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    WASHINGTON—Anthony Scaramucci has purged his Twitter account of previous criticisms of U.S. President Donald Trump, saying he didn’t want to be a “distraction” for the White House in his new role as communications director.

    Among the missives that disappeared into the digital ether on Saturday were a post referring to Trump’s campaign as a “spectacle,” another in 2012 imploring Democrat Hillary Clinton to run for president, and a tweet calling Trump ally Newt Gingrich, the former House speaker, an “odd guy.”

    “Full transparency: I’m deleting old tweets,” Scaramucci posted to the social media network. “Past views evolved & shouldn’t be a distraction. I serve @POTUS agenda & that’s all that matters.”

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    Among the casualties: a post saying he found the number of people who still believe climate change is a hoax “disheartening,” as well as a tweet arguing “walls don’t work” as immigration tools.

    Scaramucci, 53, also deleted a tweet voicing support for “strong gun control laws” that had drawn the ire of a spokeswoman for the National Rifle Association, which offered the president a key endorsement during the campaign.

    Conservative commentator Dana Loesch, in a post that itself has now been deleted, said she found it “concerning” that Scaramucci “has a contrary position” on Second Amendment rights from the president. “You’re talking about someone responsible for presenting President’s message to public,” she said in a second post that remains on the social media network.

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    While Scaramucci has removed many posts critical of the president or contrary to White House policies, others remain. That includes a tweet praising Attorney General Jeff Sessions for recusing himself from the probe into Russian meddling in the election — a move Trump said this week made him regret appointing Sessions to lead the Justice Department.

    Scaramucci has also left up posts critical of the death penalty, which the president supports.

    The new communications director was asked about his previous criticism of the president — and a particularly memorable moment when he called Trump a “hack politician” — during his first spin at the briefing room podium on Friday.

    “I should have never said that about him,” Scaramucci said, adding that Trump brings it up to him “every 15 minutes.”

    “Mr. President, if you’re listening, I personally apologize for the 50th time for saying that,” he continued, chalking the transgression up to political inexperience.

    Trump, for his part, seemed undisturbed by the previous criticism from the new leader of his communications team.

    “In all fairness to Anthony Scaramucci, he wanted to endorse me 1st, before the Republican Primaries started, but didn’t think I was running!” Trump wrote.

    Scaramucci initially endorsed Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush over Trump during the 2016 Republican primaries.

    The New York financier and former host of Fox News’ revival of “Wall Street Week” has logged more than 16,000 tweets since joining Twitter in March 2009 — the same month as Trump, whose tweet count now exceeds 35,000.

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    Armando Cooper sat disconsolately at his locker after Toronto FC’s 1-1 tie with the Colorado Rapids on Saturday night, hand on his head as he stared down at his phone.

    Veteran defender Drew Moor gave him a pat as he went by. Acting coach Robin Fraser did the same. Cooper didn’t respond either time.

    The Panamanian midfielder was no doubt reliving the 76th-minute giveaway that led to a Dominique Badji goal and the Rapids’ first point on the road this season as Colorado snatched a draw from the jaws of defeat.

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    Cooper, who had come on three minutes earlier when Jay Chapman hobbled off, attempted a pass that bounced off a Colorado player to Alan Gordon. One pass later, Badji held off defender Chris Mavinga and beat goalkeeper Clint Irwin low to the corner with a left-footed shot.

    Cooper, who has had an up-and-down season in 2017, may have been the last TFC player to touch the ball on the goal but his teammates had their chances to put the game away after Chapman gave Toronto a 1-0 lead just five minutes into the game with his first ever MLS score.

    Fraser acknowledged that turnovers are momentum-killers. But he refused to point the finger.

    “Everybody has giveaways, everybody has bad moments,” said Fraser. “Everybody has things that lead to goals. It’s not like that moment defines them.”

    “It was just not us at our best,” he said of the Toronto showing.

    Fraser ran the sideline in the absence of Greg Vanney, who was serving a one-game ban after being ejected mid-week in New York.

    With third-place New York City FC defeating second-place Chicago 2-1 earlier in the day, Toronto (11-3-7) missed an opportunity to pad its lead to four points atop the Eastern Conference. TFC, which now leads the Fire by two points, hosts NYCFC next Sunday.

    On the plus side, Toronto remains unbeaten at BMO Field this season (7-0-3). Colorado (6-11-2) improved to 0-7-1 on the road this season thanks to just its third away goal of 2017.

    “We knew it was going to be a difficult place to play,” said Colorado coach Pablo Mastroeni, whose team had not played since July 4. “I just thought that the response in the second half was fantastic, after a bit of a sluggish first half and getting our feet in there with a couple weeks of not playing. ... Overall I’m really happy with the performance and satisfied with the point.”

    The offensively-challenged Rapids had done little to threaten Toronto prior to Badji’s goal before a loud crowd of 28,060.

    Toronto outshot Colorado 15-9 but, like the Rapids, only managed to put four on target.

    “There were a couple of chances we didn’t take advantage of but I don’t think we created enough chances,” said Toronto defender Eriq Zavaleta. “And then we fell asleep with a turnover.”

    Fans booed loudly as one Colorado player after another went down injured after the tying goal, leading to five minutes of tense injury time.

    TFC was bolstered by the return of striker Sebastian Giovinco and defender Nick Hagglund.

    Giovinco had been questionable, after a lower back bruise that forced an early exit in Wednesday’s 2-2 tie with NYCFC. Hagglund had been out since May 13 when he tore the medial collateral ligament in his left knee in a collision with goalkeeper Alex Bono.

    Bono was given the night off, with Irwin — a former Colorado player — making his fifth league start of the season.

    Chapman opened the scoring in the fifth minute to cap off a goalmouth scramble triggered by a Giovinco ball into the box from the byline after a fine pass from Victor Vazquez. Goalkeeper Zac MacMath clawed away a Tsubasa Endoh shot but could not stop the Chapman header that followed.

    The game bounced between scrappy and ill-tempered, with six-foot-seven Colorado centre back Axel Sjoberg and five-foot-four Giovinco at odds early on.

    TFC was without captain Michael Bradley, Jozy Altidore and Justin Morrow, all with the U.S. team at the Gold Cup. Fullback Steven Beitashour is recovering from pancreas surgery.

    Toronto lost acting captain Benoit Cheyrou in the 38th minute with a potential calf injury after a clash of legs in a tackle.

    TFC fullback Ashtone Morgan came on in the 69th minute for his 100th regular-season appearance.

    Colorado was also without two designated players in goalkeeper Tim Howard (Gold Cup) and Albanian international forward Shkelzen Gashi (calf). Defenders Bobby Burling (foot) and Mekeil Williams (suspended) were also unavailable.

    A group of Toronto supporters in the south stand wore white “No Argos at BMO” T-shirts. They had been told prior to the game that their “No Argos at BMO Field” sign was no longer welcome.

    The club said it made the request out of respect to broadcaster TSN, which airs both MLS and CFL games.

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    WASHINGTON—With praise and a blessing for the military, President Donald Trump helped hand over the USS Gerald R. Ford to the Navy on Saturday and said the state-of-the-art aircraft carrier will send a “100,000-ton message to the world” about America’s military might when it is ultimately deployed.

    U.S. allies will rest easy, Trump said, but America’s enemies will “shake with fear” when they see the Ford cutting across the horizon.

    The president and commander in chief of the U.S. armed forces likened the $12.9 billion warship to “an incredible work of art” and boasted about the American labour that went into building a vessel that eventually will house thousands of sailors and crew members.

    Trump’s participation in the ceremony also capped “Made in America” week at the White House, during which the president and administration officials sought to draw attention to U.S. manufacturing.

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    “American steel and American hands have constructed this 100,000-ton message to the world,” Trump said of the Ford during a speech that praised the bravery and spirit of U.S. service members and referenced his desire for a buildup after years of spending restrictions.

    “American might is second to none and we’re getting bigger and better and stronger every day of my administration. That I can tell you,” Trump told thousands of service members and guests, including former defence secretaries Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld, all packed into the steamy hangar bay on the main deck.

    “Wherever this vessel cuts through the horizon, our allies will rest easy and our enemies will shake with fear because everyone will know that America is coming, and America is coming strong,” Trump said.

    After the speech, he put the Ford into commission and asked God to “bless and guide this warship and all who shall sail in her.” He was followed by Susan Ford Bales, the ship’s sponsor and daughter of the 38th president, whom the ship honours.

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    “There is no one, absolutely no one, who would be prouder of the commissioning of this mighty ship than the president of the United States, Gerald R. Ford,” she said. “I am honoured to give the command: ‘Officers and crew of the United States Gerald R. Ford, man our ship and bring her to life.’”

    “Anchors Aweigh” played as row after row of sailors in crisp, white uniforms who had been standing in formation began filing off to man their stations. Sirens and bells sounded, horns blared and the U.S. flag was hoisted high above the deck.

    Soon after, the captain was informed that the “ship is manned and ready and reports for duty to the fleet.”

