UK-Canada WestJet plane declares emergency, lands in Iceland
Canada & the Atlantic / Europe

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
Arts & Entertainment / Canada & the Atlantic / Celebrities / Music

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
Canada & the Atlantic / Health / National

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
Asia / International News

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
Health / International News

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

For Hank Williams, Hiddleston had to exorcise his Englishman
Canada & the Atlantic / International News

For Hank Williams, Hiddleston had to exorcise his Englishman

TORONTO (AP) — Rest assured, in the course of playing country music legend Hank Williams in the biopic “I Saw the Light,” it was brought to Tom Hiddleston’s attention that he is British. The 34-year-old actor has taken on plenty of roles with weighty expectations, from his Marvel Comics villain Loki to Shakespeare’s “Coriolanus” on … Continue reading

Madonna kicks off ‘Rebel Heart’ tour in Montreal
Canada & the Atlantic / Celebrities / Music / Theater & Dance

Madonna kicks off ‘Rebel Heart’ tour in Montreal

  MONTREAL (AP) — Pole dancers dressed like nuns, Mike Tyson and nonstop theatrics. Welcome to the church of Madonna. The pop star kicked off her “Rebel Heart” tour in Montreal on Wednesday night September 9th, belting out a mix of her iconic hits and new music from her recently released album, also titled, “Rebel … Continue reading