BERLIN — Police say a pair of wild boars have gone on the rampage and injured at least four people in the northern German town of Heide. Authorities warned people to stay indoors after the adult boars appeared early Friday and aggressively attacked pedestrians. Public broadcaster NDR reported that a man had a finger partially bitten off. Police said one of the boars was shot and killed outside a bank, but the other is still on the run. Heide is 100 kilometres (62 miles) northwest of Hamburg, near Germany’s North Sea coast and the border with Denmark.
October 20, 2017 12:13 UTC
Environmental pollution — from filthy air to contaminated water — is killing more people every year than all war and violence. Areas like Sub-Saharan Africa have yet to even set up air pollution monitoring systems. Levels of dangerous, lung-clogging particulate matter known as PM2.5 went 90 times the recommended limit by the World Health Organization. One out of every four premature deaths in India in 2015, or some 2.5 million, was attributed to pollution. Environmental pollution - from filthy air to contaminated water - is killing more people every year than all war and violence in the world.
October 20, 2017 11:48 UTC
A Toronto city councillor says he has the answer to the great city stink mystery that took over social media Thursday. Mike Layton tweeted Friday morning that the smell is organic fertilizer applied to the fields by the Parks and Recreation Department. — @m_laytonLayton, the Ward 19 councillor, said this is something that is done annually to all fields in the city and some horticultural beds. Grossed-out Torontonians — and people in surrounding communities — inundated Twitter and Reddit with complaints about a manure-like smell taking over the Greater Toronto Area. #toronto — @emma_willerwhy does the entire area that’s West of Bathurst and East of Dufferin smell like warm dog shit today?
October 20, 2017 11:41 UTC
“One of the ways bedbugs travel is in hand luggage and personal luggage,” said Isman, who also works with a company that develops bedbug repellents. Szilagyi took to Twitter to share photos of her daughter’s bites after she said her calls to British Airways failed to guarantee they would not be on the same plane. “What we both would have been satisfied with was if it was possible to just have us on a partner line, not to fly back with British Airways,” she said, having been left unsettled by the experience. In a statement, British Airways spokeswoman Caroline Niven said the airline has been in touch with the customer to apologize and will investigate the incident further. “British Airways operates more than 280,000 flights every year, and reports of bedbugs onboard are extremely rare.
October 20, 2017 11:27 UTC
Highway 401 eastbound at Guelph Line has reopened following a vehicle fire early Friday morning. All eastbound lanes into the city were blocked because of cleanup efforts for that lasted about four hours. Traffic has begun clearing, and the centre and left lanes have since reopened. However according to Const. Kerry Schmidt, the right lane remains blocked as of 9:50 a.m.Police were called to the scene at 6 a.m. Friday morning after a tractor trailer caught on fire.
October 20, 2017 11:27 UTC
Putin said the effort aimed to ensure Russia was either barred from next year's Winter Olympics entirely or forced to compete under a neutral flag. Missing the Olympics or competing as neutrals would be "degrading" for Russia, Putin added, and suggested it might be meant to interfere in the Russian presidential election in March. Russia is already under IOC investigation over allegations it operated a state-backed doping program including swapping out dirty samples at the drug-testing laboratory for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Neither Putin nor Peskov specified which specific U.S. government bodies might be involved in the alleged pressuring of the IOC. Putin's suggestion of U.S. meddling in the Russian election comes amid investigations in the U.S. into alleged interference in last year's presidential vote.
October 20, 2017 11:26 UTC
MOGADISHU, Somalia — The Latest on Somalia’s deadliest attack (all times local):10:25 p.m.Somalia’s prime minister says the president will announce a “state of war” against the al-Shabab extremist group blamed for the country’s deadliest attack. Al-Shabab has not commented on Saturday’s truck bombing that left 358 dead and dozens still missing. Somalia’s government has blamed the bombing on extremist group al-Shabab, which has not commented. Somalia’s government has blamed the al-Shabab extremist group for the attack. Al-Shabab has not commented on the truck bombing, which Somali intelligence officials say was meant to target Mogadishu’s heavily fortified international airport.
October 20, 2017 11:26 UTC
It’s a statement that will resonate with anyone whose spouse works in firefighting or any branch of the emergency services. Donut (Miles Teller), who’s struggling to find a way out of a drug-fuelled downward spiral after becoming a new father. BD Human FlowDocumentary directed by Ai Weiwei. PG Human Flow begins with an image of the open sea — vast, neutral, almost calming. More than 65 million people are now displaced across the planet, a figure with no near equal in human history.
