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January 11, 2019 5:42 PM A Timeline of the US involvement in Syria’s conflict

Summer of 2014: The U.S. administration reveals that several dozen special operations troops had been on the ground in Syria briefly in an effort to rescue foreign hostages taken by the Islamic State group, but did not find them. Sept. 22, 2014: Obama launches a U.S. air campaign against the Islamic State in Syria, one month after launching airstrikes 13

January 10, 2019 5:04 PM 21 dead bodies found in north Mexico after gang clash

The area around Miguel Aleman had long been dominated by the Zetas drug cartel, which was locked in a battle for control of crime in the Rio Grande Valley with the rival Gulf cartel. Miguel Aleman is about 80 kilometres west of McAllen, Texas, which was to be visited Thursday by U.S. President Donald Trump as part of his campaign for a wall or barrier 4

January 10, 2019 2:14 AM Raptors adding to depth at guard with former Warrior Patrick McCaw

He would appear to be a solid fit for the Raptors, who can assume his minimum salary without any significant tax implications and who have a need for a promising backcourt player. Toronto waived guard Lorenzo Brown earlier this week and filling that hole with a proven NBA player makes sense, providing depth behind Kyle Lowry, Fred VanVleet, Norm Powell 10

January 5, 2019 6:26 PM U.S. federal agencies directed to hold off on shutdown raises

The raises, which were first reported by The Washington Post, appear to be an unintended consequence of a shutdown that is affecting hundreds of thousands of federal employees, forcing many to work without pay. Trump and congressional leaders met again Friday to try to hash out a resolution, but emerged no closer to a deal. Trump is demanding billions 14

December 29, 2018 11:59 PM Migrants crossing the English Channel has become ‘major incident,’ U.K. says

This week, British Home Secretary Sajid Javid asked that his government department “treat the situation as a major incident.” And NBC News reported on Saturday that Immigration Minister Caroline Nokes said Javid was leaving his family vacation early to address the increase in crossings. In November, French authorities said there had been nearly double 13

December 27, 2018 2:35 PM Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth reportedly got married

LOS ANGELES—Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth appear to have tied the knot amid reports the couple got married in a secret wedding ceremony. Cyrus posted three black-and-white photos of her and Hemsworth on the singer’s Instagram and Twitter accounts on Wednesday. She captioned her photos writing “10 years later ...” and “12.23.18,” possibly indicating 14

December 13, 2018 6:21 PM Toronto council approves using 11 surplus properties for affordable housing

Council unanimously approved using 11 city-owned surplus lands to try to build new affordable housing on Thursday. The vote followed a move by Mayor John Tory announcing the use of those city lands, what would contribute to the existing “Open Door” housing program started under Tory’s tenure last term. But it’s not yet clear how the lands will be developed 24

December 3, 2018 7:52 PM Oil cuts could make rail cars worth less just as Alberta buys them

Canada’s announcement to enforce mandatory production cuts starting next month will make moving crude on trains less attractive just as the government buys railcars. The two steps of the plan, part of Alberta’s goal to ease historically low prices, appear at odds with each other. On one hand, buying rail cars should ease selling pressure because of new infrastructure 29

December 1, 2018 12:50 AM USMCA? CUSMA? What the new NAFTA is called depends on who’s talking

In official documents, they are calling it CUSMA, with Canada first. (“The legal name under Canadian law is CUSMA as Canada always comes first in treaties,” Freeland spokesperson Adam Austen said on Friday.) And in their own speeches, as Trudeau did in his own speech at the signing ceremony on Friday, they have simply been calling it “the new NAFTA 27

November 27, 2018 6:30 PM Disney consolidates ad-serving with Google, ends relationship with Comcast’s Freewheel

Walt Disney Co. has agreed to use Alphabet Inc.’s Google technology to manage and deliver online ad campaigns, ending a longstanding relationship with Comcast Corp.’s FreeWheel, according to a Disney spokesman. Disney’s networks, including ABC, ESPN and Freeform, will use Google Ad Manager to serve ads that appear across video, mobile, apps and display 22