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Jan 25, 2018

Five Islamic State gunmen stormed the Save the Children office in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad after an explosion, killing five people and wounding dozens in a 10-hour siege, officials said. The assailants were killed.

Jan 25, 2018

Accused of involvement in a terrorist bombing, Hassan Diab was arrested by Canadian police at the request of French authorities in 2008 and extradited. Released without trial and back in Canada, Dian wants a public inquiry into Canada's extradition law.

Jan 25, 2018

Toronto police are investigating reports of sexual assault during medical examinations against a doctor who worked for the RCMP. This follows similar allegations against a doctor who worked for the Mounties in Nova Scotia.

Jan 24, 2018

The Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada announced an investment of $1.3 million over five years for the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control and the University of British Columbia's Collaborating Centre for Prison Health and Education.

Jan 24, 2018

When Gatineau police officers got a routine call to check out a suspicious person Monday night they ended up with an unexpected collar – a man who’s been in the lam for nearly two decades in connection with a massive money-laundering scheme that included the shipment of hundreds of kilograms of cocaine for organized crime.

Jan 24, 2018

Impaired driving is a crime, but charges are rarely laid against drugged drivers. Right now, there is no limit on the amount of cannabis found in blood, as there is for alcohol. Drugs are now more often found than alcohol in the blood of drivers killed in crashes.

Jan 24, 2018

A Canadian Security Intelligence Service threat assessment says terrorism will continue in Canada. A report states "domestic extremists are likely to continue to target Canadian uniformed personnel and related installations in neighbourhoods that are familiar to them ... ”

Jan 23, 2018

Bell Canada is alerting customers after hackers illegally accessed the information of fewer than 100,000 customers, the telecom giant told CBC News. The breach comes just eight months after 1.9 million customer emails were stolen from Bell's database by an anonymous hacker.

Jan 23, 2018

A tsunami warning for coastal British Columbia and parts of Alaska has ended after a powerful earthquake struck about 250 kilometres southeast of Chiniak, Alaska.

Jan 23, 2018

An Ohio man who admitted receiving training in Syria to kill members of the U.S. military and then plotting to carry out an attack has been sentenced to 22 years in prison.

Jan 23, 2018

Thousands of Filipino families have been evacuated in the Philippine province of Albay as the country’s most active volcano inches toward a possibly major eruption.

Jan 23, 2018

The Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) updates internal tracking of Canadian jihadists abroad as often as once a week. Weekly reports from 2016 and early 2017 track those “currently in Turkey/Syria/Iraq” and those “returned to Canada from Turkey/Syria/Iraq”. The Liberal government has put the number of returnees at 60 for over two years.

Jan 23, 2018

RCMP members in the Halifax region have accused a local doctor of sexual assault against them over 22 years during medical exams and assessments. Halifax Regional Police are investigating.

Jan 22, 2018

The solution ordered by Brazil is very similar to that of Canada. Brazil’s first C295 SAR aircraft toured three of Canada’s search and rescue bases in 2017. Accessing the contractual option for additional SAR-configured aircraft will bring its C295 fleet to 15 aircraft, with 12 transport-configured and 3 SAR-configured.

Jan 22, 2018

The Philippines' most active volcano exploded thunderously Monday, sending a huge grey column of lava fragments, ash and steam into the sky and prompting authorities to warn that a violent eruption may be imminent.

Jan 22, 2018

An avalanche hit Turkish soldiers conducting military operations against Kurdish rebels in Turkey's southeast on Sunday, killing five of them and injuring 12 others, officials said.

Jan 22, 2018

After years of denying it existed, Montreal is dropping the police quota system for traffic tickets.  Mayor Valérie Plante said senior managers will lose bonuses tied to the ticket targets.

