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Fitzgerald Mitchell appointed CEO of UHWI

The Board of Directors of the University Hospital of the West Indies, UHWI, has announced the appointment of Fitzgerald Mitchell as the institution's chief executive officer. He had been acting in the role for the last two years. The...
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Fitzgerald Mitchell appointed CEO of UHWI

The Board of Directors of the University Hospital of the West Indies, UHWI, has announced the appointment of Fitzgerald Mitchell as the institution's chief executive officer. He had been acting in the role for the last two years. The...

Men accused of stealing goods valuing $9m to return to court July 12

Three of five men accused of stealing goods valued at $9,000,000 from a company in St Catherine were granted bail in the sum of $200,000 each in the St Catherine Parish Court on Wednesday. The five men, Ordelma Cunningham, John Shaw, Marlon...
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Men accused of stealing goods valuing $9m to return to court July 12

Three of five men accused of stealing goods valued at $9,000,000 from a company in St Catherine were granted bail in the sum of $200,000 each in the St Catherine Parish Court on Wednesday. The five men, Ordelma Cunningham, John Shaw, Marlon...

Russia’s Battlegroup East thwart Ukraine’s attempts to rotate its troops

According to Gordeyev, Ukraine’s daily losses amounted up to 120 troops, two infantry carriers, two Krab self-propelled artillery systems, one FH-70 tugged howitzer, three cars, as well as six fixed-wing unmanned aerial vehicles and two field munitions depo
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Russia’s Battlegroup East thwart Ukraine’s attempts to rotate its troops

According to Gordeyev, Ukraine’s daily losses amounted up to 120 troops, two infantry carriers, two Krab self-propelled artillery systems, one FH-70 tugged howitzer, three cars, as well as six fixed-wing unmanned aerial vehicles and two field munitions depots

Tokyo accuses Moscow of violating UNSC resolutions by cooperating with Pyongyang

Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshimasa Hayashi refrained from direct comments on the Russian-North Korean comprehensive strategic partnership treaty
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Tokyo accuses Moscow of violating UNSC resolutions by cooperating with Pyongyang

Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshimasa Hayashi refrained from direct comments on the Russian-North Korean comprehensive strategic partnership treaty

Putin in Hanoi after inking N. Korea defence pact

Russian President Vladimir Putin begins a state visit to Vietnam on Thursday, a day after signing a mutual defence pact with North Korea's Kim Jong Un, who offered his «full support» on Ukraine. Putin and Kim inked a strategic treaty at a summit
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Putin in Hanoi after inking N. Korea defence pact

