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Justin Trudeau re-evaluating busy travel schedule after home broken into while family slept

OTTAWA — Justin Trudeau is re-evaluating the amount of time he spends on the road after his Ottawa home was burglarized while his wife and three young children were sleeping. The Liberal leader was in Winnipeg at the time of the break-in early Saturday. Trudeau says he and his wife, Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau, have had some “very serious discussions” over the past 24 hours about the extensive travel his role as leader of the third party deman ...
Full article at: National Post 3 days ago, 7:23am CDT

Ferguson protests deteriorate into chaos as police use tear gas to clear demonstrators long before curfew

FERGUSON, Mo. — Missouri’s governor on Monday ordered the National Guard to a St. Louis suburb convulsed by protests over the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen, after a night in which police used tear gas to clear protesters off the streets well ahead of a curfew. Gov. Jay Nixon said the National Guard would help “in restoring peace and order” to Ferguson, where protests over the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a white police officer entered their ...
Full article at: National Post 3 days ago, 6:37am CDT

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange suffering from heart condition after living in embassy for two years: sources

Julian Assange has developed a serious heart and lung conditions after two years’ confinement at the Ecuadorian embassy, it has been claimed. Supporters want the fugitive Wikileaks founder to leave the London building for hospital treatment, but complain he will be arrested if he tries to do so. They say after being unable to go outside and living in an air-conditioned atmosphere, the Australian anti-secrecy campaigner is suffering fr ...
Full article at: National Post 3 days ago, 9:25pm CDT

Ottawa worried 2013 anti-fracking protest in New Brunswick could turn into another ‘Idle No More’

Federal officials closely tracked the fallout of an RCMP raid on a First Nations protest against shale-gas exploration in New Brunswick, at one point raising concerns it could spawn another countrywide movement like Idle No More. Documents obtained under access-to-information legislation reveal a lengthy email chain last fall monitoring events related to a blockade near Rexton, N.B., about 70 kilometres north of Moncton. Members of the Elsipogtog First Nation, who w ...
Full article at: National Post 3 days ago, 9:07pm CDT

Second World War sex slaves seek comfort from Pope decades after they were forced into brothels

Lee Yong-soo hopes a meeting Monday with Pope Francis will provide some solace for the pain that still feels fresh more than seven decades after Japanese soldiers forced her into prostitution during the Second World War. Lee, 86, and a group of other elderly former “comfort women” will sit in the front row during the last Mass of the pope’s five-day trip to South Korea. Francis cannot solve a long-running grievance that has become a major hurdle to bet ...
Full article at: National Post 3 days ago, 8:45pm CDT

Why Canadians ditched Ross rifle during First World War: It’s ‘murder to send out men with such a weapon’

When soldiers in the throes of battle discard their rifles and pluck a different weapon from the hands of dead allies, there’s clearly a serious problem. So it was with the Ross rifle, the weapon that Canadian soldiers took with them to the start of the First World War a century ago. It was the brainchild of Sir Charles Ross, a wealthy Scottish-born engineer and inventor who offered it to the Canadian government as a ...
Full article at: National Post 4 days ago, 8:03pm CDT

Justin Trudeau defends marijuana stance, says he won’t let Tory attack ads knock him off course

Liberal leader Justin Trudeau says he’s not worried about the negative perceptions of him spread by his opponents and believes he has always been underestimated as a politician. Trudeau made the comments in an interview with the Ottawa Citizen, during which he spoke about the economically squeezed middle class, why marijuana should be legalized and what it was like growing up as the son of former prime minister Pierre Trudeau. The interview took plac ...
Full article at: National Post 4 days ago, 6:41pm CDT

B.C. trial against sect leaders likely to question whether ban on multiple marriages violates charter rights

The criminal case against two men from a polygamous sect in British Columbia is likely to re-examine whether the ban on multiple marriages violates the right to religious freedom, experts say, despite a court decision three years ago that declared the law constitutional. Winston Blackmore and James Oler were each charged last week with practising polygamy in a religious commune in southeastern B.C. known as Bountiful. Blackmore is accus ...
Full article at: National Post 4 days ago, 5:52pm CDT

U.S. Attorney General orders second, independent autopsy of Michael Brown as Ferguson protests continue

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on Sunday ordered a federal medical examiner to perform another autopsy on the body of a black Missouri teenager whose fatal shooting by a white police officer has spurred a week of rancourous and sometimes violent protests in suburban St. Louis. Department of Justice spokesman Brian Fallon cited a request by family members and the “extraordinary circumstances” surrounding the case of 18-year-old Michael Brown in explaining decision. “This independen ...
Full article at: National Post 4 days ago, 5:16pm CDT

Ebola patients flee quarantine centre in Liberia as local mob on ‘looting spree’ steals bloody sheets, mattresses

Liberian officials fear Ebola could soon spread through the capital’s largest slum after residents raided a quarantine centre for suspected patients and took items including bloody sheets and mattresses. The violence in the West Point slum occurred late Saturday and was led by residents angry that patients were brought to the holding centre from other parts of Monrovia, Tolbert Nyenswah, assistant health minister, said Sunday. Up to 30 patients were staying at the centre and many of ...
Full article at: National Post 4 days ago, 4:42pm CDT

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