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City issues extreme cold alert for Toronto

Toronto·NewCity issues extreme cold alert for TorontoIt might not be technically winter yet, but Toronto is still getting a frigid blast of weather.Temperatures expected to feel like –17 C overnight with the wind chillThe city has issued a cold weather alert for Toronto. (Nathan Denette/Canadian Press)It might not be technically winter yet, but the city is still issuing an extreme cold weather alert amid a frigid blast in Toronto. Dr. Eileen de Villa, Toronto's medical officer of health, said in a statement Tuesday that the alert will be in effect until further notice. The city says it issues cold weather alerts when Environment and Climate Change Canada is calling for temperatures of –15 C or colder, or wind chill values of –20 or colder. Environment Canada's current forecast is calling for slightly warmer temperatures than that, but not by much. Tuesday night's low is expected to be –12 C, with wind chill values making it feel more like –17 C overnight. Wednesday&..

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‘It’s unfortunate, sad, but he crossed the line’: NHLers react to Don Cherry firing

NHL·New'It's unfortunate, sad, but he crossed the line': NHLers react to Don Cherry firingAfter being critical of immigrants for not wearing poppies during Saturday's Coach's Corner segment on Hockey Night in Canada, the since-fired Don Cherry has been a hot topic at arenas across the NHL.Players share childhood memories of Hockey Night personality on Coach's CornerDon Cherry, pictured with Evander Kane, left, and Nazem Kadri, right, before their NHL careers, has been a hot topic across the league since his comments on Saturday night led to the Hockey Night in Canada personality’s firing from Sportsnet on Monday. (Claus Andersen/Getty Images/File)Max Domi wasn't about to offer his opinion on Sportsnet's decision to cut ties with Don Cherry, but the Montreal Canadiens forward was quick to express his admiration for a man he calls a family friend. "I love Don Cherry. I always have, always will," Domi said on Tuesday after the Habs' morning sk..

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Aurora show jumper Nicole Walker barred for positive doping test

Summer SportsCanadian show jumper Nicole Walker barred for positive doping testCanadian show jumper Nicole Walker has been provisionally suspended by the world governing body of equestrian for testing positive for a cocaine metabolite at the Pan Am Games this past August in Peru.'Shocked, devastated' athlete helped Pan Am team gain 2020 Olympic berthCanada's Nicole Walker has been provisionally suspended by the world governing body of equestrian for Benzoylecgonine, a metabolite of cocaine, at the Pan Am Games this past summer in Peru. (Jeff McIntosh/Canadian Press/File)Canada's participation in show jumping at the 2020 Olympic Games is in jeopardy because of a positive drug test at the Pan American Games. Canadian Nicole Walker has been provisionally suspended by the world governing body of equestrian for testing positive for a cocaine metabolite at the 2019 Pan Am Games in Lima, Peru. Walker placed fourth in the individual event and fourth in the team event. Th..

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Graeme Williams: From photographing apartheid to fine art projects

Graeme Williams is a South African photographer, who spent much of his career capturing his country's transition to democracy and documenting post-apartheid. RFI met him at the Also Known As Africa (AKAA) art and design fair in Paris recently. After years in the field, working for agencies such as Reuters, in 1994 Graeme Williams gave up photojournalism and began to focus on magazine features and other long term projects at home and abroad. He explained how photographing conflict influenced his life and work and why he needed to change direction. Q: How did you start your career as a photographer in South Africa? I have been a photojournalist along the way. Initially under apartheid, the emphasis was on working on projects that showed the effects of apartheid on society. Then South Africa went through the phase where transition was really on the cards, we knew that Mandela was coming out. During that time I worked for Reuters and it became like far more day to day hard news. Then,..

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Is China’s bull courting Europe with a Trojan Horse in Piraeus’ port?

China's president Xi Jinping just paid a three day visit to Greece, where Beijing has invested in the Port of Piraeus, seen by China as its prime economic foothold in Europe. But not all Europeans are happy with China's increasing influence on the continent. Xi concluded his visit on Tuesday with a tour of the Acropolis in Athens. According to the Ekathimerini newspaper, Xi ''expressed solidarity'' with Greece on the issue of the return of the Parthenon Marbles,” referring to the 8 sculptures taken away by Thomas Bruce, 7th Earl of Elgin between 1801 and 1812 – never to be returned. The “Elgin Marbles,” now on display in London's British Museum, are topic of a centuries old controversy between Greece and the UK. Xi, using China's own bitter memories of Britain's 150 year long occupation of Hong Kong appeals to Greece's feeling of indignation in an attempt to create a sentiment of solidarity. But apart from a common adversary, and ancien..

