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Young man charged in fatal downtown shooting

Young man charged in fatal downtown shooting

CALGARY – Police have charged a 21-year-old man in connection to the shooting death of an innocent bystander on the weekend.

Hussein Ibrahim, 21, faces one count of reckless use of a firearm.

Police say they are continuing to investigate his role in Saturday’s shooting, which killed 26-year-old Natasha Mohamed Farah.

The young woman was leaving a bar on the corner of 1st Street and 11th Avenue S.W. when she was hit by a stray bullet.

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Police have said the Farah was an innocent bystander. Her death is Calgary’s 23rd homicide of the year.

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Ibrahim is one of three people who were questioned in connection to the shooting on Monday, and then released.

Another man remains in custody, as he is wanted on a Canada-wide warrant for an attempted murder in Toronto.

Witnesses who were in the area of 11th Avenue and 1st Street S.W., in the early morning hours of Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014 are encouraged to call police.

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Ibrahim is scheduled to appear in court on Friday, Aug. 29, 2014.

Officers escort Hussein Ibrahim out of the Calgary Police Service’s arrest processing unit on Wednesday, August 28th, 2014.

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Woman accused of putting newborn in trash can didn’t understand her actions – National

Woman accused of putting newborn in trash can didn’t understand her actions – National

KEARNS, Utah – A newborn girl was fighting for her life a day after Utah police say her mother dumped her in a neighbour’s trash can, an act the woman’s parents said Wednesday that she didn’t fully comprehend.

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The 2-day-old girl was on a ventilator and in critical condition in a hospital, Unified Police Detective Jared Richardson said. The girl’s mother, 23-year-old Alicia Marie Englert, was arrested Tuesday night on suspicion of attempted murder.

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Her father, Robert Englert, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he’s trying to make sure everyone is safe but declined to comment further. Earlier in the day, he told Utah media outlets that his daughter had a learning disability and didn’t understand her actions.

“She doesn’t even realize that it’s a crime and it’s bad,” Englert told The Salt Lake Tribune. He said he didn’t know who the baby’s father was.

The woman’s mother, Tammy Englert, told the Deseret News that her daughter didn’t understand what had happened.

“We tried to explain it to her, and she didn’t realize it was that bad what she had done,” Tammy Englert said.

She said her daughter had gained weight recently, but she had no idea Alicia Englert was pregnant.

The young woman told authorities that she hid the pregnancy from her parents and hoped the newborn girl would die in the trash and solve her problems, according to a probable cause statement. The mother told police the baby had been in the trash for about an hour before she was found. The baby had not received any medical care or food, police said.

Jail records show Englert was still in the Salt Lake County Jail on Wednesday. It was unclear if she had an attorney.

A neighbour in the Salt Lake City suburb of Kearns discovered the baby Tuesday morning when she mistook her cries for a kitten meowing in the trash bin, police said. The baby girl was airlifted to a hospital.

Police have learned where Englert gave birth to the girl but are not releasing the location yet, citing the ongoing investigation, Richardson said Wednesday.

He had no information about the child’s father.

Utah allows mothers to drop off newborns at hospitals without consequences. A handful of infants are given up under the safe haven law every year, said Al Romeo with the Utah Department of Health.

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Mediator talks in teachers’ dispute

Mediator talks in teachers’ dispute

RICHMOND, B.C. – A veteran labour mediator waded into a bitter dispute between the British Columbia government and its teachers Thursday, meeting with both sides in what could be the most significant development in a strike that is threatening to derail the start of the school year.

At the end of the meeting, mediator Vince Ready emerged to say the two sides still appeared very far apart. Still, he said he asked bargaining committees to reconvene with him on Friday.

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Earlier in the day, Ready described the meeting as “exploratory” as he assessed whether the B.C. Teachers’ Federation and the B.C. Public School Employers’ Association, which bargains on behalf of the government, are close enough to begin formal mediation.

Teachers have been on strike since mid-June, though negotiations were largely stalled over the summer break, making a delayed start to the school year increasingly likely.

