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South African police accused of rape, murder

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http://www.thestar.com — JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA—A report into crimes committed by South Africa’s police force draws a disturbing picture: dozens of officers charged for the murders, armed robberies and rapes of citizens they are sworn to protect.Particularly worrying is the number of reported cases of police officers detaining women in order to rape them.“These are not ‘isolated incidents& Read More
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Boko Haram hit by Chad troops; U.S. to join fight

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http://www.thestar.com — MAIDUGURI, NIGERIA —A Chadian warplane and ground troops drove Boko Haram fighters from a Nigerian border town, leaving it strewn with the bodies of the Islamic extremists, witnesses said Friday. The African Union moved to send ground forces to Nigeria and the U.S. said it would assist.Thursday’s fighting marked the first such action by foreign troops on Nigerian soil to fight the I Read More
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How the Internet could fix what’s wrong with Canadian politics

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http://www.thestar.com — Some day, in the future, someone could invent a machine to fix what’s wrong with politics. They could call it the Internet.It’s been about two decades since Canadian politics started to make serious use of the tools of modern communications — email, social media and, in more recent years, data and analytics. Yet it’s not clear that any of these tools have presented a n Read More
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Fear over Greece-EU showdown is overdone: Olive

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http://www.thestar.com — A potentially epic showdown is looming in the world’s largest economy, a European Union (EU) with a combined GDP of about $22 trillion. (All figures in Canadian dollars.) In this corner, hailing from Athens, a newly elected anti-austerity parliamentary coalition elected by Greek voters on Jan. 25. It will demand concessions on the $330 billion in bailout debt extended to Greece during its Read More
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Couple now accused of three separate murders in same family

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http://www.thestar.com — A Mississauga woman and her common-law spouse are now accused of killing her estranged husband’s entire family — a father, mother and adult son all found dead in the same suburban home years apart. Melissa Merritt, 34, and Christopher Fattore, 37, appeared before a judge in Brampton Thursday and were jointly charged with first-degree murder in the death of 65-year-old Bill Harrison, Read More
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Arrest of 8-year-old for alleged jihadi comments show France’s divide

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http://www.thestar.com — PARIS — It was bad enough when France learned that the minute of silence for victims of the nation’s deadliest terror attacks in decades was not respected by all students. Some children contested it, others walked out. But when an 8-year old Muslim boy proclaimed, “I am with the terrorists,” the alarm bells sounded at full strength.The chilling call from a child so you Read More
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Prepare yourself for battle to fight a ticket: Roseman

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http://www.thestar.com — Abe Salzman was pulled over by police and given a $115 traffic ticket on a charge of passing off the roadway. He had driven into the wrong lane by mistake on Black Creek Rd. in Toronto. “The officer advised me to ask for the option to meet with someone to explain,” Salzman said. “If I did so, the amount would be cut in half and the three points would not be recorded.“I Read More
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Loonie falls yet again on unexpectedly bad GDP news

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http://www.thestar.com — The Canadian dollar sank further into the doldrums on Friday morning, along with the Toronto stock market, on fresh evidence that the economy moved into reverse gear in November. Canada’s gross domestic product declined 0.2 per cent in November because of weakness in the manufacturing and resources sectors, according to figures released by Statistics Canada. That follows a gain of 0.3 per Read More
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