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FREDERICTON, New Brunswick, August 11, 2018 (News Wires) - Canadian police have charged a man for the deaths of two police officers and two civilians in a shooting in the eastern province of New Brunswick.

Police in the city of Fredericton said in a statement Saturday that Matthew Vincent Raymond, 48, was arrested and charged with four counts of first-degree murder.

Horizon Health, which delivers care for New Brunswick's Department of Health, said that Raymond was the only person being treated for injuries related to the shooting.

The victims have been identified as Const. Robb Costello, Const. Sara Burns, Donnie Robichaud and Bobbie Lee Wright.

No motive has been disclosed.

The incident struck a nerve in a country that has been roiled in recent months by several instances of mass violence.


CAIRO, August 18, 2018 (News Wires) - Saudi Arabia has stopped all medical treatment programmes in Canada and is co-ordinating for the transfer of all Saudi patients from Canadian hospitals to other hospitals outside Canada, Saudi press agency said early on Wednesday.

The agency cited Saudi Health Attaché in the United States of America and Canada Dr. Fahd bin Ibrahim Al Tamimi.

Saudi Arabia froze new trade and investment with Canada and expelled the Canadian ambassador, early on Monday, in a stern gesture of retaliation after Ottawa urged it to free arrested civil society activists.

Kicking Kiki

By Ramadan A. Kader

Over the past week, famous and ordinary people alike turned to the Internet across the Arab world, posting videos showing them undertaking the dangerous challenge of the widely popular Kiki dance. The risky dance is inspired by Canadian hip-hop star Drake's smashing song "In My Feelings".

Cinema and sports personalities were seen bragging about their skills for performing the Kiki by stepping out of a slowly moving car and sway in sync with the lyrics.

Authorities in some Arab countries have arrested some such performers, who face the charges of endangering their lives and those of others on roads.

In Egypt, prosecutors ordered a university student to pat LE1,050 (59 dollars) for performing the Kiki challenge on a public road.

Some clerics have, meanwhile, come out to prohibit the challenging dance, citing safety

In Tunisia, a young girl paid dearly for taking the Kiki challenge out on the street. A viral video, shot by an unidentified person in a balcony, shows the girl dancing near the open door of her moving car. In a fit of excitement, she drops her bag, which two thieves on a motorcycle swiftly catch and speed off.

The girl unsuccessfully attempts to recover it. The thieves must be grateful to the Kiki fad.

TORONTO, July 23, 2018 (News Wires) - Fourteen people, including a young girl, were shot near downtown Toronto, police in Canada’s biggest city said on Sunday, with one person killed and the gunman also dead.

The young girl was in a critical condition, Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders said.

“We are looking at all possible motives... and not closing any doors,” Saunders told reporters at the site of the shooting.

Paramedics, firefighters and police converged on the shooting in Toronto’s east end, which has many popular restaurants, cafes and shops.

Police said the gunman had used a handgun. Earlier reports said nine people had been shot.

Reports of gunfire in the city’s Greektown neighbourhood began at 10 p.m. local time (02:00 GMT Monday), CityNews.com said.

Witnesses said they heard 25 gunshots, the news website reported.

Toronto is grappling with a sharp rise in gun violence this year. Deaths from gun violence in the city jumped 53 percent to 26 so far in 2018 from the same period last year, police data last week showed, with the number of shootings rising 13 per cent.

Toronto deployed about 200 police officers from July 20 in response to the recent spate in shootings, which city officials have blamed on gang violence.

Toronto Mayor John Tory told reporters that the city has a gun problem and guns were too readily available to too many people.

BRUSSELS, July 11, 2018 (News Wires) - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his country is offering to lead NATO's new military training mission in Iraq for the first year and stands ready to provide 250 troops plus helicopters for the effort.

Trudeau said Wednesday that it is important to help build the conflict-ravaged country's resilience against the Islamic State group.

Speaking at a German Marshall Fund event on the sidelines of a NATO summit in Brussels, Trudeau said that "we have to build that democracy and strengthen it," and doing so "is something that we believe in deeply."

NATO leaders are expected to announce later Wednesday that the alliance is stepping up its troop training and military academy building effort in Iraq, with hundreds of trainers operating out of the capital, Baghdad.

CAIRO, July 7, 2018 (MENA) - Egypt's Parliament's foreign affairs committee will host on Sunday the Canadian Ambassador here Jess Dutton to probe promoting cooperation between Egypt and Canada in various fields.

The panel will host on Monday Minister of Immigration and Egyptian Expatriates Affairs Nabila Makram to discuss amendments suggested by Makram on a bill on Egyptian communities abroad.

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