Russian President Vladimir Putin begins a state visit to Vietnam on Thursday, a day after signing a mutual defence pact with North Korea's Kim Jong Un, who offered his «full support» on Ukraine. Putin and Kim inked a strategic treaty at a summit in Pyongyang that included a pledge to come to each other's aid if attacked. Washington and its allies accuse North Korea of supplying ammunition and missiles to Russia for its war in Ukraine, and the deal fuelled fears of more deliveries. The US State Department said deepening Russia-North Korea ties were «of great concern» while a top Ukrainian official accused Pyongyang of abetting Moscow's «mass murder of Ukrainians». Making his first visit to the isolated North in 24 years on Wednesday, Putin said he did not rule out «military-technical cooperation» with Pyongyang, which like Moscow is under heavy international sanctions. «Today, we are fighting together against the hegemonism and neo-colonial practices of the United States and its satellites,» Putin said. The two countries have been allies since North Korea's founding after World War II and have drawn even closer since Russia's invasion of Ukraine in 2022 isolated Putin on the global stage. Kim called Putin the «dearest friend of the Korean people» and pledged him his «full support and solidarity» over the war in Ukraine, which has triggered rafts of UN sanctions on Moscow. Putin thanked his host -- whose country has been under a UN sanctions regime since 2006 over his banned weapons programmes -- saying Moscow appreciated the «consistent and unwavering» support. Putin called for a review of UN sanctions on North Korea and said the two countries would not submit to Western «blackmail». Reacting to the Pyongyang visit, a US State Department spokesperson said no country should «give Mr Putin a platform to promote his war of aggression against Ukraine». «Deepening cooperation between Russia and the DPRK is a trend that should be of great concern to anyone interested in maintaining peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula,» the spokesperson said. Mykhailo Podolyak, a senior aide to Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky, told AFP that North Korea was abetting Russia's «mass murder of Ukrainians», and called for greater international isolation of both countries. - Trade and arms - Putin received a rapturous reception in the North Korean capital, embraced by Kim as he stepped off his plane and greeted by cheering crowds, synchronised dancers and flag-waving children. His reception is likely to be more reserved in Vietnam, a major global manufacturing hub that has carefully hedged its foreign policy position for years, seeking to be friends with all but beholden to none. In particular, it has sought to avoid picking sides in the growing US-China rivalry even as both superpowers look to boost their influence in Southeast Asia. Putin will spend Thursday meeting senior Vietnamese leaders including newly installed President To Lam and Nguyen Phu Trong, the powerful general secretary of the ruling Communist Party. US President Joe Biden visited Hanoi in September to promote ties as his administration seeks to build up Vietnam as an alternative supplier of key high-tech components to reduce American dependence on China. Beijing swiftly followed suit, with President Xi Jinping making his own state visit barely three months later. Putin touched down in Hanoi around 2 am (1900 GMT Wednesday) and begins his engagements at noon with a meeting with his counterpart To Lam. Russian officials say Putin's visit will focus on economic, education and energy issues. Trade between the two countries stood at just $3.5 billion in 2022 -- a tiny fraction of Vietnam's $175 billion trade with China and $123 billion with the United States. But observers say that in private, Ukraine and defence cooperation are likely to be on the table. Russia and Vietnam have deep ties dating back to the 1950s, and for decades, Moscow was Hanoi's leading arms supplier. Carl Thayer, emeritus professor of politics at Australia's University of New South Wales, said Vietnam has stopped «big ticket» military purchases since 2022, when Russia invaded Ukraine. «Russia and Vietnam have a mutual interest in resuming arms sales but Vietnam is hamstrung by the threat of US sanctions,» he told AFP. © Agence France-Presse

Israeli use of heavy bombs raise 'serious concerns' under laws of war: UN

Israel's repeated use of heavy bombs in the densely-populated Gaza Strip indicates repeated violations of the laws of war, the UN said Wednesday, highlighting six attacks that killed at least 218 people. In a fresh report, immediately slammed by Israel as de
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Israeli use of heavy bombs raise 'serious concerns' under laws of war: UN

