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China

Postcard from Washington: Panda diplomacy triumphs as Tiananmen memories fade

Posted April 18, 2014 by Allen Abel

WASHINGTON — It takes about half an hour to walk from the giant pandas at the National Zoo to the Laogai (“Reform Through Labour”) Museum in the basement of a Washington row house, time enough to ponder China on the […]

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General

New head appointed at Library and Archives Canada

Posted April 18, 2014 by Postmedia News

Jeff Lacroix-Wilson Postmedia News OTTAWA — More than a year after his predecessor abruptly quit, the new head of Library and Archives Canada will arrive in June at an institution facing huge challenges over digitizing Canada’s history in an era of […]

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Canadian Politics

Tories vote for rule change that could block MP Rob Anders from seeking nomination in different riding

Posted April 18, 2014 by Stephen Maher

The Conservative national council voted Thursday night to change the rules so that an MP who has lost one nomination race will need a waiver from the party before seeking the nomination in another riding. Some Conservatives believe the rule change […]

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General

Newsstand: April 18, 2014

Posted April 18, 2014 by Tannara Yelland

Ah, Easter weekend. A wonderful time for Christians to celebrate Jesus, and non-Christians to celebrate that Jesus gives them extra time off work. In the news: Olivia Chow releases anti-Ford attack ad, expect more city blackouts in the future, and get ready for an early summer election (maybe).

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A new anti-Rob Ford ad from Olivia Chow’s mayoral campaign takes aim at one of Ford’s key campaign promises: to “call people back,” or to be in contact with citizens and attend to their problems himself. It’s a neat way to get into contact with the people and, possibly, to avoid doing the work mayors […]



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General

Your morning five: Ukraine endures a fragile peace

Posted April 18, 2014 by Nick Taylor-Vaisey

Also: John Baird wants a fair trial for a jailed Canadian journalist

The post Your morning five: Ukraine endures a fragile peace appeared first on Macleans.ca.

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General

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford officially launches re-election campaign in ‘the spirit of second chances’

Posted April 18, 2014 by Postmedia News

By Natalie Alcoba TORONTO — Ford Nation came out in droves on Thursday to a Toronto convention centre festooned with red, white and blue balloons, as Rob Ford officially launched his mayoral re-election bid wrapped in his brand of populism and appealing […]

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Games

Florida man smothered crying son so he could play Xbox games, deputies say

Posted April 18, 2014 by Associated Press

HOMOSASSA, Fla. — A Florida man suffocated his young, crying son so he could play video games on his Xbox and watch TV, sheriff’s deputies said Friday. Cody Wygant, 24, is charged with third-degree murder and child neglect. He was being […]

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General

Vice principal rescued from sinking South Korean ferry found hanging from tree

Posted April 18, 2014 by Associated Press

SEOUL, South Korea — Police say a high school vice principal who had been rescued from a sinking South Korean ferry has been found hanging from a tree. The news of the death came Friday as rescuers scrambled to find hundreds […]

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General

12 Nepalese guides killed, 3 missing as avalanche sweeps Mount Everest

Posted April 18, 2014 by Associated Press

KATHMANDU, Nepal — An avalanche swept down a climbing route on Mount Everest early Friday, killing at least 12 Nepalese guides and leaving three missing in the deadliest disaster on the world’s highest peak. The Sherpa guides had gone early […]

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Crime

Prosecutors request arrest warrant from court for captain of South Korean ferry

Posted April 18, 2014 by Associated Press

SEOUL, South Korea — Prosecutors say they’ve asked a court to issue an arrest warrant for the captain of the South Korean ferry that sank two days ago, leaving hundreds missing and feared dead. Prosecutors said Friday that they have […]

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General

Probe into South Korea ferry focuses on captain’s actions and slow evacuation

Posted April 18, 2014 by Associated Press

MOKPO, South Korea — The investigation into South Korea’s ferry disaster focused on the sharp turn it took just before it began listing and on the possibility that a quicker evacuation order by the captain could have saved lives, officials said […]

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Europe

Pro-Russian insurgents say they will leave occupied buildings if interim Ukraine government resigns

Posted April 18, 2014 by Associated Press

DONETSK, Ukraine — Pro-Russian insurgents in Ukraine’s east who have been occupying government buildings in more than 10 cities said Friday they will only leave them if the interim government in Kyiv resigns. Denis Pushilin, a chairman of the self-appointed […]

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Australia

Sub scouring ocean for Malaysian jet as analysis of data from previous trips turns up nothing

Posted April 18, 2014 by Associated Press

PERTH, Australia — A robotic submarine headed back down into the depths of the Indian Ocean on Friday to scour the sea floor for any trace of the missing Malaysian jet one month after the search began off Australia’s west […]

