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Canada's annual inflation rate slows again, this time to 1.0 per cent in June

OTTAWA -- The annual pace of inflation slowed once again last month as lower gasoline and electricity prices helped offset higher costs in most other categories, Statistics Canada said Friday.
Overall, the agency's latest inflation report found that prices were one per cent higher in June compared to a year earlier.
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Canada's annual inflation rates eases to 1% in June

Canada's annual rate of inflation came in at one per cent on a year-over-year basis in June, easing from the 1.3 per gain seen in May, Statistics Canada said Friday.
The June figure for the consumer price index came in just below the 1.1 per cent consensus of expectations of economists.
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Angry drivers stuck for hours on busy Ontario highway after chemical spill

A chemical spill brought traffic to a standstill for much of Thursday on Ontario’s Highway 400, causing frustration for drivers on this busy roadway that connects Toronto with the province’s central and northern reaches.
Around 1:30 p.m.
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U.K. girl left in tears after she's fined for selling lemonade

LONDON -- A British man and his young daughter have gained international attention after being fined for selling lemonade outside.
Andre Spicer said his 5-year-old daughter was left in tears after local council officers fined her 150 pounds (US$195) for selling lemonade without a license near their home in London.
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Hemingway look-alikes gather in Key West for annual contest

KEY WEST, Fla. - About 160 stocky, white-bearded men resembling Ernest Hemingway have gathered in Florida to compete in the island city's annual Hemingway Look-Alike Contest.
The competition began Thursday evening at Sloppy Joe's Bar, frequented by Hemingway when he lived in Key West during the 1930s.
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Justin Bieber's 'bad behaviour' prompts China ban

BEIJING — Canadian pop star Justin Bieber has been barred from performing in China due to what officials call past instances of “bad behaviour.”
In a statement posted on its website on Tuesday, the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Culture said that while the 23-year-old is a gifted singer, “he is also a controversial young foreign singer.
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U.S. to ban travel to North Korea: AP

WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration will ban American citizens from travelling to North Korea, U.S. officials said Friday, following the death of university student Otto Warmbier who died in June after falling into a coma in a North Korean prison.
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Liquidation sales at most Sears stores slated for closure begin today

Dozens of Sears stores slated for closure begin liquidation sales Friday, but bargain hunters would be wise to temper their expectations, say industry experts.
Eager to avoid bankruptcy, the one-time retail giant is counting on hordes of shoppers to scoop up discounted merchandise, fixtures and equipment as soon as possible.
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U.S. to ban Americans from travelling to North Korea

U.S. officials say the Trump administration will ban American citizens from travelling to North Korea following the death of university student Otto Warmbier, who was returned to the U.S. in a coma after spending time in a North Korean prison.
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Cecil the Lion's son Xanda killed by trophy hunter

JOHANNESBURG — First there was Cecil, a Zimbabwean lion whose 2015 killing by an American hunter ignited international outrage. Now Cecil’s son Xanda has been killed in the same area, bringing fresh scrutiny on the “trophy” hunting of a species whose numbers in the African wild have plummeted.
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Quake damages buildings on Greek island; 2 killed, 200 hurt

ATHENS, Greece — A powerful earthquake shook the Greek resort island of Kos early Friday morning, damaging older and historic buildings and the main port, killing at least two people and causing more than 120 injuries, authorities said.
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‘Thank you, thank you, thank you’: O.J. Simpson granted parole [Video]

LOVELOCK, Nev. — O.J. Simpson once thrilled crowds as he ran for touchdowns and hurdled airport seats in car rental ads to achieve Hollywood celebrity before he was acquitted of murder in the 1995 “trial of the century” in Los Angeles.
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