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Deadly plane crashes involving Canadians



The Ukrainian airliner that went down Wednesday killing all 176 people on board was one of the deadliest crashes involving Canadians in history.

Sixty-three Canadians were on board Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752.

Here are some other airline incidents that have resulted in numerous Canadian deaths, either internationally or on Canadian soil.

1963: Trans-Canada Flight 831

A flight carrying 118 people crashed near Montreal in November 1963, killing all on board, including 76 from the Toronto area. At the time, it was the deadliest crash in Canadian history.

1965: Canadian Pacific Air Lines Flight 21

A bomb exploded on a small domestic flight from Vancouver to Whitehorse in July 1965, killing all 52 on board. The case remains unsolved.

1970: Air Canada Flight 621

An Air Canada flight from Montreal attempting to land in Toronto crashed near Brampton, Ont., in July 1970, killing 109 people, many from Montreal and the flight’s next destination of L.A.

1985: Air India and Arrow Air

More than 500 people died in two major Canadian-related plane crashes in 1985. The first, a bombing on Air India Flight 182, led to the deaths of all 329 on board, including 268 Canadian citizens. Less than six months later, Arrow Air Flight 1285 stalled and crashed just after takeoff in Gander, N.L., killing all 256 people on board.

1991: Nigeria Airways Flight 2120

A Canadian-registered aircraft crashed in Saudi Arabia in July 1991, killing 261 people, including 14 Canadian crew members.

1999: EgyptAir Flight 990

All 217 people on a flight from L.A. to Cairo, Egypt, died in October 1999, including 21 Canadians.

2019: Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302

Eighteen Canadians were killed in the Ethiopian Airlines crash in March 2019, which was the second of two major incidents involving Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes. All 157 people on board were killed.

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Former U.S. President Clinton leaves hospital, will return to New York



Former U.S. President Bill Clinton walked out of a Southern California hospital on Sunday after being admitted last week for a Urological Infection, live video showed.

Clinton, 75, will return to New York and remain on antibiotics, Dr. Alpesh Amin, who had been overseeing his care at the hospital, said in a statement released by Clinton’s spokesman. His fever and white blood cell count have normalized, Amin added.

The former president had been in California for an event for his foundation and was treated at the University of California Irvine Medical Center’s intensive care unit after suffering from fatigue and being admitted on Tuesday.

He left the medical center accompanied by his wife, former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

The two-term president, who has had previous heart problems, held the White House from 1993 to 2001.

(Reporting by Susan Heavey, Editing by Nick Zieminski)

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China condemns U.S., Canada for sending warships through Taiwan Strait



The  Chinese military on Sunday condemned the United States and Canada for each sending a warship through the Taiwan Strait last week, saying they were threatening peace and stability in the region.

China claims democratically-ruled Taiwan as its own territory, and has mounted repeated air force missions into Taiwan’s air defence identification zone (ADIZ) over the past year, provoking anger in Taipei.

China sent around 150 aircraft into the zone over a four-day period beginning on Oct. 1 in a further heightening of tension between Beijing and Taipei that has sparked concern internationally.

The U.S. military said the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Dewey sailed through the narrow waterway that separates Taiwan from its giant neighbour China along with the Canadian frigate HMCS Winnipeg on Thursday and Friday.

“Dewey’s and Winnipeg’s transit through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the commitment of the United States and our allies and partners to a free and open Indo-Pacific,” it added.

China’s People’s Liberation Army’s Eastern Theatre Command said its forces monitored the ships and “stood guard” throughout their passage.

“The United States and Canada colluded to provoke and stir up trouble… seriously jeopardising peace and stability of the Taiwan Strait,” it said.

“Taiwan is part of Chinese territory. Theatre forces always maintain a high level of alert and resolutely counter all threats and provocations.”

U.S. Navy Ships have been transiting the strait roughly monthly, to the anger of Beijing, which has accused Washington of stoking regional tensions. U.S. allies occasionally also send ships through the strait, including Britain month.

While tensions across the Taiwan Strait have risen, there has been no shooting and Chinese aircraft have not entered Taiwanese air space, concentrating their activity in the southwestern part of the ADIZ.

While including Taiwanese territorial air space, the ADIZ encompasses a broader area that Taiwan monitors and patrols that acts to give it more time to respond to any threats.

Taiwan’s defence ministry said on Sunday that three Chinese aircraft – two J-16 fighters and an anti-submarine aircraft – flew into the ADIZ again.

(Reporting by Ryan Woo in Beijing, Ben Blanchard in Taipei and Idrees Ali in Washington; Editing by Pravin Char and John

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No end in sight to volcanic eruption on Spain’s La Palma – Canaries president



There’s no immediate end in sight to the  volcanic eruption that has caused chaos on the Spanish isle of La Palma since it began about a month ago, the president of the Canary Islands said on Sunday.

There were 42 seismic movements on the island on Sunday, the largest of which measured 4.3, according to the Spanish National Geographical Institute.

“There are no signs that an end of the eruption is imminent even though this is the greatest desire of everyone,” President Angel Víctor Torres said at a Socialist party conference in Valencia, citing the view of scientists.

Streams of lava have laid waste to more than 742 hectares (1833 acres) of land and destroyed almost 2,000 buildings on La Palma since the volcano started erupting on Sept. 19.

About 7,000 people have been evacuated from their homes on the island, which has about 83,000 inhabitants and forms part of the Canary Islands archipelago off northwestern Africa.

Airline Binter said it had cancelled all its flights to La Palma on Sunday because of ash from the volcano.

“Due to the current situation of the ash cloud, operations with La Palma will continue to be paralyzed throughout today. We continue to evaluate the situation,” the airline tweeted.

Almost half – 22 out of 38 – of all flights to the island on Sunday have been cancelled, state airport operator Aena said, but the airport there remains open.

(Reporting by Graham Keeley; Editing by Pravin Char)

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