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General

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford holds official launch of re-election campaign

Posted April 17, 2014 by The Canadian Press

TORONTO — Toronto’s controversial Mayor Rob Ford threw a large party — complete with recorded music and a live band — for the official launch of his re-election campaign. Ford, who was the first to register as a candidate in […]

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Activism

The Canadian Progressive: Ex-US president Jimmy Carter urges Obama to reject Keystone XL Pipeline

Posted April 17, 2014 by Obert Madondo

“History will reflect on this moment and it will be clear to our children and grandchildren if you made the right choice,” laureates remind President Obama as the world awaits his decision on the Keystone XL pipeline

by: Obert Madondo | April 17, 2014

To show leadership on climate change and leave a lasting legacy, US President Barack Obama must reject TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline. That’s the message from Jimmy Carter.

The former US president joined South African anti-apartheid icon Bishop Desmond Tutu and other Nobel Peace Prize laureates who have signed a strongly-worded open letter urging Obama to (Read more…)

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General

Tories mull rule that would block Anders from seeking new riding

Posted April 17, 2014 by Stephen Maher

The Conservative party is debating changing the rules to allow the party to block MPs who have lost a nomination race in one riding from running in another, which could prevent Rob Anders from returning to the House of Commons. […]

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Calgary

Father of Calgary stabbing suspect says family will ‘never recover from this’

Posted April 17, 2014 by Postmedia News

Declaring their unconditional love for their son, the parents of the man accused of the worst mass slaying in Calgary’s history said they, too, are struggling to comprehend a crime that continues to confound investigators. Matthew de Grood, 22, is […]

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Canada

Statement from father of Calgary mass-murder suspect

Posted April 17, 2014 by The Canadian Press

‘Like any parent can tell you, a love for your child is unconditional and we love Matthew dearly’

The post Statement from father of Calgary mass-murder suspect appeared first on Macleans.ca.

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General

UN inquiry chief pushes Security Council to act on North Korea’s ‘human-rights violations’

Posted April 17, 2014 by Associated Press

The head of the commission of inquiry that accused North Korea of crimes against humanity told the UN Security Council on Thursday that it must take action against “a totalitarian state without parallel in the contemporary world,” and he told […]

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Canada

Report on F-35 fighter jet rivals complete

Posted April 17, 2014 by The Canadian Press

Cabinet will decide whether there will be an open competition to replace aging fleet

The post Report on F-35 fighter jet rivals complete appeared first on Macleans.ca.

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General

Father of murder suspect says he’d do anything to bring victims back

Posted April 17, 2014 by The Canadian Press

‘Your lives have been turned upside down. We know words cannot begin to ease your pain and suffering.’

The post Father of murder suspect says he’d do anything to bring victims back appeared first on Macleans.ca.

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General

Ethics commissioner cites Jason Kenney for failing to report stock transactions

Posted April 17, 2014 by Glen McGregor

OTTAWA – Employment Minister Jason Kenney has been sanctioned by the federal ethics commissioner for failing to disclose stock market transactions made in his name in 2012. Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson fined Kenney a token $100 last month for failing to […]

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Extra, Extra: Saving the TTC, Rob Ford Making History, and Free Visits to the ROM

Posted April 17, 2014 by Anonymous

Photo by Scott Snider, from the Torontoist Flickr pool.

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss. In Tess Kalinowski’s free Star e-book Can this man save the TTC? the transportation reporter takes a long and thoughtful look at TTC CEO Andy Byford and the challenges he faces. It is a long and thoughtful […]



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Christianity

U.S. denounces distribution of anti-Semitic leaflets in Ukraine

Posted April 17, 2014 by Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The United States on Thursday condemned as “grotesque” the distribution of leaflets demanding that Jews in eastern Ukraine register with a self-proclaimed local authority or face consequences. U.S. officials also denounced other instances of religious intolerance that are inflaming […]

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Crime

RCMP charge Dutch man in Amanda Todd cyberbullying case

Posted April 17, 2014 by Postmedia News

VANCOUVER — RCMP have laid five charges including pornography, extortion, criminal harassment and Internet luring against an unnamed man in the Netherlands in connection with the Amanda Todd case. The 15-year-old Port Coquitlam girl killed herself in October 2012, shortly […]

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General

Photos: Iranian woman forgives son’s condemned killer as he stands at gallows

Posted April 17, 2014 by Postmedia News

The execution of an Iranian convicted of murder was halted at the very last minute in a dramatic scene this week when the mother of his victim forgave him as he stood on the gallows with the noose around his […]

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Astronomy

Earth 2.0? NASA telescope discovers most Earth-like planet beyond our solar system

