On the Pickering-Scarborough border, Northern Smokes does fantastic barbecue that happens to be halal.

“We filled a gap and I think you’ll see more halal barbecue places,” said owner Imran Ali. thestar.com/news/gta/2022/08/1

Libyan authorities said Saturday they found at least 15 migrants dead in the desert on the borders with Sudan, the latest tragedy involving migrants seeking a better life in Europe via perilous journeys through the conflict-wrecked nation.


Ontario has enrolled 888 children with autism in core therapies – adding just 30 to the government’s revamped program since April – but insists it will meet its goal of enrolling 8,000 kids by the end of the fall.


A Star investigation has found the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. (OLG) quietly transformed dozens of Ontario bingo halls into de facto casinos, despite a ban on slot machines. thestar.com/business/2022/08/1

A Russian rocket attack on the city of Kramatorsk killed three people and wounded 13 others Friday night, according to the mayor. Kramatorsk is the headquarters for Ukrainian forces in the country’s war-torn east.


Although Canadians are largely vaccinated against polio — the disruptions from the COVID-19 pandemic that has led to children missing routine immunizations, or vaccine hesitancy fuelled by pandemic misinformation, could leave some vulnerable. thestar.com/news/gta/2022/08/1

Burger wraps are common at most shawarma shops in the city, but at North Kabab, notably, it’s the bologna and the sauces that stand out, smoky qualities from the meat, balanced by the creamy sauces with crunch from the fries. thestar.com/news/gta/2022/08/1

Salman Rushdie was stabbed in the neck and abdomen by a man who rushed the stage as he was about to give a lecture in New York.

His agent says he was on a ventilator Friday, with a damaged liver, severed nerves in his arm and an eye he was likely to lose.

Langya henipavirus (LayV), appears to cause flu-like symptoms and is currently being monitored by the Taiwan CDC.

Experts say animal-borne viruses like LayV, monkeypox and COVID-19 are on the rise, in part due to climate change. thestar.com/news/world/2022/08

Planned as a biennial event, the inaugural Yensa Festival is as much about building a community and opening important channels of discussion as it is a performance showcase. thestar.com/entertainment/stag

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