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Mar 21, 2018

Boko Haram has released more than 100 of the schoolgirls it abducted last month, returning them to their village in north-east Nigeria. Waving the black and white flag used by the Islamic State and wearing balaclavas, military fatigues and ammunition belts, members of the group released most of the girls they had abducted in Dapchi early on Wednesday morning.

Mar 21, 2018

A rocket has killed 35 people in a Damascus shopping district in one of the deadliest rebel attacks on the Syrian capital, as bombardment by the government and its allies left dozens of civilians dead in an opposition stronghold.

Mar 21, 2018

Iraqi authorities have discovered a mass grave with the bodies of 38 Indian construction workers abducted when ISIL militants overran the northern city of Mosul in 2014, officials said Tuesday.

Mar 21, 2018

The federal government tabled a proposed new bill Tuesday to tighten the sale and tracking of firearms, only to find itself under attack from both sides: gun owners wary of burdensome regulation and shooting victims who say the bill doesn’t go far enough.

Mar 21, 2018

Darshan Singh Sidhu, one of seven people in India originally implicated in the alleged “honour” killing of a B.C. woman in that country in 2000, was granted a permanent resident visa to Canada by mistake in 2008 after he lied about his criminal record.

Mar 21, 2018

A suspect in a wave of bombings that terrorized Austin killed himself with an explosion inside his car as authorities closed in, police in Texas said, ending a manhunt but leaving investigators scrambling to determine whether any bombs remain and if he acted alone.

Mar 21, 2018

Fraudulent health care payouts in Canada could amount to as much as $2.4 billion annually. The Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association says hundreds of millions of dollars are wasted each year.

Mar 21, 2018

Revelations that information about Facebook users was exploited by political campaigns has led the Trudeau government to task spy agencies with ensuring the privacy rights of Canadians. The acting minister for democratic institutions, Scott Brison, said the government might consider stronger federal privacy laws.

Mar 20, 2018

For years, the Coalition for Gun Control has been advocating for tighter gun controls, and was joined today on Parliament Hill by legal experts, victims of gun violence and women’s groups to review and comment on the long-awaited Government of Canada new gun-legislation, Bill 71.

Mar 20, 2018

A 17-year-old male student shot two other students at Great Mills High School in Maryland on Tuesday morning before a school resource officer engaged him and stopped the threat, according to St. Mary's County Sheriff Tim Cameron.

Mar 20, 2018

A Global News investigation has found the federal government has become increasingly ineffective at carrying out deportations for public safety and security reasons. Removals of those who are supposed to be the government’s top priorities — foreign citizens under deportation orders for security, international human rights abuses, serious crimes and organized crime — have declined by a third since 2014.

Mar 20, 2018

Investigators are trying to determine whether an explosion early Tuesday at a FedEx facility outside San Antonio is connected to four explosions that have rattled the Austin, Texas, area this month.

Mar 20, 2018

The Shin Bet said the man, identified as Romain Franck, 23, was part of a broader Palestinian smuggling ring. It said he used his consular vehicle, which gets more lenient security checks, to transport the weapons through Israel's tightly secured border with the Gaza Strip.

Mar 20, 2018

Using an innocuous looking quiz and an accompanying Facebook app, a researcher named Aleksandr Kogan collected data from a staggering 50 million Facebook users on behalf of data analytics company Cambridge Analytica. The firm is reported to have used all that data to build detailed profiles on the personalities of American and British voters, for use by Republican political candidates during the 2016 U.S. presidential election and Brexit's Vote Leave Campaign.

Mar 20, 2018

Elections Canada is determined to counter fake news, cyber-attacks and foreign interference in the 2019 federal election. 'Significant investments' to IT security include a new data-hosting service.

Mar 20, 2018

Three Canadian intelligence experts are urging the federal government to cut ties with Chinese telecommunications equipment maker Huawei. Ward Elcock, John Adams and Richard Fadden all directed key Canadian national security agencies.

Mar 19, 2018

For the better part of three decades, Hussein Ali Sumaida’s legal status in the country has remained in perpetual limbo. On the one hand, immigration authorities have found the one-time double agent for the Iraqi secret police and the Israeli intelligence service to be inadmissible to Canada because of his espionage activities. On the other hand, authorities say he faces the possibility of torture if he returns to his native Iraq or Tunisia, his father’s birthplace.

