Fighting for his life: Lethbridge baby’s struggle with cancer

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LETHBRIDGE – It’s a reality no family wants to face: helping your infant fight for his life.

Two months ago 8-month Mason Lammers old got what his mother Karli Doll thought was just a small cold. She took him to their family doctor, who told them there was nothing to be concerned about.

Two weeks went by and little Mason was not getting any better, so his parents rushed him to Chinook Regional Hospital in Lethbridge.

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“They did some blood work and he actually had a white blood cell count of 500, a normal range is between 4-14, and right away they told us they figured it was leukemia,” Doll said.

Mason was rushed by STARS to the Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary. Doctors determined he had high risk Acute Myeloid Leukemia

“It was devastating,” Doll explained. “You think why us? It’s not fair.”

Baby Mason has just finished his first of four cycles of Chemotherapy, receiving a total of nine blood transfusions. Doll said she never realized the importance of blood donations until now.

“A lot of people don’t think about childhood cancer and donation until it actually happens to them and you know these kids need that blood so bad to even have a fighting chance.”

She’s thankful to every donor who helped her son continue his fight.

“He wouldn’t have a chance to fight if it wasn’t for you guys. Honestly, if I could hug every single one of you I would,” she said.

Mason not only needs blood but doctors say he also requires a bone marrow transplant.

Doll knows it’s going to be a tough battle, but she said Mason’s happy goofy personality makes a difficult time for her family a little less painful.

To follow Mason’s story visit MASON’S AML JOURNEY.

8-month Mason at the Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary.

Karli Doll / submitted

8-month Mason at the Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary.

Karli Doll / submitted

8-month Mason at the Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary.

Karli Doll / submitted

8-month Mason at the Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary.

Karli Doll / submitted

8-month Mason at the Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary.

Karli Doll / submitted

8-month Mason at the Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary.

Karli Doll / submitted

8-month Mason at the Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary.

Karli Doll / submitted

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Missing Jill Tardiff, 61, struggled with depression: Family

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WINNIPEG —; It was cold and the middle of the night Monday when Jill Tardiff walked out of the condo she shared with her husband, and hasn’t been seen since.

“Something changed in Jill,” her best friend of 56 years, Debbie Lazaruk said. “I don’t know if it was medication related, they were tweaking her medication.”

Lazaruk says 61-year old Tardiff was normally happy and outgoing but had been fighting severe depression for years. She was released last week after a month long stay at the Sevens Oaks Hospital.

“I’m sure they felt they did what they should do but now we’re saying, ‘How can you still be this ill?’,” Lazaruk said. “How does that happen that they felt she was stable and she wasn’t.”

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Winnipeg Police Missing Person Unit is investigating and will be using video surveillance from the stores along Provencher to determine what direction Tardiff went. And the Red River is just metres away from her home and on Tuesday officers were seen scanning the riverbank by boat.

“You just don’t know what might have happened,” Constable Eric Hofley said. “If people can take the time and check their surrounding properties then absolutely that might save investigators and the family a lot of time.”

Tardiff’s brother Ted Wolstencroft says hope is fading with every passing hour.

“With the illness there’s some chance of self harm,” Wolstencroft said.

Tardiff was retired but used to be a principal and vice principal at several Winnipeg High Schools.

She recently moved to a new condo with her husband, starting a new life, but the struggle with mental health issues continued.

“I can’t imagine my world without Jill,” Lazaruk said. “It’s been Deb and Jill for 56 years so I miss her.”

Tardiff is 5 feet 4 inches tall, 120 pounds with short brown hair that has blonde highlights. She was wearing a light coloured t-shirt with horizontal stripes, black pants, blue and white running shoes and glasses and was carrying a blue fabric grocery bag. Anyone with information on Tardiff’s whereabouts is asked to call police at 204-986-6250.

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Commercial fisherman remembers 3 colleagues who died when their boat capsized

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ABOVE: A crew member from the sister ship of the one that capsized off Vancouver Island over the weekend, is speaking out about the loss of three men and the decision that saved a fourth man’s life. Jill Bennett explains.

Three men died on Saturday after a commercial fishing boat sunk off the coast of Estevan Point, about 50 kilometres north of Tofino.

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One person survived when he was plucked from the life raft onto a passing cruise ship.

“They were good, hardworking family-loving men who unfortunately aren’t going to make it home tonight,” said one fisherman who did not want to be identified. He has worked on both the Caledonian and its sister ship, the Viking Storm. The Caledonian is the boat that capsized.

Captain Wes Hegglend and two other crew members died when the Caledonian experienced what is believed to be some kind of stabilization issue and capsized.

The crew member who survived has not been identified but he was the only one wearing a life jacket.

“According to the sole survivor, it capsized at about 3:30 in the afternoon, but it remained afloat,” said  Paul Tasker, the Maritime Rescue Coordinator with the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre. “He was on the overturned hull for a while and then when it sank at 10:30 he was in the water for quite a while. He managed to climb into the lift raft that had come free from the vessel when it sank.”

Around 1:30 Sunday morning, two flares were spotted and the survivor was picked up by a coast guard vessel and taken to a cruise ship in the area. He was then taken to hospital with mild hypothermia, but was alert and talking.

In a strange and sad twist, this fisherman likely saved the life of one of his crew members when he refused a request for him to join the Caledonian.

“So they put a kibosh on him going over to the Caledonian and he came back and replaced me on my boat,” said the fisherman. “And if I hadn’t of gotten off the boat that I fish on, my friend would have probably been sailing on that boat and there’s a chance he wouldn’t be here today.”

Sadly, another friend stepped in and he was one of the men who died.

