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No record that required inspections be conducted at California 'horror house' where 13 children were kept video
City officials couldn't find any records that the fire marshal conducted required annual inspections at a California home that doubled as a private school where authorities say 13 malnourished siblings were kept captive in filthy conditions by their parents.
In world first, drone rescues 2 swimmers off Australian beach
A drone rescued two swimmers off an Australian beach on Thursday, a world first for the fast-developing technology that seems perfectly suited to saving lives at sea, authorities said.
Exercise? I get more than people think, Trump says video
Do not expect U.S. President Donald Trump to hit the gym, despite his doctor's orders. He gets plenty of exercise on the golf course and at the White House complex, the president says.
2 Koreas to form 1st joint Olympic team, march together in opening ceremony
The rival Koreas have agreed to form their first unified Olympic team and have their athletes parade together for the first time in 11 years during the opening ceremony of next month's Winter Olympics in South Korea, officials say.
Republican senator blasts Trump's press attacks, recalls rhetoric of Stalin video
U.S. President Donald Trump's use of the terms "fake news" and "enemy of the people" is "shameful" and reminiscent of words infamously used by Russian dictator Josef Stalin to describe his enemies, Republican Sen. Jeff Flake says in a speech on Capitol Hill.
As It Happens Why this Chilean abuse survivor refuses to accept Pope Francis' apology
Pope Francis apologized Tuesday to Chilean victims of sexual abuse by priests, but survivor Juan Carlos Cruz says his words are just "empty headlines."
Steve Bannon expected to be interviewed as part of Mueller's special counsel probe
Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon will meet with special counsel Robert Mueller's investigators, according to reports.
British lawmakers back Brexit legislation, but bill faces scrutiny from pro-EU upper house
British lawmakers vote in favour of the government's legislative blueprint for Brexit on Wednesday, marking a victory for Prime Minister Theresa May over political opponents who want a softer approach to leaving the European Union.
Trump says Russia helping North Korea skirt sanctions video
U.S. President Donald Trump says Russia is helping North Korea get supplies in violation of international sanctions, that he was considering a big "fine" for China's alleged theft of intellectual property; and that he has lost all trust in the chief Democratic Party negotiator on immigration in the Senate.
Former CIA officer charged with illegally possessing documents
A former U.S. Central Intelligence Agency officer has been arrested and charged with illegally retaining classified records, including names and phone numbers of covert CIA assets.
Video World's biggest underwater cave found in Mexico video
A group of divers has found a connection between two underwater caverns in eastern Mexico to reveal what is believed to be the biggest flooded cave on the planet, a discovery that could help shed new light on the ancient Maya civilization.
The National Today 'Alarmingly premature' return of Rohingya refugees to Myanmar worries aid groups video
A deeper dive into the day's most notable stories with The National's Jonathon Gatehouse.
Tillerson signals open-ended U.S. presence in Syria, seeks patience on Assad's removal video
Rex Tillerson on Wednesday signalled an open-ended military presence in Syria as part of a broader U.S. strategy to preven ISIS's resurgence, pave the way diplomatically for the eventual departure of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and curtail Iran's influence.
Joshua Wong, Hong Kong activist in Umbrella Movement protests, imprisoned 3 months
A Hong Kong court on Wednesday sentenced democracy activist Joshua Wong to three months in prison for contempt, his second term behind bars stemming from his role in 2014's so-called Umbrella Movement protests.
Hawaii's false alarm should prompt talk about what to do if there's a nuclear attack: expert
A generation of Americans knew just what to do in the event of a nuclear attack, or during a major false alarm like the one over the weekend in Hawaii: take cover in a building with a fallout shelter symbol. But these days that might not be the best option, or even an option at all.
YouTube pulls ads from more channels over offensive content
​Alphabet Inc's Google is making its second attempt in less than a year to protect advertisers on its YouTube user channels from being associated with videos featuring violence, gore or bad language.
