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MALE, Maldives — Police in the Maldives said Friday an explosion that wounded former President Mohamed Nasheed and four others including a British national was an act of terrorism and they are attempting to identify four possible suspects. Australian police said they are ready to assist the investigation. Nasheed, 53, was wounded in the blast outside his home Thursday night as he was about to get into his car, police said. He was in critical condition in an intensive care unit after life-saving surgeries to his head, chest, abdomen and limbs, ADK Hospital said in a statement Friday evening. Chief of Defence Force Abdulla Shamal said a homemade explosive device fixed to a motorbike which was parked near Nasheed's car was detonated possibly with the use of a remote controller, as he was about to leave home for an event. He said the explosive device contained ball bearings with the aim of causing bigger damage. Nasheed has been an outspoken critic of religious extremism in the predominantly Sunni Muslim nation, where preaching and practicing other faiths are banned by law. Police Commissioner Mohamed Hameed said police are treating the blast as an act of terrorism against the former president. Two of Nasheed's bodyguards and two apparent bystanders, including a British citizen, were also wounded, he said. Police have not detected any military-grade components in the explosives used, Hameed said. They are trying to identify four possible suspects but no arrests have been made, he said. No one has claimed responsibility for the blast. Photos circulated on social media showed a ripped-up motorcycle at the scene. Nasheed is the current Parliament speaker and was the first democratically elected president of the Indian Ocean archipelago, serving from 2008 to 2012. Current President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih said in a televised speech that Australian Federal Police investigators will arrive Saturday. The Australian police force said it will assess what assistance they can provide the investigation. The Maldives is known for its luxury resorts but has experienced occasional violent attacks. In 2007, a blast in a park in the capital wounded 12 foreign tourists. Violence has been blamed on a rise in religious extremism. The Maldives has one of the highest per capita numbers of militants who fought in Syria and Iraq alongside the Islamic State group. Maldives authorities announced in January that eight people arrested in November were found to have been planning to attack a school and were in the process of building bombs in a boat at sea. Police said they also conducted military training on uninhabited islands and recruited children. Hameed said it was not known whether the attack on Nasheed was linked to that group. Nasheed's presidency ended 30 years of autocratic rule, but his own term was cut short when he resigned amid protests. He was defeated in the subsequent presidential election and was convicted of terrorism under his predecessor for having arrested a top judge while president, and was sentenced to 13 years in prison. He was allowed to go to Britain for medical treatment and received asylum there in 2016. His party colleague, Solih, won the 2018 presidential election and Nasheed was able to return home. Nasheed has remained an influential figure and was elected Parliament speaker in 2019. He has championed global efforts to fight climate change, particularly rising seas threatening the low-lying islands of his archipelago nation. Neighbouring India’s external affairs minister, S. Jaishankar, in a tweet described the blast as an attack on Nasheed. “Wish him a speedy recovery. Know that he will never be intimidated,” Jaishankar said. ___ Associated Press writer Krishan Francis in Colombo, Sri Lanka, contributed to this report. Mohamed Sharuhaan, The Associated Press
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Air Canada called on Ottawa to ease travel restrictions as the airline, which reported a first-quarter loss of $1.3 billion, plans for its post pandemic recovery. "The current mandatory hotel quarantine for arrivals has proven ineffective. It should be eliminated," Michael Rousseau said Friday in his first quarterly conference call since becoming CEO. The federal government requires anyone flying into Canada to isolate at a hotel for three nights to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. "We believe that with a vaccination program now underway nationally, a modified and more relevant approach to testing and quarantine would keep Canadians safe while allowing our country to reopen for international travel." Rousseau said the government must develop and communicate a reopening plan as it is cautiously optimistic that the country is nearing an "inflection point" with the vaccination rate rising in the middle of a difficult third wave. "After over 14 months of restrictions, Canadians, who we know are eager to travel, want and deserve clear guidelines. They want to know when they will be able to travel internationally again and under what protocols." Air Canada expects domestic travel will lead its recovery, as was the case in the U.S., given the strength in demand especially for transcontinental flights despite lockdowns and restrictions. Peak summer leisure travel in July and August, including to Europe, is expected to be pushed to September and October. And corporate travel, a key segment for the airline, likely won't come back until after Labour Day, chief commercial officer Lucie Guillemette told analysts. She said some corporate travel policy restrictions may remain in place as long as employees continue to work from home. "What we're seeing now, though, is there's definitely an appetite for corporate Canada to return to travel." However, the quarantine requirement is a