In a statement to Global News, Daniel C. Occhipinti, the General Counsel & Director of Government Affairs for Pacific Seafood, said:

This is a devastating tragedy for our entire Pacific Seafood family and our community. Right now we are focused on our people and their families. We do not yet know what caused this tragedy but we will do a full investigation to find out what happened. We appreciate everything the Canadian Coast Guard has done to help rescue and search for our crew. Please pray for the families who lost a loved one.

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada confirmed they are investigating.

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Belgium police arrest 16, Paris fugitive still at large

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BRUSSELS – Belgian prosecutors announced early Monday that police had detained 16 people in 22 raids but that Paris fugitive Salah Abdeslam was not among them.

Federal prosecutor Eric Van Der Sypt said that “no fire arms or explosives were discovered,” in the raids — 19 in Brussels and the three in Charleroi in the country’s south. One of those detained was injured when a car he was in tried to ram police during an attempted getaway.

“The investigation continues,” he said.

The raids capped a tense day with hundreds of troops patrolling and authorities hunting for one or more suspected militants, the Belgian government chose Sunday to keep the capital on the highest state of alert into the start of the workweek to prevent a Paris-style attack.

WATCH: It’s eerily quiet driving around Brussels amid security threat

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Citing a “serious and imminent” threat, Prime Minister Charles Michel announced that schools and universities in Brussels will be closed Monday, with the subway remaining shut down, preventing a return to normal in the city that is also home to the European Union’s main institutions.

“We fear an attack like in Paris, with several individuals, perhaps in several places,” Michel said after chairing a meeting of Belgium’s National Security Council.

While Brussels was kept on the highest of four alert levels, the rest of the country remains on a Level 3 alert, meaning an attack is “possible and likely.”

“Nobody is pleased with such a situation. Neither are we. But we have to take our responsibility,” Michel said.

Western leaders stepped up the rhetoric against the Islamic State group, which has claimed responsibility for the attacks in Paris that killed 130 people and wounded hundreds more; the suicide bombings in Beirut that killed 43 people and injured more than 200; and the downing of the Russian jetliner carrying 224 people in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula. All happened within the past month.

“We will not accept the idea that terrorist assaults on restaurants and theatres and hotels are the new normal, or that we are powerless to stop them,” President Barack Obama said in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

WATCH: Cameron to seek approval to join in ISIS airstrikes, offers use of air base in Cyprus

French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said IS must be destroyed at all costs. “We must annihilate Islamic State worldwide … and we must destroy Islamic State on its own territory,” Le Drian said. “That’s the only possible direction.”

The decision to put Brussels on the highest alert came early Saturday as authorities frantically searched for Abdeslam, who is believed to have played a key role in the Nov. 13 attacks in France. He is known to have crossed into Belgium the day after the attacks.

Interior Minister Jan Jambon warned that the threat wouldn’t necessarily disappear if Abdeslam was found, because they are looking for several people in connection with a possible planned attack in Brussels.

“The terror threat is wider than just that person,” Jambon said. “We are looking at several things. That is why we are making the big show of power and following everything up by the minute. It’s of no use to hide this.”

Several of the Paris attackers had lived in Brussels, including Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the plot’s orchestrator who was killed Wednesday in a standoff with French police.

Abdeslam is known to have crossed into Belgium on Nov. 14. His brother, Mohamed Abdeslam, went on Belgian TV and urged him to surrender, saying he would rather see him “in prison than in a cemetery.”

Authorities in Turkey said Saturday that a 26-year-old Belgian citizen suspected of being linked to Islamic extremists and possibly to the Paris attacks had been detained in the coastal city of Antalya.

France has intensified its aerial bombing in Syria and Le Drian said the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle, which has been sent to the Mediterranean to help combat IS militants in Syria, will be “operational” from Monday and “ready to act.”

Also Monday, French President Francois Hollande is scheduled to meet in Paris with British Prime Minister David Cameron and will travel to Washington and Moscow later in the week to push for a stronger international coalition against IS. Cameron is expected to outline his plan for combating the militants as he seeks parliamentary approval to join France, the U.S. and Russia in striking the group’s strongholds in Syria.

Russia also is trumpeting action it’s taking to fight IS. It has intensified its airstrikes in Syria in response to the Oct. 31 downing of its passenger plane in Egypt.

READ MORE: Police in Belgium ask public for radio silence on social media

On Sunday, Russian law enforcement officers raided a militant hideout in the North Caucasus, killing 11 in an exchange of fire. The militants were part of a group whose members had pledged allegiance to IS, the National Anti-Terrorist Committee said in a statement.

Attacks like those in Paris are aimed partly at provoking the West, as the Islamic State group hopes that stepped-up military action in the region will reinforce its narrative of a clash of civilizations and attract more Muslims to its ranks. IS and other militant groups seize on harsh Western rhetoric and civilian deaths to portray themselves as defending Muslims from modern “Crusaders.”

In an effort to minimize possible targets, Belgian officials recommended that sports competitions and all activities in public buildings be cancelled this weekend, and malls and commercial centres closed.

The security measures left Brussels eerily quiet, with streets deserted and many of the city’s famous beer bars and restaurants largely empty.

Residents were bracing for the impact that the continued clampdown would have on this city of more than 1 million as the workweek began.

“I can’t believe they are closing down the city. It is crazy but they must have a good reason,” said Josephine Lemmens, a physiotherapist.

Lemmens said she didn’t know what she would do with her 11-year-old son now that schools have been ordered closed, but she conceded the measures were justified if they prevented an attack like the one in Paris.

