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DFO urges boaters to keep distance from English Bay grey whale

Vancouver - The Department of Fisheries and Oceans in Canada has reminded boaters to steer well clear of a grey whale that has been spending time off the shore of Vancouver's English Bay. The big cetacean has been seen feeding near the beaches there.

Gaza rocket hits Israel after deadly clashes: Army

Jerusalem - Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip launched a rocket at Israel early Saturday, the army said, just hours after six Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire during border clashes.

Floyd Mayweather's Bentley, Rolls Royce go up in smoke

Floyd Mayweather's luxury cars including a Bentley, two units Rolls Royce and a custom jeep went up in smoke as the cars were being transported in a truck bound for Miami, Florida.

Canada parties split on security, anti-IS air strikes

Montr - Canada could curb its counterterrorism efforts, including airstrikes against the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq, if Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Tories are defeated in October 19 elections.

Shia LaBeouf arrested in Austin

Austin - Actor Shia LaBeouf, who has starred in movies such as Transformers, Man Down and Fury, was arrested in Austin, Texas on Friday.

Poaching threatens Mali's rare desert elephants

90 out of Mali’s only 300 desert elephants have been killed during the past one year as ivory poachers exploit a security vacuum created by an Islamic insurgency in the deserts near the city of Timbuktu.

Monsanto on defensive over lawsuits as it lays off 2,600 workers

Monsanto has been put on the defensive and is coming out fighting after two U.S. farm workers filed lawsuits last month, claiming the chemical in Roundup causes cancer. At the same time, the seed company is laying off 12 percent of its workforce.

Congress chaos exposes U.S. Republican divide ahead of 2016

Washington - US Republicans have feuded since 2011. Now with the latest Washington chaos over who rises to House speaker, the GOP competes for the presidency struggling to show it can govern without compromising conservative doctrine.

Libya rivals urged to sign long-awaited peace deal

Tripoli - World leaders and the United Nations urged Libya's warring parties Friday to sign a proposed peace deal installing a national unity government, after a cool response from some lawmakers in the country's rival parliaments.

Twin Ankara blasts 'kill 20'

Ankara - At least 20 people were feared dead Saturday in twin explosions in Turkey's capital Ankara, targeting activists gathering for a peace rally organised by leftist and pro-Kurdish groups.

International help arrives to tackle Indonesia fires

Jakarta - International help to assist Indonesia in combating forest and agricultural fires cloaking Southeast Asia in haze has begun to arrive on Sumatra island, an official said on Saturday.

Microsoft pays security researcher $24k reward for Hotmail hack

A security researcher who successfully managed to hack Microsoft's Hotmail email service has received $24,000 in reward money after disclosing the details, adding to the increasing numbers of people making thousands in bug bounties.

Op-Ed: Yes, Urban Outfitters really did ask employees to work for free

With fall in the air, the crush of customers wanting warmer clothes can't be far behind. Retailers like Urban Outfitters are counting on that, and this is why the chain wants its employees to work weekends. For free.

Op-Ed: Fukushima cancer rates in children 50X higher than normal

Tokyo - Another study on Fukushima-related childhood cancer rates has surfaced, this time published by researchers at Fukushima Medical University. And yet again, the findings are being disputed.

India PM's reform push faces crunch test in Bihar vote

Patna - Prime Minister Narendra Modi faces a crucial test on Monday when Bihar, one of India's largest and poorest states, begins voting in polls that could have major consequences for his troubled reform drive.

Nigeria's former oil minister will fight graft claims: Lawyer

Lagos - Nigeria's former oil minister Diezani Alison-Madueke will strongly contest corruption allegations against her once she has recovered from breast cancer treatment, her family's lawyer told AFP on Friday.

Manicured fingers throwing stones: Palestinian women join unrest

Ramallah - Ready for action in her pink muslin top, her manicured fingers clutching stones she picked up from the roadside, the 18-year-old declared that "the nation doesn't only belong to the boys!

Tears and confusion as Hungary tries 'criminal' migrants

Szeged - "You shouldn't enter a country through a hole in a fence," the judge tells Mustafa, a Syrian migrant charged with a new type of crime created in Hungary only last month -- illegally entering the country by crossing the newly-built barrier on the border...

N. Korea ready for 'any' US war, leader tells anniversary parade

Pyongyang - North Korea's leader Kim Jong-Un said Saturday his country could fight any war provoked by the United States, as he presided over a vast military parade to mark the 70th anniversary of the ruling Workers' Party.

Review: ‘Pan’ fails to find balance between story and theatrics Special

‘Pan’ is the newly imagined origin story of the beloved characters of ‘Peter Pan’ that doesn’t exhibit any commitment to its inspiration, but instead creates a wild world of radiant imagery and exaggerated characters.
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