Verstappen beats Hamilton to French GP pole

Article content Formula One championship leader Max Verstappen put on a blinding display in Saturday’s qualifying to seize pole position for the French Grand Prix ahead of title rival Lewis Hamilton. The 23-year-old lapped the 5.8-kilometre long Paul Ricard circuit in one minute 29.990 seconds in his Red Bull, 0.258 seconds clear of Mercedes’ Hamilton, … Read more

In-person marches, music and reflection as Americans mark Juneteenth

ATLANTA — On Saturday, the United States marks Juneteenth for the first time as a federal holiday commemorating the end of the legal enslavement of Black Americans. U.S. President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on Thursday signed a bill making Juneteenth the eleventh federally recognized holiday, just over a year after the murder … Read more

Do Muslims feel safe in Canadian communities? Omar Alghabra wants you to ask yourself that question

A lot of things have felt new to Omar Alghabra since he was promoted to Justin Trudeau’s cabinet as transport minister this year. One thing, regrettably, has not: the Islamophobia that keeps being used as a political battering ram against him. Even as the country and Parliament were reeling this month from the killings of … Read more

Tropical Storm Claudette brings heavy rain, flooding to Gulf Coast – National

Tropical Storm Claudette dumped heavy rain across coastal areas of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama as it chugged inland Saturday, threatening flash floods and possibly tornadoes along its soggy course across the Southeast. The National Hurricane Center declared Claudette organized enough to qualify as a named storm at 4 a.m. Saturday, well after the storm’s center … Read more

Today’s coronavirus news: Even as rural Texas lags in vaccinations, COVID-19 has diminished statewide in America

The latest coronavirus news from Canada and around the world Saturday. This file will be updated throughout the day. Web links to longer stories if available. Saturday 7:54 a.m.: Texas COVID-19 hospitalizations are at their lowest point in more than a year as the state surpasses more than half of eligible residents vaccinated against the … Read more

No winning ticket sold for Friday’s $70 million Lotto Max jackpot

TORONTO — ]No winning ticket was sold for the $70 million jackpot in Friday night’s Lotto Max draw. The huge jackpot has remained unclaimed for several weeks now. The draw also offered a record 70 Maxmillion prizes of $1 million each, and 33 of them were won. They will be shared by 41 winning ticket … Read more

Hardline judiciary head Ebrahim Raisi wins Iran presidency following low turnout

Iran’s hardline judiciary chief won the country’s presidential election in a landslide victory Saturday, propelling the supreme leader’s protege into Tehran’s highest civilian position in a vote that appeared to see the lowest turnout in the Islamic Republic’s history. Initial results showed Ebrahim Raisi won 17.8 million votes in the contest, dwarfing those of the … Read more