Ready, who has helped bring an end to a number of high-profile labour disputes in the province, acknowledged he was walking into a very difficult situation.

“Last time I met them, they were a long ways apart,” Ready said as he arrived at a hotel in Richmond, south of Vancouver.

The gathering followed a proposal from the province’s education minister, who asked the teachers’ union and the employer a day earlier to enter into mediation, put aside one of the most contentious issues in the dispute, and agree not to stage strikes or lockouts for two weeks.

Peter Cameron, the employers’ lead negotiator, said the education minister’s proposal wasn’t a prerequisite for mediation.

Union president Jim Iker did not comment as he arrived for Thursday’s meeting or when he left for the day. Iker has yet to say whether the federation is prepared to put the strike on hold and allow teachers to return to the classroom next week, though he has said such a move would likely require a vote from union members.

Education Minister Peter Fassbender issued a statement earlier on Thursday asking the union to put the proposal to teachers.

“Today, I am asking Mr. Iker and the BCTF leadership to canvass teachers in advance of Sept. 2 on the idea of suspending their pickets if (labour mediator) Vince Ready is engaged in mediation,” Fassbender said in the statement.

“There are only a few days ahead for Mr. Iker to seek a mandate from teachers on this idea. I think parents, students and communities would like to know whether the BCTF is willing to let schools open and allow teachers to work while mediator Vince Ready helps the parties to negotiate an agreement.”

The main issues have been wages and working conditions, such as class size and class composition.

Class size and composition were also highlighted in a long-running court battle, which resulted in a B.C. Supreme Court ruling earlier this year in favour of the union.

The court ruled that the provincial government violated the union’s collective bargaining rights when it stripped provisions related to class size and composition from the teachers’ contract in 2002. The government is appealing the decision.

During negotiations, the union has proposed a fund worth $225 million a year to deal with contract grievances related to the court case. The province wants the potential impact of such grievances to be suspended until the case makes its way through the appeal process.

Fassbender’s proposal this week would see those grievances taken off the table, instead leaving the courts to sort them out. Negotiations would instead focus on wages, class size and class composition, he said.

The education minister has repeatedly said the government will not use legislation to order teachers back to work.

The union has resumed picketing this week and announced plans to air radio ads targeting the provincial government. It has promised rallies outside the offices of the premier and several cabinet ministers next week if there’s no deal by then.

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Rocco Mediate returns to defend after ‘freaky’ Shaw Charity win

Rocco Mediate returns to defend after ‘freaky’ Shaw Charity win

CALGARY — Freaky.

That’s how Rocco Mediate described his remarkable performance at the inaugural Shaw Charity Classic where the golfer shot 22-under over three rounds to win the tournament.

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Mediate, talkative, affable and outspoken, said the three days at Calgary’s Canyon Meadows Golf and Country Club were unlike anything he’s experienced at a tournament over his 30-year professional career. He tied a Champions Tour record for the lowest score in a three-day event with his play last year.

“It was freaky,” Mediate said. “It was one of those weeks where nothing bad happened. A lot of good shots and a lot of good putting. It doesn’t happen very often. A lot of people asked what happened and I didn’t have an answer for that.”

Mediate, who had six wins on the PGA Tour and most famously lost a playoff against Tiger Woods at the 2008 U.S. Open, says tournaments like last year’s Shaw Charity Classic have to be appreciated because they appear so rarely.

“You have days like that, but not three rounds,” says Mediate. “It was my lowest score ever over three days. I shot 20-under to win the Buick Open in 2000 but that was over four days.”

And Mediate didn’t see it coming. By his own admission he was playing badly coming into the tournament, and “felt awful.”

“I wasn’t hitting it any good and I wasn’t doing anything that well,” he says. “I got up on the first tee and thought about something and hit it down the fairway and went from there. There’s no planning out what you want to do. There’s no figuring out what you want to score—at least not for me.”

