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Austria sees 2nd chancellor step down in less than 2 months

Austrian Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg announced Thursday he is stepping down just two months after taking over from predecessor Sebastian Kurz, who stumbled over corruption allegations.
Schallenberg, a former foreign minister, said he would leave office as soon as the conservative Austrian People's Party names a new leader.
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Alberta premier hires lawyers over lawsuit threat from environmental groups

The Alberta government has hired a private law firm to defend Premier Jason Kenney after environmental groups threatened him with a defamation lawsuit.
Paul Champ, lawyer for the environmentalists, says he's been notified that the province has retained counsel.
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Alicia Keys teases new songs at small show ahead of art fair

MIAMI -- R&B singer-songwriter Alicia Keys guided a few hundred people at a small show in Miami through a 10-minute meditation before asking them to make some choices.
Keys wanted concert goers gathering for an immersive exhibit on the eve of Art Basel Miami Beach to listen to her new material, and then pick either the relaxing piano versions the Grammy-winning artist is best known for, or the more-produced tracks with a different beat for the same songs.
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Belgium to reinforce measures to contain pandemic on Friday

BRUSSELS -- The Belgian government has vowed to reinforce measures to contain the coronavirus even more with fresh measures to be decided Friday, possibly including more school closures and further reducing opening times of bars and restaurants.
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Canada, EU and allies hit Belarus with co-ordinated sanctions

BRUSSELS -- The United States, European Union, Britain and Canada slapped simultaneous sanctions Thursday on dozens of officials, organizations and companies in Belarus, with the EU taking aim at those accused of participating in a "hybrid attack" on the bloc using migrants.
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Winnipeg police will not charge Peter Nygard following investigation

The Winnipeg Police Service said they will not be filing any criminal charges against former fashion mogul Peter Nygard following a lengthy investigation into alleged sexual assaults.
In a statement, police chief Danny Smyth said eight cases were submitted to Manitoba Justice for consideration, but following a review by Manitoba Justice, they declined to authorize criminal charges.
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Canada slaps new sanctions on officials over human rights violations in Belarus

Canada has imposed new sanctions on Belarusian officials over human rights violations in that country — measures taken in coordination with the United States, the United Kingdom and the European Union.
"The Belarusian regime must answer for its acts, which affect those both inside and outside its borders," Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly said in a media statement today.
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'We're sick of being in pain': Suicide still devastating Nunavut

TORONTO -- Warning: This story deals with themes that some might find upsetting
For Iqaluit youths Joseph Ashoona and Deion Pearce, the recent suicide of a beloved friend in their hockey community was their breaking point.
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Alberta Premier Jason Kenney hires lawyers over environmentalist lawsuit threat

The Alberta government has hired a private law firm to defend Premier Jason Kenney after several environmental groups threatened him with a defamation lawsuit.
Paul Champ, a lawyer for the environmentalists, says he's been notified that the province has retained counsel.
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Ghislaine Maxwell trial jurors hear expert testimony about sexual predators

NEW YORK -- Jurors at Ghislaine Maxwell's trial got a psychologist's overview Thursday of how sexual predators gradually lure and ensnare child victims, a view that defence lawyers tried to keep out of the British socialite's sex trafficking trial.
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RCMP seize 59 illegal firearms at Canada-U.S. border near Cornwall, Ont.

Two Quebec men are facing charges after the RCMP seized 59 illegal firearms during an investigation into a boat landing at the Canadian border near Cornwall, Ont.
The RCMP says on Nov. 28, members of the Integrated RCMP Cornwall Border Integrity Team launched a firearms smuggling investigation after a boat crossed the St.
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ELLE magazine bans fur in all its titles to support animal welfare

LONDON -- Fashion magazine ELLE is banning fur from the pages of all its international editions in a move to support animal welfare and reflect changing tastes, the publication said on Thursday.
Hailing a "fur-free future," ELLE senior vice president and international director Valeria Bessolo LLopiz told Reuters: "It's a really great opportunity to increase awareness for animal welfare, bolster the demand for sustainable and innovative alternatives and foster a more humane fashion industry.
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