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January 11, 2019 7:38 PM Russia dismisses reports of prisoner swap with US

MOSCOW - Russia’s Foreign Ministry on Friday dismissed suggestions that an American arrested in Moscow on suspicion of spying could be used in a prisoner swap for a Russian held in the United States. Paul Whelan, a former U.S. Marine, was arrested in Moscow last month on suspicion of espionage. Whelan’s arrest raised speculation that he could be swapped 25

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 22

January 11, 2019 3:22 PM Muslim family: Hospital guard said they looked ‘scary’

FAIRFAX, Va. - A Muslim family says staff at a Virginia hospital told them they looked “scary” and threatened to kick them out when they went to visit a newborn relative in December. The newborn’s aunt, Arwa Zahr, tells WRC-TV that a security guard confronted the family at Inova Fair Oaks Hospital’s birthing centre, and told them they weren’t allowed 19

January 11, 2019 10:35 AM Pope to visit Romania in spring during busy 2019 travel

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis is adding another trip to his busy 2019 travel schedule with a three-day visit to Romania May 31-June 2. The Vatican press office announced Friday Francis would visit the capital, Bucharest, Iasi in northeastern Romania known for its Orthodox churches and monasteries, and Blaj, the seat of the Catholic Church. Also on the itinerary 21

January 9, 2019 4:46 PM Trudeau says B.C. protest arrests not ‘ideal,’ but rule of law must be respected

The prime minister says his government has been working on reconciliation but the dispute over the pipeline, a key part of the $40-billion LNG Canada liquefied natural gas project in Kitimat, is “still an ongoing process.” He says it is important to “leave room for people to express their concerns,” but at the same time this is a country of the rule of law and court 23

January 3, 2019 8:54 PM California inmate takes unlikely path to freedom: Podcasting

The podcast project started after Poor, a San Francisco Bay Area artist who has volunteered at San Quentin since 2011, approached Woods. In 2016, Poor saw Public Radio Exchange’s Radiotopia network was sponsoring a podcast talent contest, and she asked Lt. Sam Robinson, San Quentin’s spokesman, for permission to enter. Another co-creator, Antwan Williams 25

January 3, 2019 5:22 PM American Paul Whelan charged with espionage in Russia, says news agency

On Wednesday, the U.S. ambassador to Russia, Jon Huntsman, visited Whelan in a Moscow detention facility, marking the first contact U.S. officials have had with him since he was arrested at a hotel during a visit to attend a wedding in the Russian capital. The visit came a few hours after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he expected officials from the U.S. Embassy 25

January 3, 2019 4:59 PM North Korean envoy to Italy vanishes — did he defect?

North Korea, which touts itself as a socialist paradise, is extremely sensitive about defections, especially among its elite diplomatic corps, and has previously insisted that they are South Korean or U.S. plots to undermine its government. About 30,000 North Koreans have defected to South Korea since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War, according to South 32

January 3, 2019 1:43 PM What kind of welcome will Kawhi Leonard get in San Antonio when Raptors visit tonight?

The absolute truth side, which will be somewhere in the middle and the most realistic. I always thought, naively I guess, that this week would be more about Kawhi than DeMar and that February’s return game in Toronto would be more about DeMar than Kawhi. Hasn’t turned out that way – it really was nice to see DeMar yesterday and chat with him and catch 27

December 28, 2018 9:32 PM Teacher Sarah McIver returned to Canada after arrest in China

Kovrig is a Canadian diplomat on leave from the foreign service to work with the anti-war International Crisis Group, travelling through China as a researcher and analyst. Spavor has run an organization called the Paektu Cultural Exchange, promoting business and cultural ties with North Korea. He has met North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and helped arrange 20