And though he doesn’t think the scores at this year’s tournament will be as low—the par 5 14th has been turned into a monstrous 492-yard par four for this year’s tournament, Mediate says the players that drive the ball well this year still have a chance of posting low scores.

Mediate’s battle with Woods at Torrey Pines during the 2008 U.S. Open is probably what he’s best known for. Mediate lost in a playoff to Woods, who was playing on a stress fracture of his left tibia. Though Mediate says he doesn’t speak with Woods, he’s watched with interest as Tiger has struggled with injuries, including recent back surgery that has forced him to shut down his year.

“It was inevitable [Woods] was going to reinjure it coming back doing the things he was doing before he injured it,” said Mediate, who has struggled with back issues for much of his career. “Common sense says that. All I’ve done my whole career is try to figure ways around it. When you come back out of an injury that is that devastating, even to him, you have to change and go back and say this is what caused it and not do that anymore. And I think a couple of days ago he said, ‘I’m not doing that anymore.’”

Mediate, who is spending this week at the home of Clay Riddell, founder of Paramount Resources, a part owner of the Calgary Flames and one of the creators of the Shaw Charity tournament, plans on heading up to Banff after the tournament to check out the legendary Fairmont Banff Springs, the course created by Canadian Stanley Thompson. He’s a big fan of Thompson courses and is anxious to see if Banff measures up to the pictures he’s seen.

In the meantime he’s trying to tap into the memories of his record-tying performance from last year, one of two Champions Tour wins on his record. It isn’t hard to recall the details of such an impressive win, he admits.

“If I had 90 wins then you might forget some of those,” says Mediate. “But when you [win like last year] don’t you remember them vividly.”

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Rob Ford’s behaviour as football coach revealed in school documents

Rob Ford’s behaviour as football coach revealed in school documents

Watch above: New documents allege Toronto Mayor Rob Ford was drunk and abusive while coaching his high school football team. Despite a steady stream of bad news, there’s a very real possibility Ford will be re-elected. Mike Drolet reports.

TORONTO – Mayor Rob Ford’s behaviour is yet again under the microscope following the release of documents revealing disturbing details of when he was a head coach of a Toronto high school football team.

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The Globe and Mail and Toronto Star are both reporting Thursday that Ford allegedly threatened a teacher, appeared drunk at a practice and swore at students.

It all occurred in the months leading up to his dismissal as a football coach at Don Bosco Catholic Secondary School.

The allegations are based on more than 300 pages of documents released from the Toronto District Catholic School Board (TDCSB) on a Freedom-of-Information request.

It is further alleged that Ford made his players roll around in goose feces and delayed mandatory criminal background checks for himself and his coaching staff.

Ford was fired as head coach of the Don Bosco Eagles in May 2013 after nearly 10 years in the role.

A statement released by the TDCSB said it had thanked Ford for his efforts but wanted to move in a “different direction.”

No clear reason was given at the time as to why he was relieved of his head coaching duties.

“This decision was based on what is best for our students, our school and the Don Bosco community,” said TCDSB Director of Education Bruce Rodrigues in the release.

The board had decided to release the documents of Ford’s firing this past March but the mayor appealed to the province’s information and privacy commissioner. The case was closed in early August.

The TCDSB had first refused to reveal them to the Toronto Star due to the fact Ford was considered a “quasi” employee.

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Stroman shines in Blue Jays’ win over Red Sox – Toronto

Stroman shines in Blue Jays’ win over Red Sox – Toronto

TORONTO – After suffering through three straight extra-innings defeats, the Blue Jays won stylishly in regulation Wednesday thanks to a strong outing by rookie pitcher Marcus Stroman and a three-run homer by pinch-hitter Danny Valencia.

Jose Bautista also homered for the second day in a row as Toronto defeated the Boston Red Sox 5-2.

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Toronto (67-66) scored four runs — including two unearned — in the seventh inning with Valencia recording his first homer as a Jay. That made a winner out of Stroman, who was on cruise control other than hitting a two-run bump in the sixth inning.

