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Freddie Roach yet to see Pacquiao slowing down in training

After engaging Manny Pacquiao in the ring for the past 21 years, Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach has yet to see the Filipino fighting senator losing steam while preparing for his next fight.

NHL Power Rankings: Montreal takes top spot heading into week 3

Montreal - What a difference a year can make, especially for the NHL teams that play north of the border. Last year not one franchise from Canada made the playoffs, but things are looking much different at the start of the 2016-17 hockey season.

MLB Rumors: Rich Hill headed to Boston Red Sox?

Boston - After a strong second half to the 2016 MLB season, it all came crashing down in the playoffs for the Boston Red Sox, leaving fans and the team feeling a bit empty.

Migrants arrive in wary French villages

Forges-les-bains - As the bulldozers clear the remaining shacks at the "Jungle" camp, the thousands of migrants moved out to shelters around France are facing an uncertain welcome from their new hosts.

Russia opposes Syria sanctions after UN gas attacks probe

New York - Russia on Thursday dismissed as "unconvincing" the findings of a UN-led investigation showing that Syrian forces had carried out three chemical attacks, and said no sanctions should be imposed.

Six second video service Vine is closing down

Twitter has announced it is shutting down its short-form video sharing service Vine. The company said users will be able to download their clips before the mobile app stops working. It has not explained why it is abandoning Vine.

Xiaomi's new phone is possibly the most striking ever built

Xiaomi has announced a new smartphone with an almost bezel-less display. The Mi MIX was unveiled in China this week and sports a screen that covers over 90 percent of its surface. The giant phablet also offers high-end performance.

Russia denies role in bloody strike on Syria school

Birut - Russia denied any involvement in deadly air strikes on a Syrian school and rejected a UN-led investigation showing its ally Damascus had carried out chemical attacks, as Moscow's relations with the West took another hit.

4 Iranian arms shipments to Yemen stopped: US admiral

Dubai - Warships from the US Navy and allied nations have intercepted four weapons shipments from Iran to war-ravaged Yemen since April 2015, a US admiral said Thursday.

Two out of three Canadians want distracted walking laws

According to a poll taken early last month, 66 percent of Canadians would like to see laws that ban the use of cellphones by pedestrians on public roadways. The respondents were fed up with pedestrians using cellphones and not paying attention.

Facts on Iraq's Yazidi minority

Strasbourg - Iraq's Yazidi minority is in the spotlight Thursday after two women from the community won the European Parliament's Sakharov human rights prize.

2017 NHL Mock Draft: Updated early season first round projections

Two weeks into the 2016-17 NHL season and hockey experts already have a good idea on what teams need, not only for the rest of this year, but where depth is needed for future success.

Offensive on IS 'capital' Raqa more complex than Mosul

Brussels - As Iraqi forces backed by a US-led coalition inch towards the Islamic State group in Mosul, experts and security sources warn that any assault on the jihadists' main Syrian stronghold of Raqa would be even more difficult.

MoMA will feature emoji in December exhibit

Emoji are heading to the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. The MoMA announced on Wednesday that they have added the first set of 176 emoji from 1999 — originally used on Japanese pagers — to their collection.

Russia has given MH17 radar data to Netherlands

Moscow - Russia has handed over to the Netherlands raw radar data from the area where Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was downed over rebel-held eastern Ukraine in 2014, Moscow confirmed Thursday.

Call to bolster UN force in DRCongo, amid unrest fears

Luanda - Leaders of the Great Lakes region called Thursday for the UN peacekeeping force in strife-torn DR Congo to be bolstered, as fears rise of an upsurge in violence linked to delayed presidential polls.

Freshwater algae toxins found in San Francisco Bay shellfish

Santa Cruz - Scientists have detected high levels of the freshwater algae toxin, microcystin, in shellfish in San Francisco Bay. Although coastal waters are monitored for toxins produced by marine algae, they are not routinely tested for freshwater algae toxins.

Op-Ed: Sonoma realtor-tunred author now has her own column Special

Sonoma - Autumn brings to mind change and a shift in the seasons. The symbolism has not gone unnoticed by local Realtor-turned author, Catherine Sevenau.

Colombia in suspense over peace talks with ELN rebels

Quito - Peace talks between Colombia's government and leftist ELN rebels hung in suspense Thursday, hours before their scheduled launch, as leaders complained the insurgents had not released a key hostage.

Plotting Netflix’s future: pain equals success Special

New York - There’s a big difference between strategy and tactics, says Netflix’s CEO and co-founder Reed Hastings. He sums it up in a simple equation: strategy = pain.
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