Maoist rebels kill at least 25 Indian paramilitary soldiers

Maoist rebels killed at least 25 Indian paramilitary soldiers and injured six others in their stronghold in central India on Monday in one of the worst attacks on the country's security forces in recent years, police said. The government has been trying to improve roads in the dense jungles of Chhattisgarh to make it easier for security forces to pursue the rebels. It quoted a paramilitary soldier as saying that hundreds of rebels attacked the paramilitary soldiers and there was an exchange of gunfire between the two sides. Last month, the rebels killed 11 paramilitary soldiers in an ambush in the region. Home Minister Rajnath Singh said in a recent statement in parliament that the Maoists are frustrated because of the success of recent security operations against them.

April 24, 2017 14:26 UTC

City of Vancouver tree sale wildly popular, but not for apartment dwellers

Each spring, the City of Vancouver holds a tree sale, selling varieties like Prairie Torch Buckeyes, Showy Mountain Ashes, and Purple Lily Magnolias, for $10 a piece. $10 trees for sale by the City of Vancouver to help increase the city's tree coverage. In previous years, the city sold smaller trees aimed specifically at apartment dwellers. (Rhianna Schmunk/CBC)McDonald said the smaller trees aren't available at this year's city sale mainly because the city is focused on large specimens that can really help Vancouver reach its canopy goals. McDonald, who manages the city's tree sale, said only 700 of the 3,000 trees are still available, with the sale ending this weekend.

April 24, 2017 14:26 UTC

Fox News host Sean Hannity accused of sexual harassment

NEW YORK—Sean Hannity says accusations of sexual harassment from a former Fox News guest are “100 per cent false and a complete fabrication.”Debbie Schlussel tells Tulsa, Oklahoma, radio station KFAQ that Hannity repeatedly asked her to come to his hotel with him during a book signing event and a broadcast of his show in Detroit. She says Hannity called her after the show and yelled at her. She says “it was made clear to me that I didn’t go back to his hotel with him.”Hannity responded to the New York Daily News in a statement . He says Schlussel has been lying about him for over a decade “in an effort to slander, smear and besmirch” his reputation. Schlussel didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on Hannity’s statementRead more:

April 24, 2017 14:15 UTC

Titanic anniversary: Who was on the ship when it sunk … and who got away

A look inside the Titanic, the demographics of those who lived and those who died, and how it all went down. The graphics represent the best estimations science and history can currently make as to what happened in the moments immediately before and after the Titanic disappeared beneath the surface. The National Post’s Caitlin Orr spoke with experts, notably naval systems engineer Parks Stephenson, who has advised both National Geographic and the History Channel for their 100-year anniversary documentary programs. Click on photo to see the full-sized versionAndrew Barr and Richard Johnson

April 24, 2017 14:15 UTC

Cougars on the track: Video catches two big cats sauntering through SkyTrain station

A pair of cougars strolled through the Inlet Centre SkyTrain station in Port Moody early Saturday morning. Security camera footage released online by The Buzzer, TransLink’s free newsletter, shows the two cats sauntering along the tracks through the deserted station on the new Evergreen Line. Two cougars went for an early morning jaunt through Inlet #SkyTrain station this morning! “While cougars are a first for us, this is not the only time wildlife has been spotted on the system,” said a TransLink statement. Cougars, the largest wild cat native to the province, are capable of killing a 600 pound moose or elk but avoid human contact, according to the B.C.

April 24, 2017 14:02 UTC

If you can get past the brattiness you'll stick with Girlboss

Sophia (Britt Robertson) — based on the real-life clothing entrepreneur and Nasty Gal founder Sophia Amoruso — is working in a shoe store. “Was that a personal call?” her boss Carol asks. “This is the problem with you, you don’t know your place,” Carol sputters. “What?” Sophia asks. It’s the scene you have to get past if you’re going to stick with the show.

April 24, 2017 13:52 UTC

Dal student accused of murder says victim was a no-show at final meeting

The jury in the first-degree murder trial of Dalhousie University student William Sandeson heard from the accused in his own words Monday. Charla Keddy took the man to what she described as a "soft" interview room, with couches and an unlocked door. On the video, Sandeson told Keddy he last saw Samson on the previous Thursday. He said they met to discuss a possible drug deal but Sandeson told Samson he wasn't impressed with the samples the other man showed him. Sandeson told Keddy that meeting never took place.

April 24, 2017 13:49 UTC

Amber Heard spotted in Australia again, this time with Elon Musk

Billionaire Elon Musk has revealed a rare bit of personal on his Instagram account – a photo with actress Amber Heard. Both Musk and Heard posted pictures to their Instagram accounts Monday, showing Musk with lipstick on his cheek left behind from a kiss. Musk wrote on his post that he and Heard were dining with “Aquaman” director James Wan and producer Rob Cowan at Moo Moo restaurant in Australia’s Gold Coast. The pair were also seen in paparazzi photos zip-lining in Australia, where Heard is filming “Aquaman.”Musk has been married three times, twice to British actress Talulah Riley. Amber Heard’s fame appears linked to Australia.

