Top News Advisory for Sunday, Aug 25 at 6 p.m.
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TOP NEWS ADVISORY
Here are the latest Top News stories from The Canadian Press. All times are Eastern unless otherwise stated. Coverage plans are included when available. Entries are subject to change as news develops. Contact the National Desk at 416-507-2150.
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Syria agrees to UN probe of purported attacks
DAMASCUS _ Syria reached an agreement with the United Nations on Sunday to allow a team of international experts to visit the site of alleged chemical weapons attacks last week outside Damascus, state media and the U.N. said.A statement on Syrian state television said Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem and U.N. disarmament chief Angela Kane struck the deal during talks in Damascus, and that the two sides are working to finalize the date and time of the visit. PHOTO.
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Baird expresses 'outrage' over Syria
MONTREAL _ Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird and other western leaders applied more pressure on Syria on Sunday, with a call for Syrian authorities to allow the United Nations immediate and unfettered access to the site of last week's alleged chemical attack.Officials in Baird's office said he had separate phone conversations on Sunday with US Secretary of State John Kerry and the Foreign Minister of the French Republic, Laurent Fabius. He spoke with British Foreign Secretary William Hague on Friday. PHOTO.
Values charter will be uniting force: Marois
QUEBEC _ Pauline Marois says the Parti Quebecois' planned "Charter of Quebec Values" _ which would include a ban on religious headwear for public employees _ will be a uniting force for the province.The Quebec premier rejects any suggestion the new rules would be a source of division amongst the population. PHOTO.
Method to Trudeau's reefer madness
OTTAWA _ There is method to Justin Trudeau's reefer madness.His willingness to confess his past proclivity for puffing pot is part of a deliberate strategy to brand the Liberal leader as a different kind of politician - one who's open and transparent to a fault, even when it might be more politic to dissemble. PHOTO.
Wallin was named in multimillion lawsuit
CALGARY _ A U.S. court has approved a multimillion-dollar settlement in a securities fraud class-action lawsuit against a bankrupt energy exploration company for which embattled Sen. Pamela Wallin was a director.Between June 2007 and December 2011, Wallin was a paid member of the board of Oilsands Quest Inc., a Calgary-based exploration company. As a director, the Saskatchewan senator was named in the lawsuit along with fellow board members, TD Securities and Calgary consulting firm McDaniel and Associates. Moves on national and business wires. Guard against duplication
BC worries spill will "overwhelm" resources
VANCOUVER _ Officials in British Columbia privately warned the province lacks the ability to manage oil spills from existing and future oil traffic, and even a moderate spill would overwhelm their ability to respond, documents show.Ottawa's decision to deal with coastal oil spills from a base in Quebec would make it much harder to contain spills, and Transport Canada and the Coast Guard lack the needed "environmental expertise" to manage them, officials said the documents obtained by The Canadian Press under freedom of information laws.
Last of 5 suspects in Mumbai gang rape arrested
NEW DELHI _ Police on Sunday arrested the last of five men wanted in the gang rape of a photojournalist in Mumbai, and said charges would be filed soon in a case that has incensed the public and fueled debate over whether women can be safe in India.The victim, a 22-year-old Indian woman, said she was anxious to return to work after Thursday night's assault, in which five men repeatedly raped her while her male colleague was beaten and tied up in an abandoned textile mill in the country's financial capital. PHOTO.
Egypt courts hear cases against Mubarak, Islamists
CAIRO _ In parallel trial sessions, Egyptian courts on Sunday heard cases against ousted President Hosni Mubarak and top leaders of his archrival, the Muslim Brotherhood, related to killings during the 2011 and 2013 protest campaigns that led to their respective downfalls.The court trying Brotherhood leader Mohammed Badie and five other members of the Islamist group postponed hearings until October 29. The defendants, two of whom are still in hiding and being tried in absentia, are accused in relation to clashes outside the Brotherhood's Cairo headquarters on June 30 that left nine dead. PHOTO.
