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'I'm hoarding': Ontario's basic income recipients prepare for program's early end

Ontario's basic income pilot project was widely expected to last three years, and for participants who made financial commitments based on that, the program's early end next week is creating new financial stress.
The province's previous Liberal government launched the basic income pilot in 2017 to see if more money could change the lives of people with low incomes, choosing 4,000 people to receive payments in the Ontario communities of Lindsay, Thunder Bay, Brantford and Hamilton.
 

New Zealand observes Muslim prayer after mosque attacks

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand -- New Zealanders observed the Muslim call to prayer Friday in reflecting on the moment one week ago when 50 worshippers at two Christchurch mosques were slain - an act an imam told the crowd of thousands that had left the country broken-hearted but not broken.
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Boeing to make safety feature standard on troubled Max jets

Boeing will make standard on its troubled new airliner a safety feature that might have helped the crew of a jet that crashed shortly after takeoff last year in Indonesia, killing everyone on board.
The equipment, which had been offered as an option, alerts pilots of faulty information from key sensors.
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U.S. forces say 2 American soldiers killed in Afghanistan

Two American service members were killed during an operation in Afghanistan on Friday, U.S. and NATO forces said without providing any other details on the combat deaths.
The fatalities underscore the difficulties in bringing peace to Afghanistan even as Washington has stepped up efforts to find a way to end the 17-year war, America's longest.
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EU offers short Brexit delay but sets strict limits

BRUSSELS -- European Union leaders are gathering again Friday after deciding that the political crisis in Britain over Brexit poses too great a threat to the world's biggest trading bloc.
In a move that underlined their loss of confidence in British Prime Minister Theresa May, the leaders, set two deadlines for Britain to leave or to take an entirely new path in considering its EU future.
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Jimmy Carter's new milestone: longest-lived U.S. president

ATLANTA -- Nearly four decades after voters unceremoniously rejected then-U.S. President Jimmy Carter's bid for a second term, the 39th president has reached a milestone that electoral math cannot dispute: He is now the longest-living chief executive in American history.
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China chemical plant blast kills 44, injures hundreds more

BEIJING -- A massive explosion at a chemical plant in eastern China with a long record of safety violations has killed at least 44 people and injured hundreds of others, 90 of them seriously.
Thursday's blast in an industrial park in the city of Yancheng, north of Shanghai, was one of China's worst industrial accidents in recent years.
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China chemical plant blast kills 47, injures hundreds more

BEIJING -- A massive explosion at a chemical plant in eastern China with a long record of safety violations has killed at least 47 people and injured hundreds of others, 90 of them seriously.
Thursday's blast in an industrial park in the city of Yancheng, north of Shanghai, was one of China's worst industrial accidents in recent years.
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A closer look at New Zealand's new weapons ban

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand -- Only a week after attacks on two mosques in New Zealand killed 50 worshippers, the country has banned sales of "military-style" semi-automatic weapons and high-capacity magazines.
In the world of politics, it's a lightning fast response, especially when compared to the deeply contentious, long-running gun control debate in the United States.
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Homeless deaths more than doubled in British Columbia in 2016, coroner says

VANCOUVER -- The number of homeless people who died in British Columbia more than doubled in 2016 compared with the previous year, and the majority died of drug overdoses or alcohol poisoning.
A new report from the BC Coroners Service says 175 homeless individuals died in the province in 2016, a 140 per cent increase over the 73 who died in 2015.
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Levi's soars in return to public markets

NEW YORK -- Levi Strauss & Co.'s return to the public markets got an enthusiastic reception from investors who believe the iconic brand is ready for a comeback - and still has a lot more room to grow.
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Ex-Brazil president Temer arrested on corruption charges

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Former Brazilian President Michel Temer was arrested Thursday on corruption charges, a dramatic development in a sprawling graft probe that has roiled Latin America's largest nation and shows no sign of slowing.
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