    Trump, who visited the carrier in March, told Time magazine this year that the Navy should revert to using steam catapults to launch fighter jets because some of the USS Ford’s state-of-the-art systems and technology “costs hundreds of millions of dollars more money and it’s no good.”

    Construction started in 2009 and was to be completed by September 2015 at a cost of $10.5 billion. The Navy has blamed the delays and budget overruns on the ship’s advanced systems and technology, including electromagnetic launch systems for jets and drones that will replace steam catapults.

    The warship also has a smaller island that sits farther back on the ship to make it quicker to refuel, rearm and relaunch planes, and a nuclear power plant designed to allow cruising speeds of more than 30 knots and operation for 20 years without refuelling.

    The vessel completed sea trials in April but still will go through a battery of tests and workups at sea before becoming ready for deployment, work that is expected to cost nearly $780 million and take more than four years to complete, congressional auditors said this month.

    Docked at Naval Station Norfolk, the USS Ford eventually will house about 2,600 sailors, 600 fewer than the previous generation of aircraft carriers. The Navy says that will save more than $4 billion over the ship’s 50-year lifespan.

    The air wing to support the Ford could add more personnel to the ship, which is designed to house more than 4,600 crew members.

    The Ford was built at Newport News Shipbuilding, a giant Navy contractor in Virginia.

    Trump used the appearance to prod Congress to approve his request for an additional $54 billion for the military next year. House lawmakers, at least, are working to up his request.

    Trump called for an end to mandatory spending reductions that he said has led to deferred maintenance, insufficient spending on new equipment and technology, and a drop in military readiness. He said changes in the defence acquisition process are needed to make sure the U.S. gets the best equipment at the best prices.

    “We want the best equipment, but we want it built ahead of schedule and we want it build under budget,” Trump said.

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    KABUL—Taliban fighters overran a second district headquarters in as many days on Sunday, this one in western Ghor province, the provincial police chief said.

    At least eight police were killed in separate battles against Taliban militants, who have stepped up their attacks in the north and west of the country laying siege to district headquarters, Mohammad Mustafa Moseni said.

    Moseni said the Taliban launched four assaults on Ghor’s Taywara district headquarters early Sunday and “we had no choice but to retreat.” He said police have taken up positions about 8 kilometres from the district headquarters while they wait for reinforcements to launch a counterattack.

    After capturing Taywara district Taliban fighters stalked the corridors of the only hospital looking for wounded Afghan National Security personnel to kill, provincial public health department director Ghulam Nabi Yaghana said.

    He said he received reports that they killed four or five patients.

    The area is remote and telephone communication is sporadic, he told The Associated Press in a telephone interview from the provincial capital of Ferozkoh. He said Taliban entered the 20-bed hospital early Sunday. It’s believed all the dead are military or police personnel, he said.

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    The Taliban, in a statement to the media, announced the capture of Taywara district headquarters. The statement, however, said 46 Afghan government security forces were killed. The Associated Press could not independently verify either death toll.

    In northern Faryab province’s Lawlash district two police were killed late Saturday night when Taliban used the cover of darkness to attack the district headquarters, setting fire to the police headquarters buildings, Abdul Karim Yourish, provincial police chief spokesman, said Sunday.

    Government offices as well as the police headquarters were located inside the compound, he said.

    In recent days, Taliban have launched dozens of attacks in northern Afghanistan, temporarily closing a key highway between the capital Kabul and northern Afghanistan. The attacks reflect the Taliban’s efforts to apply pressure on government troops and police across the country and not just in their strongholds in the south and east of Afghanistan.

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    Darian Baskatawang says he was raised by the community in Whitesand First Nation, and now, after 21 years, he’s hoping to lead that community as chief — providing an ambiguous code doesn’t bar him.

    Baskatawang announced his candidacy Wednesday. If elected, he’ll surpass Wade Cachagee as the youngest chief in Ontario’s history. Cachagee was elected to lead the Chapleau Cree First Nation when he was just 27.

    For the 21-year-old Baskatawang, the bid for chief has been a long time coming.

    “For better or for worse, I grew up on the reserve,” Baskatawang said in an interview with the Star. From his early years, he said, he was exposed to issues of addiction, child welfare and education.

    “My mum was an alcoholic,” he said. “Or, I guess, still is. But it’s not as bad anymore. That, plus having younger sisters, meant playing a protection role.”

    Baskatawang said his childhood on the reserve — where he was raised in large part by his great-grandmother — gives him “credence” to speak with politicians about the impact of their policies on Indigenous youth.

    Since diving into politics at 16, Baskatawang has advised both Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in his work with several youth councils as well as in positions within their government offices.

    But policy may also be the main hurdle for Baskatawang in his quest to become chief.

    A Whitesand membership code — written in 1986 — includes chief election guidelines that prohibit candidates younger than 25. The code has never formally been validated — while it exists on paper, it has never officially been put to a referendum or community vote.

    The issue of its validity was brought before the Federal Court of Appeal six years ago, during the case of Diabo v. Whitesand First Nation. At the time, the court ruled that the question of its validity was purely academic, as there was no contesting party. Therefore, the court declined to rule on it.

    Baskatawang worries that protest by his opponents over the code could cost him a place in the election. He expects the ballot in October to list four names, including current chief Allan Gustafson.

    “Last election, he said he was only running again because he didn’t see any qualified candidates,” Baskatawang said. “So hopefully that changes when he sees his little protege running against him.”

    For his part, Baskatawang hopes “identity politics” don’t factor into his campaign, particularly after he left Whitesand to study politics at Queen’s University.

    “They might pull that card and say, ‘Well, who are you? Someone who left.’”

    He said he hopes that he can impress upon the reserve’s youth that they’ll be supported to “go and do what you need” — but also that there’s something valuable in coming home to Whitesand.

    “Growing up, I was always told go and get an education. ‘Don’t come back, there’s nothing for you,’” he said. “Five years later, I’ve got a degree, I’ve done a lot, and I feel like I’m ready to go back and start giving back.”

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    A misconduct hearing at the College of Nurses of Ontario on Tuesday may shed light on what steps the college took after being notified about medication mistakes made by serial killer Elizabeth Wettlaufer.

    Wettlaufer — who was sentenced to life in prison last month for the murders of eight elderly patients, attempted murders of four others and two charges of aggravated assault — was fired from Caressant Care in 2014 for a “medication error.” She went on to kill one of the victims after her 2014 firing.

    The panel will likely punish Wettlaufer severely, but what many want to know is why it didn’t do so well before she confessed to her crimes, without prompting, in September 2016, and voluntarily resigned her status as a registered nurse.

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    The college had been informed 30 months earlier that Wettlaufer had been fired from a nursing home for putting the life of a patient at risk. Yet she continued to work — and kill — as a fully licensed registered nurse, leading some observers of the college to bluntly question its ability to police the profession.

    The college has repeatedly refused Star requests for interviews and information.

    Doris Grinspun, CEO of the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario, a public policy advocacy group that represents 41,000 nurses and backs calls for an inquiry into the college’s actions, said the college must be transparent about everything that happened.

    During the hearings, the college should tell the public who knew what, and what it did to stop Wettlaufer after learning that the nurse’s medication error was part of a pattern of behaviour, Grinspun said. The only way to make changes is by knowing exactly how the situation went so spectacularly wrong, she added.

    “We cannot bring eight lives lost tragically back,” Grinspun said.

    “We need to honour them by doing all we can to learn for the future so it never repeats again.”

    Wettlaufer is accused of professional misconduct against a total of 14 patients whom she killed, attempted to kill or assaulted between 2007 and 2014 — acts she’s already admitted to in court.

    Meanwhile, a provincial order from January that stopped the Caressant Care location in Woodstock, Ont., where Wettlaufer once worked, from admitting new patients remains in place. An inspection in March found that the home had failed to report reasonable suspicions of abuse or neglect of a resident, according to a report posted to a government database.

    Caressant operates 15 nursing homes in Ontario.

    Last month, Wettlaufer was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years for the crimes, which she committed by injecting her victims with overdoses of insulin — a gruesome method of murder, Justice Bruce Thomas noted during sentencing.

    “It was a painful and contorting experience on the minds of the victims,” he said.

    In the College of Nurses’ notice to Wettlaufer about the hearing, the organization said her actions were “disgraceful, dishonourable or unprofessional.”

    A registered nurse since 1995, Wettlaufer resigned from the profession last fall, a day after police first learned of the crimes.

    During her sentencing hearing, Thomas said Wettlaufer was the “shadow of death” passing over her patients. He also said she had diminished public faith in the entire nursing profession.

    Should the college find the professional misconduct allegations against her to be true, it could formally prevent Wettlaufer from working as a nurse again.

    As well, Wettlaufer may be fined up to $35,000, to be paid to the province’s finance minister. The college may also force her to reimburse its legal costs and the money it spent investigating her and holding the hearing.

    Wettlaufer, who lived and committed most of her crimes in Woodstock, was charged with the murders, attempted murders and assaults in October 2016. A month earlier, she had confessed about some of the killings to staff at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto, who passed the information on to police.

