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Alleged Rideau Hall intruder was well-stocked with ammunition, RCMP documents say



Stockpile would have been enough for serious showdown with police

The man accused in last month’s security breach at Rideau Hall was not only allegedly carrying a small arsenal of weapons, but had a significant amount of ammunition, according to newly released RCMP documents.

Corey Hurren of Bowsman, Man., faces 22 criminal charges after allegedly ramming the gates at the Governor General’s and prime minister’s residences and proceeding on to the property on July 2. He was arrested after tense negotiations with the Mounties.

RCMP documents obtained by CBC News itemize the weapons, including a Chinese-made knock-off of the American M-14 assault rifle, two shotguns, a High Standard revolver and four military-grade knives.

The list also includes the ammunition, both within the loaded weapons and in reserve.

Most of it — 405 rounds of .308-calibre ammunition — would have fed the semi-automatic assault rifle, which is prohibited in Canada and made by the state-owned Chinese weapons-maker Norinco.

There was also an unspecified amount of 12-gauge shotgun ammunition. 

The stockpile would have been enough for a serious showdown with police or even a major rampage.

Justin Bourque, the man convicted of killing four RCMP officers in Moncton, N.B., carried the same Chinese version of the M-14, according to the inquiry report into the 2014 tragedy. What makes the weapon significant is that its rounds can penetrate standard bullet-proof vests. The M-14 was originally designed as the U.S. army’s primary assault rifle in the 1950s and 1960s,

Hurren, 46, remains in custody and will face another court appearance on Aug. 21.

Most of the charges against him relate to the loaded firearms, but the Canadian Ranger, who was on active duty at the time of the incident, is also accused of uttering a threat to “cause death or bodily harm” to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

The prime minister was not home at the time.

His defence lawyer, Michael Davies, told the court during a brief hearing last month that he is still waiting for disclosure from the Crown.

The RCMP’s evidence was only released to his attorney in late July, but Davies said it was not in a format his office could read.


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Proud Boys celebrate after Trump says ‘stand back and stand by’ at first debate




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CLEVELAND, Ohio — Members of the Proud Boys right-wing militia group celebrated online Tuesday evening after what they perceived as a shout out from President Trump during the chaotic first presidential debate.

The president told the group to “stand back and stand by” after Fox News moderator Chris Wallace asked Trump to condemn white supremacists and militia groups following deadly clashes and rioting in US cities Kenosha, Wis. and Portland, Ore.

“What do you want me to call them? Give me a name. Give me a name,” the commander in chief said to Wallace and opponent Joe Biden after they asked him to publicly disavow social extremists — something he himself has repeatedly asked of Biden.

“White supremacists and right-wing militia,” Wallace responded.

“Who would you like me to condemn? Who?” the president asked.

“Proud Boys need to stand back and stand by, but I’ll tell you what, somebody has got to do something about Antifa and the left because this is not a right-wing problem, this is a left-wing problem,” Trump said.

Members of the group immediately began pledging allegiance to Trump on the encrypted messaging app, Telegram, according to multiple reports.

“President Trump told the proud boys to stand by because someone needs to deal with ANTIFA … well sir! We’re ready!!” wrote one Proud Boy in a screenshot circulating online.

“Trump basically said to go f— them up! this makes me so happy,” he continued.

“Standing by, sir,” another man wrote in the chat.

It appeared that the group’s Seattle chapter has already adopted the president’s comment as their motto according to one screenshot with the words “Stand Back” and “Stand By” surrounding a crest.

It’s unclear how Trump intended his remarks to come across, but Biden seized on the comments in a tweet after the debate.

“This. This is Donald Trump’s America,” the former veep, 77, wrote, sharing a screenshot of the chat.

On their website, the Anti-Defamation League defines the Proud Boys as a misogynistic, Islamophobic, transphobic and anti-immigration group whose members — estimated to be several-hundred strong — also espouse white supremacist and anti-Semitic ideologies.

The group, which was founded in 2016, was also involved in the infamous Charlottesville “Unite the Right” rally where one woman was killed when she was mowed down by a Nazi sympathizer.

Trump, 74, famously responded to the alt-right rally by claiming there were “very fine people on both sides” and has since been dogged by claims from critics that he courts support from white supremacists.

