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Obama's top 10 jokes at the correspondents' dinner

Before declaring "Obama out," the president took a few jabs at his inner circle, as well as the candidates vying to replace him.<p>President Barack Obama dropped the mic on his last White House Correspondents' Dinner.<p>But before declaring "Obama out," the president took a few jabs at his inner circle, …

Donald Trump

Meet the girl who has spent 10 years sailing the world, and has brought a cat along for the adventure

Getting your cat on a boat and sailing the oceans of the earth sounds like the beginning of a best-selling children’s book, but for Liz Clark it’s a reality.<p>A self-proclaimed ‘Shepirate’ the 34 year-old San Diego native has been sailing around the world in an 11-by-40-foot Cal 40 boat that she was …

Sailing

Rebuilding Nepal by Hand

The photographer Renaud Philippe returned to the epicenter of last year’s 7.8-magnitude earthquake to document what progress has been made in some of the hardest-to-reach villages. Before April 25, 2015, Barpak was a picturesque Nepali village nestled some 6,000 feet above sea level. After, less …

Natural Disasters

Canada’s uncomfortable reliance on migrant workers

A new documentary, Migrant Dreams, explores the questions behind temporary foreign workers<p>A few months ago, a construction worker named Brian …

Canada

After Canadian hostage beheaded, $1M reportedly paid to terrorists for 10 Indonesian sailors

MANILA, Philippines — Six days after Canadian hostage John Ridsdel was beheaded by Abu Sayyaf, 10 Indonesian sailors were released by Islamic …

Puerto Rico won’t make $420-million debt payment: Governor

Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla announced that Puerto Rico's government will not make a $420-million bond payment due Monday, after a failure to negotiate a legal or political solution to the U.S. territory's public debt crisis.<p>Garcia said Sunday that he had issued an executive order suspending …

Caribbean

Proposed court fee hike ‘done on the backs of the poorest litigants,’ says lawyers’ group

Exact numbers aren’t given for the new fees or the fee increases.<p>According to the proposal, the ministry is increasing fees in civil, small claims …

‘Justin, just give it a rest’: Obama teases Trudeau at his final White House Correspondents’ Dinner

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama squeezed in a Justin Trudeau joke at his final White House Correspondents’ Dinner roast.Obama made a few cracks …

Synthetic microbe with just 473 genes created by scientists

But they have no idea what a third of the genes actually do<p>Scientists have deleted nearly half the genes of a microbe, creating a stripped-down …

TSX, Canadian dollar fall as oil loses ground

Stocks and the Canadian dollar continued to fall on Thursday, with oil set to have its first weekly decline since mid-February.<p>After sinking by a …

First Ladies Michelle Obama and Juliana Awada Finesse a Fashionable Alliance

Sure, on the heels of the president’s landmark Argentinian visit, the world is abuzz with talk about that tango, but what we couldn’t help notice is the apparent fashion connection between First Lady Michelle Obama and Argentina’s First Lady, Juliana Awada. Yesterday in Buenos Aires, in a bright …

Canada: A nation of winter wusses

Canada used to pride itself on being the land of ice and snow. Now we avoid the outdoors—even when it’s not all that cold.<p>Despite an unseasonably …

Canada

Children of Kashechewan First Nation suffering from mysterious rashes

Watchlist

UN agency pulls out as Greece begins arresting refugees

ATHENS, GREECE—The UN refugee agency pulled out staff Tuesday from facilities on Lesbos and other Greek islands being used to detain refugees and …

Calgary Sun

How to evaluate the Liberal's first budget

It’s both easier and harder than it seems, writes economist Stephen Gordon<p>How are we to evaluate the new Liberal government’s first budget? This …

A preview of the 2017 federal budget

Mike Moffatt on what today’s budget telegraphs about what is to come<p>First budgets for new governments rarely contain much in the way of surprises. …

No increased threat to Canada after Brussels attack, Ottawa insists

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau condemned the "cowardly" terrorist attacks in Belgium, but his government insisted there was no need to change the threat level in Canada.<p>Mr. Trudeau learned of the attacks in Brussels before 6 a.m., in a phone call from his chief of staff, Katie Telford. He was …

Canada

Italy arrests Iraqi identified by France, Belgium as having terrorist contacts | Toronto Star

MILAN—Italy’s interior minister says police have arrested on a European warrant an Iraqi identified by French and Belgian authorities as having …

Extremism

Liberals drop controversial stock options tax plan

Canadian startups got their wish Tuesday as the federal government abandoned an election pledge to increase taxation of stock options in a budget that put renewed focus on Canada's innovation sector.<p>Technology and natural resource startups alike voiced alarm after the Liberals campaigned last fall …

Canada

Tributes pour in for victims

Mourners write messages and light candles to pay respects to at least 31 victims and scores of injured in three bomb attacks in Brussels. The Islamic State terrorist group claimed responsibility for the attacks in Brussels airport and a metro station.

Terrorism

Justin Trudeau’s first federal budget by the numbers

A $30-billion deficit, a $6-billion contingency fund and more numbers to help you understand the 2016-17 budget

Federal Budget

10 things you need to know about the federal budget

The new Liberal government delivered a budget Tuesday to infuse growth with billion-dollar spending, but the bold effort will add more than $100 …

Trump, Clinton add to delegate leads with primary wins in Arizona amid voting chaos

WASHINGTON — Under a fresh cloud of overseas violence, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton added to their delegate troves on Tuesday with victories in …

Budget gives $245-million to resettle government-assisted Syrian refugees

The Liberals have set aside $245-million for the resettlement of an additional 10,000 government-assisted Syrian refugees over the next five years, according to the federal budget.<p>The government previously announced its intentions to resettle 10,000 government-sponsored Syrian refugees this year, …

Is Trudeau’s honeymoon over? The budget’s grim economic vision

John Geddes on a federal budget that preaches patience and defers promises<p>Justin Trudeau’s honeymoon with the Canadian public remains, pollsters …

Canada

Military left waiting on big-ticket items as Liberals shrink funding in budget

Justin Trudeau's first budget offers no new money for big-ticket military items and instead shrinks funding by $3.72-billion over five years to account for major delays in plans to buy new fighter jets and ships.<p>The Liberals insist, however, they are not slashing defence spending and are instead …

Canada

Supreme Court Justice Thomas Cromwell to retire in September

Cromwell, 63, was named to the Supreme Court in 2008, after serving 11 years on the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal<p>OTTAWA – Supreme Court Justice Thomas …

Canada