    Wettlaufer’s murder victims ranged in age from 75 to 96. Their friends and relatives said they never suspected anything untoward about the deaths, and during victim impact statements, expressed deep devastation and a sense of betrayal from both Wettlaufer and the health-care system.

    In addition to Wettlaufer’s life imprisonment for first-degree murder, she was also sentenced in June to 10 years for each of the four attempted murder counts and seven years for each of the two aggravated assault counts. All the sentences are to be served concurrently.

    Wetlauffer had a troubled life before her arrest. She told several people — including a past girlfriend and a pastor — about her crimes, but none reported them to police until CAMH did so last year.

    Now one of Canada’s most prolific serial killers, Wettlaufer is a recovering drug addict who has been to rehab twice and started attacking patients shortly after the end of her 10-year marriage in 2007. In court, she described feeling a “red surge” before killing, as well as euphoria once her victims were dead.

    This hearing isn’t the only inquiry into Wettlaufer’s case. Ontario’s Liberal government has also promised to launch its own probe, and is currently trying to decide on the scope and terms of the review. NDP Leader Andrea Horwath has said the provincial government should examine staffing levels, funding, long wait lists and other systemic issues affecting long-term-care homes.

    With files from Sandro Contenta

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    LONDON—It was a typical phone call between two boys playing and their mother, who was on vacation in France. It was brief — the boys wanted to get back to playing with their cousins, not spend time on the phone chatting.

    The brevity of that 1997 call troubles Prince William and Prince Harry to this day — for their mother, Princess Diana, would die in a car crash that night.

    “Harry and I were in a desperate rush to say goodbye — you know, ‘See you later’ … If I’d known now obviously what was going to happen, I wouldn’t have been so blasé about it and everything else,” William says in a new documentary. “But that phone call sticks in my mind, quite heavily.”

    Harry tells the filmmakers the final chat is something he will regret until the end of his days.

    “Looking back on it now, it’s incredibly hard. I’ll have to sort of deal with that for the rest of my life,” Harry said. “Not knowing that was the last time I was going to speak to my mum. How differently that conversation would have panned out if I’d had even the slightest inkling her life was going to be taken that night.”

    The ITV documentary Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy will air Monday on British TV. Excerpts from the film, and new family photographs, were to be released Sunday.

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    It is only in the last year that William and Harry have spoken openly in public about their feelings about the sudden loss of their mother. William — second in line to the British throne after his father, Prince Charles — was 15 at the time. Harry was only 12.

    The documentary chronicles Diana’s charitable works, including her historic outreach to AIDS victims and her campaign to ban landmines.

    William and Harry also stress their mother’s fun-loving side, which they say the public generally didn’t see.

    “Our mother was a total kid through and through. When everybody says to me, ‘So she was fun. Give us an example,’ all I can hear is her laugh in my head,” says Harry.

    William tells a story that reveals the privileged life they led as children: one day, Diana surprised him by having three of the world’s top models waiting for him when he got home from school.

    “She organized when I came home from school to have Cindy Crawford, Christy Turlington and Naomi Campbell waiting at the top of the stairs. I was probably a 12- or 13-year-old boy who had posters of them on his wall,” William said. “I went bright red and didn’t know quite what to say. And sort of fumbled and I think pretty much fell down the stairs on the way up.”

    William says he frequently tells his children — Prince George, 4, and Princess Charlotte, 2 — about Diana so she can be a presence in her grandchildren’s lives.

    “She’d be a lovely grandmother,” he said. “She’d absolutely love it. She’d love the children to bits.”

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    Marc Beaudry says he’s a victor, not a victim.

    For 10 years of his childhood, between the ages of five and 15, Beaudry says he was sexually abused.

    What made matters worse is that nobody believed him.

    Leading one of four “Victor Walks” in various Canadian cities on Saturday, Beaudry, now 36, braved the rain in downtown Toronto because he wants to make sure abused children “have a voice.”

    “The walk is helping me to do what I’ve never been able to do, which is have my voice back,” he said. “It was hard for over 30 years of my life. I needed to shut up because people said to me, ‘You’re a liar, you can’t be the victim.’ ”

    The Victor Walk initiative was started in 2013 by former NHL star Theo Fleury, a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, when he walked from Toronto to Ottawa to raise awareness for the issue.

    Fleury later co-founded the Breaking Free Foundation to provide abuse survivors with treatment and supports that they need to reclaim their lives. Since then, communities across the country have organized walks each year through the foundation in support of abused children.

    Beaudry said it’s important that society views those like himself and Fleury not as victims, “but as somebody who survived, who is winning and who’s a victor.”

    One in two girls and one in three boys receive unwanted sexual advances before the age of 18, according to the foundation.

    “It’s sort of the new epidemic on the planet — trauma, mental health and addictions,” Fleury told the Star. “We need the survivor to be in a place of empowerment, not in a place of shame, because it makes them relive their trauma and less likely to tell their story.”

    Saskatchewan was the focus of Fleury’s Victor Walk Tour this past week, including stops in Saskatoon, Swift Current, Moose Jaw, Estevan and Regina.

    Fleury said the walk has grown since it started four years ago, with upwards of 100 people joining him in some cities this week. While more work is still needed, he said it’s evident that the movement is catching on.

    “I remember we walked into Edmonton a few years ago and there were two people standing there,” he said. “Just to see a bunch of survivors all standing together in unison and all having a conversation is how this thing works.”

    Close to $10,000 has been raised this week for the Foundation, according to Fleury.

    Despite the momentum, the biggest challenge many survivors still face is getting someone to believe them, whether it’s a family member or a police officer, Beaudry said.

    “We are trying to make people know it’s happening,” he said. “A lot of children are victims of sexual abuse and it’s time to stop that and it’s time to give them a voice back.”

    Beaudry said he suffered from drug and alcohol abuse for a long time because of his childhood trauma. It was only in 2012 when he discovered a network of people who had been abused that he began his path toward recovery.

    “Five, six years ago I was a victim. Today, I am a survivor. I am proud to say I don’t let my perpetrator win over my life because for 30 years they had power over my life,” Beaudry said. “I’m wishing the children will be able to speak and not go through what I did go through.”

    Charmaine Loverin, also a survivor, said the first step is educating young children about abuse.

    In May, a petition started by Loverin to create an annual abuse prevention and awareness week in schools was tabled in the Ontario legislature, and she’s hoping it will help bring this issue to the forefront of education.

    “We can actually teach children early about the word abuse, the context and confident actions so they can do something for themselves to also protect themselves,” she said.

    While a sparse crowd turned out Saturday for the Toronto walk, Loverin said survivors won’t give up.

    “We don’t have many people here, but I know what this is like,” she said. “Persistence pays off, and eventually we’re going to see the streets all closed down for this walk.”

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    Exploring how four of Toronto’s iconic names impacted future generations of their families, from a war-hero-turned-Maple Leafs owner to the settlers of Willowdale.

    Anne Smythe, a Toronto artist, didn’t always appreciate her surname.

    Her grandfather Conn Smythe fought in both world wars before taking up ownership of the Maple Leafs. He’s the namesake of the Stanley Cup’s top playoff performer trophy, in the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame and known for his philanthropy.

    “When I was growing up it was mortifying,” Anne, 61, said. “As soon as you said your last name, boys wanted to date me because they thought they could get hockey tickets. First thing they ever said was ‘oh, are you related to?’ ”

    Her stance has since changed.

    “It took a long time to be proud of it but I certainly am now,” she added. “But less and less people remember. It doesn’t mean anything to most people. You’ve got to be pretty old to go ‘oh, are you related to?’ ”

    Her father, Hugh Smythe, was Conn’s youngest son and became the Leafs’ doctor. While she describes her kids as “rabid hockey fans,” Anne never fell in love with the sport.

    “I wasn’t a great teenager so they used to have to make me go,” she said, laughing.

    Elizabeth Smythe Brinton, another of Conn’s granddaughters, grew up in Maple Leaf Gardens with her father Stafford — who became the team’s president.

    “That was home,” she said of the Gardens. “I love being part of Leafs Nation. It means the world to me.”

    Elizabeth describes Conn fondly: He was driven, obsessed with self-improvement, compulsive about his farm and softened by his wife Irene.

    “He had such a pride in our military and his times serving with people shoulder to shoulder,” she said. “He thought Canada was just a fantastically wonderful country and that was rare in those times to hear that but we heard it constantly.”

    She credits him for giving to those in need and sending letters to religious leaders to ask for the names of people too proud to ask for a handout so that he could anonymously send them money.

    But his good nature didn’t always show.

    “He was, um, in control,” Anne described. “He wasn’t particularly warm.”

    Thomas Smythe, the eldest of his great-grandchildren, remembers him differently. He recalls visiting the Smythe farm in Caledon, Ont., on weekends until he was 10 and playing with the accessible chair that ran up the stairwell.

    “He was just a really lovely old dude,” Thomas said, laughing and remembering his great-grandfather as someone who was youthful, had a great sense of humour and loved children, supporting charities like War Amps.

    While Thomas — a television personality and designer — isn’t a huge hockey fan, his sister Christie is and they still have Conn’s season tickets to the Leafs.

