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Factbox: Canada’s biggest mass shootings in recent history

( ) – Four people, including two police officers, were killed in a shooting in eastern Canada on Friday in the latest eruption of gun violence across the country that has led to calls for weapons,上海夜生活Bastian, bans in cities.

Below are mass shootings in Canada over the past three decades.

TORONTO, ONTARIO: July 22, 2018 – A man walked down a busy Toronto street, shooting randomly into restaurants. He killed two people and wounded 13, before turning his gun on himself.

QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC: Jan. 29, 2017 – A man opened fire during evening prayers at a mosque, killing six people and wounding five. Twelve others were treated for minor injuries.

LA LOCHE, SASKATCHEWAN: Jan. 22, 2016 – A student killed his two brothers at home before opening fire at a remote community high school, killing two more people and wounding seven others.

EDMONTON, ALBERTA: Dec. 29, 2014 – A man killed eight people, including his wife, before killing himself.

MONCTON, NEW BRUNSWICK: June 2014 – A gunman killed three Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) officers and wounded two others.

TORONTO, ONTARIO: July 2012 – Two rival gang members opened fire at a block party in the West Hill neighborhood, killing two people and injuring 23.

MONTREAL, QUEBEC: September 2006 – A man opened fire at Dawson College, killing one student and injuri,上海夜生活桑拿会所Tatiana,ng 19 bef上海龙凤419ore killing himself.

MAYERTHORPE, ALBERTA: March 2005: A man killed four Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers who went to his home to execute a warrant to repossess property. The man then killed himself.

OTTAWA, ONTARIO: April 1999 – A former employee of Ottawa’s urban transit service killed four of his colleagues and wounded two others before taking his own life.

VERNON, BRITISH COLUMBIA: April 1996 – A man killed nine relatives gathered for the wedding of his estranged wife’s sister, and wounded two others, before killing himself.

MONTREAL, QUEBEC: August 1992 – An associate professor at Concordia University killed four of his colleagues and injured one person.

MONTREAL, QUEBEC: December 1989 – In Canada’s worst school shooting, a gunman killed 14 students, all female, and wounded 13 at the Ecole Polytechnique before committing suicide.

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U.S. to return colonization era church bells to the Philippines

MANILA ( ) – The United States will return to the Philippines church bells seized by U.S. troops as trophies during a war between the two countries more than a century ago, giving way to Manila after years of diplomatic pressure.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis has notified Congress that the departm,上海夜生活论坛Bella,ent plans to return the Bells of Balangiga to the Philippines at a date yet to be identified, the U.S. Embassy in Manila said in a statement on Saturday.

Despite decades of close ties between the two countries and a tight military alliance, the United States’ refusal to return the bells has long been a bone of contention, raised strongly by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.

In 1901, U.S. soldiers killed thousands of Filipinos, including women and children in the central Philippines town of Balangiga in response to the death of 48 U.S. soldiers at the hand of rebels during the war between the two countries.

U.S. troops took the town’s church bells. Two of the bells are at the Warren Air Fo,上海夜网Laz,rce Base in Wyoming, while the third is part of a traveling museum.

“We are aware that the Bells of Balangiga have deep significance for a number of people, both in the U上海龙凤419nited States and in the Philippines,” the embassy said.

The Philippines government had no immediate comment.

Banro gold mine trucks attacked in eastern Congo, two dead: army

GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo ( ) – Militiamen in eastern Congo attacked trucks belonging to Banro Corp’s Namoya gold mine, killing two people and kidnapping four others, the army said on Saturday, in at least the third attack on mine personnel since last year.

The attack was carried out by militiamen from the group Mai Mai Malaika on Thursday in the Tubangoyi forest about 35 km (22 miles) from the mine in Democratic Republic of Congo’s Maniema province, local army spokesman Dieudonne Kasereka told .

“The two people killed are not Banro workers but passengers that the drivers picked up along the road. For the moment, the hostages have not been found but the Congolese army has launched operations to recover them,” Kasereka said.

He added that the hostages were two drivers and two soldiers who were protecting the trucks.

