Virus spike prompts big California about face on reopenings

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday ordered bars and indoor dining at restaurants to close in most areas of the state for the next three weeks amid a troubling surge of new coronavirus cases throughout the state. The

Four of Canada’s big banks join anti-hate advertising boycott of Facebook

TORONTO — Four of Canada's five biggest banks are joining an international boycott of Facebook over concerns that the platform is complicit in promoting racism, violence and misinformation. Scotiabank, RBC, CIBC and BMO have pledged to stop purchasing ...

Department of Homeland Security to safeguard US monuments

WASHINGTON — The federal agency that was created to improve the nation’s response to terrorism announced Wednesday that it will be adding the protection of statues and monuments to its mission. Acting U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad...

Trump plans huge July 4 fireworks show despite DC’s concerns

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s July Fourth celebration on the National Mall will feature one of the largest fireworks displays ever and as many as 300,000 face masks will be given away to those who want them — but despite

COVID-19 reshapes Canada Day celebrations from big parties to online shows

OTTAWA — Large celebrations were replaced in many parts of the nation with backyard gatherings and digital events as Canadians marked a Canada Day unlike any other in the country's 153-year history. It has been almost four months since govern...

France freezes role in NATO naval force amid Turkey tensions

PARIS — France announced Wednesday that it is suspending its involvement in a NATO naval operation in the Mediterranean Sea after a standoff with a Turkish warship, amid growing tensions within the military alliance over the conflict in Libya. France’s...

Mask advice could change depending on COVID-19 spread: Saskatchewan’s top doctor

REGINA — Saskatchewan's top doctor says his advice on wearing masks to protect against COVID-19 could change in the coming months. Wearing a mask in Saskatchewan isn't mandatory now, but chief medical health officer Dr. Saqib Shahab says it m...

Lighthizer celebrates USMCA, promises enforcement as trade deal comes into force

WASHINGTON — North America's new trade agreement finally became the law of the land Wednesday, complete with a celebratory warning from the Trump administration that the United States intends to make sure Canada ...

Trump, top officials defend response to Russia bounty threat

WASHINGTON — Criticized for inaction, President Donald Trump and top officials on Wednesday stepped up their defence of the administration's response to intelligence assessments that Russia offered bounties for killing U.S. troops in Afghanistan. Trump...

UK extends immigration rights for 3M eligible Hong Kongers

LONDON — Britain announced Wednesday that it was extending residency rights to up to 3 million Hong Kongers eligible for the British National Overseas passport, stressing that it would uphold its historic duty to a former British colony after Beijing