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Sep 02, 2016

The number of restricted guns in Canada shot up 9.5 per cent last year, bringing the number of restricted firearms registered across the country to its highest point in more than a decade. Since 2004, the number of restricted firearms such as semi-automatic rifles and handguns in Canada has doubled.

Sep 01, 2016

The federal government is sending a "reconnaissance mission" to take a closer look at the United Nations peacekeeping operations in Mali. Officials insist the fact-finding mission, a small group of diplomats, military personnel and RCMP officers, does not mean the government has decided to send Canadian peacekeepers to the west African country.

Aug 31, 2016

The Nishnawbe Aski Police Service, a First Nations police force that serves and protects 35 northern Ontario communities, is voting to strike because they do not have access to basic tools law enforcement should have and it is putting officers in high-risk "nightmarish" situations.

Aug 30, 2016

As thousands of Americans die from opioid overdoses, many linked to fentanyl, police departments are becoming overwhelmed by a growing health emergency.

Aug 29, 2016

Australia on Tuesday released what the government says is the world's first ever how-to-guide for combating radical Islamist propaganda in Southeast Asia, which it hopes will help disrupt local recruitment efforts by groups such as Islamic State.

Aug 29, 2016

Three Ottawa men who debated committing a domestic terrorist attack, but instead decided to join the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, pleaded guilty on Friday to terrorism-related offences in Ontario Superior Court.

Aug 24, 2016

A strong earthquake in central Italy reduced three towns to rubble as people slept early Wednesday, with reports that at least 50 people were killed and hundreds injured as rescue crews raced to dig out survivors.

Aug 23, 2016

Many mosques and Islamic schools in Canada are placing young people at risk by espousing — or at least not condemning — extremist teachings, a new study says.

Aug 23, 2016

A Canadian-owned company involved in controversial sales of armoured vehicles in South Sudan and Libya has broken its silence. The Streit Group, which has sales offices and factories around the globe, has been criticized by two separate United Nations panels for its business dealings in the war-ravaged African nations.

Aug 22, 2016

The Liberal government’s unhurried approach to its promised reform of national security laws is appropriate given the dangers of getting it wrong, say security policy experts.

Aug 22, 2016

Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau says he wants to know what caused a derailment in Toronto that saw two CP Rail trains travelling in opposite directions sideswipe one another Sunday, causing several hundred litres of fuel to spill in Toronto's Annex neighbourhood.

Aug 20, 2016

Edmonton’s police chief Rod Knecht says some community police stations will close, but a new counter-terrorism bureau will open as part of an ongoing plan to refocus resources to get “a bigger bang for our buck.” The department will be create a fourth bureau, the counter-terrorism intelligence unit, to focus on intelligence-based policing and address terrorism threats.

Aug 18, 2016

A new analysis says an NDP proposal to boost pension benefits for families of deceased Canadian Forces and RCMP veterans could cost more than $6 billion.

Aug 18, 2016

As expected, ISIL has ramped up its propaganda campaign against Canada following last week’s police killing of Aaron Driver, an ISIL supporter in Strathroy, Ont. who was allegedly in the final stages of planning a bomb attack.

Aug 18, 2016

Rank-and-file police officers are circulating a petition to express a vote of non-confidence in the leadership of Chief Charles Bordeleau. Officers are alleging a personal friendship has absolved another senior officer of misconduct.

Aug 18, 2016

Following the fatal police shooting of would-be suicide bomber Aaron Driver, Canada’s Public Safety Minister says the Liberals will “up our game” in the fight against terrorism by imminently hiring a deradicalization adviser.

Aug 16, 2016

A California man was arrested Monday on arson charges for allegedly sparking a wildfire that exploded over the weekend, destroying more than 175 homes, business and other structures. The blaze, in the town of Lower Lake, has caused over $10 million in damages and left dozens of families homeless.

Aug 16, 2016

Breaking News (5pm) Six firefighters were trapped by the fast-moving Cajon Pass fire while helping residents evacuate due to raging fires in the southern California canyons. They were able to shelter in place, but two firefighters were hurt.