Banro did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Repeated attacks by the Mai Mai on Namoya and Banro’s Twangiza mine in,上海夜生活论坛Edmund, neighbouring South Kivu province in the past two years threw the Canadian company’s survival into question late last year.

It was delisted from the Toronto Stock Exchange in January but is pursuing a recapitalisation plan to continue its operations.

Militias like the Mai Mai, who believe bl,上海夜生活Leyland,essed water has magical properties like protecting fighters from bullets, have preyed on eastern Congo’s population and exploited mineral resources since the end in 2003 of a regional war that killed millions, most from hunger and disease.

Mai Mai Malaika is one of several groups allied with another militia in the zone called Mai Mai Yakutumba, which briefly threatened to capture the city of Uvira last Septembe上海龙凤419r before being pushed back by Congolese and U.N. forces.

Illinois speaker eyes millionaire tax for school funding

CHICAGO ( ) – Illinois’ powerful speaker of the House of Representative on Thursday unveiled a plan that would slap a tax surcharge on millionaires in the state in an effort to raise $1 billion a year for schools.

Chicago Democrat Michael Madigan’s plan surfaced just two days after voters in the Republican primary election chose multi-millionaire venture capitalist Bruce Rauner to face incu,上海夜生活论坛Iona,mbent Democ上海419论坛ratic Governor Pat Quinn in the November general election.

Chip Englander, Rauner’s campaign manager, said economic growth was needed to boost education funding.

“We need to take a look at our entire tax system to make Illinois more competitive and lower the tax burden on the people of Illinois,” Englander said in a statement.

Under the speaker’s plan, annual incomes topping $1 million would be taxed an additional 3 percent over the state’s flat income tax rate, with the additional revenue distributed to schools on a per-pupil basis.

“This plan brings long overdue fairness to the state tax structure and provides a needed boost to education funding to help give our children more of the resources they need to succeed,” Madigan said in a statement.

The proposed constitutional amendment would need approval from the Democrat-controlled House and Senate by May 5 in order to be placed on the ballot for the November general election, according to the statement.

Illinois’ personal income tax rate, which was boosted to 5 percent in 2011, is scheduled to fall to 3.75 percent on January 1 unless lawmakers take action to keep the higher rate in place. Quinn’s fiscal 2015 budget presentation planned for next week is expected to address how the cash-strapped state will deal with the tax rate rol,上海夜生活桑拿会所Elisha,l-back.

Turkey is a ‘target of economic war’, Erdogan says

ISTANBUL ( ) – President Tayyip Erdogan denied on Saturday that Turkey is in a currency crisis, dismissing a plunge in the lira as ‘fluctuations’ which have nothing to do with economic fundamentals.

Speaking after U.S. President Donald Trump doubled tariffs on Turkish steel and aluminum imports, Erdogan described Friday’s 18 percent fall in the lira to a record low as the ‘missiles’ of an economic war waged against Turkey.

Erdogan said those who plotted against Turkey in a failed coup attempt in July 2016 were now trying to target the country through its economy, and pledged to fight back. He did not name any countries.

“Those who can’t compete with us on the ground have brought online fictional currency plots that have nothing to with the realities of our country, production and real economy,” Erdogan told a provincial meeting of his AK Party in the Black Sea coastal town of Rize.

“The country is neither crumbling, nor being destroyed or bankrupt or in a crisis,” he said, and added that the way out of the ‘currency plot’ was to boost production and ‘minimize interest rates’.

The Turkish lira has lost about 40 percent this year alone, largely over worries about Erdogan’s influence over the economy, his repeated calls for lower interest rates in the face of high inflation and deteriorating ties with the United States.

The two governments have been at odds over a wide range of topics – from diverging interests in Syria, to Turkey’s ambition to buy Russian defense systems, and the case of evangelical pastor Andrew Brunson, who is on trial in Turkey on terrorism charges.

Erdogan also appeared to allude to a ‘deadline’ for handing over Brunson, although he did not name the United States as having set any such deadline or say precisely when it might have expired. “(They are) threatening, saying you will send (him) until 6 pm … This is not some random country. This is Turkey,” he said.