    Even three generations removed, he understands what it means to be a Smythe.

    “The legacy of being Conn Smythe’s great-grandson is really actually one of service,” he said, pointing to Conn’s fortune left to his foundation — the board for which the Smythes now sit on — rather than to the family, in order to help support charities.

    “He was a champion of the underdog,” Thomas finished. “We were all raised with the sense of ‘you don’t get to be here if you don’t contribute to community and country.’ ”

    “Maple Leafs stood for courage; they stood for being almost like heroes and gladiators in our midst. It stood for character. It stood for a lot. And we were all expected to live up to that as kids,” echoed Elizabeth.

    The Masseys have passed down their family names so often it can be hard to decipher Harts from Harts and Vincents from Vincents.

    Raymond Massey’s grandfather (also Raymond) was the grandson of Hart Massey, one of Toronto’s builders and the man behind the agricultural equipment mammoth Massey Ferguson. Another of Hart’s grandsons, Vincent, was Canada’s first domestic-born governor general.

    “I’m honoured to be named after the former governor general,” said Vincent Massey, great- nephew to Vincent Massey. “It makes me very proud.”

    Their names live on through the historic Massey Hall, Massey St., Massey College, Hart House, and the hundreds of churches Raymond’s great-great-grandfather’s foundation helped build across the country.

    The Massey Foundation took the money from Hart’s estate to “do things of social value, normally tied to education,” according to Raymond.

    He recalls visiting Hart House as a teenager and flying from Vancouver, where his section of the family lives, to vote on the foundation’s board as his dad prepared to cede his seat to his children.

    “It first served as a barracks in the war and now it’s a living, breathing institution that feels like a piece of Cambridge or Oxford,” he said of Hart House. “It’s such a cool place. I love it.”

    Now 60, Raymond is the foundation’s co-chair and recently brought his niece on a visit to Toronto to tour through the family’s old mansion and its mausoleum at Mount Pleasant Cemetery.

    “It is wonderful that there are institutions in the city that the family had a hand in developing,” echoed John, another of Hart’s descendants.

    But Raymond admits his family’s history isn’t spotless. Author Charlotte Gray documented the ‘The Massey Murder,’ the story of an 18-year-old domestic servant shooting a Massey patriarch in 1915.

    Once, at a party, someone also accused Raymond of being the descendant of an anti-Semite.

    “I’d never met her before, she had figured out who I was and she came up to me and said ‘finally, I get to face a Massey. I just want to tell you that you ruined my family. My father was a Jew and he was fired from the Massey factory and our family went through extreme hardship afterwards’ and I said ‘what, why, what’s going on?,’ ” Raymond recalled.

    “I had no idea there might have been anything like that going on in the family.”

    Still, while he now questions his family’s history, he’s proud.

    “There may be some other things lurking in the background, I don’t know, but in general it’s a solid name that has done a lot of good things and some of that legacy is still continuing,” he finished.

    And it will, he hopes, continue with his curious niece.

    When Margot Rivers grew up in East York, her two older sisters went to school with two boys from around the corner.

    And they were close, playing and fighting “all the time.”

    What they didn’t know was that they were related, descendants of one of Toronto’s iconic names.

    “It turned out it was my mom’s cousin’s two sons,” said Rivers. “All the time we were growing up, my mom’s aunt and her cousin would walk by our house. And they had no idea. It’s crazy.”

    Decades later, Rivers was inspired by that coincidence — and her grandmother’s death in a mental institution before she was born — to look into her family history.

    Now she knows her story.

    She’s a Steele.

    Her great-great-grandfather was John Cussons Steele, whose name is on a street that runs more than 77 kilometres east-west across the top of the city she grew up in, dividing Toronto from York Region.

    Steele was born in the Bond Lake area in 1837 and settled at the corner of what’s now Yonge St. and Steeles Ave., where he bought and ran the Green Bush Inn — meeting place for the Upper Canada Rebellion — and much of the land around it after his father Thomas died.

    Rivers’ daughter now lives on Glass St. in Aurora, Ont., a few blocks from where Steele, her great-great-great-grandfather passed away on Spruce St.

    And Rivers wasn’t alone in her curiosity.

    On Mortimer Ave. in the east end, Rivers grew up near another family namesake: Ferrier Ave.

    Abigail Steele, J.C.’s granddaughter, married a Ferrier and settled much of what is now the Danforth (there was a ‘Ferrier Building’ before it became a Greek restaurant), Mimico and Islington.

    Rivers, 55, and Deborah Ferrier, 65, have communicated online about their Steele ancestry.

    Ferrier, too, has been doing research into their shared great-great grandfather.

    “I’m Abigail Steele’s fifth-oldest grandchild,” Ferrier said proudly on a recent phone call before a family reunion. “We were here and helped build Toronto.”

    Just south of Steeles Ave., descendants of the Cummer family have tracked their heritage to the founding of Cummer’s Settlement — later renamed Willowdale — and Cummer Ave., which starts on Yonge St., running east to Leslie St.

    Tim Morris’s grandfather married Sarah Cummer, a descendant of Jacob Cummer, one of Toronto’s pioneers. Sarah’s father Samuel Cummer was the seventh child of David Cummer, who was the eighth of Jacob’s 14 kids.

    Morris lived in Scarborough and Leaside before moving to the Beaches. He has visited the various burial sites of his ancestors in Willowdale.

    “They’re pioneers, those people,” Morris, 70, said.

    The family’s history is enshrined in ‘The Cummer Memoranda,’ a 1911 book that tracked how Jacob’s family arrived in, and built Willowdale, from Germany via Reading, Penn., in the fall of 1776.

    Jacob’s father John is said to have refused command of William Lyon Mackenzie’s forces in the Mackenzie Rebellion in 1837, according to the book. Written by Wellington and Clyde Cummer and published for private circulation, it stands as “a record of the progenitors and descendants of Jacob Cummer, a Canadian pioneer.”

    Ian Cummer lives in Manitoba, where his grandfather Amos (another grandson of Samuel’s) moved. He too has a copy of the family book.

    “It has been passed down for generations,” said Ian, 59, of his great-great-grandfather’s folklore.

    One day, he hopes to visit the family’s two Heritage Toronto plaques at McKee Public School and on the northwest corner of Doris Ave. and McKee Ave., as well as the church Jacob donated land for.

    Eunice Lucas, another of Jacob’s ancestors, has tracked her heritage through her grandmother Francis Cummer. Lucas got her copy of the memoranda from her father.

    Now 62, Lucas was born in Toronto and moved to Windsor when she was 12.

    She attended Meadowvale School and lived in a retrofitted two-room garage on Zaph Ave. with no plumbing. But she didn’t know of her family’s late 1700s roots in the area until she began her genealogy research.

    “Everything he did was of the most substantial character, for he worked for good foundations,” the inside of The Cummer Memoranda’s first page reads.

    For that, Lucas speaks fondly of Jacob, her “entrepreneurial” ancestor.

    “My father was an entrepreneur, he had his own business. I went into an entrepreneur and now have a couple of apartments that I rent out. My brother is an entrepreneur. It still runs in the lineage,” she said.

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    SAN ANTONIO - Authorities called to a Walmart parking lot in San Antonio overnight found eight people dead and 20 others in dire condition in the back of a sweltering tractor-trailer, in what police are calling a horrific case of immigrant smuggling.

    The truck’s driver was arrested and all 28 survivors were taken to hospitals, where 20 were in extremely critical or serious condition, authorities said. Eight others were being treated for lesser injuries, including heat stroke and dehydration.

    Temperatures in San Antonio reached 101 degrees (38 Celsius) on Saturday and didn’t dip below 90 degrees (32 C) until after 10 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. The truck’s trailer also didn’t have a working air conditioner system, San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood said in a news briefing.

    “They were very hot to the touch. So these people were in this trailer without any signs of any type of water,” he said. “It was a mass casualty situation for us.”

    A person from the truck initially approached a Walmart employee in the parking lot and asked for water late Saturday night or early Sunday morning, police Chief William McManus said. The employee gave the person the water and then called police, who found the dead and desperate inside the truck.

    McManus said the driver was arrested, but he didn’t release the driver’s name.

    Investigators checked store surveillance video, which showed vehicles had arrived and picked up other people from the tractor-trailer, police said.

    “We’re looking at a human trafficking crime this evening,” McManus said, adding many of those inside the truck appeared to be adults in their 20s and 30s but that there were also what appears to be two school-age children, as well. He called the case “a horrific tragedy.”

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is assisting in the investigation.

    Other cases of human trafficking in the United States have led to more deaths. In May 2003, 19 immigrants being transported from South Texas to Houston died inside a sweltering tractor-trailer.

    Prosecutors said the driver in the 2003 case heard the immigrants begging and screaming for their lives as they were succumbing to the stifling heat inside his truck but refused to free them. The driver was resentenced in 2011 to nearly 34 years in prison after a federal appeals court overturned the multiple life sentences he had received..

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    Canadian pastor Hyeon Soo Lim has been in North Korean detention since January 2015.