“He was terrific today,” Toronto manager John Gibbons said of the 23-year-old right-hander. “We’ve seen him like that a few times this year so it’s not like all of a sudden that came out of nowhere. But he had been in a little bit of a rut.

“But that’s what the kid’s capable of.”

The Jays, who had gone 1-3 during a run of four straight extra-inning games, can now look forward to an off-day before hosting Derek Jeter and the New York Yankees on Friday.

Stroman (8-5) left to an ovation from the Rogers Centre crowd of 30,285 with two outs in the eighth. He gave up one unearned run on five hits, striking out six and walking one. Stroman threw 112 pitches, 73 for strikes.

“He was sticking that fastball,” said Gibbons. “It was down at the knees most of the night which is different (from) when he struggles. And he had that nice little breaking ball.”

Left-hander Brett Cecil retired David Ortiz to end the eighth inning and struck out the side in the ninth for his fifth save.

The win was just Toronto’s seventh in 23 games in August. The Jays had lost 10 of their last 13 games and 12 of 17.

Boston (58-75) came into the game having won two in a row since snapping an eight-game losing streak.

Stroman has struggled of late, losing his last three decisions. But he was razor-sharp Wednesday, retiring the first eight batters he faced before issuing a walk. He retired 10 of 11 before giving up a walk to Ortiz with one out in the fourth inning with the damage quickly erased by a double play.

He allowed just one hit and faced 16 batters in the first five innings, just one over the minimum.

Contrast that to his last outing, when he gave up 10 hits and six runs in five innings against Tampa Bay. prior to that he failed to survive the first inning against the White Sox, yielding five runs on five hits.

Like Gibbons, Stroman pointed to keeping his fastball down as a key for the turnaround.

“It’s just baseball,” he added. “Sometimes you just go through a rough stretch.”

Confidence is not an issue for Stroman, whose baseball cap — jauntily worn backwards during a post-game interview — read FAME on the front.

Stroman has won all three starts against Boston, posting an 0.83 earned-run average with five walks and 21 strikeouts.

Stroman’s strong showing was timely given that Toronto had used 10 pitchers and a position player on the mound the last two games.

Things went slightly south in the sixth, however, with the Jays leading 1-0. Third baseman Juan Francisco’s throwing error put David Ross on with one out and Ortiz singled him home after back-to-back singles by Brock Holt and Dustin Pedroia loaded the bases. Holt then scored from third on a wild pitch to make it 2-1.

Stroman limited the damage, dispatching the next two batters to strand Red Sox runners on second and third.

Red Sox starter Joe Kelly was stingy in his first appearance against the Jays before leaving after facing one batter in the decisive seventh inning. Outside of a home run and single by Bautista, he allowed two walks and a hit batsman in the first six innings.

Kelly, who left his last start Friday with a “minor tweak” in his shoulder, exited in the seventh after giving up a double to Edwin Encarnacion. Ross then dropped a Dioner Navarro pop foul and the Toronto catcher took advantage, hitting a single to put Jays on first and third.

Boston manager John Farrell pulled left-hander Tommy Layne (1-1) in favour of Junichi Tazawa and Valencia greeted the right hander with a three-run shot to left field.

“I missed my location,” Tazawa said through an interpreter.

It was the 20th career homer given up by Tazawa, eight of which have come against Toronto.

Tazawa and manager John Farrell suggested the pitcher may have been tipping his pitches against Toronto in the past.

“I think they picked up something that we felt like we corrected, probably two and a half months ago,” said Farrell. “Tonight was a matter of a ball that ran back to the inner third of the plate against Valencia, rather than staying down and away from him.”

Valencia celebrated the homer with a fist pump as he rounded the bases.

“I was fired up. I was turnt up,” he said, using some modern vernacular for excited.

The Toronto hit parade continued with a Kevin Pillar double and RBI single by Jose Reyes, upping the Toronto lead to 5-2.

Bautista, who snapped an 0-17 slump with a home run Tuesday, went deep again in the first inning with a solo shot to centre field — his 26th homer of the season. Bautista’s shot off the facing of the first outfield deck marked the first time in eight games that Toronto had scored first.

