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PM ‘considering bringing back Brexit deal WITHOUT the Irish backstop’

Ministers today piled pressure on Theresa May to bring back her Brexit deal within days as it was claimed she could tear out the Irish backstop to swing the vote.The Prime Minister could decide to remove the controversial border clause in the hope MPs vote for it and send a new message to Brussels that it must…

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Sri Lankans urged to avoid mosques, churches amid fears of more...

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena said on Friday police are looking for 140 people believed to have links with the Islamic State group, which has claimed responsibility for the Easter Sunday suicide bombings of churches and hotels.Muslims in Sri Lanka were urged to pray at home on Friday and not attend mosques or churches after…

Airbnb for LGBTQ travellers boycotts hotels owned by Sultan of Brunei...

A short-term rental company that caters to LGBTQ travellers is calling for a boycott of hotels around the world owned by the Sultan of Brunei following the introduction of new laws that make gay sex punishable by stoning to death.Homosexuality has been illegal in the small Asian nation since it broke from British rule in 1984. But was punishable…

It’s easy — but wrong — to blame gender bias for...

Soon, there will be no female premiers in Canada. Back in 2013, there were six. The lazy way to explain this is that voters have failed to suppress their philistine prejudices. It is indeed one of the most facile, overused arguments in politics: that a woman's gender plays a more-than-nominal role in her electoral defeat. By this line…

‘I just broke down crying’: Canadian video game creators face gruelling...

It was Osama Dorias's first job in the video game industry.He was thrilled to be working as a designer with a company in Montreal.  Then he got his first real taste of what's known in the business as "crunch" — when a team crams for weeks or even months to complete a game in time for…

How AI is reshaping the medical landscape | CBC News

You can already find it in some emergency rooms — and soon we'll see it in every aspect of health care.Artificial intelligence in health care carries huge potential, according to experts in computer science and medicine, but it also raises serious questions around bias, accountability and security.  "I think we're just seeing the tip of the iceberg right now," said Yoshua…

Self-driving cars: Who to save, who to sacrifice?

Driverless vehicles, in the case of brake failure or an inevitable collision, might have to decide who lives and who dies. Can we be confident in how these robotic vehicles will behave in an emergency? Can we even agree on how they should behave?The race to develop self-driving cars is on worldwide. In Ontario, cars…

Surviving a diplomatic brawl with China takes patience, discretion: Japanese ambassador...

The arrest and detention of two Canadians by China late last year was an event that looked eerily familiar to Japan. It is, for the government in Tokyo, part of a pattern they have had to contend with over the last few years. China's detention of Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor — allegedly in retaliation over Canada's arrest…

‘Most-stressed’ and ‘happiest’ nations revealed

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The poll found that levels of stress have hit a new high People around the world are becoming more angry, stressed and worried, according to a new global survey.Of some 150,000 people interviewed in over 140 countries, a third said they suffered stress, while at least one in five…

Fake heiress found guilty over NY scam

Image copyright BFA Just how far can you get in the New York City socialite scene without a real fortune of your own? Incredibly far, in the case of Anna Delvey - real name Anna Sorokin - who allegedly tricked the city's elite into thinking she was a billionaire heiress. She reportedly hired a private…

SAS pilot walkout leaves thousands stranded

Image copyright European Photopress Agency Scandinavian airline SAS has cancelled hundreds of flights globally leaving thousands of passengers stranded after pilots in Norway, Sweden and Denmark went on strike.SAS said 673 flights would be cancelled on Friday affecting 72,000 passengers.It said it was "deeply regretful" about the negative impact on customers. The pilot walkout comes…