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The NFL says if you’re on the field for the anthem, you need to stand.

League owners approved a new policy Wednesday that will fine teams if players kneel during the national anthem, but gives them the option of staying in the locker-room.

Players were previously required to be on the field during the anthem.

“We think we have come up with a balanced process here,” Commissioner Roger Goodell said.

The NFL Players Association said it wasn't consulted about the new policy and would challenge any changes that violate the collective bargaining agreement.

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began kneeling during the national anthem in 2016 as a protest against police brutality and racism. More players followed, and eventually U.S. President Donald Trump turned the debate into a campaign issue, saying the NFL should fire any player who takes a knee during “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Photos by Marcio Jose Sanchez, The Associated Press, and Jasen Vinlove, J. Russo, Ron Chenoy, USA TODAY Sports | Reporting by The Associated Press | #CBCTheNational #CBCNews #CBC #NFL

Step into the shoes of a migrant fleeing across the U.S. border.

“Carne y Arena” (“Flesh and Sand”), the virtual reality exhibit created by acclaimed director Alejandro Iñárritu, aims to capture that experience.

Known for his immersive, highly choreographed approach to filmmaking—as seen in his previous Oscar-winning films like “The Revenant,” “Birdman” and “Babel,”—the exhibit feels like a natural step into the future of film for Iñárritu.

The gripping six-minute “journey” begins in a cold, concrete holding cell—the waiting area for ticket holders that mimics the cells that hold detainees along the U.S. border. Invitees are told to remove their shoes and socks and then, with the help of an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, they find themselves alongside a “coyote,” or human smuggler, crossing the sandy terrain.

The experience is neither entertainment, nor cinema, according to Iñárritu. “Cinema is frame, cinema is length of the lens, cinema is editing, the position of images that create time and space," he says. "Virtual reality, even when it's visual, is exactly all what cinema is not."

Visitors describe chilling encounters with border patrol agents and feeling alone in the desolate, windswept landscape shot by Iñárritu’s frequent collaborator, cinematographer Emmanuel “Chivo” Lubezki.

The exhibit debuted last year at Cannes Film Festival and earned Iñárritu a special achievement Academy Award last year. It is currently being held in Washington D.C., Los Angeles, and Mexico City.

Photos by Emmanuel Lubezki and Chachi Ramirez. Reporting by Matt Kwong, CBC News. | #CBCTheNational #CBCNews #CBC #AlejandroInarritu #CarneyArena #Migrant

It's finally over.

After months of preparation, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle—now the Duke and Duchess of Sussex—tied the knot in Windsor Castle on Saturday to adoring crowds.

The royal couple, who met on a blind date in 2016 and fell in love in a tent under the stars in Botswana, will now start their new lives together.

Photos by Reuters and The Canadian Press | #CBCTheNational #CBCNews #CBC #RoyalWedding #MeghanMarkle #PrinceHarry

In CBC Toronto’s control 43 dark and early today to bring you The Royal Wedding: Harry & Meghan hosted by the incredible @arsenaultadrienne on CBC TV and CBCNews.ca. We are live from Windsor starting at 4am ET. The wedding ceremony begins at 7am, but lots of #royal fun before then 👰🏽🤵 Come hang out with us this Saturday morning. And if you’re in the area, please bring #coffee ☕️ ❤️

What does it take to get a royal wedding invite?

Twelve-year-old Amelia Thompson from Sheffield, England, is a survivor of the Manchester concert bombing that killed 22 people and wounded more than 800 others, either physically or psychologically. She received an invite for her work raising money for those affected by the attack.

Pamela Anomneze, 52, from the London Borough of Haringey, is the manager of Studio 306 Collective CIC, a social enterprise that helps those recovering from mental health issues through the creative arts.

Helen Reeve, 36, a cattle farmer from the village of Alburgh in England, is an important figure in the British farming industry and is involved in youth farming initiatives.

These are just a few of the 1,200 members of the public Meghan Markle and Prince Harry extended invites to who have shown strong leadership and served their communities.

Photos by Sylvia Thomson and Jen Barr, CBC News: The National | #CBCTheNational #CBCNews #CBC #RoyalWedding #PrinceHarry #MeghanMarkle

Pangnirtung, Nunavut is in crisis.

The remote community of 1,400 people has been overwhelmed with rising suicide rates and daily violence, and its residents are calling for help.

“You can see it in their eyes. You can see it in their faces,” says resident Henry Mike, an employee at the local soup kitchen. He says he has lost count of how many family and friends have died by suicide.

“It takes a toll on you. It’s the same thing repeating itself. It creates a lot of confusion. There’s sadness, there’s grief, there’s anger and disappointment.”