Jan 22, 2018

A briefing note from the Canadian Security Intelligence Service in October 2016 states, “The Service has never before faced a terrorist threat of the scope, scale and complexity of Sunni Islamist-inspired terrorism...” The document seems to conflict with public statements by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Jan 19, 2018

The Crown has filed an appeal against the acquittal of a Montreal woman on terror-related charges. Sabrine Djermane was accused of attempting to leave Canada to commit a terror act abroad; possession of an explosive substance; and committing an act under the direction or for the profit of a terrorist organization. Prosecutors are appealing the explosive substance verdict.

Jan 19, 2018

Police in Nigeria say two Canadians and two Americans kidnapped on Tuesday are in “good spirits”. The officials say they are being held by bandits, not terrorists, and a ransom has been demanded.

Jan 18, 2018

With a crippled ISIS now less focused on recruiting followers for a new life in Iraq and Syria than on lashing out at perceived enemies, Michael Dempsey looks at what can be done to counter the shifting tactics of ISIS.

Jan 18, 2018

An oil spill from an Iranian oil tanker that sank in the East China Sea is now the size of Paris. The slick covers an area of 101 square kilometers, after almost doubling in size from the start of the week, according to figures released Wednesday by the Chinese State Oceanic Administration.

Jan 18, 2018

A Greenfield hospital system last week paid a $50,000 ransom to hackers who hijacked patient data. The SamSam ransomware attack accessed Hancock Health's computers through an outside vendor's account. It quickly infected the system by locking out data and changing the names of more than 1,400 files to "I'm sorry."

Jan 18, 2018

Ottawa Police Const. Marcel Allen was arrested Tuesday. Police allege that Allen entered a teen’s home with a knife looking to settle a dispute between the teen and one of his own children. Police also allege that Allen flashed his badge during the altercation.

Jan 18, 2018

A British Columbia court has ruled that indefinite solitary confinement for federal inmates is unconstitutional, because it risks psychological harm. The decision is suspended for 12 months so the government can draft new legislation.

Jan 18, 2018

Reports from Nigeria say gunmen have kidnapped two Canadians and two Americans on a road known for abductions. Local media say two security personnel were shot and killed during the attack.

Jan 17, 2018

The Canadian Coast Guard will be seeking proposals from qualified marine salvage companies for bulk oil removal from the wreck of the Manolis L. The freighter sank in January 1985 near Change Islands in Notre Dame Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador.

Jan 17, 2018

Kangni Fiowole-Kouevi, 36, had made it across the border near Emerson, Manitoba. He is the latest African asylum-seeker to face the possibility of losing his fingers to frostbite.

Jan 17, 2018

For years, the Winnipeg Police Service has had the largest or one of the largest per capita complements in Canada. The Winnipeg Police Board wants to bring the number in line with the national average which would mean cutting the force by as many as 267 officers.

Jan 16, 2018

Venezuelan special forces captured five members of a band led by a rebellious police officer who have been on the run since stealing a helicopter and launching grenades at government buildings in the capital last year, officials said.

Jan 16, 2018

Twin suicide bombings rocked Baghdad, killing 38 people in the deadliest attack since Iraq declared victory over the Islamic State group last month. The bombers targeted the bustling Tayran Square, in the heart of the capital, setting off their explosive vests among labourers and street vendors during the morning rush hour.

Jan 16, 2018

A Vancouver-area teen was with his family when he ran into the deadly crossfire of the region's intermittent gang war. Police say the 15-year-old boy was shot just after 9 p.m. on one of Vancouver's busiest streets, and died on Monday afternoon after his family took him off of life support.

Jan 16, 2018

Jordan Evan Bloom of Thornhill, Ontario, faces several criminal charges for allegedly peddling information from an online database containing 1.5 billion usernames and passwords. Bloom was selling stolen personal identities through the website Leakedsource.com, which held a total of some three billion pieces of sensitive data.

Jan 16, 2018

On Friday, news outlets around the world carried the story of an 11 year old Muslim schoolgirl in Toronto whose hijab had been cut by a man on her way to school. Yesterday Toronto police said the attack never happened. Toronto police said the investigation has concluded.

