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Vatican investigation absolves Canadian cardinal in assault case

Vatican City AP A retired Canadian judge said Tuesday he couldn’t find any reliable evidence of sexual misconduct by the Archbishop of Quebec, after the purported victim refused to cooperate with his investigation and the cardinal strongly denied the claim. Pope Francis had tasked André Denis, a retired judge of the Superior Court of Québec, […]

Analysis – West, Russia manage limited cooperation in Arctic despite chill in ties

Oslo, Norway Reuters When Arctic nations simulated a large oil spill for a virtual training exercise in March off northern Norway, Russia also took part – a rare sign of cooperation between Moscow and the West that highlighted the special status of the polar region. Relations between Russia and Western nations have been in the […]

Canadian crews battle wildfire threatening remote western town

Ottawa, Canada Reuters Firefighters on Monday battled a large wildfire heading towards a remote western Canadian town as winds and tinder dry conditions threatened to spread the flames further, a provincial minister said. The largely evacuated town of Fort Nelson in British Columbia is in the line of one of the season’s first major wildfires […]

US, most EU nations to boycott Putin’s inauguration over Ukraine war

Paris, France/London, UK Reuters The United States and most European Union nations will boycott a Kremlin ceremony to swear in Vladimir Putin for a new six-year term as president on Tuesday, but France and some other EU states were expected to send an envoy despite a plea by Kyiv. The varying diplomatic response by the […]

US, 17 other countries urge Hamas to release hostages, end Gaza crisis

Washington DC, US Reuters The United States and 17 other countries on Thursday issued an appeal for Hamas to release all of its hostages as a pathway to end the crisis in Gaza, but Hamas vowed not to relent to international pressure. “We call for the immediate release of all hostages held by Hamas in […]

As plastic treaty talks open, countries more divided than ever

Reuters Countries are under pressure to make progress on a first-ever global plastics treaty this week, but they face tense negotiations in the Canadian capital with parties deeply divided over what the treaty should include as talks begin on Tuesday. If governments can agree on a legally binding treaty that addresses not just how plastics […]

Ukraine seeks G7, NATO help for battered air defences

Capri, Italy Reuters Ukraine warned foreign ministers from the Group of Seven major powers on Thursday they had to change strategy if they wanted Kyiv to withstand increasingly destructive Russian air assaults. G7 ministers meeting on the island of Capri acknowledged the need to get more air defence systems to Ukraine and applauded Ukrainian Foreign […]

A Canadian island named by Captain Cook prepares to throw solar eclipse party

Reuters In the remote town of Burgeo on the east coast of the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador, some residents are enthusiastically waiting to view Monday’s rare solar eclipse and recreate the history of an island named by Captain James Cook. British explorer Captain Cook, who was in Newfoundland in 1766 witnessed the solar […]

Forecasts for cloudy skies cast shadow over North American solar eclipse

Reuters Cloudy skies forecast for Monday could spell disappointment for many of the millions of North Americans hoping to glimpse the continent’s first total solar eclipse since 2017, possibly turning this spellbinding celestial phenomenon into a dud. Some regions that more typically experience fair skies in April within the “path of totality” – the narrow […]