Catalan parliament meets for 1st time since election, but deep divisions remain
Catalonia's new parliament elected a pro-secession speaker, virtually guaranteeing that the chamber's push for independence for Spain's northeastern region will continue as its lawmakers prepare to elect a new government.
Saudi Arabia to transfer $2B to Yemen after urgent plea from war-torn country
Saudi Arabia's King Salman has ordered the transfer of $2 billion to Yemen, a day after Yemen's Saudi-backed prime minister made an urgent appeal to the kingdom and its allies to save the local currency from "complete collapse."
2 Canadians kidnapped on road to capital in Nigeria
Global Affairs Canada confirmed to CBC News it is aware of reports that two Canadian citizens have been abducted in a deadly confrontation in central Nigeria.
Big swings continue as bitcoin briefly dips below $10K US
The volatility of the digital currency markets was on display again Wednesday, as bitcoin briefly fell below $10,000 US before rebounding back above $11,000.
California mother of 13 children held captive had no idea why police were at her home video
California authorities say the mother of 13 children kept locked in filthy conditions was "perplexed" about why police came to their home. The children, ages two to 29, were so malnourished officers at first believed the older children were teens but seven turned out to be adults.
Steve Bannon refuses to comply with U.S. House subpoena
U.S. President Donald Trump's former chief strategist Steve Bannon declined on Tuesday to comply with a subpoena ordering him to answer questions from a U.S. House intelligence panel about his time at the White House as part of its investigation into allegations of Russian interference in the U.S. election.
Child-care benefits need to be updated, says Canada-U.S. council on women in business video
Child-care benefits and other family policies need to be updated to help support women entrepreneurs grow their business, recommends the first report from the Canada-U.S. council on women in business.
U.S. cuts $65M in Palestinian aid for now, prompting UN donations appeal
The head of the UN agency that provides aid to Palestinian refugees is appealing for world donations after the United States withheld about half its planned funding for the organization, a move he said risks instability in the region.
as it happens 'Failure was not an option,' says Georgia firefighter who caught girl dropped from blazing building video
A county in Georgia has released dramatic footage of a child being dropped into the arms of firefighter Capt. Scott Stroup during an apartment fire.
North Korea to send cheering squad in Olympics delegation video
North Korea plans to send a 230-member cheering squad to South Korea as part of its delegation to next month's Winter Olympics, Seoul officials said Wednesday, the latest in a series of conciliatory gestures the North has abruptly taken recently following a year of heightened nuclear tension.
Rebel ex-policeman Oscar Perez among dead in Venezuela shootout
Officials in Venezuela confirm that Oscar Perez, a rebellious police officer who led a brazen helicopter attack in Caracas last year, was among those killed in a violent shootout with security forces.
Japan's public broadcaster sends false alarm about North Korean missile
Japanese public broadcaster NHK issued a false alarm about a North Korean missile launch on Tuesday, just days after a similar gaffe caused panic in Hawaii, but the broadcaster managed to correct the error within minutes.
No, the full moon does not cause earthquakes, study finds
The moon may be the cause of some things that happen on Earth, but earthquakes aren't one of them, a new study suggests.
Hassan Diab, Canadian university professor once charged with terrorism in France, is back in Canada video
Canadian university professor Hassan Diab is back home in Ottawa after a nine-year ordeal that included three years in a French prison on terrorism charges.
Danish submarine owner Peter Madsen charged with killing Swedish journalist Kim Wall video audio
Inventor Peter Madsen was charged Tuesday with killing Swedish journalist Kim Wall during a trip on his private submarine, with prosecutors saying he either cut her throat or strangled her before dismembering her body and dumping it into the sea.
Australia complains to WTO about Canadian rules on selling wine
Australia has complained at the World Trade Organization about the rules applied to sales of wine by Canada and various provinces, a WTO filing shows.
Pope talks of pain caused by sexual abuse of children on visit to Chile
Pope Francis tells Chile's priests that sexual abuse of children not only has caused pain to the victims but also to the priests who have been held collectively responsible for the crimes of a few.
