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Ex-Gitmo detainee mysteriously surfaces in Morocco, deported to Uruguay

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay -- The strange tale of a former Guantanamo Bay inmate who resettled in Uruguay, staged a hunger strike to leave and sparked a regional alarm when he went missing, took another unexpected twist when he was deported back from Morocco - even though officials here were unaware that he had ever left.
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Last orca calf born in captivity at a SeaWorld park dies

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The last killer whale born in captivity under SeaWorld's former orca-breeding program died Monday at the company's San Antonio park, SeaWorld said.
Veterinarians were treating 3-month-old Kyara for an infection last weekend, but her health continued to decline, the Orlando-based company said in a news release.
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Afghan security scrutinized after suicide bomber kills 24

KABUL -- A Taliban suicide bomber killed 24 people in a horrific early morning assault in a neighbourhood where prominent politicians reside, causing residents and analysts to question the government's ability to protect Afghanistan's capital.
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B.C. RCMP say missing grenade launcher has been found

VANCOUVER - Mounties in British Columbia say a missing non-lethal grenade launcher has been found.
The force released a plea Monday looking for anyone who had information about a missing 40-millimetre Abrams Airborne Less Lethal Multi-Launcher and some related ammunition.
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Toronto-area police warn parents after release of woman who poisoned children

BRAMPTON, Ont. - Police west of Toronto are warning parents that a woman convicted of deliberately poisoning four young children in her care has been released from prison.
Peel regional police say Christine Allen, 36, was released Monday and will be living in the Charolais Boulevard area in Brampton, Ont.
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Charlize Theron lost out on 'Showgirls' role to Elizabeth Berkley

Charlize Theron is secretly glad she missed out on the lead role in Showgirls, because the movie was hammered by the critics.
The role of Nomi Malone in the 1995 Paul Vorhoeven film went to Elizabeth Berkley after the Monster star fought hard for the part, convinced it would give her fledgling Hollywood career a huge boost.
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"The Defenders" is the type of superhero streaming that we've come to expect from Netflix's live-action Marvel productions. Well worth the wait, the new show is every bit the event that Marvel fans hoped it could be.
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McCain making dramatic Senate return for crucial health vote

WASHINGTON -- John McCain will make a dramatic return to the Senate for a make-or-break vote on Republican health care legislation Tuesday just days after getting diagnosed with brain cancer, giving an emotional and arithmetical boost to his party's reeling effort to repeal Obamacare.
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'Energizer Bunny' loonie to peak near 80 cents US: experts

Two leading Bay Street strategists expect the Canadian dollar’s steady climb over the last two months will start to top out at about 80 cents US, a level it flirted with on Monday amid signs of an increasingly robust economy.
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Justin Bieber on axed concerts: 'I’ve been on tour for two years!'

NEW YORK — Justin Bieber is cancelling the rest of his Purpose World Tour “due to unforeseen circumstances.”
His representatives didn’t offer details about the cancellation in a statement released Monday but said the singer “loves his fans and hates to disappoint them.
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Statistics show spike in crime in Manitoba, Saskatchewan

An annual Statistics Canada report shows that crime is falling in most parts of the country, but has spiked in Saskatchewan and Manitoba, where local officials blame drugs.
The Crime Severity Index found that overall police-reported crimes fell in most provinces and territories between 2015 and 2016, but went up by nine per cent in Saskatchewan and eight per cent in Manitoba.
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Survivor in Texas immigrant-smuggling case says people cried, asked for water [Video]

SAN ANTONIO — Adan Lara Vega said he was told the $5,500 he was being charged to be smuggled into the United States would include an air-conditioned truck ride.
Instead, the 27-year-old Mexican labourer climbed with his friends into a pitch-black, metal tractor-trailer compartment that lacked ventilation — a deadly oven that would claim 10 lives.
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