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December 30, 2018 7:21 PM Cabinet OKs plan for Mint to craft special toonies to mark D-Day anniversary

OTTAWA—The Royal Canadian Mint is creating two commemorative coins to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day. The Liberal cabinet approved the design of the new toonies, one of which will have multiple colours instead of the usual two-toned coin, to commemorate a key turning point in the Second World War. On June 6, 1944 a combined force of about 150,000 Allied 13

December 19, 2018 3:59 PM Fifty-three journalists killed worldwide so far in 2018

“The context for the crisis is varied and complex, and closely tied to changes in technology that have allowed more people to practice journalism even as it has made journalists expendable to the political and criminal groups who once needed the news media to spread their message,” the committee said in its report. Time magazine last week recognized 16

December 17, 2018 3:00 PM First World War soldiers come to vivid life in They Shall Not Grow Old, screening on Monday across Toronto

But the Oscar-winning director (The Lord of the Rings) opens the film with traditional black-and-white footage depicting the prelude to the global conflict that ended a century ago. As the war escalates, Jackson propels the viewer directly into the battle. The first unforgettable scene pulls in close — in colour and in 3D — on a young soldier, with exploding 15

October 31, 2018 3:47 PM American missionary killed in Cameroon amid armed conflict

YAOUNDE, CAMEROON—An American missionary died Tuesday after being shot in the head amid fighting between armed separatists and soldiers in northwestern Cameroon, the director of the regional hospital said. Charles Trumann Wesco, a missionary from the U.S. state of Indiana who had been in the region for two weeks, was rushed to the hospital in Bamenda 30

October 16, 2018 3:44 PM Militants seize 14 Iranian security forces near Pakistan

TEHRAN, IRAN — Militants in Iran abducted 14 members of a border security force near the Pakistan border on Tuesday in the latest blow to the powerful Revolutionary Guard. Media reports quoted an unnamed but informed source as saying two of those abducted are members of the Guard’s intelligence department. The rest include seven members of the Basij 33

October 6, 2018 3:57 PM 20 killed as overcrowded minibus falls into gorge in Kashmir

SRINAGAR, INDIA—At least 20 people were killed and 16 others injured on Saturday when an overcrowded minibus fell into a deep gorge along a mountainous road in Indian-controlled Kashmir, police said. The 22-seat minibus was carrying at least 36 passengers when it plunged off a Himalayan mountain road near southern Ramban town, said police officer Anita 30

August 31, 2018 6:43 PM Would-be Hamilton hit men get prison terms for murder plots

Two Hamilton men are heading to prison after Vancouver courts heard they took a Greyhound bus to Vancouver with the goal of becoming underworld hit men. Knowah Truth Ferguson, 21, attempted to carry out a murder while dressed in a loose fitting clothing style sometimes worn by Muslim women, carrying his pistol in a purse. Ferguson pleaded guilty to attempting 31

August 28, 2018 12:17 PM Russia to stage biggest military exercises since Cold War

Russia is to hold its biggest military manoeuvres since the height of the Cold War next month, mobilizing about 300,000 troops and including the participation of thousands of soldiers from China, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said. The Vostok-2018 exercises in Russia’s eastern and central military districts — spanning from the Ural Mountains to the Pacific 43

August 19, 2018 1:02 PM Israel closing Gaza crossing after violence along frontier

Two Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire and another 60 were wounded during violent protests Friday amid ongoing Egyptian efforts to broker a ceasefire. The protesters threw rocks and firebombs at Israeli troops from behind clouds of black smoke from burning tires. The soldiers responded with tear gas and live fire. Hamas officials have been meeting 23

July 23, 2018 4:24 PM U.K. stays silent on U.S. death penalty concerns for two alleged jihadis

The two men, Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh, were allegedly part of a notorious cell of British jihadis known for their barbaric treatment of hostages. They got the nickname “the Beatles” because of their British accents. The most prominent member of the group, known as “Jihadi John,” was killed in a 2015 drone strike. In 2014 and 2015, the group 23