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China’s economic crisis raises spectre of Tiananmen: Burman

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http://www.thestar.com — This September was supposed to be a magical month for China’s president, Xi Jinping. After all, this is destined to be “China’s Century,” isn’t it? Or is it anymore? The choreography being planned for the global stage in upcoming weeks now seems a bit hollow.The dramatic financial shocks in China have stripped his government of much of its glitter. It isn’ Read More
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Corporations rule in Alberta’s oilpatch

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http://www.thestar.com — In Alberta, government policy and regulation are designed to give oilsands developers an almost free hand to build projects as fast as they can raise the millions needed to get them started. There is so little government control that even former premier Peter Lougheed, the godfather of the oilsands, was astounded by the rapid proliferation of projects by 2006. That July, he flew over the oilsands Read More
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Tens of thousands of Malaysians demand PM’s resignation

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http://www.thestar.com — KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA—Tens of thousands of Malaysians wearing yellow T-shirts and blowing horns defiantly held a major rally in the capital Saturday to demand the resignation of embattled Prime Minister Najib Razak.The crowds were undeterred by a heavy police presence after authorities declared the rally illegal, blocked the organizer’s website and banned yellow attire and the logo Read More
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Japanese officials take a stand for escalator safety

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http://www.thestar.com — What is the correct etiquette when using an escalator? Should you walk up to help quicken everyone’s journey, or remain still to keep everything orderly? If you do stand still, should it be on the left or on the right of the escalator?Recently, officials in Japan have been pushing for a set of rules governing escalator use in the country that will sound like heresy to many around the world Read More
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TaiwanFest showcases culture, art, and paper cranes

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http://www.thestar.com — For Harry Chen, a folded paper crane is a hope for many things: freedom, democracy, world peace — and his own good health. Chen, a Taiwanese-Canadian, has recently made a habit of folding small origami paper cranes. He has also spent the last two years living with kidney cancer. “When I was in the hospital, I started to fold those things,” he said, but it’s a skill he& Read More
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Dramatic bronze for 4x100 relay team caps big day for Canada at track worlds

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http://www.thestar.com — BEIJING—The Canadian men’s 4x100-metre relay team were on the right side of a disqualification this time.Aaron Brown, Brendon Rodney, Andre De Grasse and Justyn Warner won the bronze medal at the world track and field championships Saturday after the Americans were disqualified for an illegal baton change.It was redemption for the Canadians, who were denied a gold medal at the Pan A Read More
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Oakville mayor apologizes for controversial comment on veterans’ work for Harper

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http://www.thestar.com — The mayor of Oakville came under fire Saturday for a controversial tweet, which critics say compares Canadian veterans working as private security to the paramilitary forces employed by Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini.Rob Burton sent out the tweet, for which he has since apologized, on Friday, after he read a Canadian Press article, which described the Harper campaign’s use of private se Read More
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Teenage girl abducted at gunpoint: Barrie police

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http://www.thestar.com — Barrie police are appealing to the public for help after a young woman was abducted at gunpoint just before noon on Saturday.Police say that, around 11:50 a.m., the victim, described as white with long, brown hair, a floral print dress and a black purse, was on Dunlop St. E. in Barrie. She was near Metzger Studio, a jewelry store, when she was abducted at gunpoint by a man and a woman, police say Read More
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