Restaurant worker Raphael Lungo said the decision to keep the subway idle would affect him most.

“This is really going to complicate my life. I take the metro very day and I don’t know what I will do tomorrow,” he said, voicing confidence that the emergency wouldn’t last too long.

“Europe succeeded in beating the Nazis,” he said.

The European Union’s executive Commission decided to stay open for business but its vice-president, Kristalina Georgieva, warned people to be vigilant and expect increased security checks. NATO also said it would be open Monday, with security measures increased.

In France, police issued a new appeal to identify the third attacker who was killed in the assault at the national stadium. They posted a photo of the man on 广州蒲友, asking the public for information that would help identify him.

France has extended a state of emergency, which allows police raids, searches and house arrest without permission from a judge, for three months. On Saturday, it also extended a ban on demonstrations and other gatherings through Nov. 30, when a U.N. climate conference with more than 100 heads of state is scheduled to start.

In a sign of the nervousness in Paris since the attacks, some travellers at the Gare Du Nord station ran out of their trains Sunday after hearing noises they thought were gunshots but actually were caused by a pigeon being electrocuted on the tracks.

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Cheating accusations mar Zimbabwe’s ‘Mister Ugly’ contest

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HARARE, Zimbabwe – Pageant judges have crowned a new winner of Zimbabwe‘s 4th annual “Mister Ugly” contest, upsetting supporters of the crowd favourite and prompting rioting at the event.

Judges on Saturday chose 42-year-old Mison Sere, citing his numerous missing front teeth and a wide range of grotesque facial expressions, over William Masvinu, who had held the title since 2012.

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READ MORE: Zimbabwe’s Mister Ugly pageant has record number of entries

Masvinu and his supporters mobbed the judges upon hearing their decision, claiming that Sere was “too handsome” to win and his ugliness wasn’t natural since it was based on missing teeth.

“I am naturally ugly. He is not. He is ugly only when he opens his mouth,” maintained Masvinu, gesturing at his rival.

“Do we have to lose our teeth to win? This is cheating,” shouted another contestant, Patrick Mupereki. While no one was injured, there was a great deal of pushing and shoving as the results were announced and insults were hurled at the judges.

In this Nov. 13, 2015 file photo, Zimbabwe’s three-times Mr Ugly winner William Masvinu poses for a photo in Harare.

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Beauty pageants are popular in this southern African country and even though they are typically for women, scandal is not unusual. Earlier this year, Miss Zimbabwe winner Emily Kachote faced a backlash on social media, with Zimbabweans calling her ugly and undeserving of the crown.

She was later forced to step down when just two weeks into her reign, images surfaced of her posing nude — which incidentally also brought down her predecessor.

Sere dismissed the critics as just “sore losers” as he pocketed the $500 in winnings.

“They should just accept that I am uglier than them,” he said. “I hope to get a TV contract. I already moved around schools performing and showcasing my ugliness so this is a chance to make it on TV.”

The complaints of Masvinu and the other contestants may have a degree of validity. Organizers had previously announced that disabilities or enhancements would not be accepted in the competition which should focus on “natural ugliness.”

Pageant organizer David Machowa originally told the Associated Press that he began the contest to remove the stigma of ugliness. “Looks are God given. We should all be proud of who we are.”

The pageant involved three rounds of modelling, with individual and group struts down a catwalk of a Harare nightclub.

“Sere made tremendous effort to enhance his ugliness by pulling facial stunts,” said judge Abigail Mataranyika, a university student. “Masvinu thought he is so ugly that he didn’t need to try hard. That cost him the crown.”

This year’s competition attracted a record number of 36 entries, compared to just five in 2012 when Masvinu began his winning streak. The competition was suspended in 2014 due to a lack of sponsorship, but this year the owners of a string of Harare nightclubs donated $1,000.

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Bangladesh executes 2 opposition leaders for war crimes

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NEW DELHI – Bangladesh executed two opposition leaders Sunday for war crimes during the country’s 1971 independence war, despite concerns that the legal proceedings against them were flawed and threats of violence by their supporters. A reporter was shot and wounded after covering the funeral of one of the men, though it was not clear who was responsible.

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Bangladesh Nationalist Party leader Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury and Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid, secretary general of the main Islamist party Jamaat-e-Islami, were hanged at 12:55 a.m. at Dhaka Central Jail in the nation’s capital, said Senior Jail Superintendent Mohammad Jahangir Kabir.

READ MORE: Bangladesh boosts security ahead of verdict against Islamist leader facing war crimes charges

A few hours after the execution, a security detail escorted ambulances carrying the men’s bodies to their ancestral homes, where their families were to perform burial rituals.

While there has been international concern over the legal process that led to the executions of the two men, most leading Bangladeshi newspapers and TV stations supported the hangings.

The leading English-language Daily Star’s main report detailed the atrocities that Chowdhury was convicted of, and ran another story with the headline, “Heartless, hateful against Hindus …” The second story narrated how minority Hindus were brutally attacked and killed and their homes torched under Chowdhury’s leadership.

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Two top Bangla-language dailies, Samakal and Prothom Alo, also published reports that demonstrated their support for the trials and executions of the two leaders.

Bangladesh was bracing for upheaval ahead of the hangings, with supporters of the two opposition leaders threatening violence if they were executed.

Rajib Sen, a reporter for the Mohona TV station, was on his way back from Chowdhury’s funeral in Chittagong district when his car was sprayed with bullets, the station said. Three other journalists in the car escaped unhurt, and Sen was rushed to a hospital in Chittagong. The TV station is owned by a member of the ruling Awami League party.

Local police would not provide any details on the shooting, and it was not immediately clear who attacked the car or why.

