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Cholera cases in Yemen now more 200,000

More than 1,300 people have died in country with poor access to clean water and sanitation Thomson Reuters Posted: Jun 25, 2017 5:49 AM ET Last Updated: Jun 25, 2017 5:49 AM ET The UN health agency says there are now more than 200,000 suspected cases of cholera in an outbreak in war-torn Yemen, many of them children. UNICEF director Anthony ...

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Proposed rules for CRA amnesty program could expose more tax-cheat advisers

The Canada Revenue Agency is tightening its amnesty program for tax cheats, including a proposed rule that could expose more of the shady advisers who set up dodgy tax schemes to help clients hide their money. The revamped regime for the voluntary disclosures program was released earlier this month, after MPs, critics and some tax specialists complained the current rules are ...

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How Sears’ troubles could hasten radical change in Canada’s malls

Sears’ plan to shut down 59 of its locations is grim news for the chain’s landlords across Canada. Could it also spell doom for the nation’s neighbourhood malls? Anchor tenants — typically big department stores — have always been a critical component of mall design. And many mall owners still haven’t completely recovered from Target’s departure two years ago. But the ...

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How do you sum up a season in 1 song? These summer hit songwriters have some ideas

Summer is less than a week old, but guesses are already in for what will be the so-called song of the summer. Streaming services Spotify and Pandora have put out their picks, based on user data . Both lists include the Justin Bieber remix of the Luis Fonsi-Daddy Yankee tune Despacito and Selena Gomez’s Talking Heads-sampling Bad Liar. A lot goes into crafting these tunes ...

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Sikhs celebrate B.C. woman’s ‘inspiring’ appointment as first turbaned judge in Canada

Sikhs from Canada to India are celebrating a B.C. woman’s historic appointment as the first turbaned Sikh judge in the country. Lawyer Palbinder Kaur Shergill will be serving as a judge at B.C. Supreme Court in New Westminster. The announcement came Friday from federal Justice Minister Jody-Wilson Raybould. There have been other Sikh judges in Canadian history, including B.C.’s former attorney general Wally Oppal, but ...

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Bradley Cooper makes surprise appearance on Glastonbury Festival stage

Actor Bradley Cooper surprised fans by taking the stage at the Glastonbury Festival Friday, since he wasn’t exactly part of the lineup. The Hangover star was shooting a scene for the upcoming film A Star Is Born, which he is also directing. Lady Gaga, Sam Elliott and Dave Chapelle are also part of the cast. The film is a remake of a story about a woman ...

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Meet the only graduate at one rural Nova Scotia P-12 school

With approximately 60 students, the graduating classes at Advocate District School in Advocate Harbour, N.S., tend to be small, but this year it’s really small. On Thursday, the school’s only Grade 12 student will be graduating. “It does feel weird. It’s different knowing you’re the only one everyone is going to be looking at,” said Jordan Macgillivary, 18. “You’re all alone, so ...

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B.C. brothers’ glow-in-the-dark toonie enters circulation

Glow-in-the-dark coins are lighting up Canadians’ pocket change and making headlines internationally. The Royal Canadian Mint released the new toonie a few weeks ago and there are now three million of the coins circulating to commemorate Canada’s 150th anniversary. The two brothers behind the new design, both from Richmond, B.C., joined CBC’s guest host of On The Coast, Gloria Macarenko, to talk about the ...

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Writer sues All Eyez on Me for copyright infringement, saying he recognizes parts he ’embellished’

New York-based writer Kevin Powell is suing the filmmakers behind All Eyez on Me, arguing the Tupac Shakur biopic pulls information from a series of articles he wrote about the late rapper in the 1990s. And he should know — since he also admits that some of the details in his stories were, in fact, fabricated. “While some of the content in these articles ...

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Schwarzenegger, Macron riff on Trump’s campaign slogan in selfie video

Former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and recently elected French president Emmanuel Macron are showing their commitment to fighting climate change — and their condemnation of U.S. President Donald Trump — in a not-so-subtle selfie video. The pair met at the Elysée Palace in Paris Friday to discuss environmental matters. Schwarzenegger heads up R20 Regions of Climate Action, a non-profit organization geared toward helping build a ...

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