Severe thunderstorm watches issued for areas southeast of Edmonton

Strong winds, pea- to dime-size hail and heavy rain are possible from a near-stationary thunderstorm located 15 kilometres south of Ryley, Alta., on Friday afternoon. Environment Canada issued a thunderstorm warning for areas southeast of Edmonton at 3:38 pm Friday. The warning was dropped less than an hour later but severe thunderstorm watches were also issued Friday afternoon. “The upper-level […]

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Toronto church pastor charged in connection with alleged sexual assault

Durham Regional Police say a pastor from a Toronto church has been charged with allegedly sexually assaulting a member of his congregation. Police said the victim attended the Kingsway Community Life Centre on Spadina Avenue and was counseled by the pastor since 2016. Officers said the victim felt the accused was making sexual advances toward him. While at the accused’s […]

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Pope names women to key Vatican department for first time

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis appointed women on Friday to a key Vatican department for the first time since it was founded more than 50 years ago, a move welcomed by Catholic women’s groups as a significant advance. Three nuns and one lay woman were appointed councillors in the office of synods, which prepares major meetings of world bishops […]

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It’s Pesto Time

Hi and welcome to Five Weeknight Dishes, food for busy people who still want something good to eat — like pesto, which now that I think of it may be the best thing you can eat. I made a very large batch on Monday to toss with spaghetti, using up mint and parsley that was languishing in my fridge, and […]

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Three Indian climbers die on crowded slopes of Mount Everest

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Three Indian climbers and one Nepali guide died on Mount Everest in the past couple of days, taking to seven the total number killed or missing on the world’s highest mountain in this year’s climbing season, Nepali officials said on Friday. More than 120 climbers scaled Everest on Thursday, but some of them were caught in the […]

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Iran-US tension highlights EU's subordinate role

The 28-member European Union remains secondary to the United States in geopolitical influence, analysts note. Athens, Greece – US-Iranian tensions have revived concerns over the European Union’s difficulty in speaking with authority on the world stage, according to analysts. “I don’t see that there’s greater unity in Europe than there was in 2003,” says Thanos Dokos, director of the Hellenic […]

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Winnipeg police warn public about sex offender’s release

Winnipeg police are alerting the public to the release of a convicted sex offender who will be living in Winnipeg. Vincent Rain, 52, was released from federal custody on Thursday under statutory release conditions. Police say Rain is considered a risk to re-offend against all females. He is described as 5’9″, 170 lbs, with black hair and brown eyes. Source: […]

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At least 8 injured in blast in Lyon, France: officials

At least eight people were injured in a suspected bomb attack in central Lyon on Friday, French officials said. The blast occurred around 5:30 p.m. local time in a pedestrian street in the city in central France. President Emmanuel Macron, who was beginning a broadcast address as news of the explosion broke, described the incident as an “attack” with no fatalities. This […]

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