The Jamaat-e-Islami party, which had already had two other senior leaders executed for war crimes, issued a statement calling for a nationwide general strike on Monday.

Chowdhury was convicted on charges of torture, rape and genocide during Bangladesh’s independence war against Pakistan, while Mujahid was found guilty on charges of genocide, conspiracy in killing intellectuals, torture and abduction.

READ MORE: India, Bangladesh swap land and people, settling old border dispute

On Wednesday, Bangladesh’s Supreme Court upheld their death sentences, and on Saturday, President Mohammad Abdul Hamid rejected a clemency appeal, clearing the way for the executions.

Jamaat-e-Islami and the Bangladesh Nationalist Party say the trials were politically motivated. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has denied the allegations.

More than 15 people, mostly leaders of Jamaat-e-Islami, have been convicted of war crimes.

Pakistan ‘deeply disturbed’ by executions

The party had campaigned openly against independence for Bangladesh, which was part of Pakistan until the 1971 war. Bangladesh’s government says that Pakistani soldiers, aided by local collaborators, killed 3 million people and raped 200,000 women during the war.

In a statement late Sunday, Pakistan’s foreign ministry said that the trials the two men faced were flawed, and that “Pakistan is deeply disturbed” by the executions.

Mujahid, 67, was the head of Islami Chhatra Sangha, then the student wing of Jamaat-e-Islami . He was accused of being the mastermind behind the killing of intellectuals, including teachers and journalists, days before the Pakistani military surrendered to a joint force of freedom fighters and Indian army units on Dec. 16, 1971, after a bloody nine-month war.

Chowdhury, 66, whose father was the speaker of Pakistan’s National Assembly and, at times, the acting president of Pakistan, also actively opposed Bangladeshi independence. He was accused of carrying out war crimes, including killing more than 200 civilians, mostly minority Hindus, during the independence war, according to evidence presented at the tribunal.

U.S. lawmakers overseeing foreign policy described the war crimes tribunal, set up in 2013, as “very flawed” and a means of political retribution.

Leaders of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, in a letter sent Tuesday to the top U.S. diplomat for South Asia, voiced concern that “democratic space is shrinking” in Bangladesh amid “a growing climate of violence, fear and self-censorship.”

Since February, four secular bloggers, a publisher, and two foreigners — an Italian aid worker and a Japanese agriculture researcher — have been killed in attacks linked to Islamic militants.

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for some of the attacks, but authorities say the Sunni extremist group has no presence in the country. Instead, Hasina has blamed the attacks on the opposition, accusing them of trying to destabilize the country and halt the war crimes trials. Both opposition parties denied the allegation.

Such extremist violence was once rare in Bangladesh, which is mostly Muslim but has a strong secular tradition.

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100 people dead, many missing after landslide at Myanmar jade mine

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YANGON, Myanmar – A landslide near a jade mine in northern Myanmar killed about 100 people, most of them villagers digging for green stones in a mountain of displaced earth, a witness and a community leader said Sunday. Many other people were missing.

The collapse occurred Saturday evening in the Kachin state community of Hpakant, said Brang Seng, a jade businessman, who watched as bodies were pulled from the debris and taken to a hospital morgue.

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“People were crying,” he said, adding that some lost loved ones when boulders and earth ripped down the slopes. “I’m hearing that more than 100 people died. In some cases, entire families were lost.”

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Lamai Gum Ja, a community leader, said homes at the base of the mine dump had been flattened.

An estimated 100 to 200 people were still missing, he said. Search and rescue teams wearing bright orange uniforms combed through the rubble Sunday for survivors.

Kachin, around 950 kilometres (600 miles) northeast of Yangon, Myanmar’s biggest city, is home to some of the world’s highest-quality jade.

It generated an estimated $31 billion last year alone, most of the wealth going to individuals and companies tied to Myanmar’s former military rulers, according to Global Witness, a group that investigates misuse of resource revenues.

The jade industry’s epicenter, Hpakant, remains desperately poor, with bumpy dirt roads, constant electricity blackouts and sky-high heroin addiction rates.

After Myanmar’s former military rulers handed over power to a nominally civilian government five years ago, resulting in the lifting of many Western sanctions, the already rapid pace of mining turned frenetic. No scrap of ground, no part of daily life in Hpakant is left untouched by the fleets of giant yellow trucks and backhoes that have sliced apart mountains and denuded once-plush landscape.

In the last year, dozens of small-scale miners have been maimed or lost their lives picking through tailing dumps.

“Large companies, many of them owned by families of former generals, army companies, cronies and drug lords, are making tens or hundreds of millions of dollars a year through their plunder of Hpakant,” said Mike Davis of Global Witness.

“Their legacy to local people is a dystopian wasteland in which scores of people at a time are buried alive in landslides,” he said.

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‘It was like being in a horror film’: concert-goers describe Bataclan attack

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PARIS – The vibe in the Bataclan concert hall was hot, steamy and electric as the California rock band Eagles of Death Metal jammed away a half-hour into a set. Revelers slam-danced to the hard rock, and bodies glistened with sweat. Suddenly, the drum beats gave way to a different kind of rat-a-tat-tat-tat, and flashing stage lights met with glints from automatic rifle barrels.

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In the spasm of chaos, some revelers thought the lights and sounds were part of the show. Then the lead singer fled, bodies began to fall — and shouts of partying turned to screams of horror.

It was the beginning of the worst carnage of the Paris attacks that killed 130 people, injured over 300, and caused the French president to declare his nation at war with Islamic State extremists. The legendary music venue in a shabby-chic corner of Paris turned into a chamber of death that one policeman described as “Dante’s Inferno,” as three men laden with explosives and toting Kalashnikovs fired indiscriminately at revelers, turning the dance floor into a sea of blood and body parts.

