Mark's Top 5
5. Canadian Open winner
South Africa's Tim Clark put in a great final round performance to win the Canadian Open by one stroke over Jim Furyk. Two Canadians finished in the top 10: Graham DeLaet was tied for seventh and Ottawa's Brad Fritsch shot a final-round 64, one stroke short of the course record, to jump into ninth place.
4. Strip Russia of World Cup says British Deputy PM
Britain's deputy prime minister wants the World Cup taken away from Russia to punish Vladimir Putin for his handling of the crisis in Ukraine. Nick Clegg, the leader of the Liberal Democrats, says after the downing of the Malaysian Airlines jet in Ukraine, Europe needs to get tough on Russia and Putin. He says if Putin "carries on with this belligerent behaviour, it's unthinkable that he should have the privilege of hosting the World Cup in 2018. You can't have the beautiful game marred by the ugly aggression of Russia on the Russian-Ukrainian border." FIFA is standing by Russia as the next World Cup hosts, saying Friday that keeping the tournament "can achieve positive change" in the country.
3. Fatal Crash in Kanata
Two men were killed and two others are in critical condition after a crash yesterday afternoon in Kanata. The collision happened at the intersection of March Road and Carling Avenue. Two vehicles sustained major damage. Firefighters used the jaws of life to extricate two people. The other two were pronounced dead on the scene. Their ages are not known but the injured are a father and son aged 70 and 45. They both suffered life-threatening injuries. Police are investigating. Eyewitnesses say one of the vehicles drove through the intersection, hit the median and flew through the air before landing on a car waiting at a red light. There are also reports the vehicle had been driving erratically before entering the intersection.
2. Taliban making military gains in Afghanistan
As the United States continues its withdrawal of troops, the Taliban appears to be making significant military gains in Afghanistan. The New York Times reports Taliban fighters have achieved gains in several strategic areas near Kabul, well beyond their traditional strongholds. There have been significant casualties but there aren't many reports about their progress because the U.S. has left the area. The Taliban's success raises serious questions about whether Afghan security can contain the threat. In a public statement over the weekend, the Taliban's supreme leader reiterated his determination to make Afghanistan an Islamic state.
1. Israel-Hamas ceasefire in the works
There is somewhat of a lull in the war in Gaza. After new attacks back and forth in the past 24 hours, things have been quieter today. On Saturday, Israel offered a 24-hour truce. Hamas initially rejected it, then, announced yesterday, that it had agreed to it. The Israeli cabinet met to discuss the offer, Hamas fired rockets into southern Israel and Israeli rockets fell in Gaza. Each side blamed the other for thwarting the efforts at peace. International observers had been hoping what was described as a lull in the fighting could be turned into a more sustainable truce. But both sides want to achieve more before they agree to a ceasefire. Hamas wants to end the blockade of Gaza. Israel wants more time to destroy the rocket arsenal of Hamas. There are reports that Hamas has struck a weapons deal with North Korea.
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7:10 - Carlotta Gall, New York Times Reporter in Kabul
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