Sunday, January 8, 2012

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Edition 7 January 2012
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RCMP detain two Canadians in alleged honour killing

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police has announced a major breakthrough in a decade-old murder investigation.Jaswinder Sidhu was killed in India in 2000, the victim of an alleged honour killing.

Police have arrested her mother and uncle in Maple Ridge, British Columbia in connection with her death and the beating of her new husband. An investigation by Indian authorites found evidence indicating her family in Canada was involved in her murder.

Sidhu's mother Malkit and her uncle Surjit Badesha were arrested on Friday and are being held in custody pending an extradition hearing. Seven others have already been convicted of her muder in India.

Protestors in Grenada demonstrate after police granted bail



Protestors in Grenada demonstrated Friday, after the five police officers charged with beating a Toronto man to death were granted bail. The five officers were charged with manslaughter in the death of Oscar Bartholomew. Their grail was granted, despite prosecution warnings of public unrest and potential vigilantism.

Mr.Bartholomew was arrested two weeks ago after he mistook a plainclothes policewomen for a friend and gave her a hug. The next day he suffered severe wounds while in police custody and died later that day. Mr. Bartholomew was born in Grenada but moved to Canada, where he lived with his wife in Toronto.

A funeral will be held in Grenada on Monday for the39-year-old Canadian man.



NDP critical of new Senate appointees

Canada's Conservative government can now speed legislation through the Senate and wield more control on committees. This follows the appointment on Friday by Prime Minister Stephen Harper of another seven Conservatives to the upper chamber.

They include Ottawa Police Chief Vern White. The new appointees have all promised to step down and run for election, when the senate approves the prime minister's legislation to reform the upper chamber.

The official opposition New Democrats, who have never held a Senate seat, are denouncing the appointments as cushy rewards for party loyalists. The seven appointments fill the Senate, which now will sit with 61 Conservatives and 41 Liberals. One senator sits as a Progressive Conservative and two sit as independents.


Deportation looms for suspect in Rwandan genocide

A man accused of playing a key role in the Rwandan genocide could be deported from Canada, next week.Leon Mugesera has lived in Quebec since 1993.

He's been fighting deportation orders for fifteen years. Last month, Canada's immigration ministry handed down a report saying Mugesera's life would not be in danger, if he was sent back to face trial.

He has until next week to prove otherwise.

High risk of more avalanches in B.C.

The Canadian Avalanche Centre says the danger rating foravalanches in southeastern British Columbia remains considerable.

On Friday a backcountry skier from the U.S. died in an avalanche west of Golden.

The victim was dug out by members of his ski party but attempts to revive him failed. He was thefourth person to die in an avalance in B.C. this skiing season.




Skeleton might solve mystery of missing Canadian journalist

Tests will be conducted to determine whether a human skeleton found in Ivory Coast is that of a missing Canadian journalist. Guy-Andre Kieffer was last known to be alive in Abidjan in April, 2004. He'd been investigating corruption in the cocoa industry for a French publication. One of his contacts was the brother-in-law of Simone Gbagbo, wife of then-president Laurent Gbagbo.

The skeleton bones were found on Friday in Issia, about 360 kilometres from Abidjan. The bones have been sent to France for DNA analysis. Laurent Gbagbo was ousted last year and awaits trial by the International Criminal Court in The Hague for alleged crimes against humanity.

Heavy-water spill at nuclear power plant

A damaged pump is being blamed for a heavy-water spill at a Canadian nuclear power plant last month. New Brunswick Power evacuated its Point Lepreau plant after four to six litres of radioactive heavy water spilled while the system was being refilled. The plant near Saint John is being refurbished, but the project is reported to be three years behind schedule and one billion dollars over budget.


Syria holds funeral for victims of bombing

Thousands of Syrians have joined a massive government organized funeral procession for victims of Friday's bombing in Damascus. The blast in the capital left at least 26 civilians and members of the security forces dead.

Before the funeral began, the government vowed to strike back with an iron fist at what it described as the recent escalation of anti-government terror attacks.

But opposition groups accuse the government of planting Friday's bomb to discredit their opponents and influence Arab League monitors. The monitors are assessing the progress of a regional peace plan.Activists charge the government crackdown has continued, with scores of people killed since the monitors arrived in late December.

The UN says more than 5,000 civilians have been killed since protests against President Bashar al-Assad began 10 months ago.

Christians fleeing violence-ridden north east of Nigeria

Hundreds of people are fleeing areas of north-eastern Nigeria, after a 24-hour wave of violence that targeted Christian communities. At least 29 people were reported killed in four attacks in the state of Adamawa between Friday evening and Saturday morning.

The attacks were claimed by the Islamist Boko Haram faction. The group has warned all southerners - who are mostly Christian and animist - to leave the mainly Muslim north of Nigeria.

The President, Goodluck Jonathan, has already declared a state of emergency in several states in central and western regions following a surge in ethnic and sectarian violence. Christian groups accuse Mr. Jonathan of not doing enough to protect them.

Sudan's President welcomed in Libya

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir is on his first visit to Libya since the fall of Colonel Moammar Gadhafi. President Bashir arrived with a high-level delegation for a two-day visit on Saturday.