Aug 16, 2016

About 40,000 homes have been affected, more than 20,000 people have been rescued, and more than 12,000 people reported in shelters as "unprecedented" flooding devastated southeastern Louisiana since Friday. Water levels have leveled off and are starting to recede, according to latest reports

Aug 16, 2016

The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police has passed a resolution calling for the legal measure to unlock digital evidence, saying criminals increasingly use encryption to hide illicit activities. RCMP Assistant Commissioner Joe Oliver journalists that criminals are operating online in almost complete anonymity with the help of tools that mask identities and messages.

Aug 16, 2016

The government’s highly-anticipated review of its national security framework, including the Harper government’s controversial anti-terrorism legislation C-51, is expected to start before parliamentarians return from summer break. Trudeau reiterated his position on the importance of balancing security with civil liberties.

Aug 16, 2016

Deciding which of the many extremists known to police and intelligence agencies might be plotting attacks and which are harmless is a critical part of counter-terrorism that drives decisions on how national security resources are used. Former government intelligence analyst Phil Gurski says recent cases point to the need for more thorough and regular assessments of extremists on the radar of security agencies.

Aug 16, 2016

A Quebec man arrested last year at the Halifax airport for refusing to provide border officers with the password for his cellphone pleaded guilty Monday and was ordered to pay a $500 fine.

Aug 16, 2016

Police arrested and charged a man with murder on Monday after shooting two men as they left a New York City mosque.

Aug 16, 2016

The Government of Canada has launched its public consultation to engage with Canadians on the evolving cyber security landscape.

Aug 16, 2016

Ottawa will spend $35 million over five years to fund programs that reach out to vulnerable people open to radicalization in a bid to prevent terror attacks in Canada.

Aug 15, 2016

A wildfire in the hills of the Deodoro Region in Rio de Janeiro has raised some concerns for the Olympics. As the winds have been gaining strength, a close eye needs to be kept on this fire.

Aug 15, 2016

Canada’s counter-radicalization efforts have “little national coherence,” Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said Sunday in a statement reflecting on the killing last week of an ISIL supporter allegedly about to conduct an attack.

Aug 15, 2016

Important issues — like how, where and when, or even if, hazardous materials should be transported through dense urban areas — will undoubtedly be examined. There will be many questions asked, with few easy answers.

Aug 15, 2016

The governing Liberals are to announce Monday they’re moving ahead with a program designed to reach out to those who are vulnerable to radicalization in order to nip in the bud suspected terrorist plots like the one in southern Ontario last week.

Aug 15, 2016

Police are asking for the public’s help to find a soldier missing from the 4th Canadian Training Centre Meaford who was last seen early Saturday morning in Owen Sound.

Aug 14, 2016

Montreal public works employees are working on a strategy to shut down water valves after a water main break in the St-Henri area. Power to more than 7,000 residents was disrupted, and police and firefighters are busy keeping the public safe. No word yet on the cause. (photo: Dario Ayala / Montreal Gazette)

Aug 13, 2016

The U.S. military has confirmed that Hafiz Saeed Khan died along with senior commanders and fighters in Nangarhar province, Afghanistan. Mullah Akhtar Mansour, another prominent ISIS militant, was killed in Pakistan in May.

Aug 13, 2016

What is being described as "rapid and widespread transmission of the Zika virus" has prompted the Obama administration to declare a public health emergency in the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico. The Caribbean island has 10,690 of laboratory-confirmed cases of Zika, but the actual number of infections with the mosquito-borne virus is likely higher, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said in a statement.

Aug 12, 2016

Firefighters in Algonquin Park deployed water bombers for a second day on Friday, to battle an out-of-control blaze that was first discovered Tuesday and has since grown to span 30 hectares near High Falls Lake in the east end of the park. This follows on the heels of a 225-hectare blaze just outside the northeast edge of Algonquin Park, not far from Canadian Forces Base Petawawa.

