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Prince Harry and Meghan reimburse U.K. taxpayers for home renovations

Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, have refunded British taxpayers 2.4 million pounds ($4.2 million Cdn), the cost of renovating their U.K. home, in line with a commitment they made after announcing in January they would step back from royal duties.

The refurbishment of Frogmore Cottage, a house within the grounds of Windsor Castle, west of London, had been criticized by some British media as too expensive.

The repayment comes as Harry and Meghan, an American former actress, seek to forge new careers for themselves and attain greater financial independence. They announced last week they had signed a contract with Netflix to produce content for the streaming platform.

Officially known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, the couple have moved to California but will keep Frogmore Cottage as...

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Assange appears in U.K. court as battle against U.S. extradition bid resumes

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange appeared in a London court on Monday to fight a U.S. extradition request, at a high-stakes hearing that was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.

Assange, who has spent almost a year and a half in a British prison, sat in the dock at the Old Bailey criminal court and formally refused the U.S. demand that he be extradited to face trial on espionage charges. He wore a dark suit, white shirt and maroon tie, with glasses perched atop his neatly trimmed white hair.

Several dozen supporters, including fashion designer Vivienne Westwood and Assange’s partner, Stella Morris, gathered outside the courthouse, chanting, banging drums and calling his prosecution a threat to press freedom.

“Julian Assange is the trigger; he is shining the light on all the corruption in...

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Saudi Arabia sentences 8 to prison in final Khashoggi murder ruling

A Saudi Arabian court on Monday jailed eight people for between seven and 20 years for the 2018 murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, state media reported, four months after his family forgave his killers and enabled death sentences to be set aside.

Khashoggi, a critic of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was last seen on Oct. 2, 2018 at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, where he had gone to obtain documents for his impending wedding. Turkish officials allege he was killed and then his body was dismembered and removed from the building. His remains have not been found.

Turkish investigators say a team of 15 Saudi agents had flown to Turkey to meet Khashoggi inside the consulate for his appointment for documents that would allow him to marry his Turkish fiancée, who waited outs...

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Leading activist, two opposition council members missing in Belarus amid crackdown on protests

A leading opposition activist in Belarus and two other members of an opposition council went missing Monday, raising fears they were detained as authorities seek to squelch nearly a month of protests against the re-election of the country’s authoritarian leader.

Maria Kolesnikova, a member of the Coordination Council created by the opposition to facilitate talks with President Alexander Lukashenko on a transition of power, was reportedly put into a minibus in the capital, Minsk, and driven away by unidentified people. Last week, Kolesnikova announced the creation of a new opposition party.

Her disappearance follows a massive rally Sunday in Minsk that drew an estimated 100,000 protesters demanding the resignation of Lukashenko, who extended his 26-year rule in an Aug...

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California wildfire started by gender-reveal party

A wildfire that has scorched more than 12 square kilometres of brush and trees and prompted the evacuation of a city of 54,000 people, plus several surrounding communities, was sparked at a gender-reveal party, fire officials said Sunday.

Cal Fire Law Enforcement said it had determined that the El Dorado Fire burning near Oak Glen in San Bernardino County was caused by a smoke-generating pyrotechnical device used at a gender-reveal party held at El Dorado Ranch Park in Yucaipa, about 150 kilometres east of Los Angeles. 

The blaze has prompted the evacuation of the city of 54,000, plus several surrounding communities, Cal Fire said in a written statement released late Sunday.

“Cal Fire reminds the public that with the dry conditions and critical fire weather it doesn’t take much to start ...

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Poisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny responsive after being taken out of medically induced coma

The German hospital treating Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny says he has been taken out of an induced coma and is responsive.

German experts say Navalny, who fell ill Aug. 20 on a domestic flight in Russia, was poisoned with a substance belonging to the Soviet-era nerve agent Novichok.

Berlin’s Charité hospital said Monday that Navalny’s condition has further improved, allowing doctors to end the medically induced coma and gradually ease him off mechanical ventilation.

It noted that he was responding to speech but “long-term consequences of the serious poisoning can still not be ruled out.”

WATCH | Russian opposition leader poisoned by Novichok, Germany says:

Doctors in Germany say they have proof that Alexei Navalny, a vocal critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, was po...
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U.K. police arrest man over stabbings in Birmingham, England that killed 1, injured 7

British police said on Monday they had arrested a man on suspicion of murder after a series of stabbings in the early hours of Sunday morning in the city of Birmingham left one person dead and seven others injured.

The 27-year-old suspect was detained in Selly Oak area of the city at 4 a.m., West Midlands police said. Detectives said the stabbings which took place in four locations over two hours were linked but appeared to be random and were not thought to be gang-related or connected to terrorism.

“Officers worked through yesterday and into the early hours of this morning in a bid to trace the man we believe responsible for these terrible crimes,” said Birmingham Police Commander, Chief Superintendent Steve Graham.

“Clearly this is a crucial development but our investigation continues...

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She was in China, he was in Canada. This couple reunited after being separated for 9 months due to COVID-19

Every three weeks for months, Kiera Norris would pack her many bags, board a train to Beijing Capital International Airport and hope — despite the fact that COVID-19 had shut down most flights — that she would be able to board a plane to take her home. 

But time and time again her flight was cancelled, which meant waiting even longer until she could go home to her husband in Windsor, Ont. 

“It was really hard,” Norris said. 

She and her husband, Kevin Norris, have been married for 10 years. 

What made that distance even harder, they say, is the fact that, normally, they do everything together. 

“You know the couples that enjoy their time apart?” said Kevin Norris, “We’re not like that.” 

Kiera and Kevin Norris say they always travel together — except this year. (Submitted by Kev...
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India surpasses Brazil to take 2nd spot in global coronavirus case numbers

India’s increasing coronavirus caseload made the Asian giant the pandemic’s second-worst-hit country behind the United States on Monday as its efforts to head off economic disaster gain urgency.

The 90,802 cases added in the past 24 hours pushed India’s total past Brazil with 4.2 million cases. India is now only behind the United States, where more than 6.2 million people have been infected, according to Johns Hopkins University.

India’s Health Ministry on Monday also reported 1,016 deaths for a total of 71,642, the third-highest national toll.

The world’s second-most populous country with 1.4 billion people, India has been recording the world’s largest daily increases in coronavirus cases for almost a month...

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U.S. veterans divided over reports Trump disparaged military

In this soldier’s city and across the country, veterans and military families are divided about reports that U.S. President Donald Trump made disparaging comments toward the military, with some service members bristling at the remarks and others questioning whether they happened.

Thomas Richardson, a retired member of the Army’s 82nd Airborne, did not like what he heard.

Richardson was trained to respect the office of commander in chief, but he was rankled by allegations in The Atlantic, many of them independently confirmed by The Associated Press, that Trump had referred to fallen and captured U.S. service members as “losers” and “suckers.”

“Usually, you don’t choose those kinds of missions...

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