France rules against burkini swimwear for religious reasons

France rules against burkini swimwear for religious reasons

France’s top administrative body ruled against allowing body-covering burkini swimwear in public pools for religious reasons.The Associated Press France’s top administrative court ruled Tuesday against allowing body-covering “burkini” swimwear in public pools for religious reasons, arguing that it violates the principle of government neutrality toward religion. While worn by only a small number of people … Read more

Port of Odesa hit by missile attack as Russian forces advance in eastern Ukraine

Port of Odesa hit by missile attack as Russian forces advance in eastern Ukraine

A Ukrainian tank during heavy fighting on the front line in Severodonetsk, Ukraine, on June 8.Oleksandr Ratushniak/The Associated Press Ukraine on Monday acknowledged difficulties in fighting in the east of the country as Russian forces captured territory along a front-line river and intensified pressure on two key cities ahead of an EU summit expected to … Read more

Russia claims 162 Canadian foreign fighters have been killed in Ukraine. There’s no evidence to back that up

Russia claims 162 Canadian foreign fighters have been killed in Ukraine.  There’s no evidence to back that up

Ukrainian soldiers and foreign fighters wait before advancing in the streets during a clearing-out operation of remaining Russian forces in Irpin, Ukraine, March 29, 2022.DANIEL BEREHULAK/The New York Times News Service Jordan Mullins doesn’t know exactly what hit him – he only remembers the pain he felt when shrapnel punctured his left calf. Mr. Mullins, … Read more

As battles in Ukraine’s east grind on, NATO warns of long war

As battles in Ukraine’s east grind on, NATO warns of long war

Smoke and flame rise after a military strike on a compound of Sievierodonetsk’s Azot Chemical Plant, as Russia’s attack on Ukraine continues, in Lysychansk, Luhansk region, on June 18.STRINGER/Reuters The war in Ukraine could last for years, the head of NATO said on Sunday, calling for steadfast support from Ukraine’s allies as Russian forces battle … Read more

Why Ukraine’s security chief says Russia’s war is breaking all the rules

Why Ukraine’s security chief says Russia’s war is breaking all the rules

Oleksiy Danilov, the secretary of The National Security and Defense Council in Kyiv on June 17.Anton Skyba/The Globe and Mail Two items lie on the long wooden table inside the headquarters of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine: a map showing the latest Russian attacks on this country, and a chessboard. On the … Read more

Heavy rains prompt state of emergency in Calgary, flooding fears in BC

Heavy rains prompt state of emergency in Calgary, flooding fears in BC

A home on Peguis First Nation with a Tiger Dam around it for Fisher River flooding north of Winnipeg on May 15.JOHN WOODS/The Canadian Press Calgary declared a state of emergency Monday as torrential rains were predicted to pelt Southern Alberta with more than a month’s worth of rain in just three days, but the … Read more

Mass COVID-19 testing announced in Beijing amid ‘ferocious’ outbreak

Mass COVID-19 testing announced in Beijing amid ‘ferocious’ outbreak

A health worker gets a swab sample from a woman to be tested for the Covid-19 coronavirus at a swab collection site in Beijing on June 12.NOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images Beijing’s most populous district Chaoyang announced three rounds of mass testing to quell a “ferocious” COVID-19 outbreak that emerged at a bar in a nightlife and … Read more

Russia destroys bridge over Ukrainian river, cutting escape route from Sievierodonetsk

Russia destroys bridge over Ukrainian river, cutting escape route from Sievierodonetsk

A man rides his bicycle between two destroyed military trucks in the city of Lysychansk, eastern Ukrainian region of Donbas, on June 11, 2022.ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images Russian forces have blown up a bridge linking the embattled Ukrainian city of Sievierodonetsk to another city across the river, cutting off a possible evacuation route for civilians, local … Read more

Members of Patriot Front charged with planning riot at Idaho pride event

Members of Patriot Front charged with planning riot at Idaho pride event

Police in northwest Idaho arrested more than two dozen members of a white nationalist group on Saturday and charged them with planning to stage a riot near a LGBTQ pride event, authorities said. Lee White, police chief in the city of Coeur D’Alene, told reporters 31 members of Patriot Front face misdemeanour charges of conspiracy … Read more

How Hong Kong could become the next hot place for Russian oligarchs to store their wealth

How Hong Kong could become the next hot place for Russian oligarchs to store their wealth

A man takes a photo with his phone on a promenade next to Victoria Harbor during a day of heavy rain in Hong Kong on June 8.ISAAC LAWRENCE/AFP/Getty Images In the weeks after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, British lawmakers revived and rushed through a long-delayed economic crime bill to target Russian assets, President Joe Biden … Read more