Eight-year-old B.C. boy wins award for BMX GoPro video

An eight-year-old BMX athlete from Abbotsford, B.C., has become an online sensation and won an award from the camera company GoPro for a video he made of himself riding a bike.
In the 90 second video, the GoPro camera faces Rex Johnson’s face as he provides a running commentary of a ride with his friend Jack, capturing his open-mouthed and wide-eyed facial expressions as he barrels down the track and tackles jumps.
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Prince William begins politically delicate Mideast trip

AMMAN, Jordan -- Prince William has kicked off a politically delicate five-day tour of Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian territories, planning to meet with young people, refugees and political leaders in a tumultuous region once controlled by Britain.
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Five people taken to hospital for overdoses at electronic music festival

OTTAWA - Paramedics say five people were taken to hospital with apparent drug overdoses on the first day of Escapade, an electronic dance music festival in Ottawa.
The Ottawa Paramedic Service says one of the patients was in critical condition and another was in serious condition on Saturday.
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Optimism and strife to greet Canadian peacekeepers as they arrive in Mali

BAMAKO, Mali -- When Canada's first peacekeepers to this West African nation arrive at their new home Sunday, they will find a country riven by rampant poverty, internal divisions and strife -- but where sprigs of optimism exist.
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US Defence chief to visit China amid South China Sea tensions

BEIJING -- U.S. Defence Secretary Jim Mattis, who has accused China of "intimidation and coercion" in the South China Sea, visits Beijing this week as the countries increasingly spar over U.S. arms sales to Taiwan and Beijing's expanding military presence overseas.
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Spain rescues 569 migrants as EU discusses influx

Spanish authorities have released video of some of the 569 migrants they rescued after they crossed the Mediterranean in 25 leaky dinghies and a canoe.
The migrants, thought to be mainly from North Africa, were found Friday night and into Saturday morning, Spain's Maritime Rescue Service said.
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A dozen Canadian peacekeepers arrive in Mali as yearlong mission begins

GAO, Mali -- About a dozen Canadian troops landed at a UN base in Mali this morning, marking the official start of a yearlong mission to the West African nation and a new era in Canada's long history of peacekeeping.
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Han Solo's Blaster from 'Return of the Jedi' tops auction

LAS VEGAS - Han Solo's Blaster from the "Return of the Jedi" has sold for $550,000 at a Las Vegas auction.
Julien's Auctions says Ripley's Believe It or Not bought the item Saturday.
The sci-fi weapon was the top-selling item at the Hollywood Legends auction.
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UK euroskeptics urge PM May to prepare for 'no deal' Brexit

LONDON -- Pro-Brexit politicians and business figures have urged British Prime Minister Theresa May to be ready to walk away from the European Union without a trade agreement, despite warnings from major manufacturers that a "no deal" Brexit would be an economic disaster.
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5 taken to hospital for overdoses at Escapade Music Festival in Ottawa

Five people were taken to hospital to be treated for overdoses on Saturday during the Escapade Music Festival in Ottawa. 
Paramedics say one person is in critical and another is in serious condition because of overdoses involving GHB, a common street drug, which has the potential to be fatal.
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Toronto Pride Parade to kick off amid tensions between LGBTQ community, police

TORONTO -- Swaths of Toronto will burst with colour today as LGBTQ revellers hit the streets for the Pride Parade against a backdrop of tensions between the community and the city's police force.
More than 120 groups will march along the downtown route in this year's parade -- but uniformed officers won't be among them.
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Estimated 230,000 gallons of oil spilled in derailment: BNSF

DOON, Iowa -- An estimated 230,000 gallons (870,619 litres) of crude oil spilled into floodwaters in the northwestern corner of Iowa following a train derailment, a railroad official said Saturday.
BNSF spokesman Andy Williams said 14 of 32 oil tanker cars just south of Doon in Lyon County leaked oil into surrounding floodwaters from the swollen Little Rock River.
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