Woman finds priceless 2,000-year-old Mayan vase in Maryland thrift store – National

Most dedicated thrifters usually find junk on the clearance rack, but one Washington, D.C., woman discovered a link to ancient history when she purchased a 2,000-year-old Mayan vase. The priceless artifact bought by Anna Lee Dozier in a Clinton, Maryland, thrift store came at a bargain, costing only US$3.99 (C$5.50). Officials said the vase is … Read more

The Iberian lynx is back from the brink of extinction. Here’s how it happened – National

Things are looking up for the Iberian lynx. Just over two decades ago, the pointy-eared wild cat was on the brink of extinction, but as of Thursday the International Union for Conservation of Nature says it’s no longer an endangered species. Successful conservation efforts mean that the animal, native to Spain and Portugal, is now … Read more

What we know so far about U.K. Tories and election gambling allegations – National

The United Kingdom’s gambling watchdog is investigating candidates from that country’s Conservative Party as well as the party’s campaign chief and a bodyguard for British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak over allegations they bet on the upcoming British election. The news comes just weeks before voters head to the polls. The scandal unfolded quickly and resulted … Read more

NATO allies appear to have chosen their next leader ahead of summit – National

Mark Rutte, who looks set to be NATO’s next secretary-general, is a fierce critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin and a staunch ally of Ukraine who honed his skills as a political dealmaker during nearly 14 years as Dutch prime minister. Rutte, 57, has been one of the driving forces behind Europe’s military support for … Read more

Putin floats sending weapons to North Korea, sparking concern from U.S. – National

Comments by Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday that Russia may supply weapons for North Korea after signing a defense pact with Pyongyang are “incredibly concerning,” U.S. State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller said. Putin suggested after a visit to North Korea this week that such weapons supplies to the isolated nuclear-armed country would be a mirror … Read more

Doug Ford calls for tariffs on Chinese EVs: ‘We risk Ontario and Canadian jobs’

Premier Doug Ford is calling on the federal government to slap high tariffs on Chinese-made electric vehicle imports amid rising concerns that cheap cars could saturate the Canadian market and undercut Ontario’s EV manufacturing sector, along with the billions in taxpayer-funded subsidies to support it. On Thursday, Ford released a statement warning that China was … Read more

NATO chief commends Canada upping defence spending but stresses 2% target – National

The head of NATO urged Canada to meet the alliance’s defence spending target while visiting the nation’s capital Wednesday, suggesting the billions of dollars in new investments — while notable — are not enough. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Canada’s updated defence policy, which commits $8 billion over five years and projects the defence budget’s … Read more

Tropical storm Alberto forms near Mexico, 1st to be named this year – National

Tropical Storm Alberto formed on Wednesday in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, the first named storm of what is forecast to be a busy hurricane season. Alberto, which is bringing strong winds, heavy rainfall and some flooding along the coasts of Texas and Mexico, is expected to make landfall in northern Mexico on Thursday. “The … Read more

Canada lists Iran’s IRGC as a terrorist organization – National

Canada has listed Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist organization under the Criminal Code. Public Safety Minister Dominic LeBlanc made the announcement Wednesday after years of mounting pressure from Iranian Canadians and opposition parties. “Our government will ensure that there is no immunity for Iran’s unlawful actions and its support of terrorism,” … Read more

China doesn’t want North Korea to have nuclear weapons: Retired general

(NewsNation) — Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un signed a partnership deal Wednesday that includes a vow of mutual aid if either country is attacked. Putin made the announcement while visiting North Korea for the first time in 24 years. The deal, which the leaders said covered areas including security, … Read more