Tag Archives: Kitchener-Waterloo

More Nigerian schoolgirls missing after latest Boko Haram attack

Welcome to The National Today newsletter, which takes a closer look at what’s happening around some of the day’s most notable stories. Sign up here and it will be delivered directly to your inbox Monday to Friday. TODAY: Boko Haram has reportedly struck another school and abducted more young girls, but there’s confusion around how many Saudi Arabia’s government is promising to bring in thousands of foreign ...

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Saudi Arabia to build opera house in bid to shed conservative image, lure tourists

Saudi Arabia, a state where concerts are banned and music is prohibited in restaurants and stores, says construction will begin on the kingdom’s first-ever opera house as it moves to shake off its conservative image and lure in tourist dollars.  The kingdom has been relaxing its decades-old restrictions on entertainment and fun, as part of a wider effort spearheaded by ...

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Stymied by regulators, Airbnb looks to luxury vacations, hotels for growth

Airbnb is rolling out new services aimed at attracting travellers looking for luxury accommodations and traditional hotels, the latest move to contend with sputtering growth in its original home-renting business. The company on Thursday will unveil a new product that bundles Airbnb’s poshest properties with high-end travel services, as well as a separate category of homes guaranteed to be clean ...

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'The world is watching': La Loche, Sask., braces for decision on fate of school shooter

It’s been 25 months since Charlene Klyne saw a teenage shooter open fire through the doorway of a classroom at the La Loche Community School in northern Saskatchewan. Shotgun spray left her partially blind. A judge will decide Friday if that shooter should be sentenced as a youth or an adult. Klyne said it does not feel like two years since the shooting happened. ...

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Why politics is driving a new wave of protectionism: Don Pittis

You’ve likely heard the concern that Twitter and Facebook have divided the world into separate camps because many of us unfollow the social media voices that disagree with us. I thought of that as I flipped through my old-tech newspaper yesterday morning, reading several pieces about Canada’s own domestic trade dispute, vainly looking to see if any of the commentary would take the view ...

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Convicted attempted murderer invited to formal dinner with Trudeau in India

Jaspal Atwal, a convicted former member of an illegal Sikh separatist group, was invited to dine with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at a formal event hosted by the Canadian High Commissioner Thursday in Delhi. The invitation, which was extended by Canada’s High Commissioner to India, was rescinded after CBC News asked the Prime Minister’s Office about it Wednesday.  “I can confirm that the High Commission ...

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More than 90 Nigerian schoolgirls feared missing after Boko Haram attack

More than 90 Nigerian schoolgirls are feared missing after Islamist insurgent group Boko Haram attacked a village in the northeastern state of Yobe, two sources told Reuters on Wednesday. Their disappearance, if confirmed, would be one of the largest since Boko Haram abducted more than 270 schoolgirls from the town of Chibok in 2014. That case drew global attention to the nine-year insurgency, which has sparked ...

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