He has denied that and subsequently affirmed his condemnation of such extremists.


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Nearly 1 year after season’s start, Tampa Bay Lightning return home with Stanley Cup




NHL champions arrive from Edmonton at airport to hundreds of friends and family

Defenceman Ryan McDonagh was preparing to answer one last question regarding the Tampa Bay Lightning’s Stanley Cup championship when teammates Nikita Kucherov and Alex Killorn crashed the room, putting an abrupt and celebratory end to the news conference.

“Who’s next? Next question,” Kucherov said, looking into the camera.

With McDonagh stopping in mid-sentence, Killorn stepped behind the podium and said, “We’re not staying here all night, man.”

The wait for the Lightning — and the NHL — was long enough after Tampa Bay clinched the Cup with a 2-0 win in Game 6 against Dallas on Monday night in Edmonton, Alberta.

The Lightning raised the Cup 363 days after the first puck was dropped on the 2019-20 season, and some 6 1/2 months after hockey was put on pause due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“We knew what we were capable of with our whole roster, and we were pretty thankful to get the opportunity to come back and play,” McDonagh said.

The Tampa Bay Lightning took home the Stanley Cup, but the NHL is also celebrating. There wasn’t a single positive COVID-19 test within the league’s bubble, which is being heralded as a win and as a model for sports going forward in the pandemic. 1:59

The Lightning’s title, their second after winning in 2004, was historic.

In becoming the first team to win the Cup after the month of June, the Lightning also became the first to win 18 playoff games, including two in a preliminary round seeding series, as opposed to the standard 16. And they did so while spending 65 days in the NHL bubble, starting in Toronto before relocating to Edmonton for the conference finals.

“Obviously, we can go back and look at what’s going on in the world now,” said Maroon, who won the Cup last year with St. Louis. “I think a lot of us are going to sit back and talk about this one a lot, because this one was a special one, and a hard one to win.”

The Lightning returned home later Tuesday, greeted by family members and hundreds of fans on an airstrip near Tampa International Airport.

The crowd cheered team members exiting the plane. Defenceman Victor Hedman, holding his Conn Smythe Trophy, and team captain Steven Stamkos, hoisting the Stanley Cup, were the last to leave the airplane.

“To finally be here and enjoy it, it’s awesome,” Killorn said. “It’s kind of surreal right now to be honest.”

Steven Stamkos hoists the Stanley Cup as captain of the Tampa Bay Lightning who defeated the Dallas Stars in six games. 3:41

Once reunited with their families, the team members were taken to Amalie Arena for a private on-ice celebration that included their wives, girlfriends, children, arena staff workers and team sponsors.

Team owner Jeff Vinik said the Lightning have been one of the most successful teams in the NHL, but were missing one thing.

“Over the past six years we’ve been to four conference finals and played for the Stanley Cup,” Vinik said. “This time we won it.”

Stamkos thanked the families for their patience as the players spent more than 60 days in the NHL’s bubble in Toronto and Edmonton.

“This was probably the toughest Stanley Cup to win under the circumstances.,” Stamkos said. “It’s amazing the sacrifices the families went through just to allow us to chase our dreams.”

Steven Stamkos and Victor Hedman speak with the media after Tampa Bay’s Stanley Cup victory. 2:27

A fan rally and boat parade along the Hillsborough River is set for Wednesday, followed by a public celebration at Raymond James Stadium where 16,000 fans are expected to attend.

While the Lightning celebrate, the NHL turns its attention to next week, when the two-day draft — to be conducted remotely — opens on Oct. 6, followed by the start of free agency three days later.

It remains unclear when the 2020-21 season will open, either in December or early January, though the plan is to squeeze in a full 82-game schedule.

The experienced and deep Lightning made Stars coach Rick Bowness’ pre-series comments prescient. Bowness, a former Tampa Bay assistant, noted how the Lightning “weren’t quite ready to win” in 2015 in losing the final to Chicago in six games.

This year’s team proved far more battle-tested, with much of the same core still in place, and all too familiar with playoff setbacks. The Lightning lost Eastern Conference final appearances — both in Game 7 — in 2016 and 2018. Then there was the unshakable memory of last year, when Tampa Bay ran away with the regular-season title only to be swept by Columbus in the first round.

