Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--First NewsWatch-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--First NewsWatch-

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In eastern Ontario, provincial police are still working to figure out what caused a bus full of Chinese tourists to crash on Highway 4-0-1 near Prescott on Monday afternoon.

Constable Suzanne Runciman says the bus operated by a Massachusetts-based tour company was carrying 37 people, including the driver and a tour guide, when it went off the highway between Brockville and Prescott and hit a rock cut.

Twenty-four people were sent to hospital, including at least four with life-threatening injuries.

Most of the injured were taken to Ottawa's Queensway-Carleton Hospital and Brockville General Hospital, where Mandarin translators were called in to support the patients who do not speak English. (1)



A Somali convicted of taking Canadian freelance journalist Amanda Lindhout hostage in 2008 has lost a court bid for confidential information he says could help overturn the guilty verdict.

A Federal Court of Appeal ruling dismisses Ali Omar Ader's attempt to see sensitive files gathered during a criminal investigation of the Alberta woman's kidnapping.

Ader was called a ``willing participant'' in the 15-month capture of Lindhout and her Australian photographer near Mogadishu.

The judge didn't believe Ader's testimony that he was forced into serving as a translator on behalf of a gang who threatened to harm his family.

Lindhout and Nigel Brennan were freed in 2009 upon payment of a ransom. (1)



Villagers skirting Guatemala's Volcano of Fire began mourning the few dead who could be identified after Sunday's sudden volcanic eruption killed dozens by engulfing them in floods of searing ash and mud.

There is no electricity in the hardest hit areas of Los Lotes and El Rodeo, so rescuers could only work until sunset.

Guatemalan authorities put the death toll at 69, but only 17 have been identified so far because the intense heat of the volcanic debris flows left most bodies unrecognizable. …

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