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MOGADISHU - A suicide bomber disguised as a
policeman blew himself up inside a police training camp in Somalia's
capital Mogadishu on Thursday and killed at least 18 officers.
Police spokesman said the attacker strapped explosives to his
body and infiltrated the General Kahiye Police Training Academy during
an early morning parade. (Reuters)
LOUISVILLE - Kentucky State Rep Dan Johnson, who was under investigation for alleged sexual molestation, died of a 'probable suicide,' the Bullitt County coroner said Wednesday night. (WDRB)
XINJIANG - Chinese authorities are collecting DNA samples, fingerprints and other biometric data from every resident in a far western region, Human Rights Watch has said. Officials are also building a database of iris scans and blood types of everyone aged between 12 and 65 in Xinjiang, adding to controls in a place some experts have called an 'open-air prison'. The region is home to over 11M Uyghurs, a Muslim Turkic minority, and is occasionally hit by bouts of violence. (Guardian UK)
Region collects DNA
LIAONING - Experts
estimate that thousands, and perhaps tens of thousands, of North Korean
women have been trafficked across the border and sold as brides since a
crippling famine in North Korea killed hundreds of thousands of people
in the mid-1990s. Brokers tell the women they can find jobs in China,
but instead sell them to Chinese men, mostly poor farmers in 3 border
provinces who struggle to find brides in part because Beijing's
one-child policy led to the abortion of many female fetuses.
MADHYA PRADESH - Lal Singh Arya, whose mandate is to put a smile on the faces of his 70M constituents, is wanted in connection with the death of an opposition politician in 2009. Madhya Pradesh became the first state in India to create a happiness ministry with the appointment of Arya in Jan. But the 53-year-old from the ruling Bharatiya Janata party disappeared after a court in Bhind district issued a warrant for his arrest. (Guardian UK)
OTTAWA - The federal government has nominated a new Ethics Commissioner. Mario Dion, the current chair of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, is set to replace current ethics watchdog Mary Dawson. Dion is a retired lawyer from Montreal, and has chaired the Immigration Refugee Board since 2015. Prior to that, he was the Public Sector Integrity Commissioner. (CTV)
TORONTO - ON banned the use or sale of ticket bots - computer software that quickly scoops up huge numbers of tickets online - and also put a ceiling on what can be charged for resale ducats. The law empowers ticket operators to sue bot companies. It also caps resale prices at no more than 50% above the original price and forces online sellers to disclose all surcharges up front. The legislation also mandates ticket sellers disclose how many tickets will be sold as well as the capacity of the venue. (Toronto Star)
Cocaine, marijuana and tens of thousands of dollars in cash were used to bribe voters in a recent SK First Nation election, says a report commissioned by the federal government. Former RCMP officer Bob Norton concluded there is 'no doubt' ballot-buying occurred during the April 20 election at Mosquito, Grizzly Bear's Head, Lean Man First Nation. (CBC)
OTTAWA - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has appointed Quebec-born Justice Richard Wagner to be the next chief justice of the Supreme Court of Canada. (CP)
New chief justice
OTTAWA - Canada's finance ministers struck a
deal Monday on how they plan to share tax revenues during the cost-heavy
startup phase of a legalized marijuana market - but they also kept their
options open, just in case lucrative days lie ahead.
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OTTAWA - A new report from Parliament's budget
watchdog says carbon pricing in four provinces could net the federal
government more than $500M over 2 years in GST revenues.
