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October 13, 2018 11:14 PM Trump prays with American pastor recently freed by Turkey

Trump thanked Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who had resisted the demands of Trump and other high-level U.S. officials for Brunson’s release. Erdogan had insisted that his country's courts are independent, though he previously had suggested a possible swap for Brunson. The U.S. had repeatedly called for Brunson’s release and, this year, sanctioned 38

October 12, 2018 7:49 PM Judge says it’s up to B.C. government to fund translator for murdered teen’s mom

VANCOUVER—The mother of a 13-year-old girl found murdered in a park in Burnaby, B.C., has requested a Mandarin translator so she can understand court proceedings, and a judge has recommended the province fund that request. The mother’s lawyer, Esther Kornfeld, told the court her client’s friend translated proceedings last month after a man accused of the crime 35

October 12, 2018 2:50 PM Two men charged with first-degree murder in slaying of Quebec college student

MONTREAL—Two men are facing first-degree murder charges in the slaying of a 19-year-old Quebec woman whose death may be linked to the discovery of two more bodies, provincial police said Friday. Rene Kegle, 38, and Francis Martel, 31 — both from Quebec’s Mauricie region — appeared in court in Trois-Rivieres late Friday in connection with the killing 6

October 11, 2018 6:04 PM Mother of Kaden Young, toddler swept away in Grand River, charged in his death

The mother of 3-year-old Kaden Young has been charged by Dufferin OPP in connection to her son’s death, nearly eight months after he was swept away in the fast-moving Grand River. Michelle Hanson, 35, of Amaranth, was charged with impaired driving causing death, dangerous driving causing death and criminal negligence causing death. “Police will not comment 11

October 11, 2018 12:09 AM Montreal businesses rally for NBA team

MONTREAL—A group of Quebec businesspeople led by former federal cabinet minister and senator Michael Fortier is continuing its full-court press to bring a National Basketball Association franchise to Montreal — even though the league has no current plans for expansion. Fortier said Wednesday he has spoken to NBA commissioner Adam Silver about Montreal’s 12

October 10, 2018 11:50 PM Israel defends detention of U.S. student who allegedly promoted boycott

JERUSALEM—A senior Israeli Cabinet minister on Wednesday defended the government’s handling of the case of an American graduate student held in detention at the country’s international airport for the past week over allegations that she promoted a boycott against the Jewish state. In an interview, Gilad Erdan, who oversees the government’s efforts to counter 9

October 10, 2018 12:45 AM Lawyers fight to rule out death penalty for New York truck attack trial

NEW YORK—Lawyers for a man charged with killing eight people when he drove his truck onto a New York City bike path said Tuesday that the death penalty should be ruled out because President Donald Trump was “uninformed and full of rage” when he called for it. The lawyers said in papers filed in Manhattan federal court on behalf of Sayfullo Saipov that Trump 7

October 7, 2018 9:39 PM Raptors fans catch sneak preview at open practice

“I just went to set a screen, a split screen on the post,” Powell said. “And then when I went to split, the guy was just trying to fight over it and kneed me in my quad. It’s just a little bruise. I should be fine.” ROSTER UPDATE: Head coach Nick Nurse said he is “not a lot closer” to finalizing the roster, which can include two extra players on two-way 8

October 7, 2018 1:53 AM Canadian legal minds call Brett Kavanaugh U.S. Supreme Court confirmation ‘hugely disappointing’

But while the Canadian legal system operates very differently than the American one, there can still be some impacts on discourses in Canadian law. Adam Goldenberg , a lawyer at McCarthy Tétrault LLP, said that sometimes, US Supreme Court judges can have what he calls “persuasive authority” in Canadian law. “That means, while they aren’t binding on our courts 12

October 5, 2018 10:07 PM Alberta court upholds sentence for man convicted in deadly gas and dash

CALGARY—The Alberta Court of Appeal has upheld the sentence of a Calgary man for killing a gas-station attendant who was trying to stop him from stealing fuel. Joshua Cody Mitchell is serving 11 years in prison after being convicted last year of manslaughter and of hit and run in the 2015 death of Maryam Rashidi. Rashidi, who was 35, died when Mitchell 6