Five of the top stories making headlines this afternoon.
Search continues for survivors at Turkish mine as tensions mount. At least 120 people remained unaccounted for Wednesday, as rescue workers continued to search a collapsed mine in Soma, Turkey, where at least 274 people were killed. But hope for finding anyone alive diminished, with reports that rescue workers had not found survivors for several hours. Despite reassurance from Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan that the collapse would be fully investigated, crowds in Soma expressed their anger at the government, with some calling for Erdogan to resign. In Ankara, the country’s capital, about 800 protesters tried to march from the university to the energy ministry, but they were pushed back by police using water cannons and tear gas.
Go Habs Go! The Montreal Canadiens face off against the Boston Bruins tonight in Game 7, with the winner advancing to play the New York Rangers in the NHL’s Eastern Conference final. While the game is being played in Boston, 21,000 fans are still expected to gather at Montreal’s Bell Centre, where the game will be broadcast on giant screens. Canadiens’ fans hope their team can muster the same effort that it did on Monday night, when it handily beat Boston 4-0. Whatever happens, police will be on hand to monitor fans as they exit the Bell Centre. In 2010, fans spilled out after a loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins and proceeded to smash windows and clash with police. The puck drops at 7 p.m. ET.
John Baird talks tough on Middle East policy. There is no longer a place on the “middle path” for Canadian foreign policy, Canada’s foreign affairs minister told delegates at the American Jewish Congress convention in Washington Wednesday. “The days are gone when Canada’s foreign policy was defined simply by taking the middle path, by testing the temperature of those around the table, and landing somewhere not too hot, not too cold,” Baird told his audience. He spoke after Hillary Clinton. Both expressed skepticism that upcoming anti-nuclear talks with Iran would produce results.
Mohamed Harkat security certificate upheld. The Supreme Court this morning released its decision on Harkat’s case, upholding an earlier decision made by the federal court. Harkat, who lives in Ottawa and is a refugee from Algeria, was arrested in 2002 and accused of being an al-Qaida sleeper agent. The federal government has been trying to deport him on a security certificate since then, which Harkat and his lawyers argued violated the Charter. This Supreme Court decision paves the way for Harkat’s deportation. However, Harkat says he could face torture if he is deported.
This cat-saves-child-from-dog video is going viral. Just in case you haven’t already seen it, here’s the feel-good news story cat lovers are watching again and again Wednesday. An adorable tot is out for a ride down his driveway in Bakersfield, California on his pushbike when a dog comes out of nowhere and begins to attack. The family’s cat, Tara, springs to the rescue and chases the dog away. The boy, 4-year-old Jeremy, escapes, needing only stitches in his leg. The entire episode was captured on the family’s surveillance video, which a local ABC station published. If you want an entirely feel-good story, stop reading here. The dog, which belonged to the neighbour, wasn’t so lucky. TMZ has the inside scoop and reports it has been euthanized.