Israel's repeated use of heavy bombs in the densely-populated Gaza Strip indicates repeated violations of the laws of war, the UN said Wednesday, highlighting six attacks that killed at least 218 people. In a fresh report, immediately slammed by Israel as deeply biased, the United Nations rights office provided details on the six attacks, which it said were emblematic of a concerning pattern. They involved the suspected use of up to 2,000-pound bombs on residential buildings, a school, refugee camps and a market. The rights office, known by the acronym OHCHR, said it had verified 218 deaths in those attacks, which were carried out in the early months of the war on October 7, but said it had information indicating the number of fatalities «could be much higher». «The requirement to select means and methods of warfare that avoid or at the very least minimise to every extent civilian harm appears to have been consistently violated in Israel's bombing campaign,» UN rights chief Volker Turk said in a statement. The report concludes that the series of Israeli strikes, exemplified by the six attacks carried out between October 9 and December 2, suggested that Israel's military had «repeatedly violated fundamental principles of the laws of war», the statement said. - 'Collapse tall structures' - Gaza's deadliest war was sparked by Hamas's unprecedented attack inside Israel on October 7, which resulted in the deaths of 1,194 people, mostly civilians, according to an AFP tally based on Israeli official figures. The militants also seized 251 hostages. Of these, 116 remain in Gaza, although the army says 41 are dead. Israel's retaliatory offensive has killed at least 37,372 people in Gaza, also mostly civilians, according to the territory's health ministry. Among the attacks listed in Wednesday's report were the strikes on Ash Shujaiyeh neighbourhood, in Gaza City on December 2 last year. It caused destruction across an approximate diagonal span of 130 metres (420 feet), destroying 15 buildings and damaging at least 14 others, it said. The extent of the damage and the craters visible and seen on satellite imagery indicated that around nine 2,000-pound GBU-31 bombs were used, it said, adding that it had received information that at least 60 people were killed. GBU-31s, along with 1,000-pound GBU-32s and 250-pound GBU-39s «are mostly used to penetrate through several floors of concrete and can completely collapse tall structures,» UN rights office spokesman Jeremy Laurence told reporters. «Given how densely populated the areas targeted were, the use of an explosive weapon with such wide area effects is highly likely to amount to our prohibited indiscriminate attack.» - 'Crimes against humanity'? - Ajith Sunghay, head of OHCHR's office in the Palestinian territories, said that the report focused heavily on Israeli actions, since the weapons used by Israel's military were far more destructive. The missiles fired by Hamas, while «absolutely unacceptable», he said, «have not caused significant killing during the war» by comparison. The incidents detailed in the report did not include a key and controversial blast early in the war on Gaza's Al-Ahli hospital compound, where Hamas initially talked about hundreds killed in what they said was an Israeli strike. Israel denied responsibility and blamed a misfired rocket launched by Islamic Jihad militants -- a claim backed by the US -- while Western intelligence sources suggested a far lower death toll. Asked why this incident did not figure on the list, Sunghay suggested the team had not had enough information to include it. The report highlighted that unlawful targeting was not only a violation of the laws of war. When committed as part of a widespread or systematic attack against a civilian population, in line with an official state or organisational policy, it «may also implicate crimes against humanity», it said. Israel harshly criticised the report, suggesting it aimed to «lambast and single-out Israel, while further shielding Hamas terrorists in Gaza». «OHCHR has been echoing Hamas narrative and spreading unfounded allegations,» Meirav Eilon Shahar, Israel's ambassador in Geneva, said in a statement. «This report shows the deep-rooted bias against Israel that has existed in OHCHR for decades,» she added. © Agence France-Presse

Kuwait fire: 9, including 3 Indians, arrested in connection with massive blaze that killed 50

Nine individuals, including three Indians, have been arrested in connection with the tragic fire in the Ahmadi Governorate of Kuwait, which resulted in the deaths of 50 people, including 46 Indians. Among those arrested were four Egyptians and one Kuwaiti nat
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Kuwait fire: 9, including 3 Indians, arrested in connection with massive blaze that killed 50

Nine individuals, including three Indians, have been arrested in connection with the tragic fire in the Ahmadi Governorate of Kuwait, which resulted in the deaths of 50 people, including 46 Indians. Among those arrested were four Egyptians and one Kuwaiti national. The charges leveled against the defendants include manslaughter and negligence, as mentioned in the report.

Explained: Why US lawmakers meeting with Dalai Lama in India has miffed China

A bipartisan group of seven American lawmakers visited Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh, India, on Wednesday, meeting with the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama. This visit has caused displeasure in China. The lawmakers travelled to India specifi
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Explained: Why US lawmakers meeting with Dalai Lama in India has miffed China

A bipartisan group of seven American lawmakers visited Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh, India, on Wednesday, meeting with the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama. This visit has caused displeasure in China. The lawmakers travelled to India specifically to engage with the Nobel peace laureate Tenzin Gyatso, who is the 14th Dalai Lama.