Jan 15, 2018

The new public safety bill gives new powers to Canada’s foreign intelligence agency that has a growing number of critics worried it will put Canadians in the crosshairs.

Jan 15, 2018

A Pegasus Airlines flight skidded off the runway of a Turkish coastal airport and plunged down a steep slope on the edge of the Black Sea, ending up only metres from the water's edge. None of the 168 people on board was hurt.

Jan 15, 2018

A burning Iranian oil tanker exploded and sank Sunday after more than a week listing off the coast of China, as an Iranian official acknowledged there was "no hope" of missing sailors surviving the disaster.

Jan 15, 2018

A draft discussion paper prepared for the director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) explores how "mega trends" will transform the economy, society and security.  The document was created for a November 2016 meeting of senior officials.

Jan 15, 2018

British Columbia crown prosecutors are back in court to restore a guilty verdict in the attempted murder trial of John Nuttall and Amanda Korody. A judge threw out their conviction on the grounds that the RCMP had manipulated them.

Jan 12, 2018

Across the country, RCMP Operational Communications Centres  (OCCs) are understaffed by as much as 50 per cent or more.  Numbers released to CBC News show the October 2017 national vacancy rate in OCCs was more than 27 per cent.

Jan 12, 2018

Omar Khadr pleaded guilty to killing an American in Afghanistan. Lawyers for his victim's family say he cannot recant the confession to avoid paying a civil judgment against him. Canada paid Khadr $10 million to settle a claim his rights had been violated.

Jan 11, 2018

The father of an 8-year-old Pakistani girl whose rape and killing shocked the nation accused the police of being slow to respond when his daughter went missing in eastern Punjab province.

Jan 11, 2018

Authorities in Switzerland resorted to dynamite to clear a route to the ski resort of Zermatt, where more than 13,000 tourists are snowed in. Helicopter teams used controlled explosions to trigger avalanches and clear dangerous areas of snow so the rail line to the town could be safely reopened.

Jan 11, 2018

About 200,000 Salvadorans in the US may seek refuge in Canada after the Trump administration announced plans to repatriate them. The government of Canada is working to discourage them. Thousands of Haitians entered Canada illegally after losing special status in the United States.

Jan 11, 2018

The RCMP is investigating illnesses that required eight Canadians diplomats and family members in Cuba to seek medical care. Symptoms of dizziness, nosebleeds or headaches raised concerns about possible acoustic attacks.

Jan 10, 2018

Raptors, including the whistling kite, are intentionally spreading grass fires in northern Australia, a research paper argues. The reason: to flush out prey and feast.

Jan 10, 2018

Heavy rains caused rivers of mud and debris to run down from hillsides in Santa Barbara County, demolishing homes in the seaside community of Montecito just weeks after a massive wildfire scarred the region. At least 15 people killed, hundreds of people remain cut off by debris.

Jan 10, 2018

The province’s Special Investigations Unit says it has found ample evidence that an Ontario Provincial Police officer operated a police cruiser in a “careless manner,” leading to a crash on Highway 401 near Gananoque in October 2016. However, the officer should not face criminal charges in the incident, the SIU added.

Jan 10, 2018

Ottawa City Hall needs security bollards around the building in case a terrorist tries to use a vehicle to run over people, the city’s security boss says.

Jan 10, 2018

Ottawa Police say they’re investigating new reports of a fake Uber driver in the Ottawa ByWard Market. Police say a man would offer women a ride home, sometimes posing an Uber driver. Victims would have their credit or debit card information stolen by use of a card skimmer.

Jan 10, 2018

Conservative immigration critic Michelle Rempel wants the Liberal government to close a legal loophole that leads to illegal border crossings into Canada. The US order forcing 200,000 Salvadorans to leave that country by September could bring a surge of asylum seekers to this country.

Jan 09, 2018

Unusually heavy snowfall and a high risk of Alpine avalanches stranded some 13,000 tourists in the Swiss resort of Zermatt at the base of the famed Matterhorn mountain. Swiss authorities deployed helicopters to ferry some tourists to a nearby village to escape the snow-bound Alpine valley.