While there were costly errors on both sides, the fans were also treated to some fine fielding from Mike Napoli, Will Middlebrooks and Holt on the Boston side and Reyes, Munenori Kawasaki and Adam Lind for Toronto.

Bautista crashed into the stands down the first-base line trying to chase down a foul ball in the eighth inning but stayed in the game.

Ortiz, given Monday and Tuesday off after being hit by pitches on the elbow and foot on the weekend, returned to his DH role.

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Jolie, Pitt quietly tie the knot in France – National

Jolie, Pitt quietly tie the knot in France – National

TORONTO — Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are newlyweds.

A spokesperson for the famous couple told The Associated Press on Thursday that Jolie and Pitt tied the knot in France last Saturday.

It is the third marriage for Jolie, 39, and the second for Pitt, 50.

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Jolie was previously married to Elementary star Jonny Lee Miller and to actor Billy Bob Thornton. Pitt was married to Jennifer Aniston from 2000 to 2005.

Jolie and Pitt have six children: Six-year-old twins Vivienne and Knox, 8-year-old Shiloh and adopted children Zahara, 9, Pax, 10, and Maddox, 13.

Details of the nuptials were not immediately made public. According to reports, the non-denominational service took place in front of the children and family members. Jolie’s father, actor Jon Voight, did not attend.

Jolie and Pitt, who announced their engagement in April 2012, arrived in Nice, France on a private jet last Friday. They have been living at Château Miraval in Correns — about 135 km from Nice — since 2008.

Chateau Miraval in France, where the wedding reportedly took place on Aug. 24, 2014.

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In 2011, Pitt told talk show host Ellen DeGeneres he wouldn’t get married again until same-sex couples in the U.S. were able to.

“I’ve said that we would not be getting married until everyone in this county had the right to get married,” he said. “We live in this great country that is about freedom. It is defined by our freedom and equality and yet we allow this discrimination to go on everyday and that’s not what we’re about — that’s not what makes us great.

“Until that is reversed, I just don’t get it.”

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Earlier this year, Jolie spoke to People about wedding plans. “We’re just waiting for it to be the right time with the kids, with work, when it feels right. We talk about it occasionally, and the kids talk about it with us,” she said.

“It will be fun. That’s the important thing. When we do it, it will feel like a great day for our family.”

At a photo call Thursday for his new movie Fury, Pitt largely kept his hand in his pocket but photographers managed to get a look at his wedding ring.

Brad Pitt wears a wedding ring during a photo call for his movie ‘Fury’ on Aug. 28, 2014.

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Jolie and Pitt fell in love while making 2005’s Mr. & Mrs. Smith — while Pitt was married to Aniston.

The two stars are currently working together on the drama By the Sea in Malta. Jolie, who is directing the film from a script she wrote, will star opposite Pitt.

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Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton in 2001.

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Jonny Lee Miller with Angelina Jolie in 2005.

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Jennifer Aniston with Brad Pitt in 2004.

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Ukraine accuses Russia of sending tanks, armoured vehicles onto its territory – National

Ukraine accuses Russia of sending tanks, armoured vehicles onto its territory – National

WATCH ABOVE: Cars were on fire and gunshots could be heard amid fresh fighting in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk on August 28. 

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NOVOAZOVSK, Ukraine – Ukraine accused Russia on Thursday of entering its territory with tanks, artillery and troops, and Western powers said Moscow had “outright lied” about its role and dangerously escalated the conflict.

Russia dismissed the allegations, describing the fighters there as “Russian volunteers.” The Kremlin has repeatedly denied arming and supporting the separatists who have been fighting Ukrainian troops for four months in the gravest crisis between Russia and the West since the end of the Cold War.

NATO said at least 1,000 Russian troops are in Ukraine and later released what it said were satellite photos of Russian self-propelled artillery units moving last week.