    That was 900 days ago. And counting.

    The leader of Mississauga’s Light Presbyterian Church went missing during a humanitarian mission in a northern region where Lim was so well-known for his charity work, he’d been granted a frequent access visa.

    Weeks later, North Korean authorities confirmed they’d arrested Lim, now 62, ostensibly for plotting to overthrow Kim Jong Un’s authoritarian regime. The pastor was sentenced to life in a hard-labour camp where he told an American journalist, given unique access to Lim, that he digs holes eight hours a day, six days a week.

    Now, there is renewed — but cautious — hope for Lim’s release.

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    Last Friday, North Korean officials arranged a meeting “in the humanitarian spirit” between the imprisoned Canadian and a Swedish Embassy diplomat in Pyongyang, according to state media outlet Korean Central News Agency.

    The timing of the July 14 meeting has also commanded attention: It came four weeks after American university student Otto Warmbier was released from a North Korean prison, in a coma, and died just days after arriving home.

    “Any type of contact is always good,” said Toronto lawyer Jack Kim, a special adviser at HanVoice, the largest Canadian organization advocating on behalf of North Korean human rights and refugees.

    “It means the North Koreans haven’t forgotten about Rev. Lim and are at least continuing the dialogue, even if it’s on humanitarian grounds.”

    Details surrounding Lim’s disappearance more than two years ago have been scant. The Star has since learned the pastor vanished the same day he entered North Korea after two men approached him and invited him to the capital, Pyongyang.

    Kim described the North Korean regime as “one of the most opaque countries in the world” and noted last week’s meeting did not include an official from Global Affairs Canada, the ministry tasked with securing Lim’s release.

    “The fact that it was not someone from Global Affairs, but the Swedish Embassy in Pyongyang, to a certain degree, tempers my enthusiasm about this,” said Kim, who has met Lim.

    “I think you could look at this (meeting) with guarded, perhaps minimal, optimism.”

    North Korean officials have permitted two prior Canadian consular visits, the last one in December 2016.

    Lim has also met previously with Swedish Ambassador Torkel Stiernlöf, who is based in Pyongyang. It’s unknown if Stiernlöf was in the Friday meeting; the Swedish Embassy did not respond to an email from the Star. Canada does not have a diplomatic presence in North Korea and the Swedish Embassy acts as Canada’s protecting power.

    Canadian Senator Yonah Martin, deputy leader of the opposition in the Senate, is a friend of Lim’s. She said the North Korean gesture in arranging the meeting provides an opening for Canada to engage the regime more urgently “because there is great and growing concern about Rev. Lim’s health.”

    Lim has high blood pressure and requires medication. The North Koreans have allowed medication to be sent to him.

    “Rev. Lim has lost a considerable amount of weight — between 60 to 80 pounds — and he isn’t well,” Martin said from her Burnaby, B.C., home.

    “I hope this is an opportunity for Canada to follow up in whatever way will bring Rev. Lim home. I don’t want to say ‘now or never,’ but I hope something can come out of this,” she continued.

    The North Korean news story also invited the Canadian government to resolve Lim’s case.

    Lim asked the unnamed Swedish diplomat “to convey his request to the Canadian government for making active efforts to settle his issue,” according to an English language report citing the original article. In addition, the story stated the meeting was organized “on the basis of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations and in the humanitarian spirit.”

    Global Affairs has said little publicly during Lim’s detainment other than to state frequently that his imprisonment “is absolutely a priority.”

    The ministry did not answer a list of questions about the July 14 meeting from the Star or confirm that it occurred. Instead, ministry spokesperson Jocelyn Sweet emailed this statement: “The Government of Canada is very concerned about the health, well-being, and continued detention of Mr. Lim. This case is absolutely a priority for us. We have been actively engaged on this difficult case and consular officials are ‎working actively to secure Mr. Lim’s release.

    “As there are privacy considerations and this is an active case, we are unable to disclose further details,” Sweet added.

    Lim’s wife, Geum Young Lim, and son, James, have remained silent since the pastor disappeared; friends say mother and son have long trusted the Canadian government to handle the sensitive negotiations and don’t want to be distractions by granting interviews.

    However, Warmbier’s death appears to have deeply affected the Lims. The mother and son released a statement through family spokesperson Lisa Pak two days after the 22-year-old died in Cincinnati.

    “We are heartbroken at the news of Otto’s passing. What has happened is tragic. We strongly urge the Canadian government to place more attention on Reverend Lim’s case,” according to the June 21 statement.

    “Canada’s political leadership must stand up for the rights of a Canadian humanitarian. We are desperate to see our husband and father home, and we are pleading for an active escalation in diplomatic efforts. Our hearts and prayers are with the Warmbiers. This ordeal of all families involved has to end,” it concluded.

    Martin said with Lim detained for so long — he became a grandfather for the first time while in the labour camp and that grandchild is now 10 months old — the family is now “beyond frustrated.”

    “They are exasperated, they are so exhausted from just hoping and waiting for something to happen,” Martin said.

    Martin also wondered: “It’s been over 900 days. Why has he been forgotten?”

    Lim, his wife and son — the Lims’ only child — are all South Korean natives. The family immigrated to Canada in 1986 when Lim had the opportunity to obtain his Master's degree at the University of Toronto’s Knox College. Lim is a Canadian citizen.

    After graduating, Lim began ministering in Canada with the Light Presbyterian Church, which then had only about five families. He became a strong preacher and, under his spiritual direction as senior pastor, the church grew to 3,000 members. A new, multi-purpose facility for the burgeoning church opened in May 2009 near Goreway Dr. and Derry Rd. in Mississauga.

    Lim’s passion for humanitarian work took him and church associates around the world: Iraq, Afghanistan, North Korea. But it was in North Korea where he found his calling, visiting there about 110 times.

    The federal government does not want Canadian citizens travelling to North Korea, which is officially called the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

    There is a warning on the Global Affairs Canada website: NORTH KOREA — AVOID ALL TRAVEL.

    The ministry explains that the advisory exists “due to the uncertain security situation caused by North Korea’s nuclear weapons development program and highly repressive regime” and that “the ability of Canadian officials to provide consular assistance in North Korea is extremely limited.”

    Lim had been travelling to North Korea since 1997 and, according to friends, felt comfortable bringing basic human necessities, including food and other nourishment, to a needy population. Lim’s comfort level was evident in that he brought his son James, now 34, with him on about 28 humanitarian missions, friends said. James now lives in the United States.

    Lim visited two places on missions: The capital of Pyongyang (via flights from Seoul and Beijing) and in the north, Rajin, which is in a region known as Rason (via flights from Seoul to the Chinese autonomous prefecture of Yanbian, then a two-hour drive to a North Korean border entry point near Rajin).

    To piece together Lim’s final trip, the Star interviewed his friends, reviewed documents related to his humanitarian travels and obtained a missing persons profile filed to Toronto Police Services. Some of Lim’s friends asked not to be identified for fear of jeopardizing Lim’s safety or discussions regarding his release.

    Based on new information, this is how the pastor’s 2015 mission unfolded:

    On Jan. 27, 2015, Lim flew from Seoul to Yanbian in China.

    On Jan. 30, Lim and a Canadian colleague, who was already in Yanbian, drove two hours in an SUV to the North Korean border point. The men were cleared to enter Rajin as representatives of the Light Presbyterian Church and an associated program, Global Assistance Partners.

    Their plan was to check on a seniors’ nursing home and orphanages sponsored by the church and the assistance program.

    The Canadian men had only been in Rajin for a few hours when they met with two men; one a local, the other possibly from Pyongyang, according to the missing person’s profile. The missing persons profile (filed to police by Pak on behalf of the family) contained information relayed by Lim’s Canadian companion, who declined to be interviewed for this story.

    Information submitted to Toronto police stated one North Korean man “suggested Rev. Lim make a visit to Pyongyang with him in a car; he assured that a necessary visa and exemption from the (Ebola) quarantine will be arranged.”

    At that time, North Korea apparently had a mandatory 21-day Ebola quarantine period for all foreigners, according to information in Lim’s missing person’s profile.

    The two Canadian men became separated, friends say, and Lim’s companion did not see Lim get into a vehicle. Lim had not visited Pyongyang “in some time,” the missing persons profile noted.

    On Jan. 31, the other Canadian returned to China.

    On Feb. 4, Lim was scheduled to depart from North Korea and return home but did not appear in Rajin or Yanbian. His whereabouts were unknown and “after repeated attempts, as of Monday Feb. 23, 2015, there has been no news” of Lim, according to the missing persons report.

    Senator Martin said she hopes Canadians “are paying attention” to Lim’s plight as much as his family and congregation — which held a public prayer vigil in June — are.

    “He’s a man of God, a man of great faith and a man of deep conviction; there is a real presence about him when you meet him,” Martin said of Lim.

    “The fact that he has such a large congregation and he had people across the country and around the world supporting his (humanitarian) work speaks to his character.”

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    Police are urging witnesses to come forward after a Scarborough birthday party turned deadly Sunday morning, with two men shot dead and a woman seriously injured.