report by the parliamentary budget officer says GST revenues from
AB, BC, ON and QC could total between $236M and $267M by the end of the
current fiscal year next April, and between $265M and $313M in the next
fiscal year. Jean-Denis
Frechette's report says the calculations will help Canadians understand
the impact of a national carbon pricing policy on revenue from the goods
and services tax. (CP)
VANCOUVER - BC Premier John Horgan announced Monday that the government is opting to continue construction on the Site C dam, rather than cancel or delay it. The dam was initially estimated to cost $8.3B, but Horgan announced that the latest estimate puts the total at $10.7B. A recent review from the BC Utilities Commission suggested that terminating the project would cost the province $1.8B, in addition to $2.1B already spent. Suspending construction until 2024 would add at least $3.6B to the original price tag. (CTV)
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MONTREAL - Engineering giant SNC-Lavalin has reached agreement to pay restitution to 7 Quebec municipalities for obtaining contracts through questionable means. The provincial government launched the program in Nov 2015 aimed at recovering money paid in connection with public contracts obtained as a result of fraud or fraudulent tactics. It gave businesses and individuals 2 years to voluntarily make such payments for contracts dating as far back as 1996. (CP)
TORONTO - An elderly Russian man with backwoods
skills has been sentenced to 3 years in prison for helping smuggle a
person from Canada into the US.
A jury had convicted Nikolay Souslov, 70, of 2 charges in May.
The prosecution also argued he
was the principal behind smuggling at least 7 people into the US, a
number they said was 'undoubtedly conservative.'
The US deported him in 2004 but
he kept returning. Canada also deported him in 2015.
Uber Canada said late Monday that 815,000 Canadian riders and drivers may have been affected as part of its worldwide data breach announced in Nov. The disclosure came the same day the federal privacy commissioner said it had opened a formal investigation into the data breach, which saw the theft of information from some 57M Uber accounts globally in Oct 2016. Uber said the information taken includes names, email address, and mobile phone numbers from the accounts, but that its investigation has not identified any location history, credit card numbers, bank account numbers or dates of birth were downloaded. (CP)
When Nunavut polar bear monitor Leo Ikakhik saw this weekend's viral video of an emaciated polar bear rummaging through the garbage in search of food, he wasn't shocked. 'Mother Nature is going to do part of that. You know, it's just part of the cycle.' The picture was shot in July by National Geographic photojournalist Paul Nicklen for his conservation organization SeaLegacy, which runs regular expeditions in the North to document the effects of climate change. (CBC)
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NEW YORK - Akayed Ullah, 27, a Bangladeshi native, had wires attached to him and a 5-inch metal pipe bomb and battery pack strapped to his midsection as he walked through the Manhattan transit hub. The man partially detonated the device, which he was carrying under the right side of his jacket, prematurely inside the passageway to the A, C and E trains at 42 St W and 8 Ave around 7:40am Monday. The man, who suffered the most serious injuries, was taken to Bellevue Hospital. (NY Post)
SPARTANBURG COUNTY - With 6 words penned to his local newspaper, serial killer Todd Kohlhepp gave voice to the fears of investigators and anyone else worried that a missing loved one had become a victim of South Carolina's infamous murderer: 'Yes there is more than seven.' In May, Kohlhepp pleaded guilty to avoid the death penalty and was sentenced to 7 lifetimes in prison, plus 60 years. (Washington Post)
CARACAS - Venezuela's President, Nicolas Maduro, says the country's main opposition parties are banned from taking part in next year's presidential election. Leaders from the Justice First, Popular Will and Democratic Action parties boycotted the vote because they said the electoral system was biased. President Maduro says his party won more than 300 of the 335 mayoral races being contested. The election board put turn out at 47%. (BBC)