A Turkish delegation visited Washington for talks this week but left with no signs of a breakthrough.

After almost 20 months in a Turkish jail, Brunson was moved to house arrest in July by a court. Since then Trump and his vice president Mike Pence have repeatedly called for his release while Ankara said the decision was up to the courts.

Washington in response sa爱上海nctioned two Turkish ministers and Trump on Friday announced it was doubling the tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Turkey, saying relations with Ankara were “not good at this time”.


An important emerging market, Turkey borders Iran, Iraq and Syria and has been mostly pro-Western for decades. Financial upheaval risks further destabilizing an already volatile region.

A meeting on Friday unveiling a new economic approach by Turkey’s finance minister Berat Albayrak, Erdogan’s son-in-law, did little to offer support for the free-falling lira as investors sought concrete steps such as an interest rate increase to restore confidence.

“I am asking you. What possible reason could there be behind the lira which was at 2.8 against dollar in July 15, 2016 to slide below 6 yesterday? During this period, Turkey has set records in its exports, production and employment,” Erdogan said.

He repeated a long-standing plan to shift to tradi,上海夜生活论坛Terence,ng in national currencies and said Turkey was preparing for such a step with Russia, China and Ukraine.

He also repeated his call to Turks to sell their dollar and euro savings to shore up the lira. “If there are dollars under your pillow, take these out… Immediately give these to the banks and convert to Turkish lira and by doing this, we fight this war of independence and the future,” he said.

He also said it was a pity that Washington chose Brunson over Turkey, its partner in NATO, and in an opinion piece in the New York Times, he warned the United States that Ankara had other alternatives as allies.

Washington “must give up the misguided notion that our relationship can be asymmetrical”, he said in the opinion piece.

Turkey, home to the Incirlik air base which is used by U.S. forces in the Middle East, has been a NATO member since the 1950s. It is host to a critical part of the Western alliance’s missile defense system against Iran.

In a separate opinion piece in the pro-government newspaper Daily Sabah, Erdogan’s spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said Turkey’s efforts to solve the crisis with diplomatic methods had be,上海夜网Leonard,en dismissed by the Trump administration, warning that “the U.S. runs the risk of losing Turkey” as an ally.

“The entire Turkish public is against U.S. policies that disregard Turkey’s legitimate security demands. Threats, sanctions and bullying against Turkey will not work,” he said.

Five wounded in attack on bus ferrying Chinese workers in Pakistan

QUETTA, Pakistan ( ) – A suicide bomber attacked a bus ferrying Chinese mining workers in Pakistan’s restive Baluchistan province on Saturday, a local official said, in an assault claimed by Baloch separatists.

The bomber died in the attack and the Chinese workers suffered minor wounds, the official said. Militant group Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) claimed responsibility for the attack in Dalbandin, about 340 km (210 miles) south-west of the provincial capital, Quetta.

Baluchistan, which has rich mineral and natural gas reserves but remains Pakistan’s poorest province, is the site of a long-running rebellion by separatists who argue the state is taking over their lands and have targeted Chinese-funded projects.

“A suicide bomber used an explosives laden pick-up for the attack. He exploded the (vehicle) when the coach reached the site,” said Saifullah Khaterin, deputy c,上海夜生活Ben,ommissioner for Chagai district in southwestern Baluchistan province, where the attack took place.

The blast shattered the glass windows in the bus and damaged the front of the vehicle, according to images from the scene seen by .

The Chinese workers targeted in this attack worked on the Saindak mining project, which is controlled by Chinese state-owned Metallurgical Corporation of China (MCC), according to a senior official who works for MCC. Eighteen Chinese workers were on the bus when the attack happened.

Tens of thousands of Chinese workers are living in Pakistan and most work on infrastructure projects that fall under the Beijing-funded $57 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a key leg in China’s vast Belt and Road initiative to build transport and economic links across Asia,上海夜生活桑拿会所Leonard, and beyond.