READ MORE: Eagles of Death Metal say people hid in their dressing room during attack

“I crawled on the ground as low as possible without getting up,” said Arthur, one of the Bataclan fans, who didn’t give his last name. “I scrambled for the emergency exit on the left. We all crawled. Others tried to walk out and stepped on an arm or two.”

Partiers poured like bees from a hive from the emergency exit into a backstage alley. The escape was hampered by bodies of dead and injured clogging the exit. Outside people on higher floors of the concert hall dangled desperately from windows, facing the choice of gunfire from the attackers or a bone-shattering drop to the ground.

The attackers turned up at the Bataclan around 9:40 p.m. in a black Volkwagen Polo, after two other extremist teams had launched suicide bombing attacks on the Stade de France soccer stadium and a string of drive-by shootings at cafes and restaurants. Getting out, they unleashed a burst of automatic gunfire at two young men on rental bikes who happened to be cycling by. The men crumpled to the ground, shot at point-blank range.

“To see it with my own eyes, it was like being in a horror film,” said witness Ludovic Mintchov. “In 10 years, I won’t forget it.”

The attackers strafed their way inside the concert hall, through the bar and merchandise counter, and straight to the pit, according to witness accounts — unleashing a torrent of gunfire.

As the attackers mowed people down, a police commissioner and his driver, learning from the police radio that they were near the site, sped to the concert hall before more elite teams could get there. The commissioner charged inside, traded fire with a gunman, and took him out of action before retreating so that special-operations teams could assemble.

It was a key action that slowed the pace of carnage, and may have saved scores of lives. While the Bataclan death toll of at least 89 was horrific, most of the partygoers survived. Two police officials said the commissioner wants to remain out of public view and is still recovering from the shock.

WATCH: Footage captures moment gunshots heard at Bataclan, band flees stage

“It’s their action that made it possible to stop the killing,” Christophe Molmy, who heads the elite BRI police intervention squad, said of the police commissioner and his driver. When Molmy’s rapid-reaction team arrived at 10:15, “there’s no shooting, there’s no noise, there’s an oppressive silence inside the Bataclan.”

Inside, the remaining gunmen took hostages and used them as human shields or as go-betweens with police — ordered to tell the elite police teams to stay back. One concertgoer, who only gave his first name, Sebastien, was among the hostages. He said he inexplicably survived after a surreal face-to-face conversation with the attackers. Speaking on RTL radio, he said the extremists wanted to send a message of resistance to France’s government for its role in coalition air strikes against the Islamic State group in Syria.

“They told us it was just the beginning. And that war was starting now. And they were there in the name of Islamic State,” said Sebastien, who like other survivors has chosen to protect his identity.

“Then they asked us whether we agreed with them. So I’ll let you imagine the silence that followed. The timid ones nodded. The braver ones said ‘yes.’”

Sebastien was forced into a tense conversation with attackers, which lasted an hour. One asked him whether he valued money, then held out a roll of bills and told him to burn it. He did as he was told. Sebastian first tried to use humour in the conversation, but dropped that after realizing that “at any moment a misplaced or misinterpreted word could mean death.”

Sebastien said he remains puzzled about the gunmen’s motives in the discussion: They spoke to police negotiators four or five times by phone, and their only demand was that the officers keep away.

France’s former Minister of Culture and current President of the Institude of the Arab World Jack Lang (C) holds hands with members of the public at a memorial set-up near the Bataclan theatre on November 20, 2015 in Paris, France.

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People gather at a memorial set-up near the Bataclan theatre in Paris, to pay respects to the victims of a series of deadly attacks on November 20, 2015 in Paris, France. Following the terrorist attacks in Paris last week, which claimed 130 lives and injured hundreds more, people continue to mark their solidarity for the victims. (Photo by Thierry Chesnot/Getty Images)

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In this photo taken on Sept. 9, 2011 photo provided by Nicolas Louis, Eric Thome poses for a photograph in Paris. Thome, 39, was an artist, fan of music and father with a 5-year-old girl and another child on the way when he died during the terrorst attack at Bataclan concert hall in Paris.

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People look at flowers and card tributes placed outside the Bataclan concert hall in Paris, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015, after last Friday’s attacks. The Belgian jihadi suspected of masterminding deadly attacks in Paris died during a police raid on a suburban apartment building, the city prosecutor’s office announced Thursday, with France still reeling from the Friday attacks that killed 129 people and wounded hundreds of others.

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Flowers adorned with a mourning band in the colors of the French flag are seen outside the Bataclan concert hall, in Paris, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015. France is demanding security aid and assistance from the European Union in the wake of the Paris attacks and has triggered a never-before-used article in the EU’s treaties to secure it.

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Michel Thooris, secretary-general of the France Police labour union, said the attackers appeared to have employed a common tactic in high-profile French terrorism cases in recent years: “suicide by cop.” It’s a term inherited by French police describing a standoff in which hostage takers have few concrete demands but an aim to die in a supposed blaze of glory — to produce maximum impact. That suggested to police that negotiations wouldn’t do much good.

As the standoff continued, special-operations teams were ramping up potential firepower on nearby street corners, assessing the floor plan of the Bataclan, estimating the numbers of gunmen. The negotiations proving fruitless, the Paris police chief — in conjunction with national authorities — gave the green light for an assault, officials said.

The police intervention team, defying shouts from the attackers, fired precision shots at the gunmen in the space between two hostages, Sebastien said.