TEGUCIGALPA - The Supreme Electoral Tribunal of Honduras has not found any irregularities after a partial recount of with over 4,753 ballot boxes from the Nov 26 presidential election ended on Sunday. The country's opposition has repeatedly rejected the poll's results, accusing the TSE of fraud. The results mean that Juan Orlando Hernandez, the ruling National Party candidate and incumbent president, won 1,410,877 votes or 42.95%, while Salvador Nasralla garnered 1,360,439 votes, or 41.42%. Nasralla accused the EU, the OAS and the US of conspiring in the alleged fraud against him. (EFE)
BEIJING - China's prosecutor began on Dec 11 formal legal proceedings against disgraced senior politician Sun Zhengcai, once considered a contender for top leadership, who has been accused of corruption and other crimes. Sun was abruptly removed from his post as party chief of Chongqing in July and replaced by Chen Miner, who is close to President Xi Jinping. (REUTERS)
NEW YORK - Famed chef Mario Batali was asked to step away from The Chew while ABC reviews sexual misconduct allegations against him. (ABC)
Hidden software that can record every letter typed on a computer keyboard has been discovered pre-installed on hundreds of HP laptop models. Security researcher Michael Myng found the keylogging code in software drivers preinstalled on HP laptops to make the keyboard work. HP said more than 460 models of laptop were affected by the 'potential security vulnerability'. (BBC)
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OTTAWA - As a dual citizenship debacle rocks Australia's political world, Canada's Parliament embraces sitting MPs and Senators who were born around the world and hold dual, or even triple, citizenship. There are now at least 56 sitting parliamentarians - 44 MPs and 12 senators - born in countries outside Canada, according to information from the Library of Parliament and websites. At least 22 of them have citizenship from other countries. That figure does not include MPs and senators who hold citizenship through descent, naturalization or marriage. (CTV)
TORONTO - Law-enforcement agencies are reviewing more than 37,000 case files as part of a nationwide effort to improve how police handle sexual-assault investigations - an unprecedented overhaul of oversight, training and investigative practices designed to address substantial flaws in the way sexual violence is policed in Canada. (Globe & Mail)
ST THOMAS - Sergio Estepa is nursing a cracked rib and large bruise after a baseball bat attack Thursday afternoon in a busy parking lot in St. Thomas. He and his family got little help from bystanders as a man charged at him, unprovoked, yelling about terrorists and ISIS. Mark Phillips, 36, was charged with aggravated assault and 3 counts of assault with a weapon. (CBC)
OTTAWA - The Supreme Court says Canadians can expect the text messages they send to remain private - at least in some instances - even after the messages reach their destination. (CP)
WEST BANK - A Palestinian has been shot dead in
Gaza by the Israeli army, the first person killed in clashes that began
after Donald Trump recognized
as Israel's capital.
Palestinian protesters clashed with Israeli troops across the West Bank
as worshippers throughout the Muslim world took to the streets after the
weekly Friday midday prayers to protest against Trump's decision.
Despite calls for a day of rage, Palestinian protesters turned
out in smaller numbers than they did on Thursday.
VAUGHAN - An armed man who held several people hostage inside a bank in Vaughan on Wednesday afternoon was fatally shot after police tried to negotiate with him. The SIU's preliminary investigation found that 2 police officers discharged their guns and struck the armed man, who was pronounced dead at the scene. (Toronto Star)
TORONTO - A 34-year-old woman accused of critically injuring her 4-month-old baby girl at a condominium on Wednesday is now accused of attempted murder. Police say the mother was arrested after officers responded to an unknown trouble call at Evans Ave and Sherway Gardens Road just after 8:30am. (Sun Media)
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TORONTO - Police responded to the scene of Empringham Drive and Sewells Road just before 2:00pm on Tuesday after receiving a call about a woman who had no vital signs. She died in hospital. The incident is being investigated as a homicide. One man is currently in custody. (Toronto star)
EAST UNIACKE - RCMP were called to a wooded area off East Uniacke Road shortly after 9:30am on Dec 2 after a hunter discovery a body. Police identified the remains as Daren Jones, 57, of Maquapit Lake, NB. Jones had been reported missing by his family in July, police found his abandoned vehicle near Stewiacke, NS. (Halifax Today)