April 24, 2017 13:07 UTC

Fawning over Alonso becoming irritating: McDonald

Alonso is not going to race in the IndyCar Series. Well, I’m starting to get irritated over the fuss being made about the arrival — for one race and one race only, the Indianapolis 500 — of Formula One star Fernando Alonso. Does everybody remember when Danica Patrick left the IndyCar Series to move to NASCAR and how upset everybody got — well, a lot of people, anyway — over the fawning? Tony Hulman and the U.S. Auto Club had one race - Indianapolis - and then maybe a dozen others. Alonso is not coming to North America to drive in the IndyCar Series, he’s coming to race in the Indianapolis 500.

April 24, 2017 12:56 UTC

Snow causes major highway trouble in Regina area

As of 6:40 a.m. CST, travel was not recommended on Highway 11 between Regina and Davidson, Highway 6 between Regina and Raymore and Highway 33 between Regina and Francis. Regina residents woke up to a blanket of snow Monday morning. (Kevin O'Connor/CBC News)Several centimetres of snow fell on the area on Sunday into early Monday morning. Drivers are asked to be careful on the roads in the area and to keep a safe distance between cars. Environment Canada said there was a 30 per cent chance of light snow in Regina today with a high of 2 C.

April 24, 2017 12:56 UTC

Fire in downtown Winnipeg highrise forces dozens into street

One person was sent to hospital and five others were treated at the scene for smoke inhalation after a fire in a downtown Winnipeg highrise on Monday. A firefighter was also treated for an injury to his arm, but fire officials did not say what happened. Crews were called just before 1 a.m. about heavy smoke in the upper floors of the 21-storey building on Cumberland Avenue across from Central Park. Shortly after the alarm went off, about 40-60 people crowded into a convenience store on the street level of the building before the city sent transit buses to shelter them. The person in hospital is listed in stable condition.

April 24, 2017 12:22 UTC

Europe rejoices after Emmanuel Macron takes lead to face Marine Le Pen in French election

Emmanuel Macron greets supporters outside his residence in Paris, after winning the first round of the French presidential elections. European stock markets rose on the open as investors welcomed Macron’s commitment to strengthen the European Union and the euro, both of which Le Pen wants France to exit. Emmanuel Macron, France's independent presidential candidate, wins the first round of the French presidential election. He will face Marine Le Pen of the National Front on May 7. He said that they express a choice “outside the system.” The centrist Macron and populist Marine Le Pen will go onto a second round vote, with Macron favoured to win.

April 24, 2017 12:11 UTC

Will Trump’s 100th day in office see a government shutdown? Border wall looms large amid budget tensions

Trump’s biggest demand is a Democratic deal-breaker: money for his long-promised border wall with Mexico. A partial shutdown would start on Saturday, Trump’s 100th day in office. At the same time as budget talks intensify, he’s pushing House Republicans to re-start work on an Obamacare repeal-and-replace bill after the last one imploded in March when conservatives walked away. On top of that, Trump insists he won’t go quietly even if Republicans and Democrats cut a deal. His budget director tried to sweeten the pot on Friday by offering Democrats help on their pet cause, Obamacare subsidies.

April 24, 2017 12:11 UTC

Large 100kg wild boar hit by car in Singapore - Regional

SINGAPORE: A large wild boar said to weigh up to 100kg was killed after being hit by a car near Lentor Avenue on Sunday night. The incident happened at a road near Lentor Avenue, towards Ang Mo Kio Avenue 6, at about 8pm. Last November, a motorcyclist was hospitalised after colliding with a wild boar on the Bukit Timah Expressway at night. In April last year, another motorcyclist fractured his shoulder after running into a wild boar in the evening along the Seletar Expressway. Here is what to do if you encounter a wild boar, according to an advisory by AVA, the National Parks Board and Wildlife Reserves Singapore.

April 24, 2017 12:11 UTC

Ontario basic income pilot project to launch in Hamilton, Lindsay and Thunder Bay

Premier Kathleen Wynne announced Monday that Hamilton, Lindsay and Thunder Bay will take part in Ontario's basic income pilot project. People participating in our pilot communities will receive a minimum amount of income each year— a basic income, no matter what." Joining Wynne were Helena Jaczek, Minister of Community and Social Services and Chris Ballard, the minister responsible for the province's poverty reduction strategy. The ministers have been spearheading the province's effort to experiment with "basic income." The province has said it will launch the pilot project providing money to low-income households with no strings attached.

April 24, 2017 12:05 UTC

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