“Then they bashed the door in, and the real shooting started,” said Sebastien. Nearly 20 officers were plowing in behind a heavy duty Kevlar shield drawing a hailstorm of return fire that left over two dozen welts in it, officials said. One officer lost a finger after a ricocheting bullet went through his hand.

The assault, ordered at 12:20 a.m., left one gunman dead from gunshots, and another blown up in a suicide explosion, said Paris prosecutor Francois Molins.

In the aftermath, accounts suggested some survivors had acted heroically in small ways and large.

WATCH:Paris attacks: What happened inside Le Bataclan?

Florian, 30, told the TV show “Le Petit Journal” that his girlfriend was shot, and a security guard, with “incredible sang-froid,” guided the couple to relative safety on a balcony. A midwife used Florian’s T-shirt to compress his girlfriend’s wound. As riot police moved in, an officer carried Florian’s girlfriend out on piggyback to paramedics waiting outside. She is recovering in a hospital.

One German couple survived with a group of others by barricading themselves in a room with a fridge against the door. Tragically, some who tried to get into the room were gunned down because they couldn’t get in. Another survivor said about eight people made it through alive by cramming into a tiny bathroom. Some survived by playing dead among the corpses.

Eagles of Death Metal band member Jesse Hughes told VICE that a big reason why so many were killed at the theatre “is because so many people wouldn’t leave their friends.”

He said in a short clip released by HBO that the killers were able to get into the band’s dressing room and killed almost everyone — with the exception of one person who hid under Hughes’ leather jacket.

Some police who moved in after it was all over said they were traumatized by the incessant ringing of cellphones scattered about the debris, blood and corpses, an officer said.

One screen showed a missed call from “Mom.”

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Lori Hinnant in Paris, Kerstin Sopke in Berlin, and Hannah Cushman in Chicago contributed to this report.

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Belgium to keep Brussels on highest threat alert into Monday

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BRUSSELS – With hundreds of troops patrolling Brussels for a second day and authorities hunting one or more suspected militants, the Belgian government chose Sunday to keep the capital on the highest state of alert into the start of the workweek to prevent a Paris-style attack.

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Citing a “serious and imminent” threat, Prime Minister Charles Michel announced that schools and universities in Brussels will be closed Monday, with the subway remaining shut down, preventing a return to normal in the city that is also home to the European Union’s main institutions.

“We fear an attack like in Paris, with several individuals, perhaps in several places,” Michel said after chairing a meeting of Belgium’s National Security Council.

While Brussels was kept on the highest of four alert levels, the rest of the country remain on a Level 3 alert, meaning an attack is “possible and likely.”

READ MORE: Security lockdown in Brussels after threat of Paris-style attacks

“Nobody is pleased with such a situation. Neither are we. But we have to take our responsibility,” Michel said.

The situation was tense Sunday night in the wider area around the Grand Place, with police out in force and several raids looking for suspects going on. At one point, security forces closed off streets and yelled at people to stay away.

Western leaders stepped up the rhetoric against the Islamic State group, which has claimed responsibility for the attacks in Paris that killed 130 people and wounded hundreds more; the suicide bombings in Beirut that killed 43 people and injured more than 200; and the downing of the Russian jetliner carrying 224 people in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula. All happened within the past month.

“We will not accept the idea that terrorist assaults on restaurants and theatres and hotels are the new normal, or that we are powerless to stop them,” President Barack Obama said in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said IS must be destroyed at all costs. “We must annihilate Islamic State worldwide … and we must destroy Islamic State on its own territory,” Le Drian said. “That’s the only possible direction.”

WATCH: Security and military experts have converged for the first time since the Paris attacks. Tom Clark reports.

The decision to put Brussels on the highest alert came early Saturday as authorities frantically searched for Salah Abdeslam, who is believed to have played a key role in the Nov. 13 attacks in France. He is known to have crossed into Belgium the day after the attacks.

Interior Minister Jan Jambon warned that the threat wouldn’t necessarily disappear if Abdeslam was found, because they are looking for several people in connection with a possible planned attack in Brussels.

“The terror threat is wider that just that person,” Jambon said. “We are looking at several things. That is why we are making the big show of power and following everything up by the minute. It’s of no use to hide this.”

Several of the Paris attackers had lived in Brussels, including Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the plot’s orchestrator who was killed Wednesday in a standoff with French police.

Abdeslam is known to have crossed into Belgium on Nov. 14. His brother, Mohamed Abdeslam, went on Belgian TV and urged him to surrender, saying he would rather see him “in prison than in a cemetery.”

READ MORE: Canada urges citizens in Belgium to be cautious

On Saturday, authorities in the Turkish coastal city of Antalya detained a 26-year-old Belgian citizen suspected of being linked to Islamic extremists and possibly to the Paris attacks.

France has intensified its aerial bombing in Syria and Le Drian said the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle, which has been sent to the Mediterranean to help combat IS militants in Syria, will be “operational” from Monday and “ready to act.”

Also Monday, French President Francois Hollande is scheduled to meet in Paris with British Prime Minister David Cameron and will travel to Washington and Moscow later in the week to push for a stronger international coalition against IS. Cameron is expected to outline his plan for combating the militants as he seeks parliamentary approval to join France, the U.S. and Russia in striking the group’s strongholds in Syria.

Western leaders step up anti-ISIS rhetoric

Western leaders stepped up the rhetoric against the Islamic State group, which has claimed responsibility for the attacks in Paris that killed 130 people and wounded hundreds more; the suicide bombings in Beirut that killed 43 people and injured more than 200; and the downing of the Russian airline carrying 224 people in Sinai. All happened within the past month.

