Thousands of Canadians mourn Iran crash victims at memorials

EDMONTON, ALBERTA/TORONTO (REUTERS) - About 2,000 people packed a memorial in Toronto on Sunday (Jan 12) to remember the victims of a Ukrainian airliner shot down in Iran in a disaster that killed 57 Canadians, mainly of Iranian descent. Canadian MP Kirsty Duncan consoles a woman at the memorial in Toronto.PHOTO: REUTERS Thousands more are … Continue reading Thousands of Canadians mourn Iran crash victims at memorials

New Malta PM pledges rule of law after journalist murder ‘storm’

Valletta (AFP) Malta's incoming prime minister promised Sunday to strengthen the rule of law after the "storm" caused by the probe into the murder of a journalist that toppled his predecessor. Outsider Robert Abela, 42, elected leader of the Labour party on Saturday and set to become the Mediterranean country's new prime minister after Joseph … Continue reading New Malta PM pledges rule of law after journalist murder ‘storm’

US to expel a dozen Saudi military trainees after Pensacola naval base shooting

WASHINGTON (NYTIMES) - About a dozen Saudi students training alongside the US military in the United States will be sent back to Saudi Arabia after a review that stemmed from the killing of three American service members at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida, last month, according to a US official. An FBI photo … Continue reading US to expel a dozen Saudi military trainees after Pensacola naval base shooting

Iran plane crash: Ticket change in Teheran saves Ukrainian’s life

KYIV, UKRAINE (AP) - A Ukrainian political analyst who was in Iran's capital for an international conference planned to head home when it was done, but then chose to stay one more day and do some sightseeing. The decision saved his life. Andrey Buzarov, a Ukrainian political analyst, stands during an interview with the Associated … Continue reading Iran plane crash: Ticket change in Teheran saves Ukrainian’s life

Police foil attempt to assassinate Farc leader Timochenko says Colombia

BOGOTA (REUTERS) - Colombian police thwarted an assassination attempt against Rodrigo Londono, former commander of the demobilised Farc rebels better known by his nom de guerre Timochenko, a senior official said on Sunday (Jan 12). Rodrigo Londono aka Timochenko (centre) takes part in an anti-government protest in Medellin, Colombia, on Nov 21, 2019.PHOTO: AFP General … Continue reading Police foil attempt to assassinate Farc leader Timochenko says Colombia

Real Madrid beat Atletico Madrid on penalties to claim Spanish Super Cup

Captain Sergio Ramos converted the decisive fourth penalty for Real Madrid after Dani Carvajal, Rodrygo Goes and Luka Modric had scored for his side while Saul Niguez and Thomas Partey failed to convert for Atletico, with Kieran Trippier scoring for them. Atletico Madrid's Argentine forward Angel Correa (C) dribbles past Real Madrid's Spanish defender Sergio Ramos (R) … Continue reading Real Madrid beat Atletico Madrid on penalties to claim Spanish Super Cup

Ex-pope Benedict rejects opening up priesthood to married men

Rome (AFP) Former pope Benedict XVI has publicly urged his successor Pope Francis not to open the Catholic priesthood up to married men, in a plea that Sunday stunned Vatican experts. The ex-pontiff, who retired in 2013, issued the defence of clerical celibacy in a book written with arch-conservative Cardinal Robert Sarah, extracts of which … Continue reading Ex-pope Benedict rejects opening up priesthood to married men

Iran concedes de-escalation ‘only solution’ to end crisis with US

Security was stepped up in Iran's capital after a vigil the previous night for those killed in the air disaster turned into an angry protest and police temporarily arrested the British ambassador for being there. US President Donald Trump warned Iran against harming demonstrators and against a repeat of a deadly crackdown against rallies in November … Continue reading Iran concedes de-escalation ‘only solution’ to end crisis with US

Three things we learned from the Premier League weekend

London (AFP) Liverpool extended their advantage at the top of the Premier League to 14 points with a game in hand by setting a record-breaking pace with their 20th win from 21 games at Tottenham. Manchester City are now second best as the champions thrashed Aston Villa 6-1 to leapfrog Leicester. The Foxes were beaten … Continue reading Three things we learned from the Premier League weekend

Pricey ‘American Dream’ mall places big bet on retail

New York (AFP) Lindsey Vonn was among the luminaries on hand last month to christen "Big Snow," North America's first indoor ski facility, part of a new $5 billion mega-mall in New Jersey. For about $30, consumers can ski for two hours on a 1,000-foot (300-meter) hill of man-made snow, the glare of the sun … Continue reading Pricey ‘American Dream’ mall places big bet on retail

Aguero makes history as Man City thrash Aston Villa

Birmingham (United Kingdom) (AFP) Sergio Aguero became the Premier League's top scoring foreign player with a hat-trick as Manchester City thrashed Aston Villa 6-1 to move ahead of Leicester into second in the table. It may be too late to salvage City's defence of the Premier League title as they remain 14 points behind runaway … Continue reading Aguero makes history as Man City thrash Aston Villa

‘1917’ marches to box-office victory in N.America

Los Angeles (AFP) Universal's war drama "1917" took command of the North American box office this weekend, riding its Golden Globes success to earn an estimated $36.5 million, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations reported Sunday. The film's unexpectedly strong showing was timely, with Oscar nominations set to be announced on Monday. Last Sunday it won Golden … Continue reading ‘1917’ marches to box-office victory in N.America