He is wanted by the International Criminal Court on charges of genocide in Darfur and the visit is being criticized by Human Rights Watch. The New York-based rights group says it raised questions about the new Libyan leadership's commitment to human rights and the rule of law.

Mr. Bashir was met by Mustafa Abdul Jalil, chairman of Libya's ruling National Transitional Council (NTC), at Tripoli airport Saturday.

Orthodox Christianity celebrates "old calendar" Christmas

Millions of Orthodox Christians celebrated Christmas on Saturday. In the Julian calendar, the Orthodox holiday falls about two weeks after Roman Catholics and Protestants celebrate Christmas using the Gregorian calendar. At services in Russia, the head of the country's Orthodox Church called on the government to heed protesters demanding fair elections. Patriarch Kirill warned that Russia cannot afford another revolution. In Egypt, Coptic Christians celebrated amid tight security. A midnight ceremony in Cairo's Abbassiya Cathedral was attended by members of Egypt's ruling military council. Egypt's Copts have been the targets of attacks following the revolt that ousted president Hosni Mubarak. One attack after a Christmas Eve service last year killed six Copts and a Muslim security guard. In Israel, police have arrested six members of an Arab Christian family in connection with the stabbing death of an Arab Christian man during a Christmas procession. Police say that he was stabbed by a man dressed in a Santa Claus suit.

Family and friends mourn balloon crash victims

Relatives and friends are mourning the loss of 11 people killed when their hot-air balloon crashed in New Zealand on Friday. Investigators are trying to determine how the balloon apparently managed to get tangled in power lines before plunging to earth.

The pilot had more than ten thousand hours of balloon flying time. All of the victims were from New Zealand.

End proposed to Jamaica's ties with British monarchy

Jamaica's new prime minister is proposing to end the country's link to the British monarchy. Portia Simpson Miller would like Jamaica to become a republic. Jamaica achieved independence 50 years ago. Prince Harry is scheduled to visit Jamaica this year to join in 50th anniversary celebrations. Severing monarchical ties will likely require a national referendum. In the event that ties are cut, Jamaica would still remain a member of the Commonwealth. But the new prime minister must first face pressing problems such as high unemployment, an ailing economy and massive debt. On Friday, Ms. Miller appointed 19 members of her cabinet.

Argentina's leader cancer free

Argentina's President Cristina Kirchner has been found not to have cancer after all. On Wednesday, Mrs. Kirchner underwent surgery for the removal of her thyroid after doctors diagnosed her with cancer last month. Pathology after the surgery showed there was no cancerpresent. Doctors say the 58 year old has returned home to convalesce at her official residence, north of Buenos Aires.




Canada's Milos Raonic beat Nicolas Almagro of Spain, 6-4, 6-4, on Saturday at an ATP tournament in Chennai, India, to reach the third final of his career. Raonic served 17 aces, including three in the final game. He will face top-seeded Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia in the final on Sunday.


Danny Briere completed a hat trick in overtime on Saturday to help the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Ottawa Senators, 3-2. The victory snapped Ottawa's four-game winning streak. Rookie goalie Richard Bachman made 25 saves and the Dallas Stars beat the Edmonton Oilers, 4-1, on Saturday. In women's hockey, Canada lost in overtime, 3-2, to Sweden at the Meco Cup in Fussen, Germany, on Saturday. The loss left Canada with a 3-1 record heading into the round-robin finale against Finland on Sunday.



Canadian Alex Harvey won a silver medal in the 20-kilometre Classic Mass Start in Val di Fiemme, Italy, on Saturday, Canada's first medal on the Tour de Ski. Eldar Roenning of Norway Roenning won the gold medal, just over a second in front of Harvey. Dario Cologna of Switzerland won the bronze.


Canadian Mellisa Hollingsworth finished fifth in a World Cup event in Altenberg, Germany on Saturday. Anja Huber of Germany

was first, Katharina Heinz of Germany was second and Britain's Shelley Rudman was third.


Canadian Brady Leman won the silver medal in a ski-cross race in St. Johann, Austria, on Saturday. He made his return to competitive racing last month after breaking his leg. Alex Fiva of Switzerland won in a photo finish. Daniel Bohnacker of Germany won the bronze.


Canadian Mark McMorris won the men's title at the O'Neill Evolution big air event in Davos, Switzerland, on Saturday. American Eric Willett was second and Seppe Smits of Belgium was third. In the women's event, Canadian Spencer O'Brien was first, Sina Candrian of Switzerland was well back in second and Anna Gasser of Austria was third.



Here is Canada's weather forecast for Sunday, January 8. British Columbia will have drizzle. The high temperature in Vancouver will be eight degrees Celsius. The Yukon: variable cloudiness. Whitehorse, zero. Northwest Territories: overcast. Yellowknife, minus 13. Nunavut: mainly sunny. Iqaluit, minus 29. Alberta: variable cloudiness. Edmonton, minus seven. Saskatchewan: variable cloudiness. Regina, two. Manitoba: sunny. Winnipeg, zero. Ontario: variable cloudiness. Toronto: zero. Ottawa, minus nine. Quebec: mainly sunny. Montreal, minus seven. New Brunswick: variable cloudiness. Fredericton, minus three. Nova Scotia: sunny periods. Halifax, two. Prince Edward Island: snow flurries. Charlottetown, minus one. Newfoundland: drizzle. St. John's, five.

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