1. Caught on camera: Distraction theft at Cookstown variety store
South Simcoe police are appealing for the public’s help to solve a distraction theft at a convenience store in Cookstown.
Police were called to Charlie Brown’s Variety on King Street around 4:30 p.m. Sunday for a theft.
They say seven suspects entered the store and distracted the lone employee. While that was occurring, one suspect went into a back room and removed a quantity of cash.
“They kind of over ran my employee by making him extremely busy and distracting him,” said owner Charlie Brown.
The entire incident was captured on the stores multiple surveillance cameras and only lasted four minutes.
“It's pretty brazen to me,” Brown said.
The employee did not discover the theft until later that evening.
The suspects were two men and five women who left the scene in a white minivan.
(CCTV VIDEO at link)
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3. Canadians who smoke marijuana legally, or work or invest in the industry, will be barred from the U.S.: Customs and Border Protection official
WASHINGTON—Canadians will be barred from entering the United States for smoking marijuana legally, for working in Canada’s legal marijuana industry and for investing in legal Canadian marijuana companies, a senior U.S. Customs and Border Protection official says.
Todd Owen, who spoke to the U.S. website Politico, said the U.S. does not plan to change its border policies to account for Canada’s marijuana legalization, which takes effect on Oct. 17.
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6. Time Magazine: Why Italy's Matteo Salvini Is the Most Feared Man in Europe
[...] As Italy’s Interior Minister, Salvini now wants to suspend asylum procedures completely until the E.U. agrees on fair distribution of refugees, an issue that has deadlocked leaders in Brussels for years. He has incensed E.U. leaders by blocking NGO rescue boats from Italian ports—in August, he blocked a German-registered charity boat, the Aquarius, from disembarking 629 migrants it had rescued at sea; the vessel finally rerouted to Spain. Macron called Salvini’s action “nauseating.” Weeks later, Salvini refused to allow 144 migrants, mostly Africans, to disembark from an Italian coast-guard vessel in the Sicilian port of Catania. Only after a few days of furor did he allow women and children to leave the boat.
Salvini welcomes the outrage. Under E.U. law, migrants are obliged to settle in the first E.U. country in which they land. Salvini says that is particularly unfair for Italy, the closest point in Europe to the migrant-smuggling centers in strife-riven Libya. He says he regards the blockade as a major success, even though it violated international maritime law, as well as migration conventions to which Italy is a signatory. “If it happens again, we will behave in exactly the same way,” he says.
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7. Senior Google scientist resigns over “forfeiture of our values” in China
A SENIOR GOOGLE research scientist has quit the company in protest over its plan to launch a censored version of its search engine in China.
Jack Poulson worked for Google’s research and machine intelligence department, where he was focused on improving the accuracy of the company’s search systems.
In early August, Poulson raised concerns with his managers at Google after The Intercept revealed that the internet giant was secretly developing a Chinese search app for Android devices. The search system, code-named Dragonfly, was designed to remove content that China’s authoritarian government views as sensitive, such as information about political dissidents, free speech, democracy, human rights, and peaceful protest.
After entering into discussions with his bosses, Poulson decided in mid-August that he could no longer work for Google. He tendered his resignation and his last day at the company was August 31.
8. Marine Le Pen: Adding Arabic to curriculum to lessen influence of Mosques is “an absurd idea”
9. Newly released photos raise questions about French military role in Syria's Deir Ezzor
A French army vehicle was visible in photos of the Syrian province of Deir Ezzor released by the US on Wednesday, raising questions about the nature of French involvement in the region. FRANCE 24’s Wassim Nasr discusses the implications.
The US Army released two pictures on Wednesday of US troops in the eastern Syrian province of Deir Ezzor, where US-backed fighters are battling jihadists to recapture the last Islamic State group stronghold. In the photo’s background a French army vehicle is clearly visible, indicating that French troops may also be taking part in the battle there – something the French government has never acknowledged.
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10. Maxime Bernier launches the People's Party of Canada
Maxime Bernier has announced the name of his new party: the People's Party of Canada. Bernier also unveiled the party's mandate in Ottawa on Friday, saying it will have 338 candidates. Bernier left the Conservatives in August, stating that the party had become "intellectually and morally corrupt."