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December 16, 2018 1:50 PM North Korea marks 7th anniversary of Kim Jong Il’s death

PYONGYANG, KOREA, DEMOCRATIC PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF—North Koreans are marking the seventh anniversary of the death of leader Kim Jong Il with visits to statues and vows of loyalty to his son and successor, Kim Jong Un. As snow fell Sunday, tens of thousands of people offered flowers and paid respects to the late leader at Mansu Hill in central Pyongyang 4

December 15, 2018 12:48 AM China suspends tariff hikes on U.S. cars, auto parts

BEIJING—China announced a 90-day suspension on Friday of tariff hikes on U.S. cars, trucks and auto parts following its ceasefire in a trade battle with Washington that threatens global economic growth. The suspension is China’s first step in response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s Dec. 1 agreement to suspend U.S. tariff hikes for a similar 90-day period 8

December 14, 2018 11:06 PM Drug trafficker back in Canadian prison 23 years after fleeing custody

The U.S. authorities say François continued to smuggle large amounts of cocaine into the United States from Haiti before being arrested in Haiti by Drug Enforcement Administration agents in July 2007 and extradited back to the U.S. He was convicted the same year on conspiracy, importation and possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and sentenced 6

December 13, 2018 5:37 PM Canada’s envoy to China decries Huawei arrest as U.S.-inspired

“The detention of Ms. Meng is not a mere judicial case, but a premeditated political action in which the United States wields its regime power to witch-hunt a Chinese high-tech company out of political consideration,” Lu said. “The reason behind all the bullying behaviours of the United States is that it pursues power politics against other countries 10

December 12, 2018 6:52 PM Canadian maple syrup production falls 22 per cent last year due cold winter

The total value of Canadian maple products fell 22 per cent to $384.4 million while the price of syrup remained relatively unchanged. The Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers tapped its strategic reserves this year to avoid wild price swings or supply shortages. Quebec produces about 72 per cent of the world’s maple syrup, with the rest of Canada 7

December 12, 2018 2:53 PM During seven-hour spacewalk, Russian astronauts gather clues to orbital mystery

About four hours into a spacewalk on Tuesday, Russian astronauts pulled out a knife and began cutting into a spacecraft docked at the International Space Station. Soon they began slashing with vigor through the outer insulation, with flurries of debris flying into space. Other times, they used what looked like hedge shears to cut first through the insulation 6

December 12, 2018 5:00 AM Johannes Debus rekindles boyhood love of Handel’s Messiah

After a 10-year old Johannes Debus had sung Handel’s Messiah for the first time, he begged his mom to buy him an album. Three decades later, Debus is music director of the Canadian Opera Company, far removed from the cathedral choir in Speyer, Germany, where he had his first musical immersion. But he is having a happy reunion with Messiah next week. Debus 6

December 11, 2018 4:27 PM Stephen Curry doubts moon landings. NASA offers to show him the rocks

It has been a big 24 hours for Stephen Curry. His team was named Sports Illustrated’s “Sportsperson of the Year,” he was named the Western Conference’s player of the week, and his comments denying the moon landing happened made him the enemy of science teachers everywhere. Curry, who recently returned from injury and rejoined the Golden State Warriors 6

December 10, 2018 7:53 PM Nearly 85 per cent of UN nations back migration deal, excluding U.S

Louise Arbour of Canada, a former UN human rights chief, said the issue also has been tied up in parliamentary debates in Belgium, Bulgaria, Estonia, Italy, Israel, Slovenia and Switzerland — although some of them did participate in creating the accord, which has since been ensnared by tough political headwinds. The conference is the capstone of efforts 10

December 10, 2018 4:27 PM Alberta’s finance minister says Quebec premier lacks understanding of energy industry

OTTAWA—Alberta’s finance minister says Quebec’s resistance to a pipeline carrying western Canadian oil across its territory shows the provincial premier’s lack of understanding about the Alberta energy industry. Speaking ahead of a federal-provincial finance ministers’ meeting today in Ottawa, Joe Ceci argues Alberta has been innovative in removing carbon 8