Canada sees ‘unprecedented’ surge in asylum seekers

Canada is facing an “unprecedented” number of asylum seekers, who have crossed the border from the United States, officials said.

“We’ve never seen those numbers,” said Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) spokesman Claude Castonguay. “Even though our officers are patrolling 24 hours a day all year long, we’ve never seen such numbers coming in.”
RCMP intercepted almost 7,000 asylums seekers in the last six weeks in Quebec.

Haitian folk dance troupe holds debut show in Beijing

A dance troupe from Haiti held its debut show in Beijing on Wednesday, greeting people in the Chinese capital with exotic dancing steps from the Caribbean Sea and strong beats of Haitian music.

Dancers from Ballet Bacouloud’ Haiti, a famed folk dance group in the Caribbean country, enthralled audience members with a show named Impression of Haiti at the Tianqiao Performing Arts Center. Accompanied by powerful rhythms of drums and trumpets – the main instruments of Haitian music, the artists told stories of Haitian people’s lives, the Haitian history, culture as well as tales and legends, with a repertoire of 14 programs.


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