China appeals to U.S. to stop disrupting acquisitions

BEIJING -- China has urged Washington to stop disrupting its foreign corporate acquisitions after President Barack Obama blocked the purchase of a German maker of semiconductor manufacturing equipment as a security risk.
The proposed acquisition of Aixtron SE by China's Fujian Grand Chip was "pure market behaviour," a foreign ministry spokesman, Lu Kang, said Monday.
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11 trapped in China's latest coal mine accident

BEIJING - A gas explosion has trapped 11 Chinese coal miners underground, in the latest in a string of deadly accidents striking the industry after 53 miners were killed in two similar blasts last week.
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Families could pay up to $420 more for food in 2017, report finds

The average Canadian family may need to dish out as much as $420 more for food next year — and consumers could have president-elect Donald Trump to thank for part of the price bump, the lead author of a new report says.
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Families to spend more on groceries, restaurants in 2017: report

TORONTO - The typical Canadian family will spend up to $420 more on groceries and dining out next year, getting little relief from a recent drop in the cost of food, suggests a new report released Monday.
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Trump's Taiwan call could disrupt 'very calibrated dance' between U.S., China

A phone call and a diplomatic reset? It's not ever quite that simple when it comes to relations between America, China and Taiwan. Handled the wrong way and it can get downright hostile.
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Trump signals tougher China policy, possibly by accident

WASHINGTON -- Whether by accident or design, President-elect Donald Trump is signalling a tougher American policy toward China, sparking warnings from both the outgoing Obama administration and Beijing.
On Monday, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said progress with the Chinese could be "undermined" by a flare-up over the sovereignty of Taiwan, the self-governing island the U.S.
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Edmonton dog breeding operation shut down

A man and woman are charged after dozens of dogs at a local breeding operation were found suffering in horrific conditions, says the Edmonton Humane Society (EHS).
“I’ve been here six years now in the animal protection department and this is the worst one I’ve seen for the number of animals confined to these spaces,” said peace officer B.Grey, supervisor of Animal Protection Services with the Edmonton Humane Society.
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Edmonton man admits to backing over his girlfriend with a van and driving over her

An Edmonton man admitted in court Monday to fleeing after hitting his longtime girlfriend with a van and driving over her — leaving her badly injured — following an argument outside a north-side casino.
Jahanbakhsh Ahmadi, 51, pleaded guilty in Court of Queen's Bench to failing to stop at the scene of an accident and offer assistance, knowing that bodily harm had been caused, with intent to escape civil or criminal liability.
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Edmonton police investigate after man ties noose, threatens two Muslim women

Edmonton police are looking for a man who harassed two Muslim women at the University LRT station earlier this month.
Two young women, both wearing hijabs, were approached by a man while standing on the station platform about 8:20 a.m.
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Facebook, YouTube and others introduce database to combat terrorist propaganda online

Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube are joining forces to more quickly identify the worst terrorist propaganda and prevent it from spreading online.
The new program announced Monday would create a database of unique digital "fingerprints" to help automatically identify videos or images the companies could remove.
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Tamara Lovet on trial for son's death: I failed as a mother

The defence is arguing its case today at the trial of a woman who treated her son with dandelion tea and oil of oregano before he died of a strep infection.
Tamara Lovett's trial is entering its second week in a Calgary courtroom.
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B.C. fishermen survive sinking boat, only to spend night with cougar

Two boaters off the coast of B.C. have an extraordinary story to tell after surviving a boat sinking and a cougar stalking them during their bid for rescue.
The two men were out crab fishing on Saturday in a small boat in Discovery Passage, a narrow passage between Vancouver Island and Quadra Island, when their boat started sinking just before dark.
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