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Thunderstorms heighten fire risk in B.C.

VANCOUVER — Forecasted lightning in several regions of B.C. and a severe thunderstorm watch for much of the province has put emergency officials on the alert for an increase in new forest fires.

Three arrested after violent home invasion at wrong address

Three men have been arrested in Nanaimo following a violent home invasion early Saturday which RCMP say targeted the wrong address.Alicia Appleton, her boyfriend and another roommate awakened to a loud crash in their apartment on Uplands Drive.

Movie director Tony Scott, known for action films, dies after jumping from bridge

LOS ANGELES — No one ever mistook Tony Scott for a great dramatist. He was a director critics loved to hate for his slick barrage of images at the expense of story.

Commentary: A song of hope from the slums of Kenya

By Craig and Marc KielburgerHe has performed for the Queen, dined at Buckingham Palace and rubbed elbows with Elton John, Will.i.am and Stevie Wonder.Think we’re talking about Bob Geldof or Bono? Think again.

Commentary: Syria's fault lines: Amid the violence, religious and ethnic strife is on the rise

By Eden Naby and Jamsheed K. ChoksySyria has long had a diverse population that managed to live together in relative harmony. And the struggle to end Baathist rule drew together citizens from across class, economic, religious and ethnic lines.

Passengers and driver safe after bus trapped under power lines in Toronto

TORONTO — All passengers and a driver on a Toronto Transit Commission bus in west Toronto escaped without injury after live power lines crashed onto the vehicle Monday.A crane came tumbling down around 1:45 p.m.

Commemorative services mark 70th anniversary of Dieppe raid

DIEPPE, France — A handful of Canadian veterans were treated to a heroes’ welcome Sunday when they returned to the French coastal town of Dieppe to mark the 70th anniversary of one of the bloodiest and most disastrous raids of the Second World War.

India says Pakistan websites caused thousands to flee in panic

NEW DELHI — The Indian home secretary has accused websites in Pakistan of spreading false rumours that caused thousands of people from India’s remote northeast to panic and flee from southern and western India.

Some B.C. Ministry of Forests unionized workers to walk out for a day

Some members of the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union will once again walk off the job for a day.Staff at Ministry of Forests offices in Prince George, Dawson Creek, Burns Lake, Cranbrook and Nelson will walk out during office hours today.

Ousted Chinese politician's wife gets suspended death sentence for murder of U.K. businessman

HEFEI, China — The wife of a disgraced Chinese politician was given a suspended death sentence Monday after confessing to killing a British businessman by poisoning him with cyanide in a case that rocked the country’s top political leadership.