Blake Coleman added the punctuation mark in a 2-0 game six win for the Tampa Bay Lightning who secure the franchise’s second Stanley Cup. 1:03

It was only fitting, McDonagh said, that Columbus was the Lightning’s first-round opponent this year. Tampa Bay not only won the series in five games, but showed perseverance in opening the series needing five overtimes to pull out a 3-2 win in the fourth-longest game in NHL history.

They did it with Stamkos limited to playing just two minutes and 47 seconds while missing the rest of the playoffs with a core muscle injury. And they overcame leading goal-scorer Brayden Point missing two games (both losses) with an undisclosed injury.

The Lightning never lost two straight, and enjoyed a few blowout victories, including 8-2 and 7-1 routs over Boston and the Islanders. More important, Tampa Bay was 12-3 in games decided by one goal.

General manager Julien BriseBois earned credit for adding grit and playoff experience. Maroon and defenceman Kevin Shattenkirk were among the team’s off-season free-agent additions. BriseBois didn’t stop there, trading first-round draft picks to acquire Barclay Goodrow from San Jose and Blake Coleman from New Jersey in February.

The Lightning, who finished second in the Atlantic Division with a 43-21-6 record, capped a season in which they enjoyed a franchise-record 11-0 run from Jan. 29 to Feb. 17 following a 14-11 start.

Shattenkirk credited coach Jon Cooper for not over-reacting to the early stumbles.

“I think his patience was probably the best characteristic,” Shattenkirk said earlier this month. “He showed throughout the whole way in believing in our team and believing in the guys we had in the locker room.”


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India does not give a ‘straight count’ on COVID-19 death: Trump




Trump was shooting back on Biden who claimed that 200,000 people who died of the coronavirus were 20 per cent of the global death toll of 1 million while the US population is only 4 per cent of the world.
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US President Donald Trump has said that India does not give a “straight count” on the Covid-19 deaths.

During the presidential debate on Tuesday night between him and Democratic Party presidential candidate Joe Biden, they both sparred on the extent of the deaths caused by the pandemic.

Biden said that the 200,000 people who died of the coronavirus were 20 per cent of the global death toll of 1 million while the US population is only 4 per cent of the world.

Trump shot back, “When you talk about numbers you know how many people died in China? You know how many people died in Russia? You don’t know how many people died in India. They don’t give you a straight count.”

Trump said that the pandemic was China’s fault, but Biden tried to deflect China’s role wanting to pin the blame for its ravages on Trump.

The first debate was held in Cleveland was about domestic issues and there were no international questions on the agenda set out Chris Wallace of Fox News, who was the moderator for the debate. The mention of India and the two other countries brought a passing reference to foreign countries.

Earlier in his news conferences, he has mentioned India’s record of conducting Covid-19 tests as the second-best in the world and only behind the US.

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CNN’s anchor calls first presidential debate a ‘s— show’





CLEVELAND, Ohio — CNN’s chief political correspondent Dana Bash unapologetically called Tuesday evening’s chaotic presidential debate a “s— show” live on the air.

The veteran cable network anchor was lost for words as she and her colleagues tried to dissect the shambolic 90-minute debate which frequently devolved into chaos as the two candidates spoke over each other and Fox News anchor Chris Wallace unsuccessfully tried to maintain order.

“You used some high-minded language, I’m just going to say it like it is: That was a s– show,” Bash said to an equally shocked Jake Tapper who called the Cleveland, Ohio showdown “a hot mess inside a dumpster fire inside a train wreck.”

“And you know, we’re on cable, we can say that,” Bash continued of her colorful language.

“Apologies for being maybe a little but crude, but that is the phrase that I’m getting from people on both sides of the aisle on texts and it’s the only phrase that I can think of to really describe it,” she went on.

“The people who have been hurt the most by that are the people who are genuinely looking to see what each candidate stands for and who they should vote for,” she added.

“There are still people out there who haven’t made up their mind,” Bash said, speculating the clash could even discourage undecided people from voting, calling it a “bad reality TV show.”


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In 2024, UAE lunar rover may land on surface never explored before




Already, an Emirati space probe is hurtling through space on its way to Mars while last year it sent its first astronaut to the International Space Station
Emirati officials brief Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum about a possible moon mission on Tuesday in Dubai. Pic/AP

The United Arab Emirates plans to send an unmanned spacecraft to the moon in 2024, a top Emirati official said on Tuesday, the latest gamble in the stars by the oil-rich nation that could see it become only the fourth nation on Earth to accomplish that goal.

