Newspaper article The Canadian Press

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Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Eighth NewsWatch-

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The two vessels involved in suspected attacks near the strategic Strait of Hormuz have been identified as the MT Front Altair, a Marshall Islands-flagged crude oil tanker owned by Norway-based Frontline, and Kokuka Courageous, managed by a Singapore company.

The incident happened as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe makes a high-stakes visit to Tehran with an aim to ease tensions between Iran and the U-S.

Japan's trade minister is urging calm, saying the incident has not affected the country's energy supply.

Energy-poor Japan mostly relies on oil imports from the Middle East, with most of the shipments from the region passing through the Strait of Hormuz.

The United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations -- run by the British navy -- put out an alert early today urging "extreme caution" after the incident. (8)



After being fined 3.8-million dollars for an oil pipeline spill that fouled the North Saskatchewan River, Husky Energy says it's deeply sorry.

The 2016 leak harmed fish and wildlife and tainted the drinking water supply for thousands of people in Saskatchewan -- forcing the cities of North Battleford, Prince Albert and Melfort to shut off their water intakes for almost two months.

About 40 per cent of the 225-thousand litres of diluted heavy oil that spilled made it into the river. (8)



A woman who killed her eight-year-old daughter sobbed as she apologized in B-C Supreme Court for the death.

Lisa Batstone told her sentencing hearing she still can't believe she killed Teagan and wakes up to the excruciating nightmare every day.

Batstone was convicted in March of second-degree murder for the smothering death of the girl in Surrey in December, 2014.

She apologized in court to Teagan, her ex-husband and his family, saying she would give anything to go back and change what happened. …

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