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Quebec Cardinal Marc Ouellet says Pope Francis' historic summit on preventing sex abuse in the clergy is a good first step but says "I cannot promise we will never make another mistake."
Ouellet told CTV News' Paul Workman that the Vatican is taking the allegations of sex abuse seriously, citing the historic summit as the first step in reconciliation.
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Polish activists pull down statue of priest in abuse protest

WARSAW, Poland -- Activists in Poland pulled down a statue of a priest early Thursday after increasing allegations that he sexually abused minors, a stunt they said was to protest the failure of the Polish Catholic Church in resolving the problem of clergy sex abuse.
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Catalan secessionists block highways, train tracks in strike

BARCELONA, Spain -- Strikers backing Catalonia's secession from Spain blocked major highways, train tracks and roads across the northeastern region on Thursday to protest the trial of a dozen separatist leaders.
The general strike was organized by small unions of pro-independence workers and students.
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Barclays sets aside millions to deal with Brexit uncertainty

LONDON -- British bank Barclays says it set aside 150 million pounds ($196 million) to deal with economic uncertainty as Britain prepares to leave the European Union.
The bank said Thursday that bad loans in its credit card and corporate lending businesses may increase amid "anticipated economic uncertainty in the U.K.
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Proposed edible pot rules are wasteful, would leave products tasteless: critics

VANCOUVER -- Canada's proposed edible pot regulations would result in tasteless products wrapped in wasteful packaging, shutting out medical patients and fuelling a continued black market, critics say.
The consultation period on the proposed rules ended Wednesday and Health Canada is now reviewing the responses.
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Family may lose home after learning Medicare won't cover lifesaving surgery

Marilyn Steele held onto her life but may lose her home because of lifesaving surgery her Fredericton doctor said couldn't be done in these parts. 
Steele got the surgery within days of a devastating cancer diagnosis, but not in Fredericton or anywhere else in Canada.
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Louisiana woman charged in shooting of her pet llama, Earl

OPELOUSAS, La. -- A Louisiana woman is accused of shooting her pet llama named Earl who she says attacked her.
News outlets report 67-year-old Madeline Bourgeois told St. Landry Parish Sheriff's deputies that Earl had attacked her last week while she was working in her pasture.
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More than 150 IS militants handed over to Iraq from Syria

BAGHDAD -- U.S.-backed Syrian forces fighting the Islamic State group in Syria handed over more than 150 Iraqi members of the group to Iraq, the first batch of several to come, an Iraqi security official said Thursday.
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Predicting this year's wild Oscar race: Who will win — and who should

The danger with Oscar predictions is a sense of complacency.
For months we've heard the same films mentioned again and again. But in many ways, the 91st Academy Awards race has been one of the most interesting contests in years.
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Students abused at Catholic school for deaf boys in Verona seek closure at Pope's summit

Alessandro Vantini uses crude gestures to illustrate the way three priests abused him throughout his entire childhood at a school for deaf boys in the northern Italian city of Verona.
He said one clergyman regularly hit him with a stick and sodomized him.
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Ottawa could face four class-action lawsuits over $165M error at Veterans Affairs

The federal government now faces four proposed class-action lawsuits over a $165 million accounting error at Veterans Affairs that shortchanged more than 250,000 former soldiers, sailors and aircrew, CBC News has learned.
The latest claim was filed this week by the Ottawa law firm headed by retired colonel Michel Drapeau.
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First post-SNC-Lavalin polls look bad for Trudeau Liberals

The fallout from the SNC-Lavalin affair is only beginning to rain down on Justin Trudeau and his Liberal government but it seems to be having an impact — one that could put the Liberals on track to defeat in this fall's federal election.
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