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France attack: 1 person to appear before judge

PARIS -- One person is to appear before a judge as part of a terrorism-related investigation into a shooting attack that killed five people last week near a Christmas market in the eastern French city of Strasbourg, the Paris prosecutor's office said Monday.
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Corrections adviser recommends overhaul to address violence in Ontario jails

TORONTO -- A report from Ontario's independent corrections adviser has made a number of recommendations aimed at making jails safer, in response to an increase in reported inmate-on-staff violence at the province's correctional institutions.
In a report released Thursday, Howard Sapers makes 42 recommendations to the province's Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, including overhauling data management, improving workplace culture and enhancing training for correctional employees.
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Ontario lawmakers set to debate bill to prevent strike at power utility

TORONTO -- The Ontario government is set to hold an emergency session today to introduce legislation aimed at preventing a strike at one of the province's major power utilities.
The Progressive Conservatives are reconvening the legislature this afternoon -- just over a week after lawmakers rose for their winter break -- to table the bill that would stop job action by about 6,000 workers at Ontario Power Generation.
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Philippines contestant Catriona Gray named Miss Universe

BANGKOK -- The Philippines' Catriona Gray was named Miss Universe 2018 in a competition concluding Monday in Bangkok, besting contestants from 93 other countries and delighting her home nation.
Grey wore a sparkling red dress she said was inspired by a volcano in the Philippines as she was handed the crown to the delight of a roaring crowd that generally favoured Southeast Asian contestants.
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China is driving use of armed drones in Middle East: report

BEIRUT -- The use of armed drones in the Middle East, driven largely by sales from China, has grown significantly in the past few years with an increasing number of countries and other parties using them in regional conflicts to lethal effects, a new report said Monday.
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U.S. conducts 6 airstrikes against Somalia extremists, 62 dead

JOHANNESBURG -- The U.S. military says it has carried out six airstrikes in the Gandarshe area of Somalia which killed a total of 62 al-Shabab extremist rebels.
In a statement issued Monday, the U.S.
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Malaysia files criminal charges against Goldman Sachs

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Malaysia says it has filed criminal charges against Goldman Sachs and two of its employees in connection with a multibillion-dollar scandal involving state investment fund 1MDB.
Attorney General Tommy Thomas said Monday that the charges stem from allegedly misleading statements aimed at misappropriating $2.7 billion in proceeds from the sale of three bonds issued by subsidiaries of the fund.
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May to argue 2nd referendum would violate public trust

LONDON -- Prime Minister Theresa May is set to condemn growing calls for a second referendum on Britain's departure from the European Union, saying it would do irreparable damage to trust in democracy.
May's office said she will tell lawmakers in the House of Commons on Monday that staging another referendum "would say to millions who trusted in democracy that our democracy does not deliver.
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Malaysia files criminal charges against Goldman Sachs, ex-bankers in 1MDB probe

Malaysia said on Monday it has filed criminal charges at home against Goldman Sachs and two of the U.S. bank's former employees in connection with a corruption and money laundering probe at state fund 1MDB.
Goldman Sachs has been under scrutiny for its role in helping raise $6.5 billion US through three bond offerings for 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB), which is the subject of investigations in at least six countries.
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Canadian Chamber of Commerce solidly backs carbon pricing

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce says the business community in Canada is solidly backing carbon pricing as the way for it to "play its part in the fight against climate change" — and it wants governments to stop playing politics and waffling about it.
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A Winnipeg reservist who the military said died during training last November in fact stepped away from other soldiers on that exercise and killed himself — a year after telling his superiors he was being bullied and harassed.
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Crossing the border illegally into Canada was the only option left for me

As I approached the Canadian border from Roxham Road on a sunny and beautiful July day earlier this year, my mind was scattered over the years of my struggled life. This was another struggle and something that I had to do — cross the border illegally.
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