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A leaderless social movement is key to protest success in Lebanon

A general strike across Lebanon was in full force on Tuesday as a new wave of disruption pushes back against the government which has not yet met the demands of protesters. Anger continues to fuel Lebanon's protests that broke on 17 October against the ruling elite, including several ageing military leaders that are all seen by demonstrators to be contributing to the rampant corruption in the country for decades. In response, the government headed by Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri stepped down on 29 October, but remains in a caretaker capacity as no decisions have been made about forming a new adminstration. That in turn has fueled protesters to keep to the streets, especially as it enters its fourth week with demonstrators calling for a general strike in 'the week of disobedience' to denounce a legislative session in parliament that includes a general amnesty law. The session has since been postponed, but Tuesday morning saw dozens of protesters gather near the Palace of..

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Syrian refugees Zarkaria and Amir, deported then allowed back into Turkey

The Turkish government says Syrians living in Istanbul have until 30 October to return to the province where they are registered. Legally, refugees cannot leave that province without permission, but it's believed one million Syrians live in Istanbul, where they often work in the informal economy. In June, the Turkish government quietly began arresting Syrians and other nationalities, as well. Late in August, Hayat Tahrir ash-Sham, the Islamist group that controls Idlib province in Syria, was reporting Turkish busses had driven close to 8,000 Syrians over the border and left them to their fates. Shona Bhattacharyya and Asma Al Omar report on the extraordinary fate of Zarkaria and Amir, two young men who were deported and who were allowed to come back to Turkey. Click the 'play' button above to listen to the audio report, or subscribe to our podcast by searching 'RFI international report'.

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EU court rules products from Israeli settlements must be labelled

Following a request from a French tribunal, the European Court of Justice ruled Tuesday that products from Israeli settlements must be labelled as such if they are sold in the European Union, a decision hailed by Palestinians and rights groups but condemned by Israel. The Luxembourg-based court ruled that European Union (EU) regulations meant food labels must clarify where products are from so that consumers can make choices based on “ethical considerations and considerations relating to the observance of international law.” The ruling comes after France's top tribunal asked for clarification on how to label goods from the occupied West Bank, Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem and the Golan Heights. The EU rejects Israeli settlement expansion on the grounds that it undermines hopes for a two-state solution to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. Israel captured the West Bank and east Jerusalem in 1967 and began settling both areas shortly afterwards. Palestinians claim bo..

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Paris court sentences Pete Doherty for drunken fight after second arrest in a week

A French court handed British singer Pete Doherty a three-month suspended jail sentence and 5,000-euro fine on Tuesday, after he was detained for fighting while celebrating his release from an earlier arrest last week. Doherty pleaded guilty to charges of affray in a Paris court on Tuesday. The 40-year-old frontman of the rock group the Libertines, which is gearing up for a European tour, was also given a two-year probation period. “It is a lenient decision,” lawyer Arash Derambarsh told Reuters agency. “Mr. Doherty will be able to keep singing. It is what we asked.” It was Doherty's second arrest in a week after he was detained in the Pigalle district of Paris last Thursday for buying cocaine. After his release, he went out to celebrate, taking alcohol, sleeping pills and Valium, according to his lawyer. Doherty got into an argument with two passers-by that led to a second arrest on Sunday. Prosecutors did not confirm media reports that the altercation involved Doherty punching a..

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Algeria jails 22 protesters over Berber flags

Twenty-two Algerian demonstrators were handed one-year jail sentences Tuesday for "undermining national unity" by bearing the Berber minority's flag during anti-regime protests, a prisoners' rights group said. The CNLD committee said on its Facebook page that a court in the capital's Sidi Mhamed district had sentenced the accused to 12 months in prison -- half of it suspended -- and fines of 30,000 dinars ($275). Said Salhi, vice president of the Algerian human rights groups LADDH, condemned the ruling as "heavy, hard and unexpected", adding that defence lawyers would appeal. Protesters had gathered outside the court on Monday ahead of the late night ruling, chanting: "Free the detainees!" Algeria has been rocked by months of street protests demanding an overhaul of the entire political system. Army chief General Ahmed Gaid Salah, the country's main powerbroker since the April resignation of longtime president Abdelaziz Bouteflika, has banned protesters from bearing..

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