Today In the News…

Syria

Syrian tanks have fanned out around towns and villages near the Turkish border, widening a crackdown on 12 weeks of anti-government protests. Damascus said its forces were pursuing rebels through the countryside around Jisr al-Shughour, after consolidating control over the northern town. The U.S., meanwhile, renewed calls on Syria to halt its crackdwon. Protests against President Bashar al-Assad, who succeeded his father, Hafez, in 2000, began in mid-March. Human rights groups say that at least 1,300 people have been killed in the crackdown.

Libya

A NATO airstrike hit an area near Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi’s compound in the capital again Tuesday, as military leaders voiced concerns about sustaining the operations if the alliance mission drags on. East of the capital, alliance aircraft have begun dropping leaflets warning government troops to abandon their posts outside Zlitan, which lies just west of the rebel-held port city of Misrata.Rebel forces have been advancing along the Mediterranean coast toward Zlitan, but say they have been instructed by NATO to withdraw ahead of expected bombing runs to old front lines in Dafniya.

Canada

About 200 Canada Post employees picketed the mail sorting plant on Eastern Ave. Tuesday as their union’s series of 24-hour rotating strikes finally arrived in the GTA. As pickets surrounded mall facilities from Ajax to Port Credit and north to Brampton and Richmond Hill, Canada Post issued a statement claiming it has lost more than $70 million in revenue as the rotating national strike entered its 12th day targeting Toronto and Montreal.

Meanwhile, air travelers across the country are facing some delays after Air Canada customer service and sales staff went on strike at midnight when their union failed to reach an agreement with the airline. Discussions had seemed to progress positively through Monday, but the airline’s position on the employee pension plan proved intractable. Air Canada reported a net loss of $19 million in the first quarter of this year, and in May said it expected higher fuel prices to add $800 million to its costs in 2011.

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