    When police arrived on scene at 1 a.m. at a residence at Gennela Square near Morningview Trail, they could see “a large amount of partygoers fleeing” from the backyard of the house, Det. Rob North said.

    Police rushed to the rear of the house and found two men suffering from gunshot wounds. Emergency Medical Services immediately attempted life-saving procedures but were unsuccessful. The two men were pronounced dead at the scene.

    The third victim was the host of the party, a woman in her 20s; the birthday being celebrated was hers. She was taken to hospital with serious injuries, paramedics confirmed. She has since been upgraded to stable condition.

    The two men killed were 33-year-old Renaldo Cole and 30-year-old Dwayne Campbell, both of Toronto. Police say both men were known to them, and were at the residence for the party.

    “They were actually invited to celebrate the birthday of the female victim,” North said.

    Despite there being “upwards of 200 people” at the party, North says police are struggling to find witnesses.

    “We’ve had very little co-operation from people,” he said. “We really haven’t had a lot of people come forward to us.”

    Police are asking anyone hesitant to speak to them in person to send in any cellphone footage they might have of the party. Because of the sheer mass of people that were at the party, they have not been able to narrow down a description of any suspects, and need assistance from those who were there.

    Neither of the deceased lived at the residence, and the woman celebrating her birthday was a frequent visitor.

    The police K9 unit and emergency task force were on scene investigating.

    This was not the only shooting before Sunday’s sunrise.

    Another incident took place near Danforth Rd. and Savarin St.

    Before midnight, there were reports of four or five shots fired and then police confirmed two separate victims — one of them male — went to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

    Again, around 2:45 a.m., five people were shot inside a bar near Ellesmere Rd. and Victoria Park Ave., Const. Allyson Douglas-Cook said. All five victims had serious but non life-threatening injuries.

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    JERUSALEM—Israel installed new security cameras Sunday at the entrance to a sensitive Jerusalem holy site, as officials began indicating it was considering “alternatives” to the metal detectors at the contested shrine that set off a weekend of violence and raised tensions in the region.

    Israel set up the new security measures last week after Arab gunmen opened fire from the shrine, killing two Israeli policemen. It said they were a necessary measure to prevent more attacks and were deployed routinely at holy sites around the world. But Muslims alleged Israel was trying to expand its control at the Muslim-administered site and have launched mass prayer protests.

    Three Palestinians were killed in street clashes Friday in some of the worst street violence in years, and later a Palestinian stabbed to death three members of an Israeli family.

    Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai, who heads the Israeli defence body for Palestinian civilian affairs, said Israel was open to alternatives to lower the tensions.

    “The only thing we want is to ensure no one can enter with weapons again and carry out another attack,” he said. “We’re willing to examine alternatives to the metal detectors as long as the solution of alternative ensures the prevention of the next attack.”

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    However, the top Muslim cleric of Jerusalem, Mohammed Hussein, told the Voice of Palestine he demands a complete return to procedures that were in place before the initial attack at the shrine, known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as the Temple Mount.

    In a statement Sunday, the Islamic institutions in Jerusalem, of which he is a part, said they “affirm the categorical rejection of the electronic gates and all the measures of occupation.”

    Disputes over the shrine, revered by Muslims and Jews, have set off major rounds of Israeli-Palestinian confrontations in the past.

    On Friday, several thousand Palestinians clashed with Israeli security forces in the West Bank and in Jerusalem after noon prayers — the centrepiece of the Muslim religious week. Three Palestinians were killed and several dozen wounded after protesters burned tires and threw stones and firecrackers. Israeli troops responded with live rounds, rubber bullets and tear gas.

    Late Friday night, a 20-year-old Palestinian identified as Omar al-Abed jumped over the fence of the Halamish settlement near Ramallah and entered a home, surprising a family that was celebrating a new grandchild during their traditional Sabbath dinner. He stabbed to death Yosef Salomon, 70, and his adult children, 46-year-old Chaya and 35-year-old Elad, while his daughter-in-law escaped to a separate room to shelter her young children.

    A neighbour, an off-duty soldier, heard the screams, rushed to the home and opened fire, wounding the attacker. TV footage showed the floor tiles drenched in blood, and officials called it a “massacre.”

    “This has nothing to do with metal detectors. There is no justification for murdering a grandfather at a party to celebrate the birth of his new grandson,” said Oded Revivi, the chief foreign envoy of the Yesha settlers’ council.

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denounced the attack as “an act of terror, carried out by a beast who was incited with unfathomable hatred.”

    At his weekly Cabinet meeting, Netanyahu vowed the killer’s home would be demolished swiftly in retribution and those who incited and glorified his act would be dealt with.

    “Since the beginning of the events I’ve conducted a series of meetings and evaluations with the all the security officials, including those on the ground. We receive updates on the ground from them and recommendations on how to act and we decide accordingly,” he said.

    Israel has repeatedly accused the Palestinian Authority of permitting anti-Israeli incitement in the public Palestinian discourse and vowed to act against it. The Palestinians reject the allegations, saying Israel’s 50-year-old occupation of lands sought for a Palestinian state is at the root of widespread Palestinian anger and helps drive violence.

    Israel has yet to comment on the new cameras and whether they offered a chance to restore calm. A top adviser to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said he was holding consultations with various countries, including Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Morocco, about the crisis.

    Abbas announced Friday he would “freeze” ties with Israel “on all levels” until the new security measures Israel imposed at the Jerusalem site were removed. Halting security co-ordination with Israel would have far-reaching repercussions and could sharply raise tensions.

    But Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman says the security ties are more beneficial to the Palestinians anyway, and while Israel can live without them the Palestinians would suffer.

    “We are not going to chase after them,” Lieberman told the YNet news site, before lambasting Abbas for not condemning the stabbing attack. “We need to understand that he is not a partner. He is not looking for peace.”

    The assailant said in a pre-attack Facebook post that he expected to be killed in the attack and his father said he was motivated by the violence at the Jerusalem shrine, which in a rare move was briefly shut down last week after the shooting attack.

    The site is administered by Muslim authorities under the auspices of Jordan but Israel maintains security control of the compound.

    Anticipating a demolition, local residents in the village of Kobar said the family emptied its home of valuables Saturday. Later, clashes erupted as residents burned tires and hurled rocks at Israeli troops who had searched the home. The military said about 50 people attacked troops who fired back with rubber bullets and tear gas.

    Low-level clashes took place elsewhere throughout the day. In one, a Palestinian died under questionable circumstances. Witnesses said the 23-year-old tried to hurl a metal pipe filled with homemade explosives at Israeli soldiers but it exploded in his hand. Ramallah Hospital director Ahmad Betawi said the man died of shrapnel wounds but could not define what kind without an autopsy.

    Israel fortified its troops in the West Bank and placed forces on high alert after the attack. The Israeli military said it carried out a wave of overnight arrests of 29 people, including several members of the Islamic Hamas militant group.

    Gaza’s Hamas rulers praised the attack, but stopped short of taking responsibility for it.

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    OTTAWA—Ontario Health Minister Eric Hoskins is announcing funding for 20 full-time mental health workers for Pikangikum First Nation— a remote community struggling with a suicide crisis and pressing mental health needs from about 380 people seeking counselling.

    The mental health workers will be going to the reserve, located near the Ontario and Manitoba border, immediately at a cost of about $1.6 million dollars, Hoskins said.

    “This can’t be an issue of jurisdiction,” Hoskins said in an interview with The Canadian Press.

    “We heard directly from the chief ... as well as others that the situation on the ground in Pikangikum, just how grave it is and the need for trauma counselling as well as broader mental health supports for children and youth at risk.”

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    There are eight mental health workers on the ground at the moment jointly funded by the province and the federal government, he said.

    Pikangikum has had a long-standing battle with suicide; at least four young people have taken their lives in the remote community recently.

    Ontario is also announcing what it calls a new Indigenous youth and community wellness secretariat designed to co-ordinate and speed up government efforts while it also works with Indigenous partners and Ottawa, Hoskins said.

    “It will become, essentially, a one-stop shop for ... our Indigenous partners if a response is required or if there is a circumstance that requires an urgent response,” he said.

    “We expect next week it will start ... It will be a full-time secretariat to almost fast-track key files whether it is in health or education.”

    Hoskins’ announcements come as he prepares to meet Monday in Ottawa with federal Health Minister Jane Philpott and Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler — the head of an umbrella organization representing 49 communities in northern Ontario.

    The group is expected to sign a charter of principles aiming to transform the health care system for First Nations.

    Philpott and Hoskins have both agreed profound change will be required to end the suicide crisis — although Indigenous health experts want to see concrete commitments out of Monday’s meeting, including more control at the level of First Nations.

    Dr. Michael Kirlew, a physician based in Sioux Lookout, Ont., believes the Indigenous youth suicide crisis in northern Ontario and elsewhere will not be addressed unless there is a fundamental rethink of the way care is delivered on reserves.

    “The health-care system ... First Nations people receive is not equal,” he said, noting Canada has grown accustomed to witnessing this injustice.

