Panama man pulled 2 children from clutches of killer cult

EL TERRON, PANAMA -- Indigenous farmer Josue Gonzalez recalled how his pregnant wife and children were taken from their home by cult members in the remote hamlet of El Terron in Panama.
Gonzalez was out working his fields of taro and rice Monday when the lay preachers of the "The New Light of God" came for the family and dragged them to an improvised church at a nearby ranch.
See Full Article
TORONTO -- When you’re about to be buried in two-and-a-half feet of snow, what’s the one food item you want to stock up on?
If you live in Newfoundland, there may only be one right answer: chips.
See Full Article

'Never be scared' to talk about mental health says Thunder Bay peewee hockey team

The Volunteer Pool Bearcats, a Thunder Bay peewee hockey team, usually wears black jerseys. But for this weekend's annual Robin's Minor Hockey Classic in the northwestern Ontario city, they're sporting bright green sweaters, which say Children's Centre Foundation, to encourage more discussion around children's mental health issues.
See Full Article
More than three decades after Teanna Elliot was found abandoned in a Calgary parking lot as a newborn, she has found her birth parents. 
Elliot, 32, is perhaps better known as "Baby Mary." She was discovered by two boys in Calgary on Nov.
See Full Article

Newfoundland blizzard as seen from space

TORONTO -- The frigid winter storm blasting through eastern Canada can be seen from space covering much of Newfoundland.
The storm, which is expected to linger until Saturday, is expected to hit Newfoundland and Labrador the hardest, with the capital of St.
See Full Article

Dentist overcharged more than $5K for ice cream gets reimbursed by bank

TORONTO -- A dentist from Winnipeg has been reimbursed by his bank after he was charged more than $5,000 for two servings of ice cream in Costa Rica.
David Kindrat said that when he bought his wife and daughter ice cream in the tourist town of Tamarindo, he thought he was paying in the local currency of Costa Rican colones.
See Full Article

Report claims YouTube is promoting 'climate change denier' videos

TORONTO -- A new report claims YouTube is promoting “climate change denier” videos, allegations the popular website is disputing.
The report, published by left-leaning online advocacy group Avaaz, claims YouTube is promoting and monetizing videos that spread misinformation on climate change.
See Full Article
If the Iraqi Parliament formally asks foreign troops to leave the country, Canada will withdraw its forces, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan said today. 
"Ultimately, we are here at the request of the Iraqi government. Ultimately, it will be their decision," Sajjan said from the Middle East, where he is visiting Canadian forces.
See Full Article

Iran plane crash victim's family struggles with aftermath

On top of the grief of having lost his brother when Flight PS752 crashed in Iran, Masoud Pourjam is struggling with the challenge of resolving his affairs.
Mansour Pourjam, a dual Iranian-Canadian citizen, is  among the 57 Canadian citizens and 29 permanent residents bound for Canada who died when the Ukrainian International Airlines plane was shot down by the Iranian military outside of Tehran.
See Full Article

Anti-Trump protests have shrunk. What does that mean for 2020?

CHICAGO -- Days after U.S. President Donald Trump killed an Iranian general and said he was sending more soldiers to the Middle East, about 100 protesters stood on a pedestrian bridge over Chicago's Lake Shore Drive with an illuminated sign that read "No War in Iran.
See Full Article

Officials, activists say 2 Iraqi protesters killed amid renewed violence in Baghdad

Two protesters were killed and more than a dozen wounded in central Baghdad on Friday in renewed violence between anti-government demonstrators and Iraqi security forces, activists and officials said. The deaths follow weeks of calm.
Riot police fired tear gas and hurled sound bombs to disperse crowds on the strategic Sinak Bridge after protesters attempted to breach cement barriers previously erected by security forces, causing the casualties, according to activists, as well as medical and security officials.
See Full Article

It may be snowing, but what makes a blizzard?

TORONTO -- Powerful winds and an onslaught of snow slammed Newfoundland on Friday, shutting down roads and prompting St. John’s to declare a state of emergency.
Environment and Climate Change Canada issued blizzard and wind warnings for large parts of the province, particularly in the southeast region of the island, which could see anywhere from 40 to 75 centimetres of snow.
See Full Article

Hondurans, others forming migrant caravan presently in Guatemala

More than 3,500 Central Americans had poured into Guatemala by Friday in U.S.-bound gatherings known as caravans, officials said, posing a headache for the leaders of Guatemala and Mexico amid fierce U.S. pressure to curb migration.
See Full Article