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Mom who drank on night of baby’s death to be sentenced

BELFAST, Maine — A Maine woman who told jurors that she drank multiple shots of liquor and smoked marijuana the night of her infant son’s death is due to be sentenced this week. Thirty-two-year-old Miranda Hopkins will appear in court on Wednesday in Belfast. The Troy resident says she doesn’t know how 7-week-old Jaxson died …

21 Rohingya women recount rape by Myanmar armed forces

UKHIA, Bangladesh — The use of rape by Myanmar’s armed forces has been sweeping and methodical, The Associated Press found in interviews with 29 Rohingya Muslim women and girls now in Bangladesh. They were interviewed separately, come from a variety of villages in Myanmar and now live spread across several refugee camps in Bangladesh. Yet …

AFP vows to uphold transparency in line with HR commitments

MANILA — In line with its commitment to Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) announced that it will continue to be transparent with its operations and expressed willingness to cooperate in verified complaints brought against its personnel. The military issued this statement in line with the observance of the …

Garin: No corruption in gov’t procurement of Dengvaxia

Former Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Janette Garin on Monday refuted allegations of corruption thrown against her in the multi-billion procurement of the controversial dengue vaccine Dengvaxia from French pharmaceutical company Sanofi Pasteur. The former health secretary said that the procurement of Dengvaxia was not hastily implemented, and stressed that the purchase was a decision …

Environment Canada warns of snowfall in much of southern Ontario

TORONTO — Environment Canada issued special weather statements for much of southern Ontario on Sunday as the region experienced a blast of winter weather. It says the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area could be blanketed by snow on Sunday afternoon as an Arctic cold front was expected to cross the region. A possible “brief burst” …

National blood shortage prompts call for dog donors at clinics in Alberta

EDMONTON — Parker is not yet five years old and has been giving blood regularly for nearly three of them. “He just gave his 12th donation,” said Hans Granholm of Edmonton. What makes Parker’s altruism unusual is that he’s a happy-go-lucky giant schnauzer mix. The rescue dog, which had to go through a series of …

Alberta United Conservative Leader Jason Kenney seeks seat in Calgary byelection

CALGARY — More than a year after resigning his seat in Parliament, Jason Kenney is hoping to take up a new one next week in the Alberta legislature. The leader and architect of the United Conservative Party — a merger of the Progressive Conservative and Wildrose parties — is running in Thursday’s provincial byelection. A victory would …

Happiest place on Earth: Alberta daycare captures fairy tale imagination

MORINVILLE, Alta. — Once upon a time, in a town north of Edmonton, there was a man who dreamed of building something magical. After a year of construction, using $3 million from his own pocket, Robert Chauvet turned a Morinville parking lot into a scene out of a fairy tale. There’s a fantastical structure with …

Provinces, feds to square off over tax proceeds of legalized marijuana

OTTAWA — A cross-country squabble over how best to divvy up the proceeds of Canada’s coming legal-weed windfall is about to intensify as finance ministers gather for high-stakes talks in Ottawa. For the provinces and territories, a key question looms: what entitles Ottawa to claim so much as half of the tax revenues that will start …

Israeli, French leaders tangle over US Jerusalem decision

JERUSALEM — The French and Israeli leaders sparred verbally Sunday over the U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, while new violence rippled across the region following the move by U.S. President Donald Trump. In Jerusalem, a Palestinian stabbed an Israeli security guard, seriously wounding him in the first attack in the volatile city …