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December 22, 2017 11:30 AM These latest books are perfect for the holidays

A few Christmas treats worth opening up and savouring We all have our feelings about Christmas, but what we actually know about the event is a hodgepodge of legend and cultural appropriation, gaily wrapped in nostalgia. In her biography, British social historian Judith Flanders takes us from the celebration’s earliest iteration, the pre-Christian Roman 17

November 20, 2017 2:04 PM Ontario post-secondary school launches app that teaches people to speak Mohawk

Users can browse different categories to explore greetings, numbers, places, feelings, clans and nations. OHSWEKEN, ONT.—A southwestern Ontario post-secondary school has launched an app to help people learn Mohawk. Six Nations Polytechnic says the app for Apple and Android devices comes on the heels of another successful launch last year that taught 15

October 30, 2017 10:46 AM 'Beyond horrified': Spacey apologizes after actor alleges sexual advances

LOS ANGELES -- Actor Kevin Spacey said Sunday he is "beyond horrified" by allegations that he made a sexual advance on a teen boy decades ago. The two-time Oscar winner posted on Twitter that he doesn't remember the encounter. "But if I did behave then as he describes, I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken 22

October 27, 2017 12:18 PM Spain’s PM asks Senate for power to take control over Catalonia

BARCELONA, SPAIN—In an extraordinary showdown over the future of the country, the Spanish and Catalan parliaments staged dueling sessions on Friday—as the central government pressed for permission to take over control of the breakaway region, and the secessionists in Catalonia threatened to declare independence. In Madrid’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy 10

October 24, 2017 2:43 AM Hillary Clinton calls on citizens to fight destabilizing forces

MONTREAL -- Citizens in the West must continue standing up for minority rights in order to help fight off the forces trying to destabilize democracies around the world, Hillary Clinton said Monday on the second Canadian leg of her book tour. Clinton used her oft-repeated line since her book came out, "clear and present danger," to describe the threat 32

October 20, 2017 12:01 AM Bill Morneau tries to divest himself of a controversy: Aaron Wherry

Can a blind trust get the finance minister out of a bind? Just before question period, the finance minister summoned reporters to a small media room in Centre Block's basement to explain that he would be divesting himself of a million shares in his family business. In the House of Commons, the opposition would attempt to divest from Bill Morneau its pound 36

October 12, 2017 1:33 PM Spain celebrates national day amid Catalan secession crisis

The Catalan president announced Tuesday that he was proceeding with a declaration of independence, but proposed freezing its implementation to allow for dialogue with the national government in Madrid. MADRID—Thousands of Catalans who want their region to remain in Spain marked the country’s national day Thursday, marching through Barcelona waving both Spanish 15

October 8, 2017 2:48 PM Crowds rally in Barcelona against Catalonia's bid for independence from Spain

Autonomous region divided in biggest political crisis to face nation in decades Thousands of people took to the streets of Barcelona, the capital of Spain's Catalonia region, on Sunday to express their opposition to any declaration of independence from the rest of the country, showing how divided people are on the issue. The protesters waved Spanish 27

September 29, 2017 8:48 PM Obama says U.S relationship with Canada 'not radically changed' under Trump

Former U.S. president told Toronto audience that Canada is 'doing great' Former American president Barack Obama offered words of encouragement to Canadians worried about the cross-border relationship when he spoke to an audience in Toronto on Friday. He was asked during a lunchtime event at a convention centre for some advice and words of wisdom, given 13

September 26, 2017 10:45 PM 'Obamacare' survives, GOP concedes on last-gasp repeal try

Senate Republicans, short of votes, abandoned their latest and possibly final attempt to kill the health care law Tuesday, just ahead of a critical end-of-the-week deadline. The repeal-and-replace bill's authors promised to try again at a later date, while President Donald Trump railed against "certain so-called Republicans" who opposed the GOP effort 16