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Bomb hits tourist bus near Egypt’s Giza Pyramids, wounds 17

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CAIRO — A roadside bomb hit a tourist bus on Sunday near the Giza Pyramids, wounding at least 17 people including tourists, Egyptian officials said.

The officials said the bus was travelling on a road close to the under-construction Grand Egyptian Museum, which is located adjacent to the Giza Pyramids but is not yet open to tourists.

The bus was carrying at least 25 people mostly from South Africa, officials added.

Security forces cordoned off the site of the explosion and the wounded were taken to a nearby hospital, they said.

They said the explosion damaged a windshield of another car. Footage circulated online shows shattered windows of the bus.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to brief media.

Egypt has battled Islamic militants for years in the Sinai Peninsula in an insurgency that has occasionally spilled over to the mainland, hitting minority Christians or tourists.

The attack comes as Egypt’s vital tourism industry is showing signs of recovery after years in the doldrums because of the political turmoil and violence that followed a 2011 uprising that toppled former leader Hosni Mubarak.

It is the second to target foreign tourists near the famed pyramids in less than six months. In December, a bus carrying 15 Vietnamese tourists was hit by a roadside bomb, killing at least three of them.

Samy Magdy, The Associated Press

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Ontario Human Rights Commission unveils new policy to tackle racial profiling

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VAUGHAN, Ont. — Ontario’s Human Rights Commission says racial profiling in law enforcement is profoundly harmful.

It says the police practice hurts black, Indigenous and other racialized communities.

The commission today released a new policy on eliminating racial profiling called Under Suspicion.

It says it’s the first such policy in the country.

Recommendations include acknowledging the problem, collecting data on police stops and independent accountability.

It also calls for officers to wear body cameras.

 

The Canadian Press

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Defence lawyer awaiting information from Crown in RCMP secrets case

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OTTAWA — A lawyer for an RCMP employee charged with breaching the official-secrets law says he is awaiting details of the allegations from the Crown.

Defence lawyer Ian Carter told an Ontario court judge Friday he has an “initial synopsis” of the case against Cameron Jay Ortis.

Carter says once he has fuller disclosure in the matter, he will review the material and be in a position to set a bail hearing.

Ortis, 47, is accused of violating three sections of the Security of Information Act as well as two Criminal Code provisions, including breach of trust, for allegedly trying to disclose classified information to an unspecified foreign entity or terrorist group.

Ortis, wearing glasses and an orange prison jump-suit, appeared briefly during the hearing Friday via a video link.

“Yes, your honour, I understand,” he said as the brief proceeding concluded.

Heading into court, Carter said he and his co-counsel had asked the Crown for “full disclosure in the matter.”

“We have not received it yet. We expect to receive some of that disclosure early next week.”

Ortis is slated to appear in court again next Friday.

The charge sheet lists a total of seven counts against Ortis under the various provisions, dating from as early as Jan. 1, 2015, through to Sept. 12 of this year, when he was arrested.

RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki has said the allegations, if proven true, are extremely unsettling, given that Ortis had access to intelligence from domestic and international allies. At a news conference this week, Lucki would not comment on a possible motive or what foreign entity might be involved.

She said investigators zeroed in on Ortis after a joint probe with the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation pointed to a mole in the RCMP.

The top Mountie did not directly address media reports that Ortis’s arrest stemmed from the dismantling of a Canadian firm, Phantom Secure, that sold phones allowing undetectable communication.

The FBI and international partners, including the RCMP, said in March 2018 that organized crime and drug-trafficking groups were dealt a blow by the takedown of the encrypted-communication service.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 20, 2019.

Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press


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