The announcement by Dubai’s ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who also serves as the vice president and prime minister of the hereditarily ruled UAE, shows the rapid expansion of the space program that bears his name.

Already, an Emirati space probe is hurtling through space on its way to Mars while last year it sent its first astronaut to the International Space Station.

“It will be an Emirati-made lunar rover that will land on the surface of the moon in 2024 in areas that have not been explored previously by human missions,” Sheikh Mohammed wrote on Twitter.

He did not elaborate on the location that the UAE planned to explore, nor how they would launch the rover into space.

The launch of its Amal, or “Hope,” probe to Mars took place at Japan’s Tanegashima Space Centre in July. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, which launched that probe, said nothing had been decided about the launch of the moon rover and declined to comment when reached by The Associated Press.

The Emirati rover will study the lunar surface, mobility on the moon’s surface and how different surfaces interact with lunar particles, the government later said. The 10 kg (22-pound) rover will carry two high-resolution cameras, a microscopic camera, a thermal imagery camera, a probe and other devices, it said. Sheikh Mohammed said the rover would be named “Rashid”, the same name of his late father, Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum.

Sheikh Rashid was one of the original founding rulers of the United Arab Emirates, a federation of seven sheikhdoms on the Arabian Peninsula. Sheikh Mohammed made the announcement on Twitter after a closed-door meeting with officials.

State media photographs of the meeting showed him and others wearing masks due to the coronavirus pandemic. If successful in 2024, the UAE could become the fourth nation on Earth to land a spacecraft on the moon, after the US, the Soviet Union and China. India tried and failed to land a spacecraft last year.

Israel as well saw its own small spacecraft crash into the lunar surface last year before touchdown, failing in an ambitious attempt to make history as the first privately funded lunar landing.

In July, the UAE’s Amal probe was launched from Japan. It remains on its way to Mars and is set to reach the red planet in February 2021, the year the UAE celebrates 50 years since the country’s formation. In September that year, Amal will start transmitting Martian atmospheric data, which will be made available to the international scientific community, officials say.

A successful mission to the moon would be a major step for the oil-dependent economy seeking a future in space. The UAE also has set the ambitious goal to build a human colony on Mars by 2117.

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Barrrett linked to faith group that believes men are superior, women should be submissive




The group organises and meets outside the purview of a church and includes people from several Christian denominations, but its members are mostly Roman Catholic
Judge Amy Barrett. File pic/AFP

President Donald Trump’s nominee for the US Supreme Court has close ties to a charismatic Christian religious group that holds men are divinely ordained as the “head” of the family and faith. Former members of the group, called People of Praise, say it teaches that wives must submit to the will of their husbands.

A trustee at linked school

But Barrett, 48, grew up in New Orleans in a family deeply connected to the organisation and as recently as 2017 she served as a trustee at the People of Praise-affiliated Trinity Schools Inc., according to the nonprofit organisation’s tax records and other documents reviewed by The Associated Press. Only members of the group serve on the schools’ board, according to the system’s president.

The AP also reviewed 15 years of back issues of the body’s internal magazine, Vine and Branches, published birth announcements, photos and other mentions of Barrett and her husband, Jesse, whose family has been active in the group for four decades. On Friday, magazine’s editions were all removed from the group’s website.

People of Praise is a religious community based in charismatic Catholicism, a movement that grew out of the influence of Pentecostalism, which emphasizes a personal relationship with Jesus and can include baptism in the Holy Spirit and speaking in tongues. The group organises and meets outside the purview of a church and includes people from several Christian denominations, but its members are mostly Roman Catholic.

Draws scrutiny

Barrett’s affiliation with a conservative religious group that elevates the role of men has drawn particular scrutiny given that she would be filling the SC seat held by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a feminist icon who spent her legal career fighting for women to have full equality. Barrett, by contrast, is being hailed by religious conservatives as an ideological heir to the late Justice Antonin Scalia, a staunch abortion-rights opponent for whom she clerked as a young lawyer.