Speaking from Kuala Lumpur, President Barack Obama said the world would not accept the extremists’ attacks on civilians as the “new normal,” and vowed the United States and its international partners would not relent in the fight against the Islamic militants.

WATCH: Obama says coalition against ISIS ‘will not relent’

Russia also is trumpeting action it’s taking to fight IS. It has intensified its airstrikes in Syria in response to the Oct. 31 downing of its passenger plane in Egypt.

On Sunday, Russian law enforcement officers raided a militant hideout in the North Caucasus, killing 11 in an exchange of fire. The militants were part of a group whose members had pledged allegiance to IS, the National Anti-Terrorist Committee said in a statement.

Attacks like those in Paris are aimed partly at provoking the West, as the Islamic State group hopes that stepped-up military action in the region will reinforce its narrative of a clash of civilizations and attract more Muslims to its ranks. IS and other militant groups seize on harsh Western rhetoric and civilian deaths to portray themselves as defending Muslims from modern “Crusaders.”

In an effort to minimize possible targets, Belgian officials recommended that sports competitions and all activities in public buildings be cancelled this weekend, and malls and commercial centres closed.

The security measures left Brussels eerily quiet, with streets deserted and many of the city’s famous beer bars and restaurants largely empty.

Residents were bracing for the impact that the continued clampdown would have on this city of more than 1 million as the workweek began.

READ MORE: Thousands take part in marches in France and Italy ‘for civil rights and peace’ 

“I can’t believe they are closing down the city. It is crazy but they must have a good reason,” said Josephine Lemmens, a physiotherapist.

Lemmens said she didn’t know what she would do with her 11-year-old son now that schools have been ordered closed, but she conceded the measures were justified if they prevented an attack like the one in Paris.

Restaurant worker Raphael Lungo said the decision to keep the subway idle would affect him most.

“This is really going to complicate my life. I take the metro very day and I don’t know what I will do tomorrow,” he said, voicing confidence that the emergency wouldn’t last too long. “Europe succeeded in beating the Nazis,” he said.

The European Union’s executive Commission decided to stay open for business but its vice-president, Kristalina Georgieva, warned people to be vigilant and expect increased security checks.

In France, police issued a new appeal to identify the third attacker who was killed in the assault at the national stadium. They posted a photo of the man on 广州蒲友, asking the public for information that would help identify him.

France has extended a state of emergency, which allows police raids, searches and house arrest without permission from a judge, for three months. On Saturday, it also extended a ban on demonstrations and other gatherings through Nov. 30, when a U.N. climate conference with more than 100 heads of state is scheduled to start.

In a sign of the nervousness in Paris since the attacks, some travellers at the Gare Du Nord station ran out of their trains Sunday after hearing noises they thought were gunshots but actually were caused by a pigeon being electrocuted on the tracks.

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RCMP investigate two bomb threats at Halifax airport

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HALIFAX – RCMP in Nova Scotia are investigating two bomb threats at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport Sunday morning.

First, a Turkish Airline flight was diverted to the airport late last night, making it the second airplane diverted to Halifax in less than a week due to a bomb threat. No explosives were found on board the plane.

Carrying 256 passengers and crew members, the Turkish Airlines Flight 2 plane took off at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York City Saturday evening and headed to Ataturk Airport in Istanbul.

According to an RCMP spokesperson, Turkish Airlines was alerted to the threat and then alerted Halifax Stanfield International Airport. The airport subsequently alerted the RCMP at approximately 11:50 p.m. AT (the RCMP previously incorrectly stated that being one hour prior).

People are exiting the plane. #Halifax #NovaScotia #TK2 pic.twitter广州桑拿网/AWUhfUpAYH

— Steve Silva (@SteveCSilva) November 22, 2015

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The airplane turned around midair, landing at the airport at 12:53 a.m., according to airport spokesperson Peter Spurway.

About an hour later, all passengers and crew members were off the Airbus A330. They were transported inside the airport using Halifax Transit busses.

Nova Scotia RCMP didn’t release many details on the threat to news outlets at the airport.

“The investigation is in its early stages, but we will be looking into the origins of the threat,” said Cst. Tanny Lobb, a media relations officer.

RCMP used several teams, including sniffer dogs, to search the plane and luggage. At 4:25 a.m., the plane was cleared, then moved to a gate less than hour later.

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— Steve Silva (@SteveCSilva) November 22, 2015

The plane took off for Istanbul shortly before 7 a.m.

Spurway said five passengers chose not to continue on the flight, though they weren’t able to get their luggage off the plane.

Of the five, most didn’t want to speak to reporters but did confirm they got off the plane due to safety concerns.

The main runway was closed for several hours, but the airport otherwise operated normally.

WestJet plane delayed by bomb threat

Later in the morning, RCMP responded to another bomb threat at the airport.

Police were called at 6:41 a.m. for WestJet Flight 229 from Halifax to Calgary, which was at the terminal with 75 people on board.

Following a search of the plane at 9:15 a.m., no explosives were found.

RT @HfxStanfield: @WestJet Flight 229 Hfx-Calgary cleared by @RCMPNS. Re-boarding and departure to follow shortly.

— RCMP, Nova Scotia (@RCMPNS) November 22, 2015

The plane was supposed to leave at 7:30 a.m.; it has since been delayed to 10:30 a.m.

The RCMP are investigating both threats.

On Wednesday, an Air France plane was diverted to Halifax after an anonymous threat. After similar threats, a fourth plane made an emergency landing in Salt Lake City the same day.