deterrent and the future of corporate travel could depend on whether there are changes to same-day travel practices. While corporate travel may come back later than leisure trips, Rousseau said Air Canada believes it will recover in a hybrid office environment that is accompanied by rapid home testing. The country's largest airline also said it is seeing strong demand through next winter to Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Hawaii and Florida as Canadians anticipate their first post-pandemic holiday. Analyst Cameron Doerksen of National Bank Financial expects air traffic will ultimately rebound strongly, but only if restrictions are lifted "Our near-term caution is rooted in our belief that the Canadian government-imposed air travel restrictions are not set to be materially eased in time to salvage much of the upcoming peak summer travel period," he wrote in a report. Last month, Air Canada reached a deal for $5.9 billion in federal aid including money earmarked to help refund customers. However, demand for refunds is slower than expected despite reaching out to customers proactively. Air Canada said its loss amounted to $3.90 per diluted share for the quarter that ended March 31 compared with a loss of $1 billion or $4.00 per diluted share a year ago when it had fewer shares outstanding. Revenue in the quarter totalled $729 million, down from $3.7 billion in the first three months of 2020. Air Canada said its capacity as measured in available seat miles was down 82.1 per cent compared with a year ago, while traffic measured in revenue passenger miles was down 89.5 per cent. The airline plans to approximately double its second quarter capacity from the same quarter in 2020, but says compared with the same period in 2019 that second quarter capacity is expected to be down 84 per cent. This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 7, 2021. Companies in this story: (TSX:AC) Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press
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Sinclair Broadcast Group (Nasdaq: SBGI) is proud to announce that 18 of its newsrooms have been honored with the prestigious RTDNA Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Outstanding Journalism. In total, these stations brought home a collective 37 awards, a shining testament to the company’s commitment to providing the best in local journalism. Winning stations include: WJLA (6 awards); KOMO (4 awards); WBFF (4 awards); KTUL (2 awards); WHAM (2 awards); WJAR (2 awards); WGME (2 awards); and, WSTM (2 awards). In addition, WPMI, WSET, WEAR, WSYX, WCHS, WRGB, KBAK, KGAN, KMPH, and WTVC each received one award, while KOMO Radio won three awards.
The European Court of Human Rights ruled on Friday that a Polish company had been denied its right to a proper hearing due to the illegal appointment of a Constitutional Court judge, opening the way for further challenges to Poland's top court. Poland's ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party has introduced a series of judiciary reforms that critics, including the European Union's executive, say may harm the independence of the courts. PiS legislators have also elected three constitutional court judges to roles already filled by the previous parliament.
KYIV, Ukraine — Belarus' authoritarian leader on Friday bristled at a criminal complaint filed against him in Germany over his violent crackdown on protests that broke out after his disputed re-election in August. President Alexander Lukashenko charged that “heirs of fascism” were in no position to judge him. His remarks came two days before Belarus and other ex-Soviet nations celebrate Victory Day, marking the 1945 defeat of Nazi Germany in World War II. “Who are you to judge me?” Lukashenko said. “They are the heirs of the generation that unleashed that war.” Four German lawyers told the media this week they have filed a complaint against Lukashenko and state security forces with Germany’s Federal Public Prosecutor’s Office in Karlsruhe on behalf of 10 Belarusians who said they were victims of torture. They cited universal jurisdiction laws that allow Germany to prosecute crimes against humanity committed anywhere in the world. Lukashenko won his sixth term in office in an election in August that opposition figures and some poll workers said was rigged, then unleashed a harsh crackdown on subsequent mass protests that demanded he step down. More than 34,000 people were arrested in Belarus and many of them were brutally beaten. Those released from jails showed off giant bruises and recounted episodes of torture. The violent suppression of the anti-government rallies elicited international outrage, with the United States and the European Union imposing sanctions on Belarus. Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, Lukashenko's main contender in the August election who was forced to leave Belarus under pressure from the authorities when the protests broke out, welcomed the complaint in a statement on Wednesday. “One wouldn't be able to hide the crimes of the regime in the past — they will face justice in the present and the future,” said Tsikhanouskaya, who is currently living in exile in Lithuania. She added that similar complaints against Lukashenko are to be filed in Poland, Lithuania and the Czech Republic. ___ Follow all AP developments on Belarus at https://apnews.com/hub/Belarus. The Associated Press
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Relentless selling of unprofitable tech stocks on the Nasdaq finally gave way to a bout of bottom fishing Friday, relieving the pressure on hard-hit renewable energy stocks such as Plug Power (NASDAQ: PLUG), Bloom Energy (NYSE: BE), and Enphase Energy (NASDAQ: ENPH). As of 1 p.m. EDT, Enphase shares are up a respectable 2%, Plug stock is even better with a 2.8% gain, and Bloom is bouncing back 5%.
