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Flooding at Heritage Park in Fort McMurray on June 11, 2013. (AMANDA RICHARDSON/QMI Agency) The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo began offering shovels, sand and bags to be used to protect properties as the Hangingstone and Clearwater rivers turned parks to lakes and forced more than 100 people to evacuate their homes. A state of emergency was issued Tuesday afternoon. According to Wood ...
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Half a century after her initial claim to fame, Leni Riefenstahl remains a frustrating and fascinating enigma. Here is a woman who directed only six films during the 1930's and 40's, and yet she has been hailed as the greatest female director of all time, and deplored as a conspiring agent of Adolf Hitler and the rise of the Third Reich. This complex existence is the subject of writer/director Ray ... ...
Florida court debates what jury can hear in Trayvon Martin killing SANFORD, FLA. - The identities of jurors in the trial of former neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman will remain anonymous for an unspecified period after a verdict is handed down in the case, the judge ruled on Monday. The decision by Circuit Court Judge Debra Nelson came after jury selection in the trial resumed for a second ...
EDMONTON - A psychiatrist says a delusional former Mountie who shot his wife to death should be found criminally responsible because he knew what he was doing was wrong. Dr. Lenka Zedkova testified Monday that while she accepts Tirth Sehmbi, 39, was suffering from delusions at the time of the July 10, 2010, slaying of Rajpinder Sehmbi, 29, she believes he was still able to appreciate the nature ...
An artist's conception of Embraer SA's new E2 family of jets. Embraer, a fierce competitor against Bombardier in the market for regional jets, is upgrading its fleet and taking aim at Bombardier's $3.4-billion C Series. ...
Honey bees have a knack of being quite promiscuous. Queens have been observed with anywhere between seven and 20 different males in the colony during the frantic mating season; all this fooling around serves a beneficial purpose, however. Many previous studies have shown ...
By Alexander Hbner FRANKFURT (Reuters) - A direct sale of German publisher Springer Science+Business Media SPSBM.UL to BC Partners is still an option, even after Springer's owners said last week their focus was on a stock exchange listing, ...
On the record
Our nuclear programmes are completely transparent. But we are ready to show greater transparency and make clear for the whole world that the steps of the Islamic Republic of Iran are completely within international frameworks. The sanctions are unfair, the Iranian people are suffering, and our (nuclear) activities are legal. These sanctions are illegal and only benefit Israel.
Iran's president-elect was speaking after his historic election victory.
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Michigan Republican Rep. Mike Rogers said that China's role is questionable in light of Edward Snowden's leaking NSA secret intelligence and his subsequent fleeing to Hong Kong despite its extradition treaty with US.
Defending the NSA spy programme as an essential and life saving tool in the war on terrorism, Rogers said that Snowden is a traitor and not a hero, Washington Times reports.
Rogers further slammed Snowden and said that he grabbed up the information, made preparations to flee to China and bolted there.
White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough defended the snooping programme said that it is crucial to protect the American people and there is a need to strike right balance between privacy and security.
Former Vice President Dick Cheney said that Snowden has committed crimes and his choosing Hong Kong to escape the US extradition is suspicious as no one would choose the place if interested in freedom of speech.
According to the report, Hong Kong reverted to Chinese sovereignty in 1997 but has some features of statehood, including an extradition treaty with the U.S., a pact China itself doesn't have. But Beijing has the right to veto extraditions on national security and diplomatic grounds. ...
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