Here are five of the top stories making headlines this afternoon:
Trudeau home break-in was a drunken mistake, say police. An incident last week where someone walked through the unlocked back door of Justin Trudeau’s Ottawa home and left a note next to his knives, all while the Liberal leader’s wife and kids slept upstairs, was an honest mistake, police said today. The perpetrator was a drunken 19-year-old man who was confused about his location, say police. The man turned himself in after seeing video footage and was let off with just a warning. Case closed.
Israel and Hamas agree to Gaza ceasefire. The conflict that has killed more than 2,200 people, most of them Palestinian civilians, appears to be over. Under the Egyptian-brokered deal, Israel will agree to ease some of the blockades into Gaza and will also allow Palestinians slightly expanded fishing rights. While the deal means peace for now, it’s far removed from the open borders into Gaza that Hamas was initially demanding. More difficult issues, including building an airport in Gaza and disarming Hamas, remain on the table and will come up during the next round of talks in Egypt next month.
Vladimir Putin and Petro Poroshenko meet for first bilateral talks. Tensions remain high between Russia and Ukraine, but the leaders of the two nations met late Tuesday for bilateral talks, the very first between the nations since Ukraine’s former pro-Russian president was ousted in February. There’s no word on whether the two nations are any closer to reaching an agreement on the volatile situation in eastern Ukraine, where violence continues between the Ukrainian military and pro-Russian militants, but the talks themselves are being heralded as a breakthrough.
The Tim Hortons-Burger King deal is official. The company that owns Burger King confirmed this morning that a deal to buy Tim Hortons for $11 billion is official. The new mega fast-food company now has 18,000 restaurants in 100 countries, making it the third-largest fast-food company in the world. To put that into perspective, here’s a map of just how many Burger King and Tim Hortons locations there are in North America. That’s a lot of possible stops for a Whopper and/or a double-double.
Top Canadian NBA draft picks Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett are officially Minnesota Timberwolves. It was hardly a mystery where top-selection Canucks Wiggins and Bennett would play this season; their trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for All-Star centre Kevin Love had been reported on weeks ago. But today marked their official unveiling as members of one of the NBA’s most despairing, wintriest (they’ll be at home) and small-market teams—and so of course they appeared for the first time at no other place than the homey Minnesota state fair. It wasn’t all business for Wiggins, who took time for a ride down the giant slide, much to the enjoyment of fans and photographers.