a former royal mausoleum in Iran may be the remains of the late Reza Shah Pahlavi, the founder of the Pahlavi dynasty and the father of the country’s last shah. Reza Shah’s grandson, the U.S.-based exiled Crown Prince Reza Pahlavi, already tweeted about it as forensic experts in Iran try to determine whose body they found. Construction workers discovered the mummified remains while working at the Shiite shrine of Abdul Azim, whose minarets once rose behind Reza Shah’s own mausoleum. Reza Shah abdicated in favour of his son, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, at the insistence of the occupying British forces. Khalkhali later would write in his memoirs that he believed the shah’s family took Reza Shah’s body when they fled the country.
April 24, 2018 08:02 UTC
Thousands of Toronto Maple Leaf fans gathered both inside and outside the Air Canada Centre on Monday evening, trying to shake off the sadness of the day — a deadly van attack just hours earlier in the Yonge Street and Finch Avenue area. Police use dump trucks to barricade intersections near Union Station, close to the Air Canada Centre where the Leafs-Bruins game was taking place Monday night. He said he believes the city will 'definitely rebound from this,' referring to the van attack. The Toronto Sign has been dimmed and the official flags at Toronto City Hall, all Civic Centres and Metro Hall will be flown at half-mast until further notice to mark the tragic events that took place today. The national charity Canada Zakat, which helped raise over $800,000 for victims of last year's Quebec mosque attack, have started a GoFundMe page with a goal of raising $1 million for the funeral expenses of the van attack victims.
April 24, 2018 08:00 UTC
The province's real estate regulator is raising the alarm over unregistered builders who it says may be putting Ottawa homebuyers at risk. Following an investigation into illegal building in Ottawa, Tarion, a non-profit organization that administers warranty coverage on new homes, announced Monday it's joining the City of Ottawa and the Ontario Home Builders' Association to clamp down on the problem. The regulator said since 2013, its compliance and investigations department has opened 72 investigations into 136 homes in the Ottawa area. In that same period it has laid 66 charges and secured 47 convictions in provincial offences court relating to illegal building. Joe Vaccaro, CEO of the Ontario Home Builders’ Association, wants the province to better protect homebuyers from illegal building.
As far as the North Korean regime's nuclear concessions go, this is the least the government could do, according to non-proliferation experts. All of which is to say denuclearization is a complicated matter yet to be hammered out before a historic face-to-face between Trump and the North Korean ruler set to happen by June. "North Korea has conceded the easiest things for them to concede, and they're doing it for the photo op," she said. "This is North Korea manipulating the public narrative," he said. "The suspension of nuclear tests and ICBM tests is a welcome step that certainly helps reduce tension, but it's a step, not a leap.
The combination of genetic and personal information collected from social media can provide "a pretty comprehensive picture of an individual," Caulfield said in an interview with CBC News. The revelation underscores a big question raised by privacy experts about the wisdom of giving up genetic information to a private organization: Who else might end up having access to it? Alberta's privacy commissioner, Jill Clayton, warns unlike other breaches involving other personal data, you can't change your genetic code. But that doesn't eliminate the risk of potential breaches, and — unlike other personal information such as credit card numbers — genetic information is in a class all its own. Ancestry also said DNA data is not sold to insurers, employers, health providers or third-party marketers.
No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks in Badghis but the Taliban claimed other attacks Tuesday — in western Farah and in eastern Ghazni province. The Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, also claimed the insurgent group’s fighters captured two soldiers during the battle in Farah on Tuesday. ——11:10 a.m.An Afghan official says at least five soldiers were killed when their checkpoint was attacked by the Taliban in western Farah province. The Taliban claimed an earlier attack on Tuesday, in eastern Ghazni province, that killed four policemen. ——10 a.m.An Afghan official says a Taliban attack has killed four local policemen and wounded seven in eastern Ghazni province.
April 24, 2018 06:43 UTC
HONOLULU — The Hawaii Tourism Authority said it wants visitors to know that Kauai remains open for business after torrential rains caused flood damage. The authority said the northernmost communities from Wainiha to Haena are temporarily closed to vehicles while repairs continue on the highway, but the Garden Isle remains open to visitors. With some exceptions, Kauai is open for business, including Hanalei.”George Szigeti, president of the authority, said the tourism industry plays a vital role in the recovery process. “Before the thunderstorm, Hanalei was bustling with business because of tourism,” Szigeti said. “Visitors can help with the north shore’s recovery by patronizing Hanalei’s restaurants, retail shops, specialty stores and activities that support the livelihoods of so many area residents.”
April 24, 2018 06:08 UTC
DHAMRAI, Bangladesh — A few hundred workers, activists and relatives of victims of a 2013 garment factory collapse in Bangladesh that killed 1,134 people and left thousands injured held a rally Tuesday as the country marked the fifth anniversary of the disaster. The Rana Plaza factory building was expanded illegally, with extra floors stacked one on top of another. “The collapse of Rana Plaza was a wake-up call for us — for the industry and for the buyers,” he said as he walked through the factory. It’s just a few kilometres (miles) from where Rana Plaza stood. All that is a relief to Begum, who was trapped for hours after the Rana Plaza collapse.
April 24, 2018 05:06 UTC
Trump has been quick to fire his top cabinet secretaries, but Senate Democrats are not so fast to confirm replacements. White House allies are unloading ad campaigns against Democrats from Trump-won states, but progressive groups are pounding senators’ offices in opposition. As soon as Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., announced her support for Pompeo, one group called on her to switch. Paul’s office said he “got a win” — the promise that Pompeo sides with Trump on those issues — out of the situation, but declined to provide details. Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., who had been among more than a dozen Democrats who supported Pompeo for CIA director, announced her no vote Monday.
April 24, 2018 04:41 UTC
Former President George H.W. Barbara Bush was laid to rest Saturday in a ceremony attended by her husband and former presidents Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, George W. Bush and their wives, along with current first lady Melania Trump. George H.W. Melania Trump tweeted Monday evening that she was sending "healing thoughts of strength, along with prayers, for President George HW Bush tonight." Former U.S. President George H.W.
April 24, 2018 04:30 UTC
WELLINGTON, New Zealand — As citizens of a small and isolated nation, New Zealanders often seek validation from abroad. By that measure, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern returned triumphant this week from a trip to Europe. Ardern met with the leaders of Germany and France and got support for a free trade agreement. For many New Zealanders, an image defined the trip: Ardern wearing an indigenous Maori cloak and smiling as she and her partner Clarke Gayford arrived at Britain’s Buckingham Palace. But back home, Ardern faces political pressures.
April 24, 2018 04:19 UTC