How the Gulf became integral part of India's 'extended neighbourhood' under PM Modi

India's evolving strategic partnership with Gulf states under PM Modi, emphasises on economic, political, and security cooperation. It details increased investments, diplomatic visits, and defence ties, despite regional challenges like the Israel-Hamas confli
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How the Gulf became integral part of India's 'extended neighbourhood' under PM Modi

India's evolving strategic partnership with Gulf states under PM Modi, emphasises on economic, political, and security cooperation. It details increased investments, diplomatic visits, and defence ties, despite regional challenges like the Israel-Hamas conflict impacting India's interests. As India aims to deepen relations, challenges in security and economic ties persist, framing future priorities for enhancing bilateral and regional engagements.

STEPHEN GLOVER: Keir Starmer is engaged in a gigantic deception against voters, so why won't Rishi take the fight to Labour leader? What's he got to lose!

STEPHEN GLOVER: How tough is Rishi Sunak? Tough enough to resign as Chancellor in July 2022, and bring about the demise of his patron, Boris Johnson.
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STEPHEN GLOVER: Keir Starmer is engaged in a gigantic deception against voters, so why won't Rishi take the fight to Labour leader? What's he got to lose!

STEPHEN GLOVER: How tough is Rishi Sunak? Tough enough to resign as Chancellor in July 2022, and bring about the demise of his patron, Boris Johnson.

Sabrina Carpenter's bodyguard hits a fan in the face with an umbrella while shoving photographers out of her way as she arrives at London's BBC Radio 1 Studios

Sabrina Carpenter's bodyguard was seen accidentally hitting a fan in the face with an umbrella while shoving photographers out of her way.
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Sabrina Carpenter's bodyguard hits a fan in the face with an umbrella while shoving photographers out of her way as she arrives at London's BBC Radio 1 Studios

Sabrina Carpenter's bodyguard was seen accidentally hitting a fan in the face with an umbrella while shoving photographers out of her way.

MARK GALEOTTI: Putin's visit to Kim Jong Un's North Korea marks a line in the sand. A new axis of pariah states is emerging

MARK GALEOTTI: It was a welcome fit for a Tsar. Thousands of North Koreans cheering fanatically as Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un greeted Russia 's President Vladimir Putin.
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MARK GALEOTTI: Putin's visit to Kim Jong Un's North Korea marks a line in the sand. A new axis of pariah states is emerging

MARK GALEOTTI: It was a welcome fit for a Tsar. Thousands of North Koreans cheering fanatically as Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un greeted Russia 's President Vladimir Putin.

Did 'Jude Bellingham's WAG' Laura Celia Valk miss his game against Serbia because they AREN'T actually dating? As the model suns herself hundreds of miles from the Euros, sources tell KATIE HIND the 'romance' is a cooked-up publicity stunt

EXCL: As the WAGs gathered to support their partners, Laura Celia Valk was, according to her Instagram account, enjoying a glamourous trip to Paris - some 280 miles away from the Euro match.
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Did 'Jude Bellingham's WAG' Laura Celia Valk miss his game against Serbia because they AREN'T actually dating? As the model suns herself hundreds of miles from the Euros, sources tell KATIE HIND the 'romance' is a cooked-up publicity stunt

EXCL: As the WAGs gathered to support their partners, Laura Celia Valk was, according to her Instagram account, enjoying a glamourous trip to Paris - some 280 miles away from the Euro match.

Suri Cruise attends the prom! Katie Holmes' lookalike daughter, 18, is gorgeous as she poses with her date - while estranged dad Tom Cruise lives it up in London

Suri Cruise looked pretty as a princess when she was seen heading out for her high school prom in New York City on Wednesday.
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Suri Cruise attends the prom! Katie Holmes' lookalike daughter, 18, is gorgeous as she poses with her date - while estranged dad Tom Cruise lives it up in London

Suri Cruise looked pretty as a princess when she was seen heading out for her high school prom in New York City on Wednesday.