    “It is inferior .... It is not equitable. The children, whether they are in Pikangikum, Summer Beaver, Wapekeka, they do not have access to mental health services they need, period.”

    Indigenous health has been focused on measuring the number of dollars spent as opposed to health outcomes, added Dr. Alika Lafontaine, the past president of the Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada.

    That needs to change, he said.

    “When you’re talking about health transformation, what you’re really looking at is changing the intent of the system to achieve a different outcome,” he said.

    “In Indigenous health, what you’re trying to do is create an outcome that’s different than our colonial outcome which was extinguishing the rights of Indigenous people through land and resources.”

    Bob Nault, a Liberal MP who represents an Ontario riding that encompasses reserves including Pikangikum, agrees the health care system as it stands now is not capable of producing sustainable, long-term results.

    He said he has been witnessing the same problem for the past 30 years, including as a former Indigenous affairs minister under former prime minister Jean Chretien.

    “We can’t keep doing the same thing over and over again and put a little Band-Aid on it and say ‘we’re doing it differently’,” he said. “We are not doing it differently so far, that I’ve seen.”

    Communities have already put forward transformation proposals, Kirlew added.

    “Communities know what is going to work for them,” he said. “Why can’t we help support those plans?”

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    SOUTHPORT, ENGLAND—Jordan Spieth is the British Open champion, just like expected, though not like anyone could have imagined.

    On the verge of another meltdown in a major, so wild off the tee that he played one shot from the driving range at Royal Birkdale and lost the lead for the first time all weekend, Spieth bounced back with a collection of clutch shots, delivering a rally that ranks among the best.

    A near ace. A 50-foot eagle putt. A 30-foot birdie putt.

    Spieth played the final five holes in 5 under par and closed with a 1-under 69 for a three-shot victory over Matt Kuchar, giving him the third leg of the career Grand Slam and a chance to be the youngest to win them all next month at the PGA Championship.

    Li Haotong of China shot a remarkable 63 and finished third. Austin Connelly (73), a dual Canadian-American citizen who was born in Irving, Texas, tied for 14th at 2 under after entering the final day in a tie for third.

    Spieth joined Jack Nicklaus as the only players to win three different majors at age 23, and even the Golden Bear was impressed.

    “Is Jordan Spieth something else?” Nicklaus tweeted during a wild back nine.

    Spieth missed four putts inside eight feet on the front nine and lost his three-shot lead. Then, he looked certain to lose the British Open — and the reputation he craves as a reliable closer — when his tee shot on the par-4 13th was some 75 yards right of the fairway, buried in grass on a dune so steep he could barely stand up.

    He took a penalty shot for an unplayable lie, and when he realized the practice range was in play, headed back on a line so far that he was behind the equipment trucks. He still had a blind shot with a 3-iron over the dunes to a fairway littered with pot bunkers, stopping just short of one of them near the green.

    Kuchar, who had to wait 20 minutes for Spieth to get his situation sorted, missed his 15-foot birdie putt. Spieth pitched over the bunker to seven feet and made the putt to escape with bogey, falling behind for the first time.

    And that’s when the show began.

    Spieth hit a 6-iron that plopped down in front of the pin at the par-3 14th and came within inches of a hole-in-one. He rolled in a 4-foot birdie putt and tied Kuchar. Given new life, he holed a 50-foot eagle putt and turned to caddie Michael Greller and said, “Go get that!”

    Emotions rolling, Spieth followed with a 30-foot birdie at the 16th and was ahead by two. And after Kuchar holed a 20-foot birdie putt on the par-5 17th, Spieth assured himself a two-shot margin up the final hole by pouring in yet another birdie.

    From the driving range to the claret jug, Spieth put himself in hallowed territory just days before his 24th birthday. Nicklaus was about six months younger than Spieth when he won the 1963 PGA Championship for the third leg of the Grand Slam.

    Spieth goes to Quail Hollow in North Carolina next month with a chance to get that final portion of the Grand Slam.

    Kuchar closed with a 69 and did nothing wrong. He just had no answers for Spieth’s final blitz. Kuchar had a one-shot lead leaving the 13th green. He played the next four holes with two pars and two birdies and was two shots behind.

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    PARIS—Riding a bright yellow bike to match his shiny leader’s jersey, defending champion Chris Froome won his fourth and most challenging Tour de France title on Sunday.

    The 32-year-old Kenyan-born British rider finished 54 seconds ahead of Colombian Rigoberto Uran overall, the smallest margin of his wins.

    This was the third straight win for the Team Sky rider. His first in 2013 came the year after former teammate Bradley Wiggins sparked off an era of British dominance.

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    Frenchman Romain Bardet, runner-up last year, placed 2 minutes, 20 seconds behind in third place, denying Spaniard Mikel Landa — Froome’s teammate — a podium spot by just one second. Italian Fabio Aru finished fifth.

    As per tradition, the 21st stage was reserved for sprinters and mostly a procession for Froome and the other overall leaders.

    Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen won the final stage in a dash to the line, edging German rider Andre Greipel and Norwegian Edvald Boasson Hagen.

    Moments later, Froome and the rest of the peloton crossed the line after eight laps of an eye-catching circuit around the city’s landmarks, finishing as usual on the famed Champs-Elysees.

    Froome now needs only one more title to match the Tour record of five shared by Jacques Anquetil, Eddie Merckx, Bernard Hinault, and Miguel Indurain.

    Froome sealed his win on Saturday, finishing third in the time trial in Marseille where he put more time into Uran and Bardet, who dropped from second to third.

    After more than three weeks of stressful racing, it was a relaxed and easygoing atmosphere as riders set out from Montgeron in the Essone suburb south of Paris to the evening finish 103 kilometres (64 miles) away.

    Froome chatted casually with two-time champion Alberto Contador, the Spanish veteran, as if they were on a sight-seeding ride.

    Right in front of them, Frenchman Warren Barguil — wearing the best climber’s red-and-white polka dot jersey — swapped race anecdotes with Australian Michael Matthews, wearing the green jersey awarded for the Tour’s top sprinter.

    Matthews became the third Australian to win the green jersey, all this decade, following Robbie McEwen and Baden Cooke.

    Froome’s teammates wore a yellow stripe on the back of their Team Sky shirts. They allowed themselves a flute of champagne, chinking glasses with leader Froome, as they casually rolled through the streets under cloudy skies beside cheering fans packing the roads into Paris.

    Everyone was in high spirits, happy to be make it through a grueling race that saw Australian Richie Porte, one of the pre-race favourites, and Froome’s teammate Geraint Thomas both crash out. Britain’s Mark Cavendish, a 30-time Tour stage winner, and Marcel Kittel — winner of five stages this year — pulled out injured after crashes.

    As the slow-moving peloton passed near where Frenchman Yoann Offredo grew up, a television camera moved alongside, asking what it was like to be riding so close to home.

    “I might nip to the bathroom,” he said, jokingly.

    Another rider, Cyril Gautier, asked his girlfriend Caroline to marry him: the proposal scrawled on a piece of paper held up by the smiling Frenchman as he blew a kiss to the camera.

    Barring a crash, Froome was virtually assured of winning.

    The route to another victory continued to unfurl before him without mishap — although he did have to change bikes at one stage. Barguil had a brief hiccup, needing to catch up after a puncture, but generally the peloton took in the sights.

    Riders passed the Hotel des Invalides — a magnificent, sprawling set of buildings ordered by King Louis XIV in the 17th century — and actually rode through the resplendent Grand Palais exhibition hall, then past the golden statute of Joan of Arc, up the famed Champs-Elysees from the iconic Place de la Concorde and its towering 23-meter Egyptian obelix, and around the Arc de Triomphe.

    Some might say Froome did not shine too brightly because he didn’t win a stage, but neither did American Greg Lemond when clinching his third and final Tour in 1990.

    For Froome, consistency and a dogged ability to respond when put under pressure were the keys to his latest success.

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    One man is dead and another has been arrested after a single-car rollover in Oshawa this morning.

    Just after 3 a.m., a car that was travelling down Rossland Rd. at high speed lost control and flipped, rolling several times and striking a tree before finally coming to a stop, police say.

    Of the four occupants, one man in his 40s was pronounced dead at the scene and a woman was transported to hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

    The crash happened in a residential area, between Park Rd. and Gibbons St.

    One man, a passenger in the car, fled the scene for unknown reasons. Considering the severity of the crash, police are concerned he may also have injuries.

    The driver, who was uninjured, remained on the scene and was charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle resulting in death.

    Police are still investigating, but say that more charges could be laid as they look into whether alcohol or drug impairment was a factor.

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    OTTAWA—Respecting treaties with Indigenous Peoples, paying taxes and filling out the census are listed as mandatory obligations of Canadian citizenship in a draft version of a new study guide for the citizenship exam.

    The working copy obtained by The Canadian Press suggests the federal government has completely overhauled the book used by prospective Canadians to prepare for the test.

    The current “Discover Canada” guide dates back to 2011 when the previous Conservative government did its own overhaul designed to provide more information on Canadian values and history.