The community’s only youth centre closed down after government funding ended in 2015. In response to the crisis, the government has sent more support workers to the community and health workers are going door-to-door, picking up old or expired medication to prevent overdoses and handing out trigger locks for guns.

Government officials and RCMP are descending on Pangnirtung Tuesday for a meeting with council to come up with solutions together.

Photos by Ashley Burke and David Kilabuk. Reporting by Ashley Burke, CBC News and The Canadian Press | #CBCTheNational #CBCNews #CBC #Nunavut

Mary Farrar is preparing to bury her husband.

When the time comes, only a cotton shroud will separate his body from the earth. No embalming fluid. No fancy casket. It’s called a green burial and its low impact, back-to-the-land sentiment fits the lifestyle the Farrars led.

Mary and Edward, who was a geologist, travelled the world and have visited nearly every country — hiking and camping through many of them.

“Given how much he was an environmentalist and how much he cared about nature, it seemed appropriate,” she said. “And given how much of a penny-pincher he was, and how much he would have objected to being taken to the cleaners by funeral homes, it seemed like the best alternative.”

Farrar is part of a small but growing movement of people who for ecological, spiritual or anti-capitalistic reasons are seeking body disposal methods that are more environmentally sound.

In so doing, they are fulfilling the idea that the human body was meant to return to nature — to be recycled, if you will.

Read Back to the Land at cbcnews.ca | Reporting by Andre Mayer, photos by @evanmitsui | #CBCTheNational #CBCNews #GreenBurial

Murals featuring black women who have made a difference can be found on walls around London.

“I didn’t feel like black women from my community who were doing amazing things were being celebrated enough," said the artist, Neequaye "Dreph" Dsane.

Dreph grew up in Windsor, England, and Windsor Castle was on his paper route. He spoke to CBC's Margaret Evans ahead of the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and said he's skeptical of the belief held by some that race relations are at a turning point because of Meghan's mixed-race background.

“On social media, when it was announced, people were like, 'Oh my god, got a bit of colour in the royal family.' And I’m just looking and I’m like, 'Really? It’s one person getting married.'”

Photos and reporting by @cbcjaredthomas and @mevanscbc | #CBCTheNational #CBCNews #CBC #RoyalWedding

Royal wedding lock down

While royal fans celebrate Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding Saturday, the Thames Valley Police will be working hard to make sure the celebration stays safe.

More than 100,000 people are expected to flock to the town to take part in celebrations, and they’ll face tight security when they arrive.

“This is by far the largest operation that we've undertaken in the Windsor area,” Assistant Chief Const. David Hardcastle said.

In addition to road closures, anyone on the streets surrounding Windsor Castle will be searched and screened. Police have also been going door-to-door to inspect inside every shop and home lining the procession route.

The threat level in Britain is currently at it’s second-highest level of “severe,” meaning an attack is considered highly likely. However, police say there is no known threat to the event.

Reporting by Thomas Daigle, CBC News and Reuters | Photos by @thomasdaigle | #CBCTheNational #CBCNews #CBC #RoyalWedding

Not even a massive plume of volcanic ash could keep these golfers off the course on Hawaii’s Big Island on Tuesday.

Explosions have intensified on Hawaii's Kilauea volcano, spewing ash and triggering a red alert for aircraft for the first time since the latest eruption began almost two weeks ago.

Ash was also a new hazard for residents who are already grappling with volcanic gas and lava that has destroyed 37 homes and other structures and forced the evacuation of about 2,000 residents.

The area taking the brunt of the eruption is about 40 km down Kilauea's eastern flank, near the village of Pahoa. Lava has burst from the ground to tear through housing developments and farmland, threatening one of the last exit routes from coastal areas, state highway 132.

No major injuries or deaths have been reported from the eruption. A looming menace remains the possibility of an "explosive eruption" of Kilauea, an event last seen in 1924.

Photos by Mario Tama, Getty Images. Reporting by Thomson Reuters | #CBCTheNational #CBCNews #CBC #Hawaii #Volcano #Kilauea

Ibrahim Rachman was shot twice by Israeli forces on the Gaza-Israel border Monday, according to his family.

He was part of a large group protesting the U.S. decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem — the holy city at the core of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as it is claimed by both sides a capital.

The Gaza Health Ministry says at least 60 Palestinians were killed along the border Monday. Doctors Without Borders says 1,300 suffered gunshot wounds; “We question this disproportionate use of force. We question the fact to use live ammunition against young protesters,” a spokesperson said.

Ibrahim’s father says his son was protesting peacefully. “I started crying when I saw him, he says. “It’s hard to accept what the Israelis did to him.”