Russia to work to expand visa-free travel with BRICS countries — senior diplomat

According to the Yevgeny Ivanov, results of the e-visa system performance will be summed up at the end of the year
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Russia to work to expand visa-free travel with BRICS countries — senior diplomat

According to the Yevgeny Ivanov, results of the e-visa system performance will be summed up at the end of the year

Kim Jong Un awards Putin with Kim Il Sung Order

Kim said that the order was awarded as a «token of boundless respect and confidence of our government and people to him, who has made a special contribution to the development of relations between the two countries»
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Kim Jong Un awards Putin with Kim Il Sung Order

Kim said that the order was awarded as a «token of boundless respect and confidence of our government and people to him, who has made a special contribution to the development of relations between the two countries»

Australia to provide $2 million in extra funding to assist with PNG's landslide recovery

The Australian Government has announced it will provide $2 million in extra funding to assist Papua New Guinea's recovery response to last month's devastating landslide in Enga Province.
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Australia to provide $2 million in extra funding to assist with PNG's landslide recovery

The Australian Government has announced it will provide $2 million in extra funding to assist Papua New Guinea's recovery response to last month's devastating landslide in Enga Province.

Russian-North Korean treaty to be barrier for US’ aggressive policy — expert

The equal and mutually beneficial relations between Russia and North Korea «encourage other countries to move closer to Russia,» Adnan Sayyed Hussein told
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Russian-North Korean treaty to be barrier for US’ aggressive policy — expert

The equal and mutually beneficial relations between Russia and North Korea «encourage other countries to move closer to Russia,» Adnan Sayyed Hussein told

PM says he will apologize for First Nations child welfare discrimination

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau plans to publicly apologize for the discrimination faced by First Nations children and their families because of the federal government’s child welfare policies, CBC News has learned.
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PM says he will apologize for First Nations child welfare discrimination

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau plans to publicly apologize for the discrimination faced by First Nations children and their families because of the federal government’s child welfare policies, CBC News has learned.

Unwind and reconnect with nature at these Saudi reserves and resorts

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia boasts a plethora of novel natural reserves and resorts that champion the nourishment of the mind, body, and soul. From lush mountain ranges to glistening blue waters, the well-preserved environments have become must-visit spots for tho
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Unwind and reconnect with nature at these Saudi reserves and resorts

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia boasts a plethora of novel natural reserves and resorts that champion the nourishment of the mind, body, and soul. From lush mountain ranges to glistening blue waters, the well-preserved environments have become must-visit spots for those looking to discover the Kingdom’s hidden gems and reconnect with nature.

Classic meat dish returns to Jazan tables

MAKKAH: The arrival of Eid Al-Adha signals the return of mahshoosh, or Al-Humais — a traditional dish beloved by Jazan locals that is deeply rooted in the region’s cultural heritage. Mahshoosh has stood the test of time, maintaining its prominence amon
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Classic meat dish returns to Jazan tables

MAKKAH: The arrival of Eid Al-Adha signals the return of mahshoosh, or Al-Humais — a traditional dish beloved by Jazan locals that is deeply rooted in the region’s cultural heritage. Mahshoosh has stood the test of time, maintaining its prominence among the various dishes that grace the Jazan table. Its preparation is seen as a revival of an age-old tradition dating back to a time when there was no refrigeration. Local people relied on this dish to preserve the meat from their Eid Al-Adha sacrifices.

Saudi aid agency KSRelief distributes meat packs in Middle Eastern, African countries

RIYADH:  Saudi humanitarian center KSRelief carried out a number of aid initiatives across the Middle East and Africa during Eid, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
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Saudi aid agency KSRelief distributes meat packs in Middle Eastern, African countries

RIYADH:  Saudi humanitarian center KSRelief carried out a number of aid initiatives across the Middle East and Africa during Eid, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

Riyadh targets Expo 2030 ‘by the world, for the world’

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia is on target to deliver an Expo 2030 “by the world, for the world,” organizers have told event chiefs in Paris in their first progress report since Riyadh was chosen as host city. Abdulaziz Alghannam, director general of the Riyadh
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Riyadh targets Expo 2030 ‘by the world, for the world’

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia is on target to deliver an Expo 2030 “by the world, for the world,” organizers have told event chiefs in Paris in their first progress report since Riyadh was chosen as host city. Abdulaziz Alghannam, director general of the Riyadh Expo 2030 office at the Royal Commission for Riyadh City, led the Saudi delegation at the general assembly of the Bureau International des Expositions in the French capital.