Posted April 17, 2014 by Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — Astronomers have discovered what they say is the most Earth-like planet yet detected — a distant, rocky world that’s similar in size to our planet and exists in the Goldilocks zone where it’s not too hot and […]

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General

Canada to send fighter jets to Eastern Europe as worries about Russia mount

Posted April 17, 2014 by Lee Berthiaume

OTTAWA — Canada is sending six fighter jets and up to 20 military officers to Poland and Brussels after Prime Minister Stephen Harper promised Thursday that Canada will stand shoulder-to-shoulder with its allies in facing down Russia over Ukraine. The deployments […]

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Calgary

Suspect in Calgary mass murder acted ‘strangely’ in days before stabbing

Posted April 17, 2014 by Postmedia News

Matthew de Grood, the suspect charged in Calgary’s worst mass murder, was behaving strangely in the weeks and days preceding the early Tuesday morning massacre that left five Calgary university students stabbed to death, says a police officer who knows […]

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General

Trailer: Orange is the New Black season 2!

Posted April 17, 2014 by mike

FINALLY!  After waiting almost an entire year, we’re getting our first taste of the second season of Netflix’s Orange is the New Black!  Oh man, I’m going to have to watch it a few times just to digest all that’s …
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Africa

Photos April 17: Top images from around the world

Posted April 17, 2014 by Postmedia News

The day’s best photos, as selected by editors at Postmedia News, are a stunning collection of the greatest images from around the world.

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Canada

Koodo Mobile has 1 million subscribers

Posted April 17, 2014 by Ian Hardy

TELUS recently became Canada’s second largest wireless carrier and ended 2013 with 7,807,000 subscribers. This number represents both the TELUS Mobility brand and its sub-brand Koodo Mobile, with the newly acquired Public Mobile omitted from the results, but they have 222,000 subs. The breakdown of subscribers for each carrier is rarely given, but according to

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Crime

Long-term U.S. inmate who was homesick for prison to be sentenced

Posted April 17, 2014 by Associated Press

CHICAGO — Walter Unbehaun faces sentencing Thursday for a bank robbery he committed last year because he was homesick for prison. The 74-year-old high-school dropout and part-time bathtub repairman probably isn’t the first long-term convict to find he prefers being barked […]

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Canadian Politics

A timeline of the Canada Revenue Agency’s response to the Heartbleed bug

Posted April 17, 2014 by The Canadian Press

OTTAWA — A timeline of the Canada Revenue Agency’s response to the Heartbleed bug: Monday, April 7: The Canada Revenue Agency says it was first informed of the Heartbleed bug. Tuesday, April 8: Two senior CRA officials testify at a parliamentary […]

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Canadian Politics

The Baloney Meter: Are there discrepancies in the CRA’s Heartbleed timeline?

Posted April 17, 2014 by The Canadian Press

OTTAWA — “To reassure Canadians that your government is able to fully protect the vital private financial information of Canadian taxpayers, we are hoping you could explain apparent discrepancies in the timeline regarding this breach — i.e., the period between when you […]

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General

Your morning five: Ukraine unrest turns deadly

Posted April 17, 2014 by Nick Taylor-Vaisey

Also: Quebec Liberals are under criminal investigation

The post Your morning five: Ukraine unrest turns deadly appeared first on Macleans.ca.

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General

Newsstand: April 17, 2014

Posted April 17, 2014 by Anonymous

So, on Monday a Nebraska toddler got stuck in one of those claw-style toy vending machine games. No, you read that right. That actually happened. In slightly less awesome news: Open Streets will happen this summer, a new zoning law could allow small businesses to open up within apartment towers, electronic joints may not be safe to smoke, and the who’s who of city councillors running for re-election this fall.

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Toronto’s economic development committee has given a green light to a downsized version of the Open Streets proposal, which originally aimed to transform a 10-kilometre section of Bloor Street by closing it down to motorists into an urban park for special outdoor activities on four Sunday mornings this summer. After hearing that Toronto Police quoted […]



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Canada

TELUS BlackBerry Z10 now available on Prepaid for $200

Posted April 17, 2014 by Ian Hardy

The BlackBerry Z10 was once the saviour of the Waterloo-based company. When this BlackBerry 10-powered device was released back in February of 2013 it saw “great interest” from its carrier partners. Many moons later, plus a massive “BlackBerry Z10 Inventory Charge” of $934 million, the one-time flagship has been demoted to entry-level status and shifted

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General

Extra, Extra: Traffic Congestion, Beer Fearmongering, and a Star Reporter’s New Job

Posted April 16, 2014 by Anonymous

Photo by Ryan, from the Torontoist Flickr pool.

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss. Those of you interested in reducing traffic congestion will be delighted to hear that it’s possible not one of the suggestions presented by the current crop of mayoral candidates would actually do anything to reduce traffic congestion. […]



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