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3:58 pm – There’s a freestyle competitions in Blackfalds tonight (Fri, Jul 14)! It runs from 7 – 10 pm at All Wheels Park. Read More.

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3:48 pm – Taylor Drive in Red Deer is scheduled to be closed to traffic from 19 St. to south of Highway 2 on the evenings of July 14 – July 17. The closures will be in effect each night, weather permitting. Read More.

3:25 pm – Alberta Anglers are being requested to voluntarily restrict angling activities to early mornings because of significantly low river flows and higher-than-normal water temperatures so fish experience less stress. Read More.

3:18 pm – The north Red Deer RCMP detachment located at 6592 58 Avenue will be closed to the public for a few hours the morning of Monday, July 17 while final renovation items are completed on the front counter customer service area.

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3:12 pm – Red Deer RCMP continue to locate and arrest people in stolen vehicles, in the midst of break and enters, and those wanted on outstanding warrants or breaching court-imposed conditions, thanks to reports from the public and the RCMP’s continued focus on targeted patrols in crime hot spots and checks to ensure people are complying with their court-imposed conditions. Details Here.

3:01 pm – Out and about this weekend? Make sure you know where the road closures are in Red Deer so you don’t get delayed! Details Here.

2:55 pm – A 57 year old woman is dead after a single vehicle rollover southeast of Rocky Mountain House on Thursday morning. Read More.

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10:02 am – From live theatre to art activities and a Roundup Run, find out what’s happening in Red Deer this weekend! Read More.

9:48 am – Enjoy live Shakespearean performances at the “Bard On Bower” at Bower Ponds tonight (Fri, Jul 14) and tomorrow night (Sat, Jul 15) 7:00-9:30 pm. Details Here.

9:39 am – Enjoy a drink or some snacks while Swing Dancing at “Cool Beans” from 7 – 9 pm tonight! Details Here.

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9:31 am – Start your weekend off on the right note by taking in some live tunes at the Alexander Way Parklet from 11:30-1:00 pm in downtown Red Deer today! Read More.

9:22 am – A Canadian Gospel Music Celebration continues at Red Deer’s Westerner Park today (Fri, Jul 14) and tomorrow (Sat, Jul 15)! Read More.

9:07 am – If you plan to enjoy some time outside today, be sure to apply the sunscreen and keep yourself hydrated. Especially if you’re going to be in the Three Hills – Drumheller region. That and other areas of southern Alberta are under a Heat Warning today. Details Here.

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NewsAlert: CFL players turn down new collective bargaining agreement with league

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TORONTO — CFL players have rejected the new collective bargaining agreement with the league.

According to the source, CFL players voted against ratifying the tentative deal reached Wednesday between the league and CFL Players’ Association.
 

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The Canadian Press


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Biden: US would intervene with military to defend Taiwan

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TOKYO (AP) — President Joe Biden said Monday that the U.S. would intervene militarily if China were to invade Taiwan, saying the burden to protect Taiwan is “even stronger’ after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. It was one of the most forceful presidential statements in support of self-governing in decades.

Biden, at a news conference in Tokyo, said “yes” when asked if he was willing to get involved militarily to defend Taiwan if China invaded. “That’s the commitment we made,” he added.

The U.S. traditionally has avoided making such an explicit security guarantee to Taiwan, with which it no longer has a mutual defense treaty, instead maintaining a policy of “strategic ambiguity” about how far it would be willing to go if China invaded. The 1979 Taiwan Relations Act, which has governed U.S. relations with the island, does not require the U.S. to step in militarily to defend Taiwan if China invades, but makes it American policy to ensure Taiwan has the resources to defend itself and to prevent any unilateral change of status in Taiwan by Beijing.

Biden’s comments drew a sharp response from the mainland, which has claimed Taiwan to be a rogue province.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin expressed “strong dissatisfaction and resolute opposition” to Biden’s comments. “China has no room for compromise or concessions on issues involving China’s core interests such as sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

He added, “China will take firm action to safeguard its sovereignty and security interests, and we will do what we say.”

A White House official said Biden’s comments did not reflect a policy shift.

Speaking alongside Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, Biden said any effort by China to use force against Taiwan would “just not be appropriate,” adding that it “will dislocate the entire region and be another action similar to what happened in Ukraine.”

China has stepped up its military provocations against democratic Taiwan in recent years aimed at intimidating it into accepting Beijing’s demands to unify with the communist mainland.

“They’re already flirting with danger right now by flying so close and all the maneuvers that are undertaken,” Biden said of China.

Under the “one China” policy, the U.S. recognizes Beijing as the government of China and doesn’t have diplomatic relations with Taiwan. However, the U.S. maintains unofficial contacts including a de facto embassy in Taipei, the capital, and supplies military equipment for the island’s defense.

Biden said it is his “expectation” that China would not try to seize Taiwan by force, but he said that assessment “depends upon just how strong the world makes clear that that kind of action is going to result in long-term disapprobation by the rest of the community.”

He added that deterring China from attacking Taiwan was one reason why it’s important that Russian President Vladimir Putin “pay a dear price for his barbarism in Ukraine,” lest China and other nations get the idea that such action is acceptable.

Fearing escalation with nuclear-armed Russia, Biden quickly ruled out putting U.S. forces into direct conflict with Russia, but he has shipped billions of dollars in U.S. military assistance that has helped Ukraine put up a stiffer-than-expected resistance to Russia’s onslaught.

Taipei cheered Biden’s remarks, with Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Joanne Ou expressing “sincere welcome and gratitude” for the comments.

“The challenge posed by China to the security of the Taiwan Strait has drawn great concern in the international community,” said Ou. “Taiwan will continue to improve its self-defense capabilities, and deepen cooperation with the United States and Japan and other like-minded countries to jointly defend the security of the Taiwan Strait and the rules-based international order, while promoting peace, stability and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region.”

It’s not the first time Biden has pledged to defend Taiwan against a Chinese attack, only for administration officials to later claim there had been no change to American policy. In a CNN town hall in October, Biden was asked about using the U.S. military to defend Taiwan and replied, “Yes, we have a commitment to do that.”

Biden’s comments came just before he formally launched a long-anticipated Indo-Pacific trade pact that excludes Taiwan.

White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan confirmed Sunday that Taiwan isn’t among the governments signed up for the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework, which is meant to allow the U.S. to work more closely with key Asian economies on issues like supply chains, digital trade, clean energy and anticorruption.

Inclusion of Taiwan would have irked China.

Sullivan said the U.S. wants to deepen its economic partnership with Taiwan on a one-to-one basis.

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Miller reported from Washington. Associated Press writer Darlene Superville in Washington contributed to this report.

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