Mar 19, 2018

The three unions that represent Parliamentary Protective Service members are holding a press conference Monday. Their representatives say morale is at an all-time low.

Mar 16, 2018

The recently elected leader of Canada's New Democratic Party, Jagmeet Singh explains his relationship with Sikh extremists seeking a homeland in India.

Mar 16, 2018

The Prince Albert Police Service is joining Saskatoon in offering citizens a drug amnesty program. In Prince Albert's case, all drugs will be eligible, not just cocaine suspected to contain fentanyl, and people are asked to call officers to a location rather than bring drugs to a station.

Mar 15, 2018

Thousands of British soldiers are to be vaccinated against anthrax poisoning in a direct response to the recent nerve agent attack in Salisbury. The announcement is part of a range of measures that will be announced by the Defence Secretary on Thursday, including £48m that will be invested to create a "cutting-edge" Chemical Weapons Defence Centre at Porton Down in Wiltshire.

Mar 15, 2018

In a wave of protests one historian called the largest of its kind in American history, tens of thousands of students walked out of their classrooms to demand action on gun violence and school safety.

Mar 15, 2018

The move to suspend its free trade agreement with Turkey is reflecting regional politics as imports and exports, says a leading academic at the London School of Economics.

Mar 14, 2018

RCMP’s National Missing Persons DNA Program is now accepting biological samples and DNA profiles. The long-awaited DNA bank for missing persons is operational after years of delays and is now collecting samples with the goal of identifying human remains, victims, and repeat but unidentified criminals across the country.

Mar 14, 2018

Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah survived an assassination attempt in northern Gaza on Tuesday morning, according to Wafa, the official Palestinian news agency. Hamdallah had just passed through the Erez border crossing from Israel when a bomb detonated near his convoy, tearing the siding off at least one black SUV and blowing out the car's windows.

Mar 14, 2018

The federal government committed hundreds of millions of dollars in its recent budget to help reinforce Canada’s cyber defences — but if the effort fails to prevent a major attack, Ottawa can always turn to its little-known $102-billion emergency stash.

Mar 14, 2018

Marc Brunet and his wife, Helene, have been charged with fraud after they allegedly sold more than $800,000 worth of shares in their company, MultiCast Networks Holdings Inc. (MCN) to private investors. The OSC alleges “a significant percentage of the money obtained was used by the Brunets for their personal benefit.”

Mar 14, 2018

Muhanad al-Farekh, 32, a former University of Manitoba student and US citizen has been sentenced in New York to 45 years in prison on terrorism charges. In an investigation covering years, two Canadian suspects remain unaccounted for.

Mar 13, 2018

U.S. prosecutors are requesting a life sentence for a Canadian who admitted to plotting terrorist attacks on NYC landmarks at the behest of a high-ranking Islamic State operative. Abdulrahman El Bahnasawy, a 20-year-old from Mississauga, Ont., pleaded guilty in October 2017 to planning bombings and mass shootings at Times Square, in subway stations and at concert venues.

Mar 13, 2018

Twenty-four-year old Marc-Andre Leclerc of Squamish, and his 34-year-old climbing partner Ryan Johnson of Juneau were climbing the Mendenhall Towers. A search began last week when the pair of experienced climbers didn’t return by Wednesday, the same day a significant snowstorm battered the area.

Mar 13, 2018

A federal grand jury indicted a Texas father and son duo this week in an alleged hearing aid scam that targeted American Airlines workers and netted nearly $17 million.

Mar 13, 2018

Investigators have retrieved the flight data recorder from the wreckage of a Bangladeshi airliner that crashed, killing at least 49 aboard, including the crew, when it attempted to land in Nepal’s capital, officials said.

Mar 13, 2018

After a string of near-fatal overdoses, Saskatoon police warned users to turn in product purchased from "Lil' Joe" or "Joe Bro", with the number 306-881-7300. Police said they were not interested in making arrests for possession.

Mar 13, 2018

A study shows that between 1986 and 2012, police spending increased by more than 45 per cent and crime rates went down 37 per cent. "The reality is that fear of increasing violent crime is completely irrational. Canadians have never been safer."

Mar 12, 2018

Investigators found the “black box” from a Turkish private jet that crashed in an Iranian mountain range on its way from the United Arab Emirates to Istanbul, killing all 11 people on board, including a Turkish bride-to-be and her bachelorette party.