New Bangladesh, Myanmar aim to return Rohingya within 2 years
Bangladesh and Myanmar have agreed that they will try to complete the repatriation of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslim refugees who fled from violence in Myanmar within two years, Bangladesh's Foreign Ministry said Tuesday.
U.K. police say death of Dolores O'Riordan is not suspicious video
The death of Cranberries lead singer Dolores O'Riordan is not being treated as suspicious, British police said Tuesday. A friend said the singer sounded excited and 'full of life' just hours before her death.
Leading Serb moderate in Kosovo gunned down, spurring police manhunt
A leading Serb politician in northern Kosovo has been gunned down, raising ethnic tensions in the Balkans and prompting the suspension of EU-mediated talks between Kosovo and Serbia.
Bitcoin prices drop as South Korea minister indicates ban still possible
Prices of bitcoin and other digital currencies fell after South Korea's top financial policymaker said a crackdown on trading of cryptocurrencies was still an option.
Plan for joint Olympic team with North Korea gets icy reception in South
While Seoul forges ahead with plans to use the upcoming Winter Olympics to showcase inter-Korean unity, some South Korean athletes are "furious" at proposals to form joint teams with North Koreans, highlighting a broader lack of enthusiasm for some of the government's peacemaking plans.
Black Death spread by human fleas and lice, research shows
The Black Death, which killed millions throughout Europe in a pandemic stretching from the 14th to 19th century, was likely spread by parasites such as fleas and lice carried on the human body.
Hundreds of teens in Denmark suspected of sending child porn
More than 1,000 people, mostly teenagers, face preliminary charges of distributing child pornography after sharing videos and photos on social media, police say.
Venezuela says 5 'terrorists' arrested others killed in attempt to arrest rogue pilot
Venezuelan authorities on Monday arrested five members of a "terrorist cell" linked to former police helicopter pilot Oscar Perez, and killed several other militants during a shootout in a poor area outside Caracas.
Gunbattle in Libya's capital kills 20, closes airport
Heavily armed Libyan militias clashed in Tripoli on Monday, killing at least 20 people and forcing the capital's only airport to close, officials said.
'Rainbow dinosaur' had iridescent feathers like a hummingbird
Scientists say they've discovered a new dinosaur that boasted iridescent feathers, particularly on its head, neck and chest, with colours that shimmered and shifted in the light, like those of hummingbirds.
Simone Biles says she was also abused by former U.S. gymnastics doctor
Biles, who won four gold medals and five overall at the 2016 Olympics, released a statement via Twitter on Monday saying she is one of the "many survivors" that were abused by Larry Nassar.
Analysis Obama or Trump at royal wedding? Why Prince Harry and Meghan's guest list may not get too political
Diplomacy and politics have played out in the guest lists for previous royal weddings, but there’s a strong likelihood there may be fewer geopolitical considerations in the mix when invitations go out for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's ceremony in May.
Hawaii missile-alert mistake feeds doubts over real emergency
The blunder that caused more than a million people in Hawaii to fear that they were about to be struck by a nuclear missile is feeding skepticism about the government's ability to keep them informed in a real emergency.
Turkey vows to 'drown' U.S.-backed Kurdish force in Syria
Turkey's president denounces U.S. plans to form a 30,000-strong Kurdish-led border security force in Syria, vowing to "drown this army of terror before it is born," as Russia and Syria also reject the idea.
As It Happens These San Diego activists were arrested for feeding homeless people in a park
Shane Parmely and her 14-year-old were among 12 people arrested in El Cajon, Calif., for breaking an ordinance that prohibits food sharing on city-owned property.
Floor collapses in Jakarta Stock Exchange tower, injuring dozens
A mezzanine floor in the Jakarta Stock Exchange tower has collapsed, injuring nearly 80 people and forcing a chaotic evacuation.
