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Harper’s approval needed to release some files requested in Norman case

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OTTAWA — Former prime minister Stephen Harper could be dragged into the criminal case against Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, as the suspended military officer’s lawyers seek access to thousands of secret government documents. Last month,…

Australian police officer dies in New Zealand avalanche

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand — An Australian police officer has died in an avalanche while mountain climbing in New Zealand, police said Friday. New Zealand Police identified the man as 40-year-old Nathan Deutschbein. They said he had been…

Children suffering in Central African Republic 5 years on

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DAKAR, Senegal — Children are bearing the brunt of five years of fighting in Central African Republic as thousands are trapped in armed groups, many suffer sexual violence, tens of thousands go hungry and one in four have fled their homes,…

‘Uber for snow removal:’ New app inspired by Winnipeg’s winter weather

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WINNIPEG — When the first big snow dump covered Winnipeg this week, the developers of a new phone app put their technology to the test. “You can think of it as Uber for snow removal,” said OnTheStep founder Buhle Mwanza, referring to the…

Canada to sign on to USMCA on sidelines of high-stakes G20 summit

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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Canada will sign the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement today in Buenos Aires, on the sidelines of the high-profile G20 summit. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will join U.S. President Donald Trump and outgoing…

SIU, OPP investigating shooting that sent Niagara officer to hospital

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PELHAM, Ont. — Two separate investigations are underway into an altercation between two Niagara regional police officers that sent one to hospital in critical condition. Provincial police and Ontario’s police watchdog are investigating the…

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Tense 1st meeting of South Sudan armed leaders since peace

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JUBA, South Sudan — Stepping out of a helicopter last week, South Sudan armed opposition commander Ashab Khamis came face-to-face with his rival in a crushing five-year civil war, army Gen. Keer Kiir Keer. The meeting, witnessed by The…

Ukraine bars entry to Russian males, upping ante in conflict

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KIEV, Ukraine — Ukrainian officials on Friday upped the ante in the growing confrontation with Russia, announcing a travel ban for most Russian males and searching the home of an influential cleric of the Russian Orthodox Church. The long…

Prithvi Shaw ankle injury a blow to India ahead of 1st test

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SYDNEY, Australia — India sustained a significant setback ahead of the first cricket test against Australia when young opening batsman Prithvi Shaw was ruled out with a left ankle injury Friday on the third day of a tour match against the…

Sri Lankan Parliament bars ministers using state funds

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COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Sri Lankan lawmakers passed a motion Friday barring government ministers and their private staff from using state funds, as opponents of the disputed prime minister put pressure on an administration they say is…

Colombia’s Junior reaches first Copa Sudamericana final

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SAO PAULO — The Copa Sudamericana will feature first-time finalists Junior Barranquilla of Colombia and Atletico Paranaense of Brazil next week. Junior completed the lineup on Thursday when it beat fellow Colombian side Santa Fe 1-0 in the…

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Australia raised detained refugee with Thai authorities

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MELBOURNE, Australia — Australian officials have raised with Thai authorities the plight of an Australia-based refugee professional soccer player who was detained in Bangkok and fears deportation to his native Bahrain, Australia’s foreign…

Attorney’s plea caused by Trump’s dream of a Moscow tower

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WASHINGTON — Donald Trump for decades dreamed of building a Trump Tower in the heart of Moscow, a plan that flared and fizzled several times over the years, most recently when his presidential campaign was gaining momentum. That last plan…

In a twist, Trump fights to keep some Palestinian aid alive

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WASHINGTON — For two years, the Trump administration has unabashedly slashed U.S. aid to the Palestinians. Now, amid signs it may finally roll out its long-awaited Middle East peace plan, the administration is scrambling to save what…

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Manafort lawyers head to court as Mueller probe picks up

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WASHINGTON — Paul Manafort’s attorneys head to court Friday at a time of frenetic activity in the special counsel’s Russia investigation as prosecutors obtained a guilty plea from President Donald Trump’s longtime fixer and appear to be…