October 20, 2017 11:03 UTC
A woman believed to be in her 60s is dead after a stabbing overnight in Toronto’s Thorncliffe neighbourhood, police say. The woman was found suffering from multiple stab wounds, and was pronounced dead on scene. The incident occurred at an apartment building on Thorncliffe Park Dr. in East York. Residents in the building heard a commotion and alerted to police to the incident. Homicide Detective Andy Singh told reporters that the victim and the suspect are known to each other and the incident appears to be isolated.
October 20, 2017 10:52 UTC
A former University of Manitoba student has returned his degree because of the institution's handling of sexual harassment allegations against former jazz professor Steve Kirby. I felt sad that I wasn't going to have this piece of paper," Jordan said after mailing the degree. (CBC)That woman was part of a group of current and former students who made allegations of sexual misconduct against Kirby in February. "Until then, I remain ashamed to be your alumnus, devoid of respect for you or your institution," he wrote. "The kinds of conduct described are unacceptable in any environment, and are not consistent with the values of the University of Manitoba.
October 20, 2017 10:52 UTC
KAMPALA, Uganda — Ugandan police have detained the country’s most prominent opposition leader over allegations of attempted murder following a deadly confrontation between police and opposition supporters in a remote town. Four-time presidential candidate Kizza Besigye was being held in the capital, Kampala, following Wednesday’s clashes, police spokesman Asan Kasingye said Friday. “I have been informed that he is going to be charged with attempted murder,” Kasingye said, giving no more details. The clashes erupted after police attempted to prevent hundreds of opposition supporters from accessing a stadium in Rukungiri, saying the rally was not authorized to take place. There are no term limits in Uganda’s constitution, one of the reasons that critics see the age limit as a measure against any attempts at a life presidency.
October 20, 2017 10:49 UTC
Directed by Ojibwe filmmaker Jeremy Torrie and starring Emma Tremblay and Adam Beach, the family drama plays its world premiere Oct. 20 at TIFF Bell Lightbox. Planet in Focus: It’s also a big weekend for the city’s greenest film fest. Ex-Libris: The New York Public Library: At a mere 195 minutes in length, the latest by Frederick Wiseman is positively breezy compared to some of the documentary master’s recent films. Fresh from its premiere at TIFF in September, it returns for a run at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Oct. 20-22. The director introduces the screenings on Oct. 26 and 27, including his carte-blanche selection of King Hu’s 1967 wuxia classic Dragon Inn.
October 20, 2017 10:30 UTC
Uncommon Type, the first collection of short stories from Academy Award-winning actor Tom Hanks, may be seen, by some readers, as an antidote — or a respite — from the darkness, pessimism and formal challenges of much of contemporary short fiction. The stories in the volume almost invariably have happy endings, with tragedy and struggle confined largely to recollection and backstory. There is an overarching tone of positivity, of general, underlying good, that things will not only work out, but that the world is structured that this should be so. Yes, the Bulgarian immigrant in “Go See Costas” has struggled through torture, the death of his friends, betrayal and loss of country, but upon his arrival in America, he is fed and clothed and sent to where he might find work. His pocket gets picked, and he gets yelled at, but there’s never a sense that anything is going to be less than fine.
October 20, 2017 10:30 UTC
St Aubyn, in other words, knows what it is to be in a family, like Lear’s, that values status and money over love and loyalty. The only time we feel the pull of “serious” writing is during the scenes of Dunbar’s madness, which are ably handled. Being the only one to put her father’s well-being over the company share price doesn’t save poor Florence from St Aubyn’s sword, however. The risk with the Hogarth series was that it would come off like a high-school English assignment for literary A-listers. This tale of a wealthy, arrogant, insecure egomaniac who surrounds himself with mutiny-ready incompetents confirms the series’ inarguable premise: that Shakespeare is a writer for all ages, but it also confirms that St Aubyn is one of the sharpest of our own.
October 20, 2017 10:07 UTC
The sight of a bird drowning in Halifax harbour, tangled up in fishing line, was too much for Erik Nolan to witness. The 23-year-old, who works at a waterfront restaurant, stripped down to his underwear and jumped into the chilly water Thursday afternoon to rescue the bird. The bird, likely a juvenile seagull, was caught in a fishing line attached to a net between Murphy's restaurant and the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. Erik Nolan was able to cut the bird free from the fishing line and bring it to shore. After assessing the bird's predicament, Nolan swam back to the wharf, borrowed a knife from a security guard and cut the bird's wing free.
October 20, 2017 10:02 UTC