Daren Jones missing
TORONTO - On Monday, Nov 13, 2017, at 11:19pm, police were called for a sound of gunshots to the Dundas St E and Parliament St area. Once on scene, police located a man in medical distress. He was taken to hospital with gunshot wounds. On Monday, Dec 11, 2017, Kwsie Blair, 20, was pronounced while still in hospital. Homicide has taken over the investigation. (TPS)
Jordan Frydenlund Jonathan Sylvester
CALGARY - Jordan Gregory Frydenlund, 30, was fatally injured in a confrontation outside an apartment building in the 700-block of 67 Ave SW on the evening of Oct. 27. Police asked the public for help in locating Jonathan Sylvanus Francis Sylvester, 40. On Dec 6, police in Toronto arrested Sylvester. He is now charged with second-degree murder. (CBC)
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HALIFAX - On Aug 5, 2016 two men got into an argument inside an apartment at 5565 Cornwallis St. Police say one shoved the other, causing him to fall. Barry Melvin Jenkins, 59, was taken to hospital where he died on Aug 21, 2016. On Tuesday, Edward Ernest Corbett, 66, was charged with one count of manslaughter. (Halifax Today)
Harsimran Singh Birdi
CALGARY - Police were called to an alleyway in the 9700-block of Harvest Hills Link NE on April 7, 2016 after a member of the community found the body of Harsimran Singh Birdi, 20. In Nov police released images of 2 men who were believed to have been with the victim in the hours before his death. On Monday Abdullah Mela, 21, was charged with second-degree murder and Nadar Abdulbaki, 21, was charged with accessory after the fact to murder. (CTV)
CALGARY - Emergency crews were called to a home on Rundlehorn Terrace NE Dec 7 at about 1:00am for reports of a man in medical distress. EMS declared the man dead at the scene and police believe an argument between him and his brother escalated into a deadly altercation. The victim has been identified as Cory Runner, 29, and his brother, Wayne Runner, 34 is now charged with second-degree murder. (CTV)
VANCOUVER - Police said an investigation was
launched after a spike in fatal drug overdoses occurred in late Oct,
including 5 suspected overdose deaths in Abbotsford in one day. Lab
analysis confirmed the presence of carfentanil in some of the drugs
seized. Brian Vincent
MacDonald, 53, and Jason Clifford Richardson, 45, were charged with
possession for the purpose of trafficking (PPT).
Kassy Finbow Andrea Reid
COBOURG - A developmentally delayed teenager suffering from schizophrenia and fetal alcohol syndrome has pleaded guilty to setting a fire that killed 2 people in her foster home. Kassy Finbow, 14, succumbed to smoke inhalation in the rural foster home on Quaker Rd in Oakwood, ON. Caregiver Andrea Reid, 43, was declared brain-dead at a Lindsay hospital Feb. 25.
KIMBERLEY - Mike Gould, the man who promised $7.5M to a junior B hockey team in Kimberley BC, has been charged with fraud and using a forged document. Charges against the 38-year-old man stem from a banquet held to celebrate his promise to donate millions to a BC junior hockey team called the Dynamiters in Kimberley, BC. (CBC)
TORONTO - Officers responded to a construction site in the area of Jane St and Mount Mellick Drive on Friday at around 4:40pm after reports of a body found. On Monday, Police said homicide investigators had taken over the investigation. The victim has been identified by police as Richard Layton, of no fixed address. (CP24)
WINNIPEG - Officers were confronted by a man when they were responding to a home on Charles St around 12:15am Tuesday. Police shot the man. He was rushed to hospital in critical condition. (CBC)
CALGARY - RCMP have identified a man found dead east of Calgary and are asking the public for help as the investigation continues. Jammie Lee Miller, 27, of Calgary was found dead near the intersection of Range Road 282 and Township Road 232 on Dec 6. (CBC)
RCMP identify body
Lydia Whitford & Lisa Marie Campbell
RM OF SPRINGFIELD - Lisa Marie Campbell, 26, was arrested in Winnipeg on Thursday and charged with manslaughter in connection with Lydia Whitford's death in the rural municipality of Springfield in July 2016. Whitford, who lived with autism and epilepsy and was non-verbal, lived with Campbell at the Springfield residence where she died. (CBC)
Abiem Okich, Bol, and Nyike