Double suicide bombing in Baghdad kills at least 38
Two suicide bombers have blown themselves up at a busy street market in central Baghdad in back-to-back explosions that killed at least 38 people, Iraqi health and police officials say — the deadliest attack since last month's declaration of victory over the Islamic State group.
Sunken tanker leaves 13-kilometre oil slick in East China Sea
A stricken Iranian tanker that sank in the East China Sea has left a large oil slick, Chinese media and Japanese authorities say, as worries grew over damage to the marine ecosystem.
Analysis North Korea summit in Vancouver to focus on enforcing sanctions ahead of diplomacy
There was a particularly enlightening moment of realpolitik on display recently at the U.S. State Department when the Trump administration outlined its priorities for this week's North Korea conference in Vancouver.
France's attempt to outlaw fake news raises controversy
Can a democratic country outlaw fake news? France is about to find out, after President Emmanuel Macron ordered a law to quash false information disseminated around electoral campaigns.
Woman dies after fire on casino shuttle boat off Florida Gulf Coast video
A female passenger has died hours after a casino boat caught fire off Florida's Gulf Coast, forcing her and about 50 other passengers and crew to jump into the chilly waters to escape.
Trump defends self after comments, says: 'I'm not a racist' video
U.S. President Donald Trump, on the defensive in the wake of recent disparaging comments about Haiti and African nations that have revived questions about whether the leader of the world's melting pot is a racist, declared Sunday that he is not one.
Thousands in Philippines flee, brace for 'hazardous eruption' of volcano
More than 9,000 people have evacuated the area around the Philippines' most active volcano as lava flowed down its crater Monday in a gentle eruption that scientists warned could turn explosive.
4 still missing in Montecito as search and rescue ends, recovery begins
Parishioners prayed Sunday for those killed and for families still searching for missing relatives in a Southern California community ravaged by mudslides, and authorities announced another body had been found, increasing the death toll to 20.
'Huge panic': Turkish plane plunges toward Black Sea, all 168 aboard survive video
A Pegasus Airlines flight skidded off the runway of a Turkish coastal airport and plunged down a steep slope on the edge of the Black Sea, ending up only metres from the water's edge. None of the 168 people on board was hurt in the incident, but passengers spoke of panic as the aircraft tipped nose first towards the sea.
Comedian Aziz Ansari responds to sex misconduct allegation
Comedian Aziz Ansari has responded to allegations of sexual misconduct by a woman he dated last year.
Curling in Kosovo? This Canadian wants to make it happen
How does curling fit in with Kosovo, a country that currently has no curling clubs or ice to play on? Like most things to do with the sport, there's a Canadian involved.
Strong earthquake hits southern Peru
A magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck the coast of southern Peru on Sunday morning, leaving at least one dead and several dozen injured, while causing homes and roads to collapse.
Recap Vikings' Stefon Diggs scores miracle TD to stun Saints
Case Keenum completed a last-ditch heave near the sideline Sunday on the game's final play, as Stefon Diggs slithered away for a 61-yard touchdown to give Minnesota a 29-24 victory over New Orleans and send the Vikings to the NFC championship game with one more win needed to become a first-time Super Bowl host.
Turkey vows imminent strike on Kurdish enclave in Syria
Turkey's president said Sunday the country will launch a military assault on a Kurdish enclave in northern Syria "in the coming days" and urged the U.S. to support its efforts.
Male models accuse photographers Bruce Weber, Mario Testino of sexual misconduct
In a sweeping new sexual misconduct investigation, the New York Times reported Saturday that several male models have accused famed photographers Bruce Weber and Mario Testino of unwanted advances and coercion.
Shot put kills referee at competition in Czech Republic
A referee at a track and field competition in the Czech capital was killed when a shot put hit him in the chest. The Czech athletics federation says the accident occurred during an indoor youth competition in Prague on Saturday.