Reporting by Derek Stoffel and photos by Jason Burles, CBC News and Mohammed Salem, Reuters | #CBCTheNational, #CBCNews #Gaza

“I want to be the Jordan of the NBA 2K league.”

Toronto’s Yusuf Abdulla is one of 102 gamers drafted into the new NBA eSports league.

The league is centred around the popular NBA 2K video game, which sold nearly 80 million copies last year.

The NBA is the first professional sports league to tap into the booming world of eSports. Seventeen of the 30 NBA franchises now also operate 2K teams that compete in a season that mirrors the NBA.

Abdulla started playing basketball in his neighbourhood as a kid, but after a close friend was shot and killed, his parents pressured him to stay inside to be safe — that’s when he turned to NBA 2K and discovered he was really good at it. •
“We were destroying teams and that’s the way I like it. That’s what I do. I pummel teams left right and centre.”

Abdulla landed a six-month contract with the Raptors Uprising worth $32,000 USD. There’s also a million dollars in prize money up for grabs.

Watch more on our YouTube channel.

Photos and reporting by @brock_boogie and @andrewchangcbc | #CBCTheNational #CBCNews #NBA2K #eSports #RaptorsUprising9

#Spring has sprung! And also cupcakes and meaningful discussion. #onecompanymanycultures #cbc

After withstanding years of siege, the rebel-held city of Douma fell to the Syrian Army last month after a ferocious bombing campaign, including an alleged chemical weapons attack.

The Syrian government insists that the chemical attack never happened and that the rebels staged it. UN chemical weapons inspectors have taken samples from the alleged sites, but the findings have not yet been released.

The people in Douma are friendly, but entry in and out of the city is strictly controlled by the Russian soldiers who negotiated the surrender and exit of the last hold-out rebels. Few journalists have been allowed to visit.

Photos and reporting by Margaret Evans and Stephanie Jenzer, CBC News. | #CBCTheNational #CBCNews #Syria

Fatima Ahmad started wearing the niqab a year and a half ago.

The 21-year-old was born and raised in Montreal and is currently studying to become a teacher at McGill University.

In October 2017 the Quebec government passed Bill 62, forbidding anyone from giving or receiving a public service if their face is covered. Fatima said when the bill passed it “felt like everyone was against me.” She was part of a group that challenged the bill in court.

“There’s a notion that if you cover up you’re oppressed, and the more skin you show the more free you are. For me that statement is quite absurd, because I choose what I will show to the world. Not vice versa.”

About 100 or so women in Quebec wear a face covering for religious reasons.

Watch “Seeing Fatima” on our YouTube channel | CBC News: The National

Photos and reporting by @kitracahana for CBC News: The National #CBCTheNational #CBCNews #Niqab #Bill62 #SeeingFatima

Had a not so great start to my day. Then, I came into work to this. I’m lucky to have some awesome colleagues. Thank you, Mary! You may all bow down to Queen Christine of Isilon, First of Her Name 👸🏻 #cbcinsidejoke #isilonnotisolon #partylikeajournalist

Andrew Chang tries on a bionic vest being tested by workers at a Ford assembly plant.

When assembling the undercarriage of a car, workers often have to hold their hands and heavy tools above their heads for long periods of time. This upper body exoskeleton allows workers to hold their arms up for longer without fatiguing.

To get a sense of what it feels like, put your arms above your head and imagine someone is supporting your arms up from underneath your elbows.

The device goes on like a backpack and works using spring technology. It doesn’t require any batteries or electricity.

If your thinking this would be a huge help the next time your friend asks you to move — think again. While the device does enhance endurance, it does not provide any added strength.

Photo and reporting by Michael Drapack and Andrew Chang |#CBCTheNational #CBCNews #CBC #TheFix #Bionic

The Winnipeg Jets are Canada’s last hope in the NHL postseason, and it’s easy for fans to look this elated when your team is pulling together back-to-back victories like no other in the series.

The Jets played in Nashville on Thursday night, coming away with a 5-1 win against the Predators. But when the clock ran out, the cheers were heard in Winnipeg, where thousands of fans gathered to watch the game at their home stadium, Bell MTS Place — with not a single person on the ice.

"I can't describe it. The energy in this building right now is nothing I've ever felt as a Jets fan, ever, ever," one fan told (screamed at) CBC News. "It's a wonderful time to be alive,” said (shouted) another.

No Winnipeg NHL franchise has ever advanced past Round 2 of the postseason. They are only halfway to a Stanley Cup, but for the city and its devoted fans, it already feels like victory.

The Jets will host the Golden Knights in Winnipeg on Saturday.

Photos by The Canadian Press | #CBCTheNational #CBCNews #CBC #WinnipegJets #NHL #NHLPlayoffs

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