Kidnapped, held 5 years, US-Canadian family free in Pakistan
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Kidnapped, held 5 years, US-Canadian family free in Pakistan

WASHINGTON (AP) — Five years after they were seized by a terrorist network in the mountains of Afghanistan, an American woman, her Canadian husband and their children — all three born in captivity — are free after a dramatic rescue orchestrated by the U.S. and Pakistani governments, officials said Thursday. The U.S. said Pakistan accomplished … Continue reading

Family held captive by Taliban-linked group released
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Family held captive by Taliban-linked group released

ISLAMABAD (AP) — An American woman, her Canadian husband and their three young children have been released after years of being held captive by a network with ties to the Taliban, U.S. and Pakistani officials said Thursday. U.S. officials say Pakistan secured the release of Caitlan Coleman of Stewartstown, Pennsylvania, and her husband, Canadian Joshua … Continue reading

Pentagon chief says NATO members must boost defense spending
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Pentagon chief says NATO members must boost defense spending

BRUSSELS (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Wednesday issued a sharp ultimatum to NATO Wednesday, telling allies they must start increasing defense spending by year’s end or the Trump administration will “moderate its commitment” to them. He did not detail what the United States might do if NATO members failed to fall in … Continue reading

Kevin O’Leary to run for Conservative leadership in Canada
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Kevin O’Leary to run for Conservative leadership in Canada

TORONTO (AP) — Canada is getting its own reality show politician. “Shark Tank” cast member Kevin O’Leary announced Wednesday, Jan. 18th, that he is running for the leadership of Canada’s opposition Conservative Party. O’Leary is a businessman and television commentator who has drawn comparisons to U.S. President-elect Donald Trump. He said the party needs a … Continue reading

Iran releases Canadian-Iranian professor held since June
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Iran releases Canadian-Iranian professor held since June

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A Canadian-Iranian retired professor was released from prison on “humanitarian grounds” and flown out of Iran on Monday, state media reported, ending her months of detention alongside other dual nationals swept up by hard-liners in the security services. Homa Hoodfar returned to Canada via Oman, a brief report on the state-run … Continue reading

Parker, cast argue for ‘Birth of a Nation’ despite scandal
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Parker, cast argue for ‘Birth of a Nation’ despite scandal

TORONTO (AP) — In a carefully stage-managed press conference at the Toronto International Film Festival, Nate Parker and the cast of his Nat Turner slave revolt drama “The Birth of a Nation” argued for focusing on their film and not on the years-old rape allegation against Parker that has enveloped the film in a scandal … Continue reading

UK-Canada WestJet plane declares emergency, lands in Iceland
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UK-Canada WestJet plane declares emergency, lands in Iceland

LONDON (AP) — A WestJet flight from London to Edmonton diverted to Iceland on Saturday after the crew discovered a “potential mechanical issue,” the Canadian airline said. The pilots aboard the Boeing 767 declared an in-flight emergency about two hours after taking off from Gatwick Airport. It landed safely at Keflavik airport, and the airline … Continue reading

Frontman of Canada’s Tragically Hip launches new project
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Frontman of Canada’s Tragically Hip launches new project

TORONTO (AP) — The lead singer and songwriter of Canadian rock band The Tragically Hip will release a new solo album with an accompanying graphic novel and animated film. Gord Downie’s latest endeavors come just weeks after the band performed its final concert after he announced earlier this year that he has terminal brain cancer. … Continue reading

Philippine police examining if head is from Canadian hostage
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Philippine police examining if head is from Canadian hostage

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Police found a severed head in the southern Philippines on Monday, June 13, 2016 and are examining whether it belonged to a Canadian hostage who is believed to have been beheaded by Abu Sayyaf militants after a ransom deadline passed, officials said. The hostage, Robert Hall, was abducted from a marina … Continue reading

Workers evacuated from Alberta oil camps due to wildfire
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Workers evacuated from Alberta oil camps due to wildfire

FORT MCMURRAY, Alberta (AP) — Some 8,000 workers at oil camps north of the fire-ravaged Canadian city of Fort McMurray were ordered to evacuate late Monday, May 16 as authorities continued the battle to bring wildfires under control. The mandatory evacuation zone was extended to 50 kilometers (30 miles) north of the city, whose 80,000 … Continue reading

Aquino: Canadian’s killers also plotted to kidnap Pacquiao
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Aquino: Canadian’s killers also plotted to kidnap Pacquiao

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president said Wednesday that Abu Sayyaf militants may have plotted to kill him and kidnap boxing star Manny Pacquiao, disclosing previously unknown details about an extremist group blamed for the beheading of a Canadian hostage. President Benigno Aquino III said the Muslim militants also wanted to explode bombs in … Continue reading

UN hears major differences on global approach to drug use
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UN hears major differences on global approach to drug use

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Jamaica defended its decriminalization of possession of small amounts of marijuana. Iran said it seized 620 tons of different types of drugs last year and is helping protect the world from “the evils of addiction.” Cuba opposed the legalization of drugs or declaring them harmless. The first U.N. General Assembly special … Continue reading

Leaders of warming Earth meet in Paris to cut emissions
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Leaders of warming Earth meet in Paris to cut emissions

LE BOURGET, France (AP) — The largest group of world leaders ever to stand together kicked off two weeks of high-stakes climate talks outside Paris on Monday, saying that striking an ambitious deal to curb global warming can show terrorists what countries can achieve when they are united. “What greater rejection of those who would … Continue reading