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Iran sentences Washington Post journalist to unspecified prison term

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TEHRAN, Iran – Iran has sentenced detained Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian to an unspecified prison term following his conviction last month on charges that include espionage, Iranian state TV reported Sunday.

Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejehi, the spokesman for Iran’s judiciary, announced the punishment in a statement on the TV station’s website.

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“In brief, it is a prison sentence,” he said. The verdict is “not finalized,” he added, referring to an expected appeal.

READ MORE: Iran court concludes final hearing for Washington Post reporter charged with espionage

Ejehi was responding to a question from a local reporter at a weekly news conference. He said the verdict has not been officially communicated to Rezaian or his lawyer.

Rezaian’s lawyer, Leila Ahsan, told The Associated Press she had not been informed of the verdict — let alone details of the sentence.

“I have no information about details of the verdict,” she said. “We were expecting the verdict some three months ago.”

Rezaian was detained with his wife, Yeganeh Salehi, and two photojournalists on July 22, 2014. All were later released except Rezaian, a dual U.S.-Iranian citizen.

Rezaian went on trial in four closed-door court hearings at Tehran’s Revolutionary Court, which hears cases related to national security. Last month, he was convicted of spying and other charges.

The Post has vigorously denied the accusations against its correspondent.

READ MORE: Family of detained US journalist in Iran urges authorities to set him free

“We’re aware of the reports in the Iranian media, but have no further information at this time,” Washington Post foreign editor Douglas Jehl said in a statement.

“Every day that Jason is in prison is an injustice. He has done nothing wrong. Even after keeping Jason in prison 488 days so far, Iran has produced no evidence of wrongdoing. His trial and sentence are a sham, and he should be released immediately.”

Rezaian, who has covered Iran for the Post since 2012, grew up in Marin County, California and spent most of his life in the United States. The Post, U.S. officials and Rezaian’s family have all called for his release. Iran does not recognize dual-nationality.

“By withholding information about the verdict and sentence, the Iranian government shows that its pursuit of Jason Rezaian on bogus espionage charges is nothing but a facade to prolong his unjust imprisonment,” said Sherif Mansour, the Middle East and North Africa program co-ordinator for the U.S.-based Committee to Protect Journalists.

“The authorities should immediately drop all charges against Jason Rezaian and release him, along with all journalists imprisoned in Iran in relation to their work,” he said.

The CPJ says 30 journalists were behind bars in Iran in 2014, making it the second worst jailer of reporters, after China.

Iran’s state media, citing the indictment, have said Rezaian collected information on Iranian and foreign individuals and companies circumventing sanctions and passed them on to the U.S. government. Iranian state TV has repeatedly called Rezaian an “American spy.”

Earlier this month, the intelligence department of the powerful elite Revolutionary Guard claimed in a report to parliament that Rezaian is an agent seeking to “overthrow” Iran’s Islamic ruling system.

His incarceration and trial played out as Iran and six world powers, including the U.S., negotiated a landmark agreement in which Tehran agreed to curb its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief.

Iranian media in August quoted officials discussing the possibility of swapping Americans detained in Iran for 19 Iranians held in the U.S. It’s unclear, however, whether that’s been seriously discussed between Iranian and U.S. officials.

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Associated Press writer Joseph Krauss in Cairo contributed to this report.

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Alberta to implement carbon tax in climate change policy

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EDMONTON – Alberta has released its long-awaited report on climate change policy that includes a carbon tax that would apply across the economy.

The levy would start at $20 a tonne of greenhouse gases in 2017 and will move to $30 a tonne the next year.

The government is moving to phase out the province’s coal-fired power generation by 2030.

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    “This is the day we step up, at long last, to one of the world’s biggest problems – the pollution that is causing climate change,” Premier Rachel Notley said as she announced her government’s new policy in Edmonton on Sunday.

    “Climate change is real, it is caused by human activity and it demands an effective response.”

    The provincial New Democrats will also cap greenhouse gas emissions from the oilsands at 100 megatonnes, which leaves plenty of room to expand the industry.

    Notley will take the plan to a meeting of first ministers in Ottawa on Monday and to an international gathering in Paris at the end of the month.

    Watch below: Notley releases long-awaited report on climate change policy

    READ MORE: Alberta to release part of climate-change plan a week before Paris meeting

    The plan’s success is seen as critical to improving Alberta’s environmental reputation and in improving acceptance of the province’s energy exports.

    Notley noted the importance of the energy industry to the economy, but she said previous inaction on climate change played a role in President Barack Obama’s decision to reject the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.

    She acknowledged the presence of industry and environmental representatives who were also at the announcement with her.

    Murray Edwards of Canadian Natural Resources Limited, who took the stage immediately after Notley, said it’s a difficult time for the oil and gas industry and said the targets the NDP government are setting are “ambitious.” But he said they would allow innovation and growth in the oil industry to continue while also addressing climate change.

    “This plan recognizes the need for a balance between the environment and the economy. One that should provide greater predictablity for both the industry and the province on a go-forward basis,” Edwards said.

    READ MORE: Reaction to Alberta’s ‘ambitious’ climate change plan 

    Notley promised to work in co-operation with companies that generate, regulate and distribute electricity in Alberta to help east the burden of their transition away from coal, and she also pledged to make sure power prices remain stable for consumers.

    Two-thirds of coal generation will be replaced with renewable energy, she said. Money collected through the carbon price will be invested into measures to reduce pollution, and to help families, small businesses and First Nations working in the coal industry.

    The announcement is the result of months of consultation and study by an expert panel convened to help the government write the policy. Andrew Leach, a University of Alberta energy economist, led the panel, which received thousands of pages of submissions from citizens, industry and environmental groups.

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