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January 11, 2019 10:13 AM US official says troop withdrawal from Syria has started

BAGHDAD - The U.S.-led military coalition in Syria has begun the process of withdrawing troops from Syria, a U.S. military official said Friday, declining to comment on specific timetables or movements. Col. Sean Ryan, spokesman for the coalition fighting the Islamic State group, said the U.S. started “the process of our deliberate withdrawal from Syria 7

January 11, 2019 9:39 AM EU’s top soldier: much expectation of what EU can do

NICOSIA, Cyprus - The European Union’s top military official says he’s working with other EU army chiefs to come up with proposals aimed at enhancing the bloc’s military capabilities. EU Military Committee Chairman Claudio Graziano says there’s “a lot of expectation” about what the EU can do in defence matters. He says projects like military mobility 6

December 7, 2018 8:06 PM U.S.-China friction threatens to undercut the fight against climate change

They have the largest carbon footprints. Also the largest economies. Now, as diplomats meet in Poland for high-stakes climate negotiations, a pitched standoff between the United States and China threatens to slow global action on climate change precisely at a time when the risks of catastrophe are accelerating. The tensions between Washington and Beijing 16

November 29, 2018 1:58 PM Trump’s keeping it quick, taking in-and-out trip to G20 in Argentina

Three current and former White House officials said Trump has at times expressed frustration about travel overseas, and they have curtailed trips to his liking. The White House did not respond to a request for comment. All spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal matters. White House aides said Trump prefers to play the role of host rather 31

November 22, 2018 3:17 PM Canadian banks using in-house hackers to improve and test cybersecurity

New regulations that require Canadian businesses to alert their customers about privacy breaches or face hefty fines took effect at the beginning of this month. In May, the Bank of Montreal and the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce’s Simplii Financial digital banking brand said thousands of their customers may have had their personal and financial data compromised 19

November 15, 2018 11:29 PM Insurance Bureau of Canada says updated rules needed for driverless vehicles

Canada needs to modernize its auto insurance rules to accommodate driverless vehicles and should adopt a single insurance policy model similar to one that became law in the U.K. last summer, the Insurance Bureau of Canada said in a position paper Thursday. “Automated vehicles are coming to Canada’s roads, and the laws that govern insurance and vehicle 22

November 13, 2018 12:47 AM Ottawa talking with Pakistan about bringing woman released from death row to Canada

OTTAWA—The federal government is talking with Pakistan about the possibility of bringing a Pakistani woman, who was recently released from death row, to Canada. Asia Bibi, a Christian, was sentenced to death in Pakistan eight years ago for blasphemy after being convicted of insulting Islam’s Prophet Muhammad — a charge her family has long denied 23

November 12, 2018 5:22 PM People are going to sell sex in driverless cars, researchers say

Authorities should prepare for such looming threats, Cohen said. Autonomous vehicles could provide cover for a range of illicit activities, including drug dealing or even terrorism in the form of remote-controlled bombs. (The report didn’t recommend any particular safeguards.) Driverless cars could also exacerbate inequality if businesses pay to influence 26

November 5, 2018 5:14 PM Charlotte woman filmed yelling insults at Black neighbours in custody at North Carolina coast

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A woman whose racist rant at two Black women was filmed on video that went viral has “voluntarily turned herself in” at the Sunset Beach Police Department on the North Carolina coast, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police said in a statement late Saturday. Susan Jane Westwood, 51, of Charlotte, N.C., disappeared after the Oct. 19 incident in the parking 21

November 4, 2018 1:35 AM Law society program sees spike in harassment complaints in wake of #MeToo movement

Twenty-eight of those 34 complaints, representing 80 per cent, were made by women, more than half of whom identified as racialized and/or a person with a disability. Six of the 34 complaints were made by men, all but one of whom identified as “being racialized, and/or of a minority religion, gay or a man with a disability,” according to the report 22