Arlo White is fond of saying fans can always count on the Premier League to supply an abundance of storylines. The past couple of weeks have run the gamut. White and NBC have had one of the more interesting weeks since they started covering England's top soccer league in 2013. It began last Sunday when White described fans storming Manchester United's home ground at Old Trafford, leading to the cancellation of their match against Liverpool. It continues Saturday when Manchester City hosts Chelsea. A City win would give them their third league title in four seasons. “When the games come thick and fast there always is something extra,” White said by phone from England. White expected United fans to protest after the plan to leave the Premier League for the breakaway European Super League collapsed two weeks ago. Supporters have long been frustrated with the Glazer family, who purchased the famed club in 2005. White had been briefed by NBC's security team that a sizable demonstration was expected outside the stadium, which had also happened at Chelsea and Arsenal following the Super League decision. The difference with this one is that fans actually got inside the stadium and it led to the postponement of the match. “We were part of a very small band of people in the press box. We could hear the cheers and chants and firecrackers going on outside. We heard it was going to be peaceful,” White said. “We heard a loud clattering and then voices getting very close.” White went on air to describe the protests, which created an interesting two-screen experience. On one side were fans demonstrating while the other showed the second half of Arsenal's 2-0 win over Newcastle. While White hopes the Super League fiasco serves as a wakeup call for European soccer to address some of its problems, he thinks this won't be the last time someone tries to form a league of the continent's top soccer powers. The match Saturday should return the focus to the field, though. City was languishing in the middle of the league standings in November before going on a 15-match winning streak that ended in early March. Chelsea has taken points in 14 of 15 Premier League matches since Thomas Tuchel took over as coach in January to move into fourth place. The top four clubs automatically qualify for the Champions League. The two clubs will meet again May 29 in the Champions League final after both won their semifinal rounds earlier in the week. Both games will have plenty of interest for U.S. soccer fans with Chelsea midfielder Christian Pulisic facing Manchester City goalkeeper Zack Steffen. “It will be a dress rehearsal for the Champions League final,” White said. “Both coaches have done remarkable jobs. What (Manchester City's) Pep (Guardiola) has done is remarkable. They have taken the division by the scruff of its neck. Tuchel is only on an 18-month contract at Chelsea, but I would expect him to get renewed.” Combined viewership for Premier League games on NBC and NBCSN are down 9% from last season, but games on NBC are averaging 869,000 viewers, which is up 4%. Eight matches have averaged over 1 million, which is one more than all last season. NBC has one more season on its current Premier League contract as U.S. rights are expected to come up for negotiation during the summer. Rights are usually awarded in three-year cycles, but NBC ambitiously secured a six-year contract in 2015. ___ More AP sports coverage from Europe: https://apnews.com/hub/sports-europe and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Joe Reedy, The Associated Press
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California’s population fell by more than 182,000 people in 2020, marking the first year-over-year loss ever recorded for the nation’s most populous state. State officials announced Friday that California’s population dipped 0.46% to just under 39.5 million people from January 2020 to January 2021. The news comes one week after the U.S. Census Bureau announced a paltry population growth for California, resulting in the state losing a congressional seat for the first time because it grew more slowly than other states over the past decade. But the census numbers reflect the state’s population in April 2020. The new state numbers released Friday reflect the state’s population as of January 2021. California became a state in 1850 on the heels of a gold rush that prompted people to seek their fortune out west. The population soared following World War II with the help of a robust defence and aerospace industry. It boomed again in the 1980s and 1990s as technology companies put Silicon Valley on the map. But the growth slowed after the end of the Cold War in the 1990s when the federal government cut back on defence spending and again in the years before the Great Recession in the late 2000s. State officials say California has seen more people leave than move in from other states for much of the last three decades. However, that had been offset by international immigration and births so that California continued to grow. That changed in 2020. State officials say a declining birth rate, plus reductions in international immigration and an increase in deaths because of the coronavirus, led to the state's first ever year-over-year population loss. California had a negative international migration in 2020, which state officials say was a direct impact from the Trump administration's decision to stop issuing new visas for much of that year. Coronavirus restrictions around the world also caused about a 29% decline in international students coming to California, or about 53,000 people. Plus, about 51,000 people died from the coronavirus in California last year. That's a 19% increase above the state's average death rate for the past three years. In all, 51 of the state's 58 counties posted death rates above the three-year average — including 12 that had increases of 20% or more. In a news release, the California Department of Finance said it expects the state to return to a “slightly positive annual growth” for the 2021 calendar year. Those numbers will be released next May. The state's population has become a political issue this year in light of the effort to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom, with Republicans blaming high taxes and the governor's policies for people fleeing the state. From 2010 to 2020, about 6.1 million people left California for other states compared to about 4.9 million people who moved to California from other states, according to an analysis of census data by the Public Policy Institute of California. The Department of Finances population estimate comes from a number of sources, including birth and death counts, the number of new driver's licenses and address changes, school enrollments and federal tax returns. Adam Beam, The Associated Press
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