Stephanie Cadieux, Ministry of Children and Family Development. (B.C. GOVERNMENT PHOTO)

Ministry suspends 5 care agency staff

Five Community Vision staff members have been suspended as the result of an ongoing investigation into the home-care agency and the Ministry of Children and Family Development is no longer placing children in their care, Minister Stephanie Cadieux said Friday.

B.C.'s potato production is on the decline. (FILE PHOTO)

Palettes affecting B.C. potato crops

About a third of B.C.’s potato production — both in acreage dedicated to the crop and in weight of annual produce — have disappeared over the course of a decade, and the industry says local appetites may be to blame.

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Customers help grieving mother

The mood at the Malibu Restaurant was sombre Sunday, with customers donating to help an employee who lost both her young son and grandmother in a Mount Brydges, Ont., fire.

Richard Somerville (R), research professor at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, unveils an updated version of the "Doomsday Clock" during a press conference held by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists January 22, 2015 in Washington, DC. Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

Doomsday Clock moved closer to midnight

Rising threats from climate change and nuclear arsenals prompted the scientists who maintain the Doomsday Clock, a symbolic countdown to global catastrophe, to move it two minutes closer to midnight on Thursday, its first shift in three years.

Peole look at a burning shop after shelling in the southern Ukrainian port city of Mariupol on 24, 2015. AFP PHOTO/ STRINGER

Deadly rebel attack in Ukraine

KIEV - Pro-Russian rebels launched an offensive against the strategic port of Mariupol in eastern Ukraine on Saturday, prompting the European Union's foreign policy chief to warn of a further "grave deterioration" in EU-Russian relations.

Supporters of radical leftist Syriza party celebrate in Athens January 25, 2015. Greece's anti-austerity leftist party Syriza stood on the cusp of an outright victory in Sunday's snap election, commanding a 10 point lead over Prime Minister Antonis Samaras' conservatives, an updated exit poll showed. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

Leftwing Syriza wins Greek election

Greece's leftwing Syriza appeared on course to trounce the ruling conservatives in Sunday's snap election and could win the absolute majority it wants to fight international creditors' insistence on painful austerity measures.

An anti-government protester chants slogans during a protest in front of the journalists' syndicate in Cairo January 25, 2015. Three people were killed during pro-democracy protests in Egypt and a bomb wounded two policemen on Sunday, the anniversary of the 2011 uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak, security sources said. REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih

At least 17 killed in Egypt protests

At least 15 people were killed at pro-democracy protests in Egypt on Sunday, the anniversary of the 2011 uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak, security sources said.

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a weekly cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem January 25, 2015. Netanyahu's decision to accept an invitation to address the U.S. Congress just days before Israel's parliamentary election offers him invaluable pre-vote publicity, but may also have shaken the balance of U.S.-Israel ties. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

Netanyahu defends planned Congress speech

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu defended on Sunday a planned speech to the U.S. Congress about Iran, saying he had a moral obligation to speak out on an issue that poses a mortal threat to Israel.

Bradley Cooper in American Sniper (Handout photo)

Group says 'Sniper' film spurs threats

An Arab-American civil rights organization has asked "American Sniper" director Clint Eastwood and actor Bradley Cooper to denounce hateful language directed at U.S. Arabs and Muslims after the release of the Hollywood duo's film about a Navy marksman.