NATO caption reads: Russian military units moving in a convoy formation with self-propelled artillery in the area of Krasnodon, Ukraine, well inside territory controlled by Russian separatists. The image was captured on 21 August 2014. There is confidence the equipment is Russian, since Ukrainian units have not yet penetrated this far into separatist controlled territory.

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NATO caption reads: “Russian self-propelled artillery units set up in firing positions near Krasnodon, Ukraine. They are supported by logistical vehicles which are likely carrying extra ammunition and supplies. This configuration is exactly how trained military professionals would arrange their assets on the ground, indicating that these are not unskilled amateurs, but Russian soldiers. Russian artillery systems like these have recently shelled Ukrainian positions outside the city of Luhansk in conjunction with a separatist counteroffensive to attempt to break the Ukrainian siege of the city.”

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NATO caption reads: “Military deployment site on the Russian side of the border, near Rostov-on-Don. This location is approximately 31 miles or 50 kilometres from the Dovzhansky, Ukraine border crossing.”

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NATO caption reads: “This photo depicts what are probably six Russian 153mm 2S19 self-propelled guns located in Russia near Kuybyshevo. This site is situated 4 miles, or 6.5 kilometres, south of the Ukraine border, near the village of Chervonyi Zhovten. The guns are pointed north, directly towards Ukrainian territory (see North indicator on image). See image 5 for an overview of where these guns are situated in relation to Ukrainian territory.”

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NATO caption reads: “Wider overview including the position of the self-propelled guns from image 4. Note the North indicator on this image, and remember that the guns are orientated in this location. It is clear that from this location, it would be impossible NOT to fire into Ukrainian territory. This is clearly NOT an exercise; these guns are being used to support separatist forces operating in the territory of Ukraine.”

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Two columns of tanks and other equipment entered southeastern Ukraine at midday, following heavy shelling of the area from Russia that forced overmatched Ukrainian border guards to flee, said Col. Andriy Lysenko, a spokesman for Ukraine’s national security council.

“Russian forces have entered Ukraine,” President Petro Poroshenko said in Kyiv, cancelling a foreign trip and calling an emergency meeting of his security council.

He urged Ukrainians to remain calm.

“Destabilization of the situation and panic, this is as much of a weapon of the enemy as tanks,” Poroshenko told the council.

U.S. President Barack Obama spoke with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and both leaders agreed Russia must face consequences for its actions.

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“We agree – if there was ever any doubt – that Russia is responsible for the violence in eastern Ukraine,” Obama said. “The violence is encouraged by Russia. The separatists are trained by Russia, they are armed by Russia, they are funded by Russia.”

He added that Russia “has deliberately and repeatedly violated the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, and the new images of Russian forces inside Ukraine make that plain for the world to see.”

But Obama ruled out a military confrontation between the U.S. and Russia. He said Russia’s activity in Ukraine would incur “more costs and consequences,” though these seemed to be limited to economic pressure that will be discussed when Obama meets with European leaders at a NATO summit in Wales next week.

READ MORE: Government-held town in east Ukraine hit by shelling

At an emergency session of the U.N. Security Council, Western representatives expressed outrage.

“Now we see irrefutable evidence of regular Russian forces operating inside Ukraine,” said British Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant.

U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power said Russia “has manipulated. It has obfuscated. It has outright lied.”

Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin offered a spirited defence, saying Kyiv “is waging war against its own people.”

He did not deny the Russian presence, saying “there are Russian volunteers in eastern parts of Ukraine. No one is hiding that.”

But Power countered: “A Russian soldier who chooses to fight in Ukraine on summer break is still a Russian soldier.”

tanks and military vehicles rolled into southeastern Ukraine from Russia on Thursday near the city of Novoazovsk.

(Benjamin Simpson/Global News)

Churkin questioned the presence of Western advisers and asked where Ukrainian troops were getting weapons. He said he wanted to “send a message to Washington: Stop interfering in the internal affairs of sovereign states.”