'This is not a drill': Accidental ballistic missile alert causes panic in Hawaii video
A false alarm that warned of a ballistic missile headed for Hawaii sent the islands into a panic Saturday, with people abandoning cars in a highway and preparing to flee their homes until officials said the cellphone alert was a mistake.
Bomb wounds Hamas official in Lebanon
A bomb blast wounded an official of the Palestinian group Hamas in the Lebanese city of Sidon on Sunday, destroying his car, security sources and the Hezbollah movement's al-Manar television station reported.
WikiLeaks source Chelsea Manning plans to run for U.S. Senate video
The former soldier who was convicted in 2013 of leaking classified documents filed her statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission on Thursday.
Tunisia, shaken by new protests, marks 7 years since revolution
Seven years ago today, mass demonstrations led to the resignation Tunisian President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, the first leader to fall in the Arab Spring protests.
Iran lifts block on Telegram app as protests wane
Iran on Saturday lifted restrictions on the messaging app Telegram, the state news agency IRNA said. The country's government had blocked the popular service last month as security forces sought to contain the most widespread public protests in the country since 2009.
3 dead after ferry with schoolchildren sinks in Arabian Sea off India coast
A ferry boat carrying mostly teenage schoolchildren sank in the Arabian Sea off India's western coast on Saturday, killing three students, police said.
Rich Russians needing an exit strategy turn to Malta, where citizenship is for sale
Malta lures millions of tourists every year with its dramatic Mediterranean scenery and historic sights, but increasingly it seems rich Russian visitors are attracted by something they can take with them when they leave — Maltese citizenship.
Rohingya insurgents say 10 found in Myanmar grave were 'innocent civilians'
Rohingya Muslim insurgents say 10 Rohingya found in a mass grave in Myanmar's troubled Rakhine state last month were "innocent civilians," and not members of their group.
Man pleads guilty to hacking iCloud accounts of Jennifer Lawrence and others
A Connecticut man charged with hacking into more than 250 iCloud accounts of Hollywood stars and ordinary people has agreed to plead guilty, U.S. federal prosecutors said Thursday.
California agents seize singer Chris Brown's pet monkey
California fish and wildlife agents have seized Chris Brown's pet monkey from his Los Angeles home.
Trump gets 'excellent health' report from White House doctor amid mental fitness questions
Donald Trump's White House physician declared him in "excellent health" after the U.S. president received his first medical checkup at Walter Reed military hospital on Friday, amid suggestions in a recent book and by his detractors that he's mentally unfit.
Supermassive black hole caught 'burping' twice after colliding with nearby galaxy
Using two telescopes, astronomers have found a black hole at the centre of a galaxy 800 million light years away that has spewed material into space not once, but twice.
Terrorism charges against Ottawa professor dropped in France
Hassan Diab has been released from prison after authorities in France dropped terrorism charges against the former University of Ottawa professor.
Trump again waives sanctions against Iran
U.S. President Donald Trump extends waivers of key economic sanctions on Iran for the last time, he says, while urging Washington's allies to fix the 'terrible flaws' in the Iran nuclear deal, or he'll pull the U.S. out in a few months' time.
Britain's Boris Johnson calls successor a 'puffed-up popinjay' after cancelled Trump visit
U.S. President Donald Trump cancelled a trip to London scheduled for next month to open a new embassy, a decision that was fine by Mayor Sadiq Khan, a frequent Trump foil, but lamented by British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.
South Korea, Vietnam seek redress from U.S. through World Trade Organization
South Korea has asked the World Trade Organization for authorization to impose annual trade sanctions worth at least $711 million on the United States, a filing published by the World Trade Organization showed on Friday, while Vietnam also has a seafood-related trade beef with the U.S.
Analysis Why the Trump offshore drilling plan is another Canada-U.S. complication
A proposal by the Trump government would allow offshore drilling in virtually all U.S. federal waters, including on the American side of Georges Bank.