The copper and gold Saindak project is Pakistan’s biggest functioning mine, but not part of CPEC.

Chinese officials have urged Pakistan to improve security in Baluchistan, which houses a vital sea port being built by China in the coastal city of Gwadar, and has a key road artery passing through it as part of the CPEC transport corridor.

BLA released a video of the attack, including a message from the alleged suicide bomber who carried out t上海419论坛he bombing.

Clashes continue as Taliban press Afghan city south of Kabul

KABUL ( ) – Fighting continued around Ghazni in central Afghanistan on Saturday, a day after Taliban fighters stormed the city in a stark show of force, with at least 25 police and one journalist killed, officials said.

Many telecoms masts were destroyed during heavy fighting on Friday, making it difficult to establish contact with the city, some two hours drive south of the capital Kabul, and there were conflicting accounts from government and Taliban spokesmen.

The attack on Ghazni, a strategically important center straddling the main highway linking Kabul with the south of the country, was the most serious blow struck by the Taliban since they came close to 爱上海419overrunning the western city of Farah in May.

The insurgents have failed to take any provincial center since they briefly seized the northern city of Kunduz in 2015 although they are active across much of the country and control many rural areas.

Defense ministry officials said Ghazni was under complete control of the security forces. But at the same time, they said clearance operations,上海夜生活Raffey, were continuing and additional troops were being sent to boost the city’s defense.

“Afghan National Army reinforcements are making their way to Ghazni city to help the Afghan National Police search and clear the city of insurgents that may still be hiding in the city,” said Major Mohammad Farooq, Afghan army 203rd Corps spokesman.

However, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the insurgents held a number of strategic locations in the city and had captured a large quantity of weapons and equipment as well as taking more than 100 prisoners among the security forces.

“We are in talks in various areas with the rest of the enemy forces to surrender instead of putting their lives in danger,” he said in a statement.

One security official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said both sides were fighting to control commercial centers and arterial roads around the city.

There was little clear information on casualties, but Najib Danish, a spokesman for the interior ministry, said that 25 policemen had been killed, along with one Afghan journalist, whom he did not identify.

Friday’s attack came as a shock after hopes had grown of a possible start to peace talks, although Ghazni has been under pressure for months with insurgents increasingly active in nearby districts.

“The city was relatively quiet last evening and people were observed moving freely on the streets,” Lt Col. Martin O’Donnell, spokesman for U.S. Forces-Afghanistan, said in an emailed statement. “That said, clearing operations are ongoing and we have received reports of sporadic clashes.”

He did not say whether U.S. aircraft, which had helped Afghan forces resist the initial attack on Friday, had conducted any strikes against the Taliban.

The government had been considering a ceasefire over this month’s Eid al Adha holiday to match a similar truce during the Eid al Fitr holiday in June which saw unarmed Taliban fighters mingling with soldiers on the streets of Kabul and other cities.

Zabihullah Mujahid said in a social media post that the group had captured Ghazni’s main,上海夜生活桑拿会所Kailani, prison and freed many inmates, but Afghan officials could not immediately confirm or reject the statement.

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Iran Supreme Leader calls for action to face ‘economic war’: state TV

DUBAI ( ) – Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Saturday called for “swift and just” legal action from new courts after the head of the judiciary said the country faced an “economic war”, state television reported.

The rial currency has lost about half of its value since April under the threat of revived U.S. sanctions, with heavy demand for dollars among ordinary Iranians trying to protect their savings.

The cost of living has also soared, sparking sporadic demonstrations against profiteering and corruption, with many protesters chanting anti-government slogans.

The central bank and the judiciary have blamed “enemies” for the fall of the currency and a rapid rise in the price of gold coins, and the judiciary has said more than 40 people including a former central bank deputy have been arrested on charges carrying the death penalty.

The judiciary has suggested that arch-foes the United States and Israel as well as regional rival Saudi Arabi爱上海419a and government opponents living in exile are fomenting the unrest.

“The current special economic conditions are considered an economic war,” judiciary chief Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani said in a letter to Khamenei, calling for the setting up of special courts to deal quickly with financial crimes, the television report said.