Yosemite fire 'poses every challenge there can be'
GROVELAND _ For 30 years, Ike Bunney has run a dude ranch amid the tall pines and steep canyons along the North Fork of the Tuolumne River in California's Sierra Nevada. Now his 15 horses are safe in distant pastures as wildfire on the northern edge of Yosemite National Park threatens his mountain community."We've already evacuated the horses," said Bunney, who was maintaining vigil Sunday at his Slide Mountain Guest Ranch. "I think they're worried about the fire sparking over these hills." PHOTO.
B.C. volunteer firefighters under strain
VANCOUVER _ Fallen power lines bouncing along roadways may produce "beautiful" and "stellar" light shows, especially in the winter, but a fire chief on southern Vancouver Island says his volunteer force shouldn't have to respond to such calls anymore.Rob Patterson of Malahat Volunteer Fire & Rescue says colleagues across British Columbia are feeling the strain as they take on more and more unpaid responsibilities that exceed their traditional tasks of battling flames and responding to medical emergencies and motor-vehicle crashes.
Canadian banks face interest rates challenge
TORONTO _ Canada's biggest banks are expected to show resilience as they report third-quarter earnings this week in the face of higher interest rates that are pressuring the country's housing market.While the quarterly results are unlikely to shock the market with any major surprises, investors will be closely watching the sector for any signs that the country's financial institutions are feeling the squeeze, suggest analysts.
Data sharing a feature of two-year contracts
MONTREAL _ Even though it has yet to confirm it is coming to Canada, Verizon is already having a major influence on the cellphone market here.Canadians need look no further than new data-sharing plans that made their debut this summer in what is generally seen as a response by Canadian wireless companies to the looming threat of competition from the U.S. telecom giant.
Traders look to bank earns, GDP data
TORONTO _ There's plenty to keep investor attention focused this week amid the latest growth figures from Canada and the U.S. along with earnings from most of Canada's big banks.Traders will also be keeping an eye on U.S. bond yields, which have risen dramatically since May when U.S. Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke first mentioned the possibility of the central bank starting to withdraw some of its economic stimulus.
Canadian could visit moon as part of ambitious space plan
MONTREAL _ Canada could be sending its first astronaut to the moon under an ambitious long-term plan being developed by a group of space agencies around the world.A return to the moon within the next two decades is part of the recently updated Global Exploration Roadmap _ a far-reaching plan developed by more than a dozen space agencies.
Teen star Lydia Ko wins again in Canada
EDMONTON _ Teen star Lydia Ko ran away with the Canadian Women's Open _ again.The 16-year-old New Zealand amateur successfully defend her title Sunday, closing with a 6-under 64 on Sunday at Royal Mayfair for a five-stroke victory and her fourth win in professional events.
Music's hit-makers descend on Brooklyn for VMAs
NEW YORK _ Even if the hotly rumoured 'N Sync reunion doesn't happen, the MTV Video Music Awards are already shaping up as Justin Timberlake's night.The lead nominee _ with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis _ is up for six awards. Timberlake also will be honoured with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, and the anticipation over whether he and his old boy-band cronies will appear together will persist well after the show kicks off Sunday night from Brooklyn. PHOTO.
'The Butler' stays on top with $17 million
NEW YORK _ "Lee Daniels' The Butler" served up another box office-topping weekend, earning $17 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.That was enough to lead all films on a late August weekend known as a dumping ground for studios following their summer blockbusters and before the start of the fall moviegoing season. Daniel's historical drama about a long-serving White House butler starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey, last weekend opened with $24.6 million for the Weinstein Co.
New biography claims more Salinger books due out
NEW YORK _ The authors of a new J.D. Salinger biography are claiming they have cracked one of publishing's greatest mysteries: What "The Catcher in the Rye" novelist was working on during the last half century of his life.Starting sometime between 2015 and 2020, a series of posthumous Salinger releases are planned, according to "Salinger," co-written by David Shields and Shane Salerno, whose book will be published Sept. 3. The Associated Press obtained an early copy. Salerno's documentary on the author is scheduled to come out Sept. 6. PHOTO.
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