    Some of the Conservatives’ insertions attracted controversy, including increased detail about the War of 1812 and a warning that certain “barbaric cultural practices,” such as honour killings and female genital mutilation, are crimes in Canada.

    Getting rid of both those elements was what former Liberal Immigration Minister John McCallum had in mind when he said early in 2016 that the book was up for a rewrite. But although work has been underway for over a year, there’s no date set for publication of a final version.

    In the draft version, the reference to barbaric cultural practices is gone, as is the inclusion of getting a job as one of the responsibilities of citizenship.

    Instead, the proposed new guide breaks down the responsibilities of citizenship into two categories: voluntary and mandatory.

    Voluntary responsibilities are listed as respecting the human rights of others, understanding official bilingualism and participating in the political process.

    Obeying the law, serving on a jury, paying taxes, filling out the census and respecting treaties with Indigenous Peoples are mandatory.

    “Today, Canadians, for example, can own their own homes and buy land thanks to treaties that the government negotiated,” the draft version says. “Every Canadian has responsibilities under those treaties as well. They are agreements of honour.”

    The draft guide delves extensively into the history and present-day lives of Indigenous Peoples, including multiple references to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s report on residential schools and a lengthy section on what happened at those schools. The current guide contains a single paragraph.

    The draft also devotes substantive sections to sad chapters of Canadian history when the Chinese, South Asians, Jews and disabled Canadians were discriminated against, references that were absent or exceptionally limited previously.

    The new version also documents the evolution of the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender groups, as well as other sexual minorities. Bureaucrats had sought to include similar themes in the 2011 book but were overruled by then-immigration minister Jason Kenney, with their efforts reduced to a single line on gay marriage.

    There’s also an entirely new section called “Quality of Life in Canada” that delves into the education system — including a pitch for people to save money for their children’s schooling — the history of medicare, descriptions of family life, leisure time, effects of the environment on Canadian arts and culture and even a paragraph seeking to explain Canadian humour.

    Canadians like to make fun of themselves, the book notes.

    “Humour and satire about the experience of Indigenous, racialized, refugee and immigration peoples and their experiences is growing in popularity,” the section says.

    The rewrite is part of a much broader renewal of citizenship laws and process that is underway. In June, legislation passed that changed the age for those who need to pass the knowledge test for citizenship, among other things.

    Briefing notes obtained separately from the draft copy show nearly every government department is being consulted for input into the guide. But the team inside the Immigration Department didn’t just look there.

    They were also taking cues from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, sharing copies of his remarks for themes to incorporate.

    One of Trudeau’s often repeated mantras — “Canada has learned how to be strong not in spite of our differences, but because of them” — appears to be paraphrased directly in the opening section of the book: Canadians have learned how to be strong because of our differences.”

    The briefing notes say the guide is to be released to mark Canada’s 150th birthday but elsewhere note that production time is at least four months once a final version has been approved.

    A spokesperson for the Immigration Department stressed the importance of the consultations that have gone into the new guide.

    “While this may take more time, this broader approach will result in a final product that better reflects Canada’s diversity and Indigenous history, as recommended by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission,” Lindsay Wemp said in an email.

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    Sears Canada is facing a social media campaign calling for a boycott after the company said it planned on paying millions in bonuses to keep executives on board during restructuring, despite not offering severance to laid-off workers.

    The retailer’s Facebook page has been flooded with comments from people vowing not to shop at Sears, and the hashtag #BoycottSearsCanada has been gaining traction on Twitter.

    Sears Canada, which is operating under court protection from creditors, began liquidation sales on Friday at 59 department and Sears Home stores slated for closure.

    The company has said it plans to cut approximately 2,900 jobs, without severance, while paying $9.2 million in retention bonuses to key staff.

    Several people participating in the boycott say they’re not spending their hard-earned dollars at a store they say rewards mismanagement at the expense of front-line retail workers.

    A retail analyst said the boycott could affect people still working at the stores, but it may not make a difference if the retailer goes out of business.

    Sears Canada declined to comment on the matter.

    In addition to store merchandise, the liquidators will be selling fixtures, furnishings and equipment in the stores that are closing.

    The liquidation sales are at 20 full-line, 15 Sears Home, 10 Outlet and nine Hometown locations in every province except Prince Edward Island.

    Under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act, Sears is looking for a buyer or investor while negotiating with lenders, landlords and other creditors.

    Employees at the stores where the liquidation sales are taking place have been asked to stay on the job until the sales are complete and the location is shut down.

    Sears Canada expects to finish the liquidation sales by Oct. 12 and hopes to complete its restructuring as soon as possible this year.

    Once a retail stalwart, Sears Canada has struggled in recent years despite its efforts to adapt to the changes in the retail business.

    The company has also been challenged by several changes in its executive leadership over the past four years.

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    WASHINGTON—The White House indicated Sunday that President Donald Trump would accept new legislation imposing sanctions on Russia and curtailing his authority to lift them on his own, a striking turnaround after a broad revolt in Congress by lawmakers of both parties who distrusted his friendly approach to Moscow and sought to tie his hands.

    Congressional leaders said Saturday that they had reached an agreement on legislation intended to punish Russia for its interference in last year’s presidential election and its aggression toward its neighbours, despite objections raised by the administration that it would inappropriately infringe on the president’s ability to direct foreign policy.

    The new White House press secretary said Sunday that adjustments made to the bill were enough to satisfy the president’s concerns.

    “The administration is supportive of being tough on Russia, particularly in putting these sanctions in place,” Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who was promoted to press secretary Friday, said on “This Week” on ABC News. “The original piece of legislation was poorly written, but we were able to work with the House and Senate, and the administration is happy with the ability to do that and make those changes that were necessary and we support where the legislation is now.”

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    Still, there seemed to be confusion among the president’s advisers. Anthony Scaramucci, the new White House communications director, said on another show that the president had not made up his mind about whether to sign the measure.

    “You’ve got to ask President Trump that,” he said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

    “It’s my second or third day on the job. My guess is he’s going to make that decision shortly.” He added, “He hasn’t made the decision yet to sign that bill one way or the other.”

    That may reflect nothing more than Scaramucci’s still getting up to speed in his new role, as he suggested. Privately, White House officials said they saw no politically viable alternative to the president signing the bill and so Sanders seized on the changes made to lay the predicate.

    In reality, while the changes made the measure somewhat more palatable to the White House, they mainly provided a face-saving way to back down from a confrontation it was sure to lose if the sanctions bill reached the floor of the House. The Senate passed the original version of the bill, 97-2, and Republicans and Democrats expected a similarly overwhelming, veto-proof majority in the House if it came to a vote.

    Not only would a veto by Trump have presumably been overridden by Congress, but White House advisers conceded it would have been politically disastrous.

    While other presidents might also have resisted legislation taking away their power to have the final say on sanctions, for Trump such a stance would be untenable given investigations into whether his team colluded with Russia during the election.

    Administration officials said Trump supported the array of sanctions that have been imposed on Russia over the last three years since its annexation of Crimea and intervention in eastern Ukraine. While he has talked of improving relations with Moscow, aides noted that he had done nothing in his first six months in office to lift the sanctions.

    But aides prepared a plan in the early days of his administration to reverse some sanctions imposed by President Barack Obama in his final weeks in office in retaliation for Russia’s meddling in the election. The plan discussed by Trump’s aides was throttled after Republican congressional leaders publicly and privately warned against it.

    The stand-down on the sanctions fight came at the start of a week in which the president’s oldest son, Donald Trump Jr., his son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner and his former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, are set to talk with congressional investigators. White House aides on Sunday sought to explain the president’s assertion on Twitter on Saturday that he has the “complete power to pardon” his relatives and advisers — and possibly even himself.

    Jay Sekulow, one of the private lawyers representing Trump, said the president was simply asserting his authority after a Washington Post report that he was discussing it. But Sekulow denied that pardons were being considered.

    “We’re not researching the issue, because the issue of pardons is not on the table, there’s nothing to pardon from,” he said on ABC.

    Asked if Trump could pardon himself, Sekulow said it was a matter of debate among legal scholars. “From a constitutional, legal perspective you can’t dismiss it one way or the other,” he said. “I think it’s a question that would ultimately, if put in place, would probably have to be adjudicated by the Supreme Court to determine constitutionality.”

    Still, even as Sekulow said pardons were not being considered, a senior administration official acknowledged that the president has raised the matter.

    “I’m in the Oval Office with the president last week; we’re talking about that,” Scaramucci said on “Fox News Sunday.” “He brought that up. He said, but he doesn’t have to be pardoned. There’s nobody around him that has to be pardoned. He was just making the statement about the power of pardons.”

    Scaramucci said the Russia investigations were a distraction.

    “I worked intensely on that campaign, and I think that the Russian situation is completely overblown,” he said. “I was falsely accused of things related to Russia. I know other people are being falsely accused of things related to Russia. And I’m confident that tomorrow when Jared Kushner speaks, and I’ll keep my fingers crossed in saying this to you, it’ll probably be the last time that he has to talk about Russia.”

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