Khamenei agreed, saying: “The purpose (of the courts) should be to punish those guilty of corrupt economic practices swiftly and justly,” the TV added. “The courts should be advised to (ensure) the accuracy of their rulings.”

New Islamic revolut,上海夜生活论坛Katrina,ionary courts will be set ,上海夜网Macauly,up for two years and directed to impose maximum sentences on those “disrupting and corrupting the economy”, and appeal rights will be curbed, Amoli Larijani proposed in his letter, read on state television.

In May, the United States pulled out of a 2015 deal between world powers and Tehran under which international sanctions on Iran were lifted in return for curbs on its nuclear program.

Washington this week reimposed sanctions on Iran’s purchase of U.S. dollars, its trade in gold and precious metals and its dealings with metals, coal and industrial-related software.

The United States has told other countries they must halt imports of Iranian oil from early November or face U.S. financial measures.

Former monk held on charges of killing bishop at Egyptian monastery

CAIRO ( ) – Egypt’s public prosecutor has detained a disgraced monk on charg,上海夜生活桑拿会所Georgie,es of killing a bishop at a desert monastery, his lawyer said on Saturday, in a case that has rocked the Coptic community, the Middle East’s biggest Christian minority.

The killing last month of Bishop Epiphanius, a 64-year-old scholar who had led the Abu Makar Monastery in Wadi Natroun, an area some 110 km (68 miles) northwest of Cairo, prompted t,上海夜生活Pat,he church to impose strict new measures on its clergy.

Lawyer Ameer Naseef told that an Alexandria prosecutor on Friday charged Wael Saad, a monk who was known as Isaiah al-Makari before he was stripped of his religious title, with the July 29 killing.

Officials from the prosecutor’s office were not immediately available, but judicial sources confirmed the report.

“The prosecution’s decision came yesterday, on Friday, and it (the prosecution) asked that his remand be renewed on time,” Naseef told , adding that this would be done on Sunday.

Christians in Egypt make up an estimated 10 percent of its roughly 96 million population.

The church had earlier said that Saad had been investigated over alleged long-standing violations of his duties as a monk, but denied that he had been suspected of involvement in Bishop Epiphanius’ killing.

The case has prompted the head of the Coptic church, Pope Tawadros II, to launch sweeping measures to combat what some Christian figures have described as violations of the principles of poverty and chastity.

The measures include a freeze on accepting new monks, a ban on monks leaving mo上海龙凤419nasteries without official permission and a ban on clergy using social media.

Tawadros II and other clerics have since closed down their social media accounts.

Key Iran council backs anti-money laundering move: state media

DUBAI ( ) – A top Iranian constitutional body has approved measures passed by parliament to bring the country more into line with global money-laundering norms, state media said on Saturday, as Tehran tries to attract investments despite the reimposition of U.S sanctions.

Iran has been trying to implement standards set by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), a global group of government anti-money laundering (AML) and counter-financing of terrorism regimes (CFT), in the hope it will be removed from a blacklist that makes some foreign investors reluctant to deal with it.

In June, FATF said Iran had until October to complete the reforms or face consequences that could further deter investors from the country, which has already been hit by the return of U.S. sanctions this week.

The Guardian Council, which vets legislation passed by parliament for compliance with Iran’s constitution, gave its approval to t上海龙凤419he legal amendments on combating the funding of terrorism, the council’s spokesman, Abbas Ali Kadkhodaei, was quoted by the state news agency IRNA as saying.

Hardliners in parliament have opposed passing legislation aimed at moving towards compliance with FATF standards, arguing it could hamper Iranian financial support for allies such as Lebanon’s Hezbollah, which the United States has classified as a terrorist organization.

Saturday’s approval came despite the clergy-dominated council’s earlier objections to another set of amen,上海夜生活Carson,dments linked to money laundering.

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in June p,上海夜生活论坛Samuel,arliament should pass legislation to combat money laundering according to its own criteria.

Foreign businesses say legislation that includes FATF guidelines is essential if they are to increase investment.