Ottawa confirmed Saturday that a group of Canadians had been detained in Ethiopia after a humanitarian organization reported that 15 volunteers and workers, including 13 Canadian nationals, had been apprehended.
Global Affairs Canada, the foreign ministry, said it had “raised this case directly with the government of Ethiopia and officials are in contact with local authorities to gather further information.”
The charity, Canadian Humanitarian, said that the 15 detained individuals were medical professional volunteers, general volunteers, and staff members.
Pop superstar Justin Bieber announced Wednesday that he has Lyme disease.
In a post on Instagram, Bieber said he will address his struggle with the illness, which is contracted through a tick bite, in a YouTube documentary.
“It’s been a rough couple years but getting the right treatment that will help treat this so far incurable disease and I will be back and better than ever,” the 25-year-old entertainer wrote in the post’s caption.
He called out critics who he says have been unfairly commenting on his looks by saying he looks like he is “on meth.”
“They failed to realize I’ve been recently diagnosed with Lyme disease, not only that but had a serious case of chronic mono which affected my, skin, brain function, energy, and overall health.”
The photo portion of Bieber’s post shows a TMZ article reporting that the YouTube documentary is set for a January 27 release.
“You can learn all that I’ve been battling and OVERCOMING!!” he wrote on Instagram.
He spent much of last year suffering but undiagnosed, TMZ reported, until doctors figured out what was wrong.
The post’s photos include pictures said to be taken in September of Bieber appearing to be hooked up to an IV drip.
In subsequent Instagram posts and on his Instagram story later in the day, Bieber thanked his fans for supporting his new song “Yummy,” released last week.
And the Canadian seemed to say he is doing better, posting a meme video of a little girl dancing with the caption, “But now this is how I’m feelin.”
Bieber was discovered by talent scouts as a young teenager after posting videos of himself singing on YouTube and quickly shot to superstardom. He has since won several MTV awards, Billboard Music Awards, and a Grammy, among others.
After an Instagram post from March indicated Bieber would be taking time off music to focus on “my family and my health,” Bieber married US model Hailey Baldwin in September.
Now he has a new album and tour coming soon, according to TMZ.
In September Bieber opened up about “massive ups and downs” he experienced as he went from beloved teenage heartthrob to “the most ridiculed, judged and hated person in the world.”
In a lengthy Instagram post, he reflected on how child stardom triggered depression and a lack of humility that led to drug abuse and his becoming “resentful, disrespectful to women, and angry.”
“I became distant to everyone who loved me, and I was hiding behind, a shell of a person that I had become,” he wrote.
Lyme disease is transmitted to humans through infected ticks, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Symptoms can include fever, chills, headache, fatigue, joint aches and a “bull’s-eye” rash that occurs in 70 to 80 percent of infections.
Most people who are treated with antibiotics early fully recover, according to the CDC, though the infection can become severe or prolonged in some cases.
German fourth seed Alexander Zverev upset Roger Federer 6-3 6-4 in the Rogers Cup final in Montreal.
The victory of the 20-year-old on Sunday has helped him to join the Swiss right-hander as the most trophy-laden player on the ATP Tour this year with five titles.
The German, who arrived in Montreal fresh off his triumph in Washington, proved up for the task right out of the gate as he had the Swiss second seed on his heels from the start on a sun-kissed afternoon.
Zverev was poised and aggressive off the ground to create space for his power game and displayed some short-angled winners off thumping forehands and backhands to grab an early break for a 3-1 lead.
He consolidated for a 4-1 lead and ultimately closed out the opening set after a mere 30 minutes.
Federer started to find his groove early in the second set but suddenly appeared out of sorts while Zverev broke in the seventh game to pull ahead 4-3 and then held on for a surprise win that took 68 minutes.
The win improved Zverev to 5-1 in finals this year with the only defeat coming at the hands of Federer at Halle.
Rafa Nadal enjoyed an easy rout of Croatia’s Borna Coric at the Rogers Cup in Montreal on Wednesday as he raced through the first set in just 29 minutes and did not face a break point until the 13th game.
The Spaniard went on to win the match 6-1 6-2 and next faces 18-year-old Canadian Denis Shapovalov, who enjoyed the biggest win of his young career by defeating hard-hitting Argentine Juan Martin del Potro 6-3 7-6(4).
World number three tennis player Roger Federer said he hopes Rafael Nadal regains the number one ranking in Montreal this week.
Nadal will return to the top of the ATP world rankings for the first time in three years if he reaches the semi-finals at this week’s Rogers Cup.
The 31-year-old Spaniard, a top seed in Canada in the absence of current world number one Andy Murray, ended last year ranked nine after taking time off to recover from a wrist injury.
Federer, ranked number two at the tournament, said Nadal deserves to be world number one again.
Nadal said it is not something he is thinking about, but said if it happens it would be welcome.
“It would be absolutely massive. I remember when he was injured at the end of the last year and here he is a few matches away from clinching world number one.
“In a way, it seems very far yet it’s very near so he’s just got to stay focused and I hope for his sake he’s going to make it. If not, I’m happy for Andy (Murray) to get another week at number one because of the run that he showed as well last year was tremendous.
“I have unbelievable respect for Andy that he was able to do it and get to world number one and finish the year at world number one. That was nice to see. Now there’s probably going to be a changing of the guard at world number one level in the near future and I hope for Rafa he can get there again. He would absolutely deserve it after his 10th French Open win in the summer here,” Federer said.
Nadal opens in Montreal against either Croatia’s Borna Coric or Russian Mikhail Youzhny on Wednesday.
Federer opens up against Canadian Peter Polansky also on Wednesday.