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Saudi woman gets 34 years in prison after retweeting dissidents

A Saudi court has sentenced a doctoral student to 34 years in prison for spreading "rumours" and retweeting dissidents, according to court documents obtained Thursday, a decision that has drawn growing global condemnation.
Activists and lawyers consider the sentence against Salma al-Shehab, a mother of two and a researcher at Leeds University in Britain, shocking compared to other rulings in Saudi Arabia for similar offences.
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Anne Heche's death was accidental, according to coroner's results

Actor Anne Heche died from inhalation injury and burns after her fiery car crash two weeks ago and the death was ruled an accident, according to coroner's results released Wednesday.
Heche, 53, also had a fractured sternum caused by "blunt trauma," according to information on the website of the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner.
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B.C. breaks temperature records amid brief heat wave

Wednesday’s heat wave, which gripped much of southern British Columbia, broke a number of temperature records in the province.
Environment Canada issued a number of heat warnings this week, with the mercury expected to soar again Thursday.
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Russia deploys hypersonic missiles to its Baltic exclave

The Russian military said Thursday that it has deployed warplanes armed with state-of-the-art hypersonic missiles to the country's Kaliningrad region, a move that comes amid soaring tensions with the West over Moscow's action in Ukraine.
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Releasing treated oilsands tailings into the environment isn't the only solution being considered to clean up the massive toxic ponds in northern Alberta, federal Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault says.
Guilbeault said Wednesday that even though his government is developing regulations on how the tailings could be drained into the Athabasca River, other solutions are under review.
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Finnish PM: No drugs, just lots of dancing at 'wild' party

Finland's prime minister says she did not take any drugs during a "wild" party in a private home, adding she did nothing wrong when letting her hair down and partying with friends.
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No drugs, just lots of dancing at 'wild' party: Finland PM Sanna Marin

Finland's prime minister says she did not take any drugs during a "wild" party in a private home, adding she did nothing wrong when letting her hair down and partying with friends.
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Commercial bankruptcies rising in Canada, says business lobby group

A small business lobby group says commercial bankruptcies are rising in Canada and even more small businesses are at risk of closure.
Statistics Canada data shows small business insolvencies have been on an upward trend since May 2021.
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U.S. congressional delegation in Kenya amid election crisis

A U.S. congressional delegation has met with Kenya's new president-elect and the opposition figure likely to file a court challenge to his election loss in the latest electoral crisis for East Africa's most stable democracy.
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Saudi doctoral student gets 34 years in prison for tweets

A Saudi court has sentenced a doctoral student to 34 years in prison for spreading "rumours" on Twitter and retweeting dissidents, according to court documents obtained Thursday, drawing growing global condemnation.
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Sexual assault accuser wore 'provocative' clothing, Indian judge rules

A judge in southern India has ruled a woman wore "provocative" clothing, effectively dismissing her sexual assault complaint, causing public outcry in the country, where violence against women and girls make frequent headlines.
The district court judge in Kerala state made the comments last week while granting anticipatory bail to a 74-year-old man accused of sexual harassment and assault, according to court documents.
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New Zealand police have launched a homicide investigation after the remains of two children were found in suitcases bought by a family at an online auction, police said Thursday.
In a statement, police said they were alerted to the case last week when the family from the South Auckland suburb of Manurewa reported finding human body parts in several items they bought from a storage facility.