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December 10, 2018 9:57 PM Lawmakers urge Canada to impose Magnitsky sanctions against Iran

Canada passed a law last year named for late Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, whose arrest and death in prison drew international attention. It allows sanctions to be applied broadly in human rights cases, and was used last month to charge 17 Saudi officials in the aftermath of the death of Jamal Khashoggi. “2018 has seen an unprecedented assault on human 7

December 10, 2018 9:56 PM Armenian prime minister’s bloc wins parliamentary majority

YEREVAN, ARMENIA—A bloc led by Armenia’s relatively new prime minister trounced its political foes and won an overwhelming parliamentary majority in an early election, according to results released Monday. Nikol Pashinian came to power in May after spearheading massive protests that forced his predecessor to step down. The 43-year-old former journalist 8

December 10, 2018 6:20 PM Former ServiCom employee warns about unofficial fundraising drives

SYDNEY, N.S.—People planning on donating funds to help the almost 700 call centre employees in Cape Breton who lost their jobs last week are being warned to be careful about where they send their money. Tanya Wilneff, a former manager at the ServiCom Canada facility in Sydney, says the workers have yet to endorse any centralized fundraising efforts 5

December 6, 2018 5:55 PM Trudeau says government will limit access to handguns, assault weapons on anniversary of Ecole Polytechnique shooting

MONTREAL—Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government plans to limit access to handguns and assault weapons to confront gun violence in the country. Speaking to Montreal radio station 98.5 FM Thursday on the anniversary of the 1989 Ecole Polytechnique massacre, Trudeau did not rule out a full ban when asked by the host. “We are currently reflecting 10

December 4, 2018 3:36 AM Game Centre: Raptors’ win streak snapped at eight by Nuggets

The Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic played the role of Raptors killer in a battle of NBA conference leaders that went right down to the wire. Denver’s 106-103 victory at Scotiabank Arena snapped an eight-game win streak by league-leading Toronto. Jokic racked up 23 points, 11 rebounds and 15 assists for his second triple-double of the season. He drew a pair of fouls 16

December 3, 2018 5:47 PM Crocs to buy back 50 per cent of Blackstone preferred stake as rebound builds

Crocs Inc. will buy back and convert some of the preferred shares held by Blackstone Group LP in the latest sign that a multiyear turnaround effort has put more spring in the step of the maker of colourful, rubbery shoes. The footwear maker will pay $183.7 million (U.S.) for half the preferred stock Blackstone acquired as part of a $200-million investment 10

December 3, 2018 3:59 PM Wisconsin Republicans forge ahead with power-stripping bills

He also held out hope Walker might stop the bills, but Walker has not voiced any opposition to date. The last lame-duck session in Wisconsin was eight years ago, just before Walker took office, when Democrats tried unsuccessfully to approve union contracts. This year’s proposals are wide-ranging and would affect everything in the state from transportation 14

December 3, 2018 1:31 PM Trump wants to grant Kim Jong Un’s wishes, says South Korea president

Moon said he and Trump agreed during their meeting that Kim’s trip to Seoul would play a “very positive role” in U.S.-North Korea nuclear diplomacy. Moon said it’s still unclear whether Kim will visit Seoul by the end of this year, and that it’s up to the North Korean leader. Moon, who has facilitated a series of high-level talks between the United States 14

November 25, 2018 2:29 PM Taiwanese reject legalizing same-sex unions in referendum

TAIPEI, TAIWAN—Voters in Taiwan passed a referendum asking that marriage be restricted to one man and one woman, a setback to LGBT couples hoping their island will be the first place in Asia to let same-sex couples share child custody and insurance benefits. The vote on Saturday, organized by Christian groups that make up about 5 per cent of Taiwan’s 15

November 23, 2018 9:59 PM Singh to run in Burnaby South byelection, despite friendlier Brampton opening

“I’ve made it clear, my decision to run in Burnaby South, and I continue to remain clear on that decision,” he said. On Thursday, Liberal Raj Grewal announced he is resigning immediately as the MP for Brampton East for unspecified personal and medical reasons. Singh would likely coast to victory in Brampton East, the riding he represented for six years 10