Russian stock markets fell as Switzerland joined the European Union in imposing restrictions on Russian state banks and fears grew that the U.S. and EU could impose more sanctions on Russian businesses and individuals in response to the military escalation. Russia’s MICEX index dropped nearly 2 per cent on Thursday, and major Russian state banks VTB and Sberbank dropped more than 4 per cent.

The strategic southeastern town of Novoazovsk, which has come under shelling for three days, appeared to be in the control of separatists, creating a new, third front in the war. That raised fears they want to create a land link between Russia and the Crimea Peninsula, which Moscow annexed from Ukraine in March. The town lies along a road connecting the peninsula to Russia.

Lysenko said the missiles from Russia were fired at Ukrainian positions about 11 a.m. About 90 minutes later, two columns, including tanks and other fighting vehicles, began an attack, entering Ukraine from Veselo-Voznesenka and Maximovo in the Rostov region of Russia, he said.

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A senior NATO official said the estimate of 1,000 Russian troops in Ukraine was a conservative one, adding that another 20,000 Russian troops were right over the border. The troops who entered Ukraine had sophisticated equipment, he said.

“The hand from behind is becoming more and more overt now,” Brig. Gen. Nico Tak said at NATO’s military headquarters.

Russia’s ultimate aim was to stave off defeat for the separatists and turn eastern Ukraine into a “frozen conflict” that would destabilize the country indefinitely, he said.

Russia’s ambassador to the EU, Vladimir Chizhov, told the BBC that “NATO has never produced a single piece of evidence” of Russian troops operating in Ukraine. He said the only active duty Russian soldiers in Ukraine were the 10 captured this week, who Moscow insists had mistakenly wandered across the border.

IN PHOTOS: Scenes from southeastern Ukraine where Russia tanks have reportedly crossed the border

Ukrainian forces guard a checkpoint in the town of Mariupol, eastern Ukraine, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

A Pro-Russian rebel walks in a passage at the local market damaged by shelling in Petrovskiy district in the town of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Mstislav Chernov)

A Pro-Russian fighter gestures in Troitsko-Khartsyzk, 30 Km east of Donetsk, on August 28, 2014. AFP PHOTO/ FRANCISCO LEONG

A Pro-Russian fighter smokes at a checkpoint in Troitsko-Khartsyzk, 30 Km east of Donetsk, on August 28, 2014. AFP PHOTO/ FRANCISCO LEONG

A villager walks by a unexploded rocket that landed on her backyard in Troitsko-Khartsyzk, 30 Km east of Donetsk, on August 28, 2014. AFP PHOTO/ FRANCISCO LEONG

A Pro-Russian fighter digs a trench in Troitsko-Khartsyzk, 30 Km east of Donetsk, on August 28, 2014. AFP PHOTO/ FRANCISCO LEONG

Speaking in Casteau, Belgium, Tak said that in the past two weeks, “we have noted a significant escalation in both the level and sophistication of Russia’s military interference in Ukraine.”

“Russia is reinforcing and resupplying separatist forces in a blatant attempt to change the momentum of the fighting, which is currently favouring the Ukrainian military,” he added.

NATO also produced satellite images to provide what it called additional evidence that Russian combat soldiers, equipped with sophisticated heavy weaponry, are operating inside Ukraine’s sovereign territory. The grainy images of the terrain near Krasnodon, Ukraine, showed what appeared to be a convoy of military units with artillery, and NATO said it had “confidence the equipment is Russian.”

“This is highly sophisticated weaponry that requires well-trained crews, well-trained command and control elements, and it is extremely unlikely that this sort of equipment is used by volunteers,” Tak said.

WATCH: Protesters gathered outside the Defense Ministry in Kyiv for a second day on August 28, demanding the rescue of Ukrainian forces encircled by pro-Russian separatists in the country’s East. 

He said the satellite images were only “the tip of the iceberg” in terms of the overall scope of Russian troop and weapons movements.

Asked about the NATO images, Russian Defence Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said in a statement to Russian news agencies that “to comment on this seriously just makes no sense.”

