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January 15, 2019 1:54 PM Avalanches, flooding cause disruptions in Austria, Germany

BERLIN—Bad weather continued to afflict parts of Europe on Tuesday with avalanches in Austria striking buildings and roads but resulting in no injuries. An overnight avalanche in Ramsau, central Austria, slammed a hotel. All 60 visitors and staff, most of whom were from a Danish ski club, got out of the building unharmed. The head of the ski club from western 618

January 11, 2019 3:33 PM Greek police search more campuses amid letter scare

THESSALONIKI, Greece - Greek authorities have searched at least 10 more university and college buildings after letters containing white powder were sent to campuses around the country. Fire service crews for a third day Friday picked up more suspicious packages and carried out building inspections in Athens, the northern city of Thessaloniki, and several 134

January 8, 2019 11:02 PM U.S. firm building a ‘cannabis superhighway’ plans to list in Canada

“Our timeline to get through to that point is probably another 30 to 45 days or so,” he said. Karban declined to say how much MJIC expects to raise but said the listing would be followed by a “much broader, bigger offering.” MJIC said its superhighway will create the infrastructure to legally transport, distribute and sell marijuana amid a thicket of regulations 116

January 4, 2019 9:32 PM Five teenage girls killed in Poland ‘Escape Room’ fire

WARSAW, POLAND—A fire broke out at an “Escape Room” game location in northern Poland on Friday, killing five teenage girls and injuring a man, authorities said. Police said the dead were found after firefighters put out the blaze, which began around 5 p.m. at an “Escape Room” venue in Koszalin. Highly popular with teenagers across Poland, the “Escape 134

January 1, 2019 3:28 PM Baby rescued from rubble 35 hours after apartment collapse in Russia

“The child was saved because it was in a crib and wrapped warmly,” regional governor Boris Dubrovsky was quoted as saying by the Interfax news agency. Rescue crews had temporarily halted their search while workers tried to remove or stabilize sections of the building in danger of collapse. Five people were hospitalized with injuries from the collapse 138

December 27, 2018 12:09 AM Canadian police presence on peacekeeping missions hits 13-year low

OTTAWA—The number of Canadian police officers on UN missions has reached its lowest point in more than a decade despite a shortage of such personnel on many peacekeeping operations and a Liberal promise to address it. New figures from the United Nations show there were 15 Canadian police officers participating in peacekeeping missions at the end of November 134

December 17, 2018 11:16 PM Street closure designed to speed up Eglinton Crosstown construction postponed

A lengthy closure of a midtown intersection intended to accelerate work on the Eglinton Crosstown LRT has been postponed due to local opposition, a decision that comes on the heels of questions about whether the massive transit project will be done on time. Earlier this month Metrolinx, the provincial agency that oversees transit planning in the GTHA, announced 144

December 17, 2018 8:30 PM Arms maker warns of cost with Trudeau looking to end Saudi deal

The company’s Canadian unit, in a written statement Monday, warned that doing so could leave the government on the hook for penalties. “Were Canada to unilaterally terminate the contract, Canada would incur billions of dollars of liability to General Dynamics Land Systems — Canada,” according to the statement. “We hope that we will be allowed to continue 138

December 17, 2018 4:08 PM Ex-manager sentenced to 39 months prison in SNC-Lavalin hospital corruption fraud

MONTREAL—A former hospital manager who pocketed a $10-million bribe in return for helping SNC-Lavalin win a Montreal hospital-building contract has been sentenced to 39 months in prison. Quebec court Judge Claude Leblond sentenced Yanai Elbaz today in Montreal in a case that has been described as the greatest corruption fraud in Canadian history 123

December 17, 2018 3:05 PM Hospital fire in India kills at least six, injures 129

NEW DELHI—At least six people died and 129 others were injured in a fire that broke out Monday in a hospital in Mumbai, India’s financial and entertainment capital, police said. The fire in the five-storey government-run ESIC Kamgar Hospital in the suburban Andheri area was believed to have been caused by an electrical short-circuit, said police officer 105