Daily Archives: April 15, 2018

A day before marathon, Boston marks 5 years since deadly bombing

The bells of Old South Church in Boston rang at 2:49 p.m. to commemorate a citywide moment of silence in honour of Boston Marathon bombing survivors and victims It was an emotional moment in a day filled with service projects and ceremonies to remember those impacted by the deadly bombings five years ago. Boston began the anniversary of the attacks ...

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'Who asked you?' Why Quebec waded into the Trans Mountain spat

Quebec’s leaders spent last week sending ominous signs they don’t like how this whole Trans Mountain pipeline thing is shaking out.  Premier Philippe Couillard was standing next to Justin Trudeau in Montreal when the prime minister declared on Tuesday that Ottawa was “determined to see that pipeline built” despite the opposition of the British Columbia government. Couillard stayed quiet at the time, but grew ...

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'God damn you, Trump': Syrians in Damascus react to U.S.-led airstrikes

Damascene — a name given to the people of Damascus — had little presence in the Syrian uprising against president Bashar al-Assad compared to those from other Syrian cities. For one reason or another, Assad decided to hold on to Damascus fiercely, so those who wanted to rise up against him either had to leave the city for good, or stay in prisons for undetermined periods of time. ...

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David Buckel, prominent gay rights lawyer, burns himself to death in New York to protest global warming

David Buckel burned himself to death in New York’s Prospect Park on Saturday.  (REUTERS/Jeff Zelevansky) A “green” activist who was a pioneering lawyer for gay and transgender rights — including in the notorious “Boys Don’t Cry” rape murder case — committed suicide by setting himself on fire Saturday morning in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park in a grisly act of protest against ...

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'One-time shot' or 'sustained response'? Seeking a Trump Syria strategy post-missile strike

This time, as the pre-dawn skies over Syria streaked with U.S.-launched Tomahawk cruise missiles, it was a multilateral effort. The U.S.-European operation was broader than last year’s, hitting three targets rather than one Syrian air base. It was bolder, too, striking near the more densely populated capital of Damascus, after the regime unleashed a suspected chemical weapons attack on its citizens last ...

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