Australia arrests man accused of trying to sell missile Components, coal for North Korea

A South Korean-born Sydney man was charged Sunday with acting as an economic agent for North Korea in Australia by allegedly trying to broker sales worth tens of millions of dollars to get Pyongyang that included elements used in ballistic missiles. The Australian Federal Police said 59-year-old naturalized Australian Chan Han Choi utilized encrypted communication to agent sales and discuss…

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Australian prime minister’s future leadership at stake in Critical by-election

Voters began casting ballots in a Sydney by-election on Saturday that could determine the future of Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who’s hoping to recover his parliamentary majority and safeguard his leadership. The election campaign at the blue-ribbon Sydney seat of Bennelong has been bitterly fought between the centre-right government’s candidate, former tennis star John Alexander, and the Labor opposition’s…

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Deceased organ donations are surging in Canada, data show

The amount of organ donations from deceased Canadians has soared in recent years, boosted by improvements in the organ donation system, for example having specialized hospital personnel to identify and refer potential donors, according to new data released on Thursday by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) and Canadian Blood Services. Nevertheless, the national deceased organ donation rate still…

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Trump thanks Putin for remarks on ‘America’s strong economic performance’

President Donald Trump thanked Russian President Vladimir Putin for remarks he made Thursday “acknowledging America’s strong economic performance,” the White House said. The two presidents spoke by phone following Putin’s annual press conference in Moscow. They discussed ways to work together to address North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic weapons program, the White House said. In an equally brief statement, the…

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Fentanyl detected in majority of overdose deaths up to October, B.C. coroner says

Illicit overdoses have promised 1,208 resides in British Columbia between January and October this year. The B.C. Coroners Service says the most recent figure compares with 683 deaths during the same period last year. The agency says fentanyl was discovered in 999 of the confirmed and suspected deaths up to now in 2017, an increase of 136 percent in the…

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Who is Doug Jones? Things to know about Alabama’s new Democratic Senator

Doug Jones, a Democrat who once prosecuted two Ku Klux Klansmen in a deadly church bombing and has now broken the Republican lock grip on Alabama, is the state’s new U.S. senator. Here are some facts about Jones: CLOSE TO HOME Jones, 63, grew up in the working-class city of Fairfield, just west of Birmingham, an area where steel mills…

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Most mental-health patients do Not get timely psychiatric care in Ontario, study finds

Nearly all people treated in an Ontario emergency room after a suicide attempt aren’t seen by a psychiatrist within six months, according to a new study. Even patients that are admitted to hospital for a significant mental-health issue — a high bar given bed shortages — seldom receive timely followup care. Two-thirds don’t find a psychologist within the first month…

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‘Firefighting in Christmas’ may become the new normal in California

A week of damaging fires in Southern California is finishing but threat still looms. Well into what is considered the rainy season, there has been nary a drop of rain. That’s great for sun-seeking tourists, but could spell more disaster for a region that arose this spring out of a yearslong drought and now has firefighters on edge due to…

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Toronto’s Gay Village denizens increasingly fearful for safety

For decades, the Church and Wellesley area was seen as a secure haven for Toronto’s gay community but also for single straight women or those seeking acceptance for their sexual diversity. But an unease has been growing in recent years as a result of a spate of missing-person cases that remain unsolved. With the recent killing of a young club…

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Report sheds light on Indigenous youth suicides in northern Saskatchewan

A report about suicide among Indigenous youth in northern Saskatchewan states they feel bullied, depressed and alone within their communities. 1 youth, who tried to kill himself twice by the time he was 12, told provincial child and youth advocate Corey O’Soup he did not really want to die. “I was only trying to make everything stop,” the boy, called…

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