Trains Collide in Southern Egypt, Killing at Least 32

CAIRO—Two trains collided on Friday in southern Egypt, apparently after someone activated the emergency brakes, killing at least 32 people and leaving 108 injured, Egyptian authorities said. Dozens of ambulances rushed to the scene in the southern province of Sohag, according to a statement by Egypt’s heath ministry. The wounded were transferred to four nearby… Continue reading Trains Collide in Southern Egypt, Killing at Least 32

First Call Between Freeland, Harris Highlights China’s Arbitrary Detention of Kovrig and Spavor

Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland held her first phone call with U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris on Thursday. Among the range of issues they talked about were the various aspects of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the close economic ties between the two countries, and the importance of free flowing trade and investment. According to… Continue reading First Call Between Freeland, Harris Highlights China’s Arbitrary Detention of Kovrig and Spavor

Privy Council Official Explains Handling of Vance Misconduct Allegations

Chief of Defence Staff Jonathan Vance sits in the front row during a news conference, in Ottawa, on June 26, 2020. A civil servant who met with the former military ombudsman about sexual misconduct allegations against Canada’s former top military commander is reiterating she did not have enough information to take further action. (Adrian Wyld/The… Continue reading Privy Council Official Explains Handling of Vance Misconduct Allegations

‘You Have Not Broken Us:’ Families Give Statements in Calgary Triple Murder Case

CALGARY—Tears flowed in a courtroom Friday during sentencing arguments for a man who admitted to slitting his girlfriend’s throat and, days later, stabbing to death his mother and stepfather. Dustin Duthie, 27, had earlier pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the 2018 deaths of Taylor Toller and Shawn Boshuk and firs-degree murder in the death… Continue reading ‘You Have Not Broken Us:’ Families Give Statements in Calgary Triple Murder Case

Man Accused in Attack on Montreal Police Officer Appears in Court on Several Charges

MONTREAL—A man accused of the attempted murder of a Montreal police officer in January appeared before a judge today. Ali Ngarukiye, 21, remains detained following his appearance on seven counts including attempted murder, aggravated assault against a police officer, disarming a police officer and discharging a firearm. The suspect was arrested in Toronto on Thursday… Continue reading Man Accused in Attack on Montreal Police Officer Appears in Court on Several Charges

UK Must Be ‘Clear-Eyed’ on China’s Tech Ambitions: Cyber Security Chief

Britain must be “clear-eyed” about China’s ambitions in the technology sector and be alert to the threat it poses, the head of the UK’s cyber security centre said on Friday. In her first speech as chief executive of the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), Lindy Cameron outlined the cyber threats the UK is facing. “The… Continue reading UK Must Be ‘Clear-Eyed’ on China’s Tech Ambitions: Cyber Security Chief

H&M Vanishes From Chinese Ride-Hailing App Didi After Xinjiang Backlash

SHANGHAI—China’s top ride-hailing app Didi Chuxing has dropped H&M from its listings, joining a backlash over comments made by the Swedish fashion retailer last year about labor conditions in Xinjiang province. Search results for the clothing store chain in the app for all of China’s major cities yielded no results on Friday. Didi Chuxing did… Continue reading H&M Vanishes From Chinese Ride-Hailing App Didi After Xinjiang Backlash

Canada Enhances Scrutiny of Foreign Investments to Prevent Takeovers in Key Sectors

The Canada government announced new investment guidelines on Wednesday aimed at preventing foreign governments and investors from stealing intellectual property and sensitive data and taking over key sectors. Innovation Minister François-Philippe Champagne said in a statement that the updates to the 2016 Guidelines on the National Security Review of Investments will enhance the scrutiny of… Continue reading Canada Enhances Scrutiny of Foreign Investments to Prevent Takeovers in Key Sectors

Justice Minister Defends Bill to Remove Mandatory Minimum Sentences for Drug, Firearm Offences

Justice Minister David Lametti on Wednesday pushed for Parliament’s second reading of a bill that would remove mandatory minimum penalties for all drugs and several gun-related crimes. In February, the Liberal government introduced Bill C-22, which seeks to amend the Criminal Code and the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) to repeal mandatory minimum penalties… Continue reading Justice Minister Defends Bill to Remove Mandatory Minimum Sentences for Drug, Firearm Offences

Beijing’s ‘Vaccine Diplomacy’ Part of Long Term Influence Campaign Against US and Its Neighbors

Internal documents reveal that China’s recent “vaccine diplomacy” amid the COVID-19 pandemic is consistent with its past influence tactics, as about 80 countries and 3 international organizations will receive China-made vaccines, according to Chinese authorities. Chinese leader Xi Jinping delivered a video speech to the Colombian people at the invitation of Colombian President Ivan Duque,… Continue reading Beijing’s ‘Vaccine Diplomacy’ Part of Long Term Influence Campaign Against US and Its Neighbors