Spain scoffs at possibility Catalan's Puigdemont could lead region in exile
The Spanish government dismissed outright on Friday the possibility of former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont ruling the region from self-imposed exile in Brussels, and said Madrid would contest any attempt to do so in the courts.
British surgeon fined, avoids jail after burning initials onto livers of patients
A British surgeon who burned his initials onto patients' livers during transplant operations has been fined the equivalent of $17,100 Cdn and ordered to perform community service.
Swiss ban against boiling lobster alive brings smiles — at first
A Swiss effort to mandate kindness to lobster before they're cooked could reach across the Atlantic Ocean to the East Coast lobster industry, but a New Brunswick company isn't worried yet.
Facebook to emphasize friends, not news, in series of changes audio
Facebook Inc. on Thursday began to change the way it filters posts and videos on its centrepiece News Feed, the start of what chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said would be a series of changes in the design of the world's largest social network.
Analysis Oprah for president? The political economy of fame: Don Pittis
Oprah Winfrey's famous name could win the White House. But experience from the U.S. and elsewhere says fame may be a bad qualification for good government.
Conductor Charles Dutoit faces new allegations of sexual harassment, assault
Six more women have stepped forward to accuse prominent conductor Charles Dutoit of sexual harassment and sexual assault in the United States, France and Canada.
Actresses and shows about women win big at Critics' Choice Awards
It was a good night for women at the Critics' Choice Award, which honoured women-centred stories like Big Little Lies, The Handmaid's Tale and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.
U.S. plaintiffs fire back at Khadr defence over damages-award enforcement
Former Guantanamo Bay prisoner Omar Khadr cannot avoid a huge civil judgment against him by recanting the confession and guilty plea he made before an American military commission, lawyers acting for the widow of a U.S. special forces soldier argue in new court filings.
Trump asks why U.S. would want immigrants from 'shithole countries'
In bluntly vulgar language, U.S. President Donald Trump questioned Thursday why the U.S. would accept more immigrants from Haiti and "shithole countries" in Africa rather than places like Norway, as he rejected a bipartisan immigration deal, according to people briefed on the extraordinary Oval Office conversation.
U.S. senators say they've reached agreement to protect 'Dreamers'
A bipartisan group of U.S. senators reached a tentative agreement Thursday on legislation to protect young "Dreamer" immigrants from deportation, and is attempting to build support from Congress.
Hundreds arrested as Tunisians protest high prices, longtime president
Tunisian police arrested 328 people and fired tear gas as protesters hurled rocks and burned tires during further nationwide demonstrations over price rises.
Rescuers 'searching for a miracle' in California mudslides video audio
More than two full days after mudslides ravaged the coastal town of Montecito, Calif., the search for the missing became an increasingly desperate exercise Thursday, with growing doubts about whether anyone would be found alive.
2 Palestinian teens shot dead in separate clashes with Israeli forces
Two Palestinian youths were shot dead by Israeli troops during clashes on Thursday in the Gaza Strip and the Israeli-occupied West Bank, Palestinian medical sources and witnesses said.
Turkey says it won't extradite any suspects to U.S. until it gets Fethullah Gulen
Turkey will not extradite any suspects to the United States if Washington does not hand over the cleric Ankara blames for orchestrating a failed 2016 military coup, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday.
2 Winnipeg seniors killed in their vacation home in Jamaica video
Two Winnipeg seniors have died after being assaulted inside their vacation home in Jamaica, their daughter says.
Julian Assange granted citizenship by Ecuador
Ecuador has granted citizenship to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has been living in asylum at the nation's embassy in London for more than five years.
Guantanamo prisoners challenge Trump's apparent no-release policy
Eleven prisoners held at the Guantanamo Bay detention centre have filed a legal challenge over an apparent policy of no releases under U.S. President Donald Trump.
Trump's grasp of policy questioned after tweets on FISA surveillance extension
After a few confusing tweets, U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday pushed the House to renew a critical national security program that allows spy agencies to collect intelligence on foreign targets abroad.