Mar 12, 2018

At least 16 people were killed in Rwanda and 140 others injured when lightning struck a Seventh Day Adventist church in the country’s south, said a provincial governor.

Mar 12, 2018

Aviva Canada found about half the total expenses submitted for repairs to crashed vehicles during its investigation in Ontario were bogus — an amount the company estimates adds up to hundreds of millions of dollars a year.

Mar 12, 2018

The federal government is launching the first review of Canada’s port authorities since they were established 20 years ago, with the aim of improving their efficiency and innovation, upgrading security, and strengthening consultations with local communities and Indigenous groups.

Mar 12, 2018

The 43-year-old woman was arrested after arriving at Melbourne International Airport on a flight from India. She was travelling with a 38-year-old Portuguese man who was also arrested. A number of bottles of cosmetics products were found in the luggage and tested. Testing returned positive results for Ketamine and GHB. Police accuse them of bringing 200 ml of GHB and 800 ml of Ketamine into the country.

Mar 12, 2018

Sabirjon Akhmedov spent weeks in a Manhattan hospital after being found unconscious in a park three days after he was supposed to get on a bus to his daughter’s Ohio home, the Daily News reported. He was ultimately reunited with his family after a doctor saw a missing person poster for him, and contacted authorities.

Mar 12, 2018

To keep coaching hockey, Jim Besse had to give his fingerprints to police - because he shared a birthdate with a known sex offender. He is now suing the RCMP, Calgary police, and the Calgary police commission for violating his rights.

Mar 12, 2018

U.S. prosecutors want a Canadian who plotted terrorist attacks in New York City to serve a life sentence due to the “depravity and extraordinary seriousness” of his crimes. His admission to an undercover agent that he wanted to "create the next 9/11" with a 2016 detonation attack in New York City is one aspect being considered before the April 9th sentencing.

Mar 09, 2018

Podcast debate on the motion "Humanitarian Intervention Does More Harm Than Good". Doctors Without Borders' co-founder Bernard Kouchner, and Kori Schake former French Minister of Health and Humanitarian Affairs, and State and Defense Departments, will defend the military's role in halting human rights abuses. They are opposed by Frank Ledwidge, a former British military intelligence officer who served in the Balkans, Iraq, and Afghanistan, and Columbia University military intervention researcher Rajan Menon.

Mar 09, 2018

At a March 1 event in Geneva, the United Nations Economic Commission cautioned that the fashion’s industry’s practice of churning out increasingly large volumes of cheap, disposable clothing is an “environmental and social emergency” and identified numerous factors of negative global impact.

Mar 09, 2018

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has named Brenda Lucki as the first permanent female RCMP commissioner. In her acceptance speech, Commissioner Lucki has vowed to ask the "hard questions" as she fulfills her new role.

Mar 09, 2018

Jaspal Atwal, the convicted terrorist whose invitation to official functions during Prime Minister Trudeau's visit to India embarrassed the government, says he was sorry and surprised by the consequences of his actions. |The Trudeau government has not yet explained how Atwal received official invitations.

Mar 08, 2018

The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, stated that the government will invest $327.6 million over five years, and then $100 million a year thereafter to bring together federal, provincial and territorial efforts to support community-level prevention and enforcement efforts related to the illegal trafficking of firearms, and invest in border security to interdict illicit goods including guns and drugs.

Mar 08, 2018

The Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the RCMP said Tuesday it will look into how the Mounties handled the death of 22-year-old Colten Boushie. It will determine whether the RCMP conducted a reasonable investigation, whether the officers' actions followed procedure and policy, whether those policies are reasonable, and whether there was any discrimination based on race.

Mar 08, 2018

After years without the drugs to do lethal injections, the South Carolina Senate has agreed to require condemned inmates go to the electric chair instead.

Mar 08, 2018

The federal government will spend $327.6 million over five years to combat illegal gun and gang activity. The Ottawa Summit on Gun and Gang Violence brought politicians, experts and community leaders together to discuss the challenge.

Mar 08, 2018

Journalist Terry Glavin writes, when Air India 182 was blown up in 1985, " I almost certainly knew exactly who had murdered all those people."

Mar 07, 2018

The bungled India trip of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that included having convicted Sikh terrorist Jaspal Atwal invited to official events continues to have a negative repercussions here in Canada. The latest twist is the bizarre suggestion by the normally straight shooting Minister of Public Safety Ralph Goodale that he couldn't answer MP's questions about what actually happened but that the newly created National Security Committee of Parliamentarians could… and should. Assigning a blatantly political partisan issue to this new and hopefully non-partisan Committee could impair its important duties in the future.

