Thousands protest coronavirus restrictions in Czech capital

PRAGUE – Thousands rallied in the Czech capital of Prague on Sunday to protest the government’s restrictive measures to tackle a record surge of coronavirus infections. The protesters included members and supporters of a number of fringe political parties and groups that failed to win any parliamentary seats in October’s election. It was their third … Read more

Canadian-developed screening test aims to detect early-stage cancer using blood samples

TORONTO — The COVID-19 pandemic led to a surge in late-stage cancer diagnoses, with restrictions preventing or discouraging many from getting screened early. But a new screening technology developed by a Canadian company could make it easier to detect cancers earlier. StageZero Life Sciences is a Richmond Hill, Ont.-based health care company that has developed … Read more

IN Focus: White House climate advisor, local lawmakers discuss Build Back Better Act

INDIANAPOLIS – The Senate is set to return to Capitol Hill this week to consider President Biden’s Build Back Better Act, with local lawmakers speaking out on where they stand on the nearly $2 trillion bill. Speaking with our Washington bureau, Congressman Larry Buschon (R-IN-8) expressed skepticism that the legislation will tackle the economic woes … Read more

Kyrgyzstan’s parliamentary vote to boost president’s clout

MOSCOW – Voters in Kyrgyzstan cast ballots in a parliamentary election Sunday that comes just over a year after a forceful change of government in the ex-Soviet Central Asian nation. President Sadyr Zhaparov, who was elected in January following protests that ousted his predecessor, expects the ballot to further cement his grip on power. Kyrgyzstan, … Read more

‘My dad Harry Leslie Smith died 3 years today – he would despair of UK now’

Dad – dubbed the World’s Oldest Rebel for his campaigning work – would hate to see how we’ve become so insular and intolerant we’ve become, just three days after his death, writes John Max Smith “So much has changed since my dad died because it’s harder now to hope that we will survive as a … Read more

Riot-hit Solomons begins clean-up as more foreign troops arrive

Clean-up operations have started in the riot-hit capital of the Solomon Islands as soldiers and police from Australia and Papua New Guinea helped to restore calm after several days of deadly riots. Residents of Honiara cleared shattered glass, rubble and rubbish from the streets on Sunday as heavy machinery in the hard-hit district of Chinatown … Read more

Iran nuclear talks to restart as US emphasizes it’s ‘prepared to use other options’ if diplomacy fails

The parties to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action will reconvene in Vienna after almost six months to discuss a mutual return to the deal by both the US and Iran, but the hiatus has given time for new obstacles to take root. On Friday, Iran announced yet more advances in its uranium enrichment, which … Read more

Neighbours in B.C.’s flooded Sumas Prairie effort cleanup amid new storm concerns

ABBOTSFORD, B.C. — Still trying to clean up the devastation of last week’s storm, farmers in the Sumas Prairie of Abbotsford, B.C., are bracing for more rain this weekend. After the area was flooded by days of torrential rain, with up to 120 millimetres more expected by Sunday morning, neighbours are helping one another pick … Read more

Algerians hold local elections amid anger over rising prices

ALGIERS – Algerians are voting Saturday to elect mayors and regional leaders amid widespread worry and frustration over rising prices for basic goods, housing and health care. The government is hoping the election confirms support for President Abdelmadjid Tebboune, who won election after his predecessor was ousted in 2019 by pro-democracy protests backed by the … Read more

Solomon Islands police find 3 bodies after violent protests

CANBERRA – Solomon Islands police found three bodies in a burned-out building and arrested more than 100 people in this week’s violence sparked by concerns about the Pacific nation’s increasing links with China. Australian media reported the bodies were recovered late Friday after riots and protests subsided. No other details were given. Authorities imposed a … Read more