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Debt, protectionism could drag down improving global economy

FRANKFURT -- The global economy has picked up and prospects for the next few months are the best in a long time.
But the recovery is maturing and faces risks from populist rejection of free trade and from high debt that could burden consumers and companies as interest rates rise.
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Turkey's Erdogan rejects Arab demands; troops to stay in Qatar

ISTANBUL -- Turkey's president on Sunday rejected a demand by major Arab states to remove Turkish troops from Qatar, saying their sweeping list of ultimatums has threatened the small Gulf country's sovereignty.
Speaking after Eid al-Fitr prayers in Istanbul, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called the demand "disrespectful" and said Turkey would not seek permission from others when making its defenceco-operation agreements.
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No winning ticket for Saturday night's $9.4M Lotto 649 jackpot

TORONTO -- No winning ticket was sold for the $9.4 million jackpot in Saturday night's Lotto 649 draw.
However, the guaranteed $1 million prize was claimed by a ticket holder in Ontario.
The jackpot for the next Lotto 649 draw on June 28 will be approximately $12 million.
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Trudeau to march in Toronto Pride Parade today

TORONTO -- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will march in Canada's largest Pride parade today.
Trudeau, who became the first sitting prime minister to march in a Pride parade during last year's event, will be joined by other dignitaries including Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Assembly of First Nations Chief Perry Bellegarde and more than 150 groups and organizations.
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Air bag maker Takata bankruptcy expected Monday

DETROIT -- Drowning in a sea of lawsuits and recall costs, Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp. is expected to seek bankruptcy protection in Tokyo and the United States early Monday.
Takata was done in by defective air bag inflators that can explode with too much force, spewing out shrapnel.
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Talks continue between Ontario's liquor board and workers

TORONTO -- Talks are continuing today between the Liquor Control Board of Ontario and its workers, who have threatened to go on strike at one minute past midnight.
But there's no word on how the talks between the LCBO and the Ontario Public Service Employees Union are going.
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Vehicle crashes into pedestrians in Newcastle, U.K.; terrorism not suspected

LONDON -- Six people, including three children, were injured after a car ran into pedestrians outside a Newcastle sports center where people were reportedly gathered to celebrate the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr. Police said the incident was not believed to be terror-related.
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Ten bodies found, scores missing in massive China landslide

MAO COUNTY, China -- Rescuers recovered 10 bodies and were still searching for 93 other people on Sunday, a day after a massive landslide buried a picturesque mountain village in southwestern China.
More than 2,500 rescuers with detection devices and dogs were looking for signs of life amid the rubble of huge boulders that rained down on Xinmo village in Sichuan province early Saturday.
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Overturned oil tanker explodes in Pakistan, killing 153

BAHAWALPUR , Pakistan -- An overturned oil tanker burst into flames in Pakistan on Sunday, killing 153 people who had rushed to the scene of the highway accident to gather leaking fuel, a hospital official said as the death toll continued to rise.
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Big Brother, Preacher and Gypsy top this week’s TV must-sees

Big Brother 19
Season Premiere
It isn’t officially summer until a new batch of quirky houseguests enters the Big Brother house for a summer of strategic lies and competitive backstabbing. Luckily, the reality TV summer staple kicks off with a two-hour premiere, with Julie Chen returning to her hosting post on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays until the winner is crowned this fall.
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For Shane Henry, it used to be about donning the red and white to celebrate Canada on July 1, but this year — on Canada's 150th anniversary of Confederation — he's not feeling so patriotic.
"Putting a bunch of flags on my skin and jumping in praise saying, 'Oh, look at our great country and look at all that we've accomplished' — that part of it isn't so comfortable with me anymore," explained the University of Saskatchewan PhD student and researcher with the Saskatoon Tribal Council.
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Talks continue between LCBO, workers as strike looms at midnight

Talks are continuing on Sunday between the Liquor Control Board of Ontario and its workers, who have threatened to go on strike at one minute past midnight.
But there's no word on how the talks between the LCBO and the Ontario Public Service Employees Union are going.
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