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9 in 10 recovered COVID-19 patients suffering from side-effects: Study




China has roped in more than a dozen countries to conduct the final phase trials of its experimental COVID-19 vaccines, as it looks to stay ahead in the international race to immunise global population as part of its charm offensive to gain goodwill
A head mortician prepares a coffin before placing the body of a COVID victim in a morgue at the Collserola funeral home in Barcelona. Pic/AP

Fatigue, psychological after-effects and loss of smell and taste are among the several side effects that nine in every 10 people are experiencing after recovering from the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Reuters reported, citing a study.

The study, based on an online survey, was conducted by Kyungpook National University School of Medicine in Daegu, South Korea. It sought responses from 5,762 people but only 965 participated. Of whom, 879 or 91.1 per cent said they were suffering from at least one side-effect, reported Reuters.

About 26.2 per cent of them suffered from fatigue, 24.6 per cent struggled with difficulty in concentrating. Meanwhile, South Korea’s daily coronavirus increase was the lowest in about 50 days Tuesday as new infections trend lower.

Cases can spike this week

Many experts have warned, however, that the virus could spread again after this week’s traditional Chuseok autumn holidays, when people usually travel to visit their relatives. Health authorities have urged people to refrain from travelling this year because of the risk of spreading the virus. With 38 new cases, the country’s total reached 23,699 with 407 deaths.

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China has roped in more than a dozen countries to conduct the final phase trials of its experimental COVID-19 vaccines, as it looks to stay ahead in the international race to immunise global population as part of its charm offensive to gain goodwill.

Mexico ups ‘estimate’ to 89,612 deaths

Mexico upped its “estimated” COVID-19 deaths to 89,612 on Monday, and boosted estimates of its total number of cases to 8,70,699, almost 1,37,000 more than it previously recognised. Even with the new estimated death toll, Mexico is still in fourth place worldwide behind India. But in the case of infections, the new estimates would boost Mexico from eighth place in total cases, to fifth place, behind Russia with about 1.15 million cases. Mexico has about 76,600 test-confirmed deaths and 733,717 test-confirmed cases.

‘Big moment’, says mayor as schools in NYC set to reopen

Hundreds of thousands of elementary school students are heading back to classrooms Tuesday as New York City enters a high-stakes stage of resuming in-person learning during the pandemic, which is keeping students at home in many other big US school systems. “It’s a big moment for the city,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Monday night. With in-person learning for middle and high school students scheduled to begin on Thursday, he noted, “as many as half a million kids could be in school in the course of this week.”

German leaders meet as cases spike

Chancellor Angela Merkel and the governors of Germany’s 16 states were conferring on Tuesday on how to prevent the cases from accelerating to the levels being seen in other European countries, and new curbs were possible. New cases have hit the highest levels since April in recent weeks, with over 2,000 new cases per day.

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Helen Reddy, feminist hero and singer of ‘I Am Woman,’ dead at 78




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Helen Reddy, the feminist icon behind the hit anthem “I Am Woman,” passed away Tuesday at the age of 78, her family announced.

“It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved mother, Helen Reddy,” the singer’s children, Traci Donat and Jordan Sommers, said in a statement.

“She was a wonderful mother, grandmother and a truly formidable woman. Our hearts are broken. But we take comfort in the knowledge that her voice will live on forever.”

Reddy died Tuesday afternoon in Los Angeles, her family confirmed to USA Today. She had been dealing with “some health and memory issues” and living in an assisted care facility before her death, her daughter told the paper.

The Australian singer enjoyed several hits but the release of “I Am Woman” in 1972 catapulted her to stardom. The song earned her a Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and led her to become the first singer from the country to top the US charts.

Reddy famously punctuated her acceptance speech for the award by praising God “because She makes everything possible.” The song became the soundtrack to the women’s liberation movement.

Unjoo Moon, the director of a 2019 biopic of Reddy’s life called “I Am Woman,” shared a photo of her and Reddy Tuesday night on Instagram, reflecting on what Moon called an “amazing 7-year friendship.”

“I will forever be grateful to Helen for teaching me so much about being an artist, a woman and a mother,” Moon wrote. “She paved the way for so many and the lyrics that she wrote for I am Woman changed my life forever like they have done for so many other people and will continue to do for generations to come.

“She will always be a part of me and I will miss her enormously.”


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