Aug 12, 2016

Friday afternoon fog, then afternoon showers, thunder and lightning delayed efforts to contain a wildland blaze at Kejimkujik National Park in the western part Nova Scotia. Firefighting crews were removed from the forests for safety reasons because of the lightning.

Aug 12, 2016

While officials praised the RCMP’s successful anti-terror intervention in Strathroy, Ontario, the episode also underlined the limits of the authorities’ ability to control wannabe terrorists with judicial tools such as peace bonds.

Aug 12, 2016

The case of Aaron Driver, the ISIS sympathizer who was killed in Strathroy, Ont., on Wednesday, comes to the fore amid the outstanding question of federal anti-terror laws and the fate of Bill C-51, the former Conservative government's controversial legislation of last year.

Aug 12, 2016

Senior RCMP brass told the chilling tale Thursday at an Ottawa news conference of an assailant “clearly in the final stages of an attack using a homemade explosive device.”

Aug 11, 2016

An FBI tip about a “martyrdom video” that included a threat of an attack on Canadian soil sparked a massive police operation in southwestern Ontario that ended with the death of a 24-year-old terror suspect.

Aug 11, 2016

Firefighters on the Portuguese island of Madeira continues to battle wildfires that have reached Funchal, the island’s largest city, killing three people and destroying over 150 homes, as the national government sought help to deal with nearly 200 blazes on the mainland.

Aug 11, 2016

A suspect whom police feared planned to set off a bomb in a major Canadian city was killed Wednesday by police in a Strathroy home. More details about what the RCMP describe as a “potential terrorism threat”  are expected to be revealed at a news conference today.

Aug 10, 2016

An internal review by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission dismisses allegations that important information was withheld during the licensing of nuclear plants but two nuclear scientists say the review is “less than impartial” and a “sham” that should give Canadians no comfort.

Aug 09, 2016

Today, complete with a First Nations ceremony, the Kitsilano Coast Guard Base on the BC coast was officially re-opened.

Aug 09, 2016

The recent breach of Democratic National Committee data, along with other electronic intrusions, has raised concerns about cyber incidents that could affect the outcome of the US presidential race, or other contests. Cyber security experts see a potential for more hacks and incidents in the coming months which could hurt the integrity of the election campaign.

Aug 09, 2016

A European counter-terrorism intelligence database designed to generate greater intelligence sharing among allies to avert deadly Islamist attacks has gone online after overcoming traditional reluctance by spy agencies to sharing information.

Aug 08, 2016

The bullet that flew through the roof of a media tent at the Olympic Equestrian Center on Saturday came from a nearby slum, according to a Brazilian official. According to the security forces, the bullet was aimed at a police blimp that carried cameras.

Aug 03, 2016

A Syrian rescue service operating in rebel-held territory said on Tuesday a helicopter dropped containers of toxic gas overnight on a town close to where a Russian military helicopter had been shot down hours earlier.

Aug 02, 2016

The summer Olympics kick off on Friday in Brazil. ISIS has called for attacks during the games, and Brazil's government is now working closely with the U.S. to bolster its preparations.

Jul 28, 2016

Donald Trump has expressed some radical thoughts about foreign policy — including that the U.S., as a NATO member, can choose whether or not to come to the aid of an ally under attack. Perhaps Trump’s statement about NATO was just a “rookie mistake.” But there is a more frightening possibility, writes Mark Buchanan in Bloomberg View.

Jul 27, 2016

The White House on Tuesday issued the U.S. government's first emergency response manual for a major cyber attack, though some officials acknowledged it lacked clear guidance on possible retaliation against hacker adversaries.

Jul 27, 2016

The door has been opened just slightly to the possibility of the Liberal government leasing more ships in order to cover gaps in the navy and coast guard fleets, newly released documents reveal.

Jul 27, 2016

Saudi Arabia’s top official in Canada is defending his country’s human rights record and a controversial $15-billion sale of Canadian-made armoured vehicles to the Saudi Arabian National Guard, noting that despite “misleading information” in the media, he still believes the contract will bring the two countries closer.

