Iran’s anti-veil protests draw on long history of resistance

A young woman climbs to the top of a car in the middle of Mashhad, a conservative Iranian city famed for its Islamic shrines. She takes off her headscarf and starts chanting, “Death to the dictator!” Protesters nearby join in and cars honk in support. For many Iranian women, it’s an image that would have … Read more

Vladimir Putin warns of closer Russian ties with North Korea

In a letter sent to his counterpart Kim Jong un on Pyongyang’s liberation day, the Russian President claimed that the move to strengthen the connection between the two would be in both countries’ interests.  In turn, Mr Kim said the friendship between the two nations had been forged in World War II with victory over … Read more

Ex-Scots gangster Ian ‘Blink’ MacDonald in rehab for cocaine addiction but vows to turn life around

Former gangster Ian “Blink” MacDonald has revealed he is getting help for cocaine addiction. The convicted bank robber told how his lifestyle spiralled out of control using the drug. The 61-year-old has regularly attended Cocaine Anonymous meetings for the last four months in an effort to kick his habit. It comes after he was convicted … Read more

Politics as usual or a serious problem? ‘Extreme’ candidates running in B.C. communities

Mainstream political leaders, unions and anti-racism activists are concerned about a slate of candidates in British Columbia’s upcoming municipal elections that include candidates with far-right policies widely described as “extreme.” At last week’s Union of BC Municipalities conference, multiple elected mayors and councillors told CTV News they were increasingly anxious about anti-vaccine, anti-SOGI, and pro-Freedom … Read more

Innovation hub unveiled at Northern College’s Timmins campus

Northern College president Audrey Penner says the goal of the new Innovation Hub unveiled Thursday is to spearhead innovation in the region. The 24,000-square-foot, $2 million facility will do that by providing the latest technologies to students who can build and practise the skills they need to succeed. “The world is rapidly changing, the technology … Read more

Hold fire: Re-enactors fear being targeted by NY gun law

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Some historical battle re-enactors in New York are holding their musket fire because of worries over the state’s new gun rules — an unplanned side effect of a law designed to protect the public’s safety. The law that went into effect this month declares parks, government property and a long list … Read more

Police launch appeal after girl, 12, hit by car outside Ayrshire school

Police are now appealing for witnesses after a schoolgirl was hit by a car yesterday. The 12-year-old was struck by the vehicle on Friday afternoon on Saltcoats Road, Stevenston. The Auchenharvie Academy student was knocked down outside her own school at around 12.40pm and rushed to Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow for treatment. The … Read more

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