CALGARY - Abiem Abiem was shot through the door of his cousin's basement apartment in the 2400-block of 47 St SE as the two tried to keep out the three men threatening them with guns the night of Nov 11, 2016. Benjamin El-Ajak Nyiker, 24, Akieg Bol, 21, and Matiop Okich, 22, pleaded guilty to manslaughter. (CBC)
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MONTREAL - Leslie Greenwood was convicted on two counts of first degree murder. He was the getaway driver for Timothy Simpson and Robert Simpson, two hit men hired to kill Kirk Murray. The pair also shot and killed Antonio Onesi, a friend who had driven Murray to the McDonald's on St. Jacques St in Jan 2010. (CTV)
EDMONTON - Eric Lestar, 21, was impaired when he got behind the wheel and sped through traffic in Oct 2016. He rear-ended the SUV Joann Christou, 50, was driving. The SUV burst into flames with Christou trapped inside, she was pronounced dead at the scene. (CTV)
Hannah Thorne Brian King
NEW HARBOUR - Brian Robert King, guilty of multiple charges related to the death of Hannah Thorne in the summer of 2016, has been sentenced to 4 years in jail. (CBC)
EDMONTON - Public school teacher Paul Roger Martial vanished from his Grade 7 classroom in Sept 2015. No one was ever told why. Martial disappeared because police had charged him with sex-related offences involving a former female student. The 52-year-old is now serving a 10-year prison term after pleading guilty, on the first day of his trial this fall, to sexual interference and luring. (CBC)
Tess Richey TPS
TORONTO - Police have released security camera images of a man who investigators believe could be connected to the Tess Richey homicide investigation. Richey, 22, was last seen in the area of Church and Wellesley streets at around 3am on Nov 25 and was reported missing that same day. Her body was located on Nov 29 outside a construction site at 582 Church St. (CP24)
MORE: Police release images
VANCOUVER - Dozens of people were rushed to
hospital Saturday night, some in critical condition, after they were
exposed to carbon monoxide at a farm in Delta, BC.
42 patients were admitted to hospital - 10 in serious to critical
condition and 32 others in stable condition.
The incident reportedly occurred in a greenhouse nursery at
Officials speculated the carbon monoxide may have come from the gas
powered engine of a pressure washer that was being used to clean the
nursery. WorkSafeBC is
investigating the incident.
Poor ventilation blamed
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SAINT-MARC-SUR-RICHELIU - The Hells Angels gathered at the Handfield Sugar Shack in St-Marc-Sur-Richelieu on Saturday. (CTV)
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FN - Provincial police have confirmed the 2 death investigations in
Cat Lake First Nation on Wednesday night as a double homicide.
The victims have been identified as Isaac Gray, 51, and Tyrese
Shakakeesic, 18, both of Cat Lake.
Police arrested Austin Wesley, 18, on Dec 6 and he's since been
charged with 2 counts of second degree murder.
Gray is the accused's father and that both victims were shot
inside Gray's residence.
BRANTFORD - Kayla Bennett, 24, is charged with murder in the stabbing death of a 42-year-old woman on Thursday night. Bennett was in bail court Friday morning to face charges of second-degree murder, assault, assaulting a police officer and 4 counts of failing to comply with an undertaking. Police said they were called to Sheridan St after 9:30pm Thursday because a woman had been stabbed. (Brantford Expositor)
VANCOUVER - The IHIT have confirmed Dai Duong, 21, of Abbotsford was the victim of the homicide. The shooting happened late Thursday at a townhouse complex in the 8100-block of 204 St. Police found a man with gunshot wounds in the backyard of a home. Duong was known to police and associated with gang activity. (CP)
LONDON, ON - 2 men have been charged in the death of David Hole, 53, whose body was discovered in south London parking lot last month. Hole was last seen on Nov 15. Alexander Lambert, 52, is charged with second degree murder and offering an indignity to a body. James McGillivary, 47, is charged with one count of being an accessory after the fact to murder and offering an indignity to a body. Police said Lambert and McGillivary were known to the victim. (CBC)
BIGSTONE CREE NATION - Marvin Brian Augerr, 47, was killed inside his home in the early hours of Oct 26, but his body wasn't found until Dec 2. An autopsy conducted by the office of the chief medical examiner determined Auger had been shot to death. His death has been ruled a homicide. (CBC)
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