Jul 26, 2016

Two attackers seized hostages Tuesday in a church near the Normandy city of Rouen, France, killing a priest by slitting his throat before being shot and killed by police, French officials said.

Jul 26, 2016

Canada will put a stop to the transport of crude oil by older and less crash-resistant tanker rail cars earlier than scheduled, Transport Minister Marc Garneau announced Monday, however, the timeline for ending similar transportation of all other flammable liquids remains the same.

Jul 25, 2016

Fast-moving wildfires have forced hundreds of people to leave their homes in mountains north of Los Angeles, California. About 300 people have been evacuated near the city of Santa Clarita.

Jul 25, 2016

An association that represents some of Canada’s Mounties says members have “grave reservations” about the RCMP’s recent decision to ease entrance requirements, including allowing permanent residents to apply. The Mounted Police Professional Association of Canada said Sunday management has caved in to political correctness and the “knee jerk” changes amount to lowering standards.

Jul 25, 2016

Gunfire erupted outside a nightclub in Fort Myers, Fla., at about 12:30 a.m. Monday, leaving two people dead and at least 14 people injured. Fort Myers police responded to Club Blu, where they found several victims suffering from gunshot wounds in the parking lot.

Jul 22, 2016

At least one shooter is still on the loose after a shooting inside a McDonald's at Munich's Olympia shopping mall Friday, police spokeswoman Claudia Küntzel said. "There could be several dead and one or even several shooters are on the loose." The shooting happened around 5:50 p.m. (11:50 a.m. ET).

Jul 22, 2016

The Saskatchewan city of North Battleford shut down its water intake plant today because of a major pipeline oil spill. Although the reservoirs and water tower had luckily been filled to capacity, the Mayor has asked residents to reduce use to help ensure an adequate supply of safe water.

Jul 22, 2016

The minister of National Defence can carry on being the boss of the military justice system, says Canada’s top court. The Supreme Court of Canada has found defence ministers, even though they are political players, are the only ones who can appeal the decisions of a court martial, or the court martial appeals court.

Jul 21, 2016

The Tunisian man who killed 84 people on the French Riviera by ploughing his truck into Bastille Day crowds had been planning the attack for months with the help of at least five accomplices, the Paris prosecutor said on Thursday.

Jul 21, 2016

Brazilian police have arrested 10 people, and issued warrants for two more, who they say were radicalized online by the Islamic state and were planning to attack the Summer Olympic Games, which begin here August 5.

Jul 21, 2016

Canada's largest icebreaker is preparing for a critical expedition to the North Pole, marking the country's final mission in the High Arctic before making an official claim to the barren, but strategically important area at the top of the world.

Jul 21, 2016

The video shows a (large black) man lying on his back in the street, holding his hands in the air. "All he has is a toy truck," the man shouts, worried that the police may harm his autistic (white male) patient who had run away from the group. "I am a behavior therapist at a group home." Inexplicably, the caregiver is shot in the leg by police as he lays on the pavement with his patient sitting at his feet (like a protective puppy).

Jul 21, 2016

Two New Hampshire State Troopers charged with assault related to the arrest of a suspect after a high speed chase in May 2016. A news helicopter videotaped the arrest from the sky. The video clearly shows the suspect on the ground, and surrounded by about 5 officers, the suspect is violently pummeled by officers. Investigators found the use of force was not justified and two officers have been charged. They will be arraigned in September.

Jul 21, 2016

A backgrounder on the reasons for declaring a State of Emergency have been provided by official Turkish sources. Also, video links, taken on the night of the attempted coup in Turkey, have been compiled here for your convenience. 

Jul 20, 2016

The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Status of Women, today hosted an informative gender-focused discussion with experts in various related fields as part of public consultations taking place across the country to inform a new defence policy for Canada.

Jul 20, 2016

Canada's prison watchdog is calling for tighter legal restrictions and greater oversight over solitary confinement as two more cases of suicide in segregation hit the spotlight.

Jul 19, 2016

An armed man who injured a woman after firing a handgun during a festival at Montreal's Parc Jean-Drapeau has been charged with several gun-related offences.

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