Daily Archives: December 25, 2017

Vietnam braces for storm that killed 230 in the Philippines

Authorities in Vietnam prepared to move a million people from low-lying areas along the south coast on Monday as a typhoon approached after it battered the Philippines with floods and landslides that killed more than 230 people. Typhoon Tembin is expected to slam into Vietnam late on Monday after bringing misery to the predominantly Christian Philippines just before Christmas. Vietnam’s ...

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Canadian government retaliates by expelling Venezuelan diplomat

Canada will expel a Venezuelan diplomat and bar that country’s ambassador from returning, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said Monday after the South American nation booted envoys from Brazil and Canada for criticizing its rights record. Western nations and Latin American neighbours have been increasingly critical of President Nicolas Maduro this year, accusing him of stamping on democracy and human rights. ...

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Via Rail train's mechanical failure strands 98 passengers in Spy Hill, Sask.

A Toronto-bound Via Rail train experienced a mechanical failure in eastern Saskatchewan, delaying the holiday travels of 98 passengers who spent most of Christmas Day in the tiny community of Spy Hill. The train originated in Vancouver but was hobbled on a –30 C night near the Manitoba border, forcing Via Rail to leave its passengers in the village of about 300 people that’s located some 250 ...

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How to track Santa on NORAD and Google Earth

Kids across the globe are excitedly awaiting Santa’s arrival tonight, but did you know how you can track his journey? Here’s how you can follow the man in red’s path on Christmas Eve… How can I track Santa with NORAD? The NORAD programme (North American Aerospace Defense Command) has been offering a way for kids to track Santa in his ...

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Queen reflects on past year's tragedies, family in Christmas message

Queen Elizabeth reflects on the past year’s tragedies and family in her Christmas message broadcast Monday. In excerpts released by Buckingham Palace, the Queen mentions terror attacks, the Grenfell Tower fire and hurricanes in the Caribbean as events that rocked the U.K. and abroad. “This Christmas, I think of London and Manchester, whose powerful identities shone through over the past 12 months ...

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Toronto-born Sound of Music actress Heather Menzies-Urich dies at 68

Heather Menzies-Urich, the actress perhaps best known for portraying Louisa von Trapp in the 1965 film The Sound of Music, has died at age 68. Menzies-Urich, the widow of actor Robert Urich, was recently diagnosed with cancer, according to their son Ryan Urich.  Urich said his mother died on Christmas Eve, surrounded by her children and family members. Her death was reported Christmas Day. ...

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Melania Trump snaps festive Christmas selfie

First lady Melania Trump visits with children in the Red Room working on holiday treats among the 2017 holiday decorations with the theme “Time-Honored Traditions” at the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. The First Lady honored 200 years of holiday traditions at the White House.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) The first lady snapped a festive selfie as she ...

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