Jan 09, 2018

The B.C. RCMP has issued a government tender for its very own 3D printer, with the aim of building models of vehicle accidents for use in court.

Jan 09, 2018

The Edmonton Police Service (EPS) has a policy of not releasing the names of many murder victims. Last year, EPS did not release the names of 17 of last year's 42 homicide victims. Calgary Police Service named all 27 of its 2017 homicide victims. The Alberta Association of Chiefs of Police has a provincial framework for a consistent approach to naming homicide victims.

Jan 09, 2018

Joshua Boyle, the Canadian who spent five years in Taliban captivity with his family, appeared in an Ottawa court Monday morning. He remains in custody while lawyers work on a bail arrangement. Boyle faces 15 charges, including assault, sexual assault and unlawful confinement.

Jan 08, 2018

Around 200,000 Salvadorans allowed to live in the United States since 2001 after earthquakes in El Salvador must leave the country in 2019, U.S. officials said.

Jan 08, 2018

An oil tanker that caught fire after a collision with a freighter off China's east coast on the weekend is at risk of exploding and sinking. One body has been discovered aboard the vessel and 31 other crew members are missing.

Jan 08, 2018

The federal government's contingency plans for a new surge of asylum seekers at the border this winter could be put to the test with the pending U.S. decision on the fate of as many as 200,000 Salvadorans.

Jan 08, 2018

A veteran reporter has studied Joshua Boyle's history and writes she does not believe him. Boyle and his family were rescued from five years of Taliban captivity last fall, and he was charged by Ottawa police with a variety of offenses New Year's Day. Toronto Star reporter Rosie DiManno says his stories don't make sense.

Jan 05, 2018

The Canadian government has signed a contract with Advanced Symbolics of Ottawa to watch social media posts for indications of suicidal behaviour.

Jan 05, 2018

On Boxing Day, Mounties in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan received a report about a 59-year-old man who had walked away from a care home. He was found dead the next day. Internal and external reviews are looking into the police response.

Jan 04, 2018

Sgt. Robert Mugridge of Ontario's Chatham-Kent force received almost $400,000 in pay during a suspension of more than three years. Ontario is the only province where officers charged with serious offenses are paid.

Jan 03, 2018

Joshua Boyle and his family were rescued in October after five years as captives in Afghanistan. Boyle is now in jail in Ottawa,  charged with sexual assault, forcible confinement and administering a noxious drug.

Jan 02, 2018

A report prepared for Public Safety Canada calls on the government to create a review commission to monitor the activities of the Canada Border Services Agency. The body would examine complaints about border officers and also replace the existing RCMP complaints commission.

Dec 29, 2017

The city of Edmonton is experiencing extreme cold, with wind-adjusted temperatures as low as -43 C.  Dave Matwichuk, deputy chief with Edmonton Fire Rescue Services, said frozen metal  equipment can malfunction and even personal protection equipment like breathing apparatus can freeze up from moisture.

Dec 28, 2017

A poll shows 62 per cent of Canadians want the prosecution of people suspected of jihadi activities abroad, while 28 per cent say the government should focus on rehabilitation and deradicalization.

Dec 28, 2017

Toronto billiionaire Barry Sherman and his wife Honey were found hanged in mid-December. The family has hired a private investigative firm to investigate the deaths, which police have called 'suspicious'.

Dec 22, 2017

Public Safety Canada's annual public report on terrorism in Canada says attacks are becoming simpler, using knives and vehicles as weapons. One “high-impact” vehicle assault in Edmonton injured five people. Terrorists hope to develop cyberattack capabilities, but have so far failed.

Dec 22, 2017

A provincial government audit of sexual crimes shows municipal police in New Brunswick do not record crime statistics properly and often investigators of sexual violence fail to interview key witnesses.

Dec 21, 2017

Almost 200 Canadians have traveled to join ISIS and other extremist organizations. Those who return to Canada should face criminal charges.

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