Fear that uproar over gene-edited babies could block science

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WASHINGTON — Scientists working on the frontiers of medicine fear the uproar over the reported births of gene-edited babies in China could jeopardize promising research into how to alter heredity to fend off a variety of disorders.…

California floods recede after storms in wildfire burn areas

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SAN FRANCISCO — After fleeing a wildfire that came dangerously close to his Northern California home earlier this month, Dale Word evacuated again when flash floods inundated roads and trapped motorists and residents. Swift water teams…

Harris, Harrell help Clippers hold off Kings 133-121

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Los Angeles Clippers built and blew several big leads while trying to extend their five-year winning streak in Sacramento. Each time they let one slip away, Tobias Harris or Montrezl Harrell were there to get Doc…

For Israel, a rearmed Hezbollah in Lebanon is top concern

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On a moonlit night, some two dozen Israeli soldiers in full battle gear march near a Lebanese border village with a bomb-sniffing dog, searching for explosives and infiltrators. Suddenly the force stops. Through night-vision goggles, two…

LeBron carries Lakers down stretch of 104-96 win over Pacers

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LOS ANGELES — LeBron James’ team was in danger of blowing a close game Thursday night until he seized control and carried his teammates to victory. The Los Angeles Lakers are still getting used to this enormous advantage, and they love it.…

Thousands of Australian students protest climate change

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SYDNEY, Australia — Thousands of schoolchildren across Australia skipped classes Friday to attend rallies demanding the government act on climate change. But Resources Minister Matt Canavan said the students should be in school learning…

Dutch church service started five weeks ago — and hasn’t stopped — in hopes of saving asylum-seeking family

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The effort to prevent the deportation of an Armenian family has brought help from 450 church officials from ‘around the country, every denomination’

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Ex-Sen. Al Franken takes first steps back into public arena

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MINNEAPOLIS — Nearly a year after he resigned his U.S. Senate seat amid sexual misconduct allegations, Al Franken is testing whether he can make a comeback in the #MeToo era. The former “Saturday Night Live” funnyman released a podcast on…

Daily horoscope for Friday, November 30, 2018

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We have the 'all clear today to shop and do business. The Moon is in Virgo

113 inmates escape from Indonesian prison during prayer time

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BANDA ACEH, Indonesia — More than 100 inmates escaped from a prison in western Indonesia after overpowering a guard during prayer time, police said Friday. The break occurred late Thursday at the Lambaro penitentiary when all 720 inmates…

Trump company considered giving Putin $50M penthouse in Moscow tower, Russian broker says

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The idea was reportedly pitched during the 2016 presidential campaign. It isn't clear how seriously the idea was pursued, or whether Trump knew of it

Coming off elbow surgery, Richards says he’s joining Padres

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SAN DIEGO — Free agent pitcher Garrett Richards says on Twitter that he’s joining the rebuilding San Diego Padres. Multiple reports indicate the right-hander has agreed to a two-year contract worth about $15 million. Richards had…

As G-20 summit opens, contentious issues loom on sidelines

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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Heads of state from the world’s leading economies were invited to the Group of 20 summit to discuss issues like development, infrastructure and investment. As the gathering officially kicks off Friday, those…

Timbers beat Sporting KC 3-2 to earn MLS Cup trip

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Diego Valeri scored a pair of goals, including one in stoppage time, and Portland beat Sporting Kansas City 3-2 on Thursday night to advance to MLS Cup for the second time in four years. Sebastian Blanco also scored in…

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Cowboys stifle Brees, end Saints’ 10-game win streak, 13-10

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ARLINGTON, Texas — Dak Prescott desperately scrambled for a first down in a game of fourth-quarter keepaway, then took three knees from the New Orleans 1 to run out the clock by the narrowest possible margin. Anything to keep Drew Brees…