Saudi Arabia’s Mashaer Train transports more than 2.2m Hajj pilgrims 

RIYADH: Saudi Railways on Wednesday hailed the success of the Mashaer Train operation at this year’s Hajj season, saying the metro service had transported more than 2.2 million passengers between the nine stations in Arafat, Muzdalifah and Mina, operating 2
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Saudi Arabia’s Mashaer Train transports more than 2.2m Hajj pilgrims 

RIYADH: Saudi Railways on Wednesday hailed the success of the Mashaer Train operation at this year’s Hajj season, saying the metro service had transported more than 2.2 million passengers between the nine stations in Arafat, Muzdalifah and Mina, operating 2,206 trips. More than 29,000 worshippers were transported on the first day of the pilgrimage, while more than 292,000 pilgrims were carried from Mina to Arafat, Saudi Press Agency reported.

Replacement pipes arrive in Calgary to help in water main repairs

Two massive replacement pipes from San Diego have arrived in Calgary to be used in the ongoing repair work on a water main that broke earlier this month.
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Replacement pipes arrive in Calgary to help in water main repairs

Two massive replacement pipes from San Diego have arrived in Calgary to be used in the ongoing repair work on a water main that broke earlier this month.

Montreal restaurant hit with projectiles; owner says it's because he is Jewish

Montreal police are investigating after a Jewish-owned business in the city's Mile End neighbourhood was hit with projectiles.
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Montreal restaurant hit with projectiles; owner says it's because he is Jewish

Montreal police are investigating after a Jewish-owned business in the city's Mile End neighbourhood was hit with projectiles.

B.C. police complaint commissioner investigating sexual misconduct allegations against Vancouver police sergeant

A veteran sergeant with the Vancouver Police Department is under investigation by the B.C. police complaint commissioner following allegations of sexual misconduct from seven women, including female police officers and former students of his criminal justice
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B.C. police complaint commissioner investigating sexual misconduct allegations against Vancouver police sergeant

A veteran sergeant with the Vancouver Police Department is under investigation by the B.C. police complaint commissioner following allegations of sexual misconduct from seven women, including female police officers and former students of his criminal justice courses.

Toronto Police Hate Crime Unit investigating truck playing 'Islamaphobic' video

The Toronto Police Hate Crime Unit is investigating after a cube van was seen driving around the city playing an 'Islamaphobic' video.
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Toronto Police Hate Crime Unit investigating truck playing 'Islamaphobic' video

The Toronto Police Hate Crime Unit is investigating after a cube van was seen driving around the city playing an 'Islamaphobic' video.

10 Haitian caregivers missing from Jacob's Ladder home

Ten of 16 Haitians who were being housed at Jacob's Ladder as caregivers for Haitian orphans since March have gone missing along with their luggage and other personal belongings, an official from the home has confirmed. The revelation came in...
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10 Haitian caregivers missing from Jacob's Ladder home

Ten of 16 Haitians who were being housed at Jacob's Ladder as caregivers for Haitian orphans since March have gone missing along with their luggage and other personal belongings, an official from the home has confirmed. The revelation came in...

CPFSA urging parents to check children's schoolbags for prohibited items

The Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA) is urging parents to be more vigilant in checking the items that their children take with them to school. The call follows an incident at Ocho Rios High School in St Ann on Monday in...
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CPFSA urging parents to check children's schoolbags for prohibited items

The Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA) is urging parents to be more vigilant in checking the items that their children take with them to school. The call follows an incident at Ocho Rios High School in St Ann on Monday in...

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