Southeastern Ukraine had previously escaped the fighting that has engulfed areas to the north, and the only way rebels could have reached the southeast was by coming through Russia.

If separatists create a land corridor from Russia to Crimea, it could give them or Russia control over the entire Sea of Azov and the gas and mineral riches that energy experts believe it contains. Ukraine already lost roughly half its coastline, several major ports and significant Black Sea mineral rights in Russia’s annexation of Crimea.

In Mariupol, a city of 450,000 people about 30 kilometres (20 miles) west of Novoazovsk, a brigade of Ukrainian forces arrived at the airport Wednesday, while deep trenches were dug a day earlier on the city’s edge.

National guard spokesman Ruslan Muzychuk told Associated Press reporters in the city that the government has evidence large amounts of weapons have been brought into Novoazovsk from Russia.

He added that national guard reinforcements were taking up positions in Mariupol.

“The positions are being strengthened,” the spokesman said. “The road from Novoazovsk to Mariupol is under the control of Ukrainian troops.”

AP journalists on the border have seen the rebels with a wide range of unmarked military equipment – including tanks, Buk missile launchers and armoured personnel carriers – and have encountered many Russians among the rebel fighters.

In Donetsk, the largest rebel-held city, 11 people were killed by shelling overnight, city officials said.

The leader of the insurgency, Alexander Zakharchenko, said in an interview on Russian state TV that up to 4,000 Russians have fought on the separatist side since the armed conflict began in April.

Heintz reported from Kyiv, Ukraine, and Casert reported from Casteau, Belgium. Also contributing were Peter Leonard in Mariupol, Ukraine; Laura Mills and Lynn Berry in Moscow, Bradley Klapper in Washington; and Cara Anna and Trenton Daniel at the United Nations.

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Rob Ford makes gains, Tory still leads and Chow falters: Poll – Toronto

Rob Ford makes gains, Tory still leads and Chow falters: Poll – Toronto

Watch above: How Rob Ford is in second place despite ongoing controversy. Mark Carcasole reports. 

TORONTO – John Tory continues to hold a slight lead in Toronto’s mayoral race while Rob Ford is making gains sitting in second place leaving Olivia Chow in third, according to poll numbers released Thursday.

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The numbers show Tory leads with 34 per cent of voter support, Ford has 31 per cent and Chow is trailing with just 23 per cent. David Soknacki garnered the fewest percentage with 4.

However, the numbers would grow slightly for Tory if the race were only among the top three candidates.

Tory would take well more than a third (36 per cent) and Rob Ford  would garner 31 per cent of votes. Chow would improve to just more than a quarter of the vote (26 per cent).

The numbers come just a week after candidate Karen Stintz bowed out of the race.

Tory suggested voters have a choice between “the chaos and the controversy” of the current mayor or “a new kind of leadership.”

“I like very much the momentum that the campaign has, people forget that I started in third place in the polls, and I think as people focus more on that clear choice between the same old way of doing things which is the chaos and the controversy,” he said.

The poll indicates Tory and Chow’s approval rating has gone down slightly from a previous survey conducted on Aug. 6.

Back then, Tory had a 67 per cent approval rating and Chow with 52 per cent. Now they are at 63 per cent and 49 per cent respectively.

But Chow’s not phased: she said she’s comfortable being the underdog.

“Polls can go up and down but it is very important that we have to make sure that there is investment now so there’s a better future for all of us,” she said Thursday.  I’ve been an underdog before and I’ve won 8 elections and I can’t wait for the real campaign to finally start after Labour Day.”

Rob Ford’s approval rating, meanwhile, has gone up from 35 per cent to 39 per cent and is now higher than it has been since mid-April, despite his repeated controversies and trip to rehab.

The poll suggests one-third of registers voters will vote for Ford in October compared to 28 per cent just two weeks ago.

When it concerns Ford’s resignation, half of Toronto voters now want Ford to resign (50 per cent), down from 58 per cent from two weeks ago.

The telephone poll was conducted between Monday and Tuesday by Forum Research from a sample of 1945 Toronto voters.

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