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Missing Afghan Soldiers Nabbed at Canadian Border

The men may have been seeking asylum

(Newser) - The three Afghan soldiers who vanished from a training exercise in Massachusetts on Saturday were found today near Niagara Falls, apparently trying to gain asylum in Canada, the Cape Cod Times reports. A source tells WCVB that the soldiers told Customs Agents at the Rainbow Bridge crossing that they were... More »

US Jets Intercept 6 Russian Jets Near Alaska

Canada intercepts 2 more, while Sweden complains about 2 entering its airspace

(Newser) - Russian military pilots seem to be getting a little adventurous these days. A pair of US military jets intercepted six Russian aircraft near the coast of Alaska Wednesday evening, reports AP . The Russian pilots never entered US airspace, but instead remained in something called the Air Defense Identification Zone, which... More »

Mike Tyson Loves Rob Ford, Curses Out Reporter

Former boxing champ calls TV journo 'piece of s---' when questioned on rape conviction

(Newser) - Just one day after a meeting in which Mike Tyson gushed that Rob Ford was "the best mayor in Toronto’s history," according to the Toronto Star , the former boxing champ took a different attitude with a Canadian TV anchor who asked a touchy question, the AP reports.... More »

9-Year-Old Bus Thief Hits Another Bus

Nobody injured by Saskatoon joyrider

(Newser) - A Canadian who made off with an empty bus and smashed into another bus and a parked vehicle won't be facing any criminal charges—because nobody was injured in the joyride, and because he's just 9 years old. A witness in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, tells the Canadian Press that... More »

Russia Restoring Abandoned Arctic Base

Sends ships to New Siberian Islands amid international push for resources

(Newser) - Russia left an Arctic base behind in 1993, but with countries increasingly eyeing local natural resources, it's headed back. Russia has sent an anti-submarine ship, a pair of amphibious vessels, and a tanker, among other vessels, to the New Siberian Islands, the BBC reports. "The main aim" of... More »

Map Shows Russians What's Russia, What's Not

Canadian NATO delegation fires tweet at Mother Russia

(Newser) - Canadian officials had a message for Vladimir Putin this week: Here's where Russia isn't. NATO delegates from Canada tweeted a simplified map Wednesday that delineates Russia's borders, calling Russia "Russia" and Ukraine (including the Crimean region) "not Russia," the AP reports. "Geography can... More »

Man Declared Dead in 1986 Found Alive

Family members didn't know Ronald Stan's real story

(Newser) - In 1977, a man went missing after a barn fire in Ontario; in 1986, with no sign of him, authorities declared Ronald Stan dead. Turns out they were wrong: He has now turned up again after decades, and he's living in Oklahoma, CTV reports. Stan went missing at age... More »

Burger King Goes Canadian With $11B Tim Hortons Buy

Merger would move company's base, save a bundle in taxes

(Newser) - Burger King is confirming an $11 billion buy of Canada's iconic Tim Hortons coffee chain that will create Earth's third-biggest fast-food company and settle its headquarters in Canada—where corporate tax rates are conveniently around 26%, compared to a basic rate of 35% in the US. The merger... More »

Woman Ends Life, Leaves Parting Words on Right to Die

Gillian Bennett was suffering from dementia

(Newser) - An elderly woman, knowing she was suffering from dementia, chose to leave the world on her own terms this week—and she left behind a website calling for the right to physician-assisted suicide. Gillian Bennett, of British Columbia, wrote on the site that she didn't want to end up... More »

Dog Walker Hit With Charges After 6 Dogs Die in Hot Car

Said pups were stolen, dumped bodies: cops

(Newser) - In May, a Canadian dog walker claimed six dogs in her care were stolen from her truck at a dog park in Vancouver—the dogs were found in a ditch a week later. CBC now reports that Emma Paulsen has been charged with dumping the dogs in the ditch herself... More »

Woman Hops Airport Fence to Halt Takeoff

She thought her partner was on plane: police

(Newser) - Apparently thinking her partner was flying off, a woman climbed over a Canadian airport's barbed-wire fence to stop a plane from departing, police say. Turns out her partner wasn't flying at all, according to police; for her part, the woman was "apprehended very quickly," says an... More »

Canadians Set Out to Claim Arctic Territory

But territory could belong to Russia or Denmark

(Newser) - How far would you go to claim what’s yours? Well, this weekend Canada sent two ice-breakers to the North Pole to claim oil and natural gas-filled territory that could belong to two other countries. The Canadian government released a statement Friday saying the goal of the exploration is two-fold:... More »

DC Won't Allow Superman Logo on Memorial to Abused Boy

Jeffrey Baldwin, who was starved to death, loved the superhero

(Newser) - Little Jeffrey Baldwin always wanted to fly, his father testified at an inquest into the 5-year-old's death, which concluded earlier this year: "He dressed up (as Superman) for Halloween one year. ... He was our little man of steel." The Toronto boy, whose teenage parents lost custody of... More »

Casting Call Goes Out for Rob Ford Musical

'Gravy train meets the crazy train' in new production

(Newser) - This could be the role of a lifetime for the right person, although method acting might be a bad idea: The producers of Rob Ford The Musical: The Birth of a Ford Nation have issued an open casting call in Toronto on Monday for roles including that of the crack-smoking... More »

Ted Cruz No Longer Canadian

Canada confirms citizenship renounced

(Newser) - Ted Cruz is no longer the Tea Party's best-known Canadian: The US senator from Texas has formally renounced his dual citizenship and received confirmation from the Canadians yesterday, a spokeswoman tells the Dallas Morning News . "He's pleased to receive the notification and glad to have this process... More »

Cops: Gunman Who Killed 3 Mounties Captured

Massive manhunt over in Moncton, Canada

(Newser) - After a manhunt that lasted more than 24 hours, police say that the man believed to have shot three Canadian Mounties dead is in custody and that residents of Moncton, New Brunswick, can safely leave their homes. A police spokesman says Justin Bourque, 24, was arrested just after midnight, the... More »

City Locked Down After 3 Mounties Shot Dead

New Brunswick gunman still on the loose

(Newser) - Police in New Brunswick are hunting a gunman who killed three Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers and injured two others. Suspected shooter Justin Bourque, 24, is believed to be on the loose in the city of Moncton and residents have been told to stay in their homes and lock their... More »

Kidnapped Newborn Saved Thanks to Facebook

Melissa McMahon got baby girl back within 3 hours

(Newser) - The mother of a day-old infant kidnapped from a Quebec hospital by a fake nurse got her baby back within three hours thanks to four young people who spotted an alert on Facebook. One of the group recognized the suspect's photo and guided police to her home, where they... More »

Canada to Caribbean Island: Sorry, We Won't Annex You

'Saskatchewarm' off the table, for now

(Newser) - Canadians who want to get away from brutal winters are still going to have to leave the country. After a meeting that Turks and Caicos Premier Rufus Ewing described as a "courtship," a Canadian government spokesman quashed talk that Canada would annex the nation as an 11th province,... More »

WWII Paratrooper Finally Makes First Jump

He gets his wings more than 70 years after training

(Newser) - More than 70 years after he first trained as a paratrooper, a Canadian World War II veteran has finally jumped out of a plane. Ralph Mayville, 92, served in the elite US-Canadian "Devil's Brigade" for years but was never called upon to jump. On the weekend, he did... More »

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