Prime Minister Stephen Harper has weighed in on the spate of apparent soldier suicides that have rocked the Canadian Forces in recent days. Harper says everyone should encourage veterans in need to reach out to the support and systems that are there to help.
Former soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder pleaded Thursday with the federal government to provide more support to veterans who are struggling to deal with the consequences of their military service.
BANGUI, Central African Republic - Wielding rifles and machetes, armed Christian fighters who support the Central African Republic's exiled president assaulted the capital at dawn on Thursday, leaving nearly 100 people dead. Shrouded bodies were lined up in a mosque as dozens of wounded lay on blood-stained hospital floors.
The Montreal Canadiens beat the Boston Bruins 2-1 at the Bell Centre to take control of the Atlantic Division Thursday night. Tomas Plekanec and Max Pacioretty scored for the Habs in the second to take the lead. The Bruins' Johnny Boychuk was carried off on a stretcher early in the first after falling awkwardly into the boards from a hit by Pacioretty. He was taken to a Montreal-area hospital, but had movements in all extremities.
The Toronto Maple Leafs' losing streak is over. It didn't come easy after giving up a late power-play goal, but the Leafs snapped their five-game skid by beating the Dallas Stars 3-2 in overtime Thursday night at Air Canada Centre. Trevor Smith scored 4:18 into overtime for the Leafs, who won for the first time since Nov. 23 despite being outshot for the 10th consecutive game, this time 50-24.
Martin St. Louis scored two goals, Ben Bishop won his 15th game this season, and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Ottawa Senators 3-1 on Thursday night. Valtteri Filppula also scored for the Lightning, who were coming off consecutive shutout losses to Columbus (1-0) and Pittsburgh (3-0). Ondrej Palat had two assists.
Nelson Mandela, who emerged from prison after 27 years to lead South Africa out of decades of apartheid, has died. He was 95. Mandela inspired many around the world and believed that sports had the power to change the world. "It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does," Mandela said.
Dylan Olsen scored his first NHL goal to help the Florida Panthers beat the Winnipeg Jets 5-2 on Thursday night. Jimmy Hayes, Nick Bjugstad, Tomas Fleischmann and Erik Gudbranson also scored for the Panthers. Tim Thomas stopped 29 shots and Scottie Upshall had two assists. Olsen also added an assist.
Chris Kunitz scored twice during a four-goal second period and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the San Jose Sharks 5-1 on Thursday night for their fifth straight victory. Pascal Dupuis, Jayson Megna and Kris Letang also scored for Pittsburgh, which snapped San Jose's six-game winning streak. Sidney Crosby added three assists in his 500th career game to push his point total to an NHL-leading 42.
CARACAS, Venezuela - Venezuelans have been scrambling for dollars for weeks, taking refuge in the greenback as their own currency is in free fall. Rather than address the economic imbalances behind the bolivar's plunge, the government is going after the bearers of the bad news - it's taking down websites people use to track exchange rates on the black market.