Mar 07, 2018

The federal government has been eyeing changes that would allow authorities to more quickly identify people considered unfit to have guns for reasons such as mental instability or violent behaviour, an internal memo shows.

Mar 07, 2018

The RCMP's Civilian Review and Complaints Commission will review how the force investigated the death of Colten Boushie. The acquittal of farmer Gerald Stanley on murder charges caused nation-wide protests.

Mar 07, 2018

Canadian Faruq Khalil Muhammad 'Isa has pleaded guilty in New York to charges of sending money and support to Tunisian jihadists who may have killed five American soldiers in Iraq. His plea could spare him life inprisonment.

Mar 06, 2018

A guilty plea from a lawyer who had fled the country gave investigators the information they needed to lay charges against four men in a $17 million alleged mortgage fraud involving high-end Toronto properties, police said.

Mar 06, 2018

The investigation into the possible poisoning of the Russian spy Sergei Skripal gained new momentum as Scotland Yard announced its counter-terrorism police would take charge, and the foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, promised a “robust” response if the Kremlin’s role in the case was proved.

Mar 06, 2018

Nearly 400,000 people were without power after a powerful Nor'easter swept in to the Massachusetts region. Many of the power outages occurred in the southeastern part of the state, including the Cape and Islands, according to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency.

Mar 06, 2018

Hundreds of doctors are protesting the suspension of a colleague who is accused of performing brain surgery on the wrong patient at a hospital in Kenya. A neurosurgeon and medical team at Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi reportedly opened the wrong patient's skull last month to remove a blood clot after two patients' identification tags were mixed up.

Mar 06, 2018

Toddlers we can ban from flying, terrorists not so much. In this age of strict no-fly lists, where babies with names similar to violent extremists are denied boarding planes, Neil Macdonald wonders how a man, notoriously convicted of a failed political assassination attempt, manages to set foot on a passenger aircraft.

Mar 06, 2018

Russia claims it has "no information" about a former spy found unconscious with a companion in the UK Sunday, but will cooperate with police. Sergei Skripal was granted refuge in the UK in 2010 after being convicted of spying against Russia.

Mar 05, 2018

An apartment block collapsed Sunday in Poland's western city of Poznan, killing four people and injuring 24 others, officials said as teams of firefighters and rescuers with dogs combed the rubble in search of more victims.

Mar 05, 2018

A Canadian who admitted to plotting a terrorist attack on New York City is pleading for "a second chance". In the letter filed to a New York court, Abdulrahman El Bahnasawy of Mississauga, Ont., outlined his personal history with addiction and mental illness, and explained that he felt American airstrikes against the Middle East drove him to jihadism.

Mar 05, 2018

Many Canadian communities contract RCMP services from the federal government at steeply subsidized rates. Labour organizers seeking to unionize Mounties say the practice is associated with short staffing, and poor pay and working conditions.

Mar 05, 2018

A US court has convicted Canadian Abdulrahman El Bahnasawy of Mississauga, Ont. of plotting a terrorist attack on New York City. El Bahnasawy has asked for "a second chance" before his sentencing. In a letter he explains American airstrikes in the Middle East drove him to jihadism.

Mar 02, 2018

Two people were killed in a fourth-floor room of a Central Michigan University residence hall, police and the university said. The two who were killed were not students.

Mar 02, 2018

Women comprise just 10 per cent of police candidates in Ontario, and more than half of them fail physical testing required to apply for a job. At a time when police services — including Ottawa’s — are trying to become more diverse, those numbers are causing concerns.

Mar 02, 2018

The Vancouver police force is recruiting up to 10 people for some morning drinking. New police officers are being trained in sobriety testing, so 'volunteer drinkers' will get some hard liquor, three sobriety tests, a pizza lunch, and a drive home.

Mar 01, 2018

An Ottawa police officer who punched a teen twice in the head and was found to have repeatedly breached the teen’s charter rights has pleaded guilty to police misconduct.

Mar 01, 2018

New legislation before the United States Congress to counter white-supremacist violence cites last year's killings at a Quebec City mosque. A right-wing extremist who expressed anti-Muslim views was charged with murder for the deaths of six people.

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