Body fat and smoking are linked, U.K. study says

Women and girls who have grandparents or great-grandparents who started smoking cigarettes at a young age tend to have more body fat, according to a new UK study that used data from a decades-long multigenerational research project called “The Nineties Kids.” The new study from the University of Bristol had researchers tested to see if … Read more

Comedian Louie Anderson dead at 68

Louie Anderson, whose career of more than four decades as a comedian and actor has included his unexpected Emmy-winning performance as the mother of their two adult sons on the TV series Basquits, died Friday. He was 68 years old. Longtime publicist Glenn Schwartz said Anderson died in a Las Vegas hospital of complications from … Read more

Russia-Ukraine crisis: Do sanctions matter?

Eyes on Geneva on Friday focused on talks between US Secretary of State Andrew Blinken and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov as the two countries continue to squabble over what US President Joe Biden has said may be an imminent invasion of Ukraine by Russian troops amassed along the border. . However, back in Canada, … Read more

U.S. and Russia try to lower temperature in Ukraine crisis

GENEVA — The United States and Russia sought to lower the temperature Friday in a heated standoff over Ukraine, even as they said no breakthrough was imminent amid fears of a possible Russian invasion. Armed with seemingly intractable and diametrically opposed demands, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met … Read more

5 things to know on for Friday, January 21, 2022: Feeding families, Meat Loaf, human smuggling

The majority of Canadians are finding it hard to feed their families, “Pat from Hell” rock star Met Love has died, and the royal family has a job vacancy – for minimum wage. Here’s what you need to know today. 1. Nutritional struggles: A new survey finds that nearly 60 percent of Canadians have difficulty … Read more

Top U.S., Russian envoys discuss Ukraine at ‘critical moment’

GENEVA – US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken warned Friday that the weeks-long standoff over Ukraine is at a “decisive moment”, as he heads to talks with his Russian counterpart amid growing concerns that Europe could once again be at war. Blinkin and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov lowered expectations ahead of the meeting in … Read more

Meat Loaf, ‘Bat out of Hell’ rock superstar, dies at 74

NEW YORK – Meet Luv, the heavyweight rock star loved by millions for his album “Bat Out of Hell” and for his grim theatrical anthems like “Paradise by the Dashboard Light” and “Two out of Three Aren’t Bad,” and “I’d Do Anything From For love (but I wouldn’t).” Born singer Marvin Lee Aday passed away … Read more

IS gunmen in Iraq kill 11 soldiers in brazen barracks attack

BAGHDAD – Islamic State militants attacked an army barracks in a mountainous area north of Baghdad early on Friday, killing 11 soldiers while they slept, Iraqi security officials said. The officials said that the attack took place in the Al-Azim area, north of Baquba, in Diyala Governorate. The circumstances of the attack were not immediately … Read more

Nearly 60 per cent of Canadians have difficulty feeding family: poll

A new poll shows that nearly 60 per cent of Canadians have difficulty providing enough food for their families. An Angus Reid Institute poll, released Friday, found that 57% of Canadians reported having difficulty feeding their family recently, up from 36% when the question was last asked in 2019. The report notes that inflation plays … Read more

World worse now due to COVID-19, climate, conflict: UN chief

UNITED NATIONS – As he begins his second term as United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres said Thursday that the world is in many ways worse than it was five years ago due to the COVID-19 pandemic, climate crisis and geopolitical tensions that sparked war. Conflicts are everywhere – but unlike US President Joe Biden, he … Read more