Afternoon Update February 22nd, 2012 (10)

CANADA

#1 — CNews | Pregnant Chinese women conning immigration system 

OTTAWA – The government plans to crack down on a scam in which pregnant Chinese women are coming to Canada for the sole purpose of giving birth so the child becomes a citizen, QMI Agency has learned.

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#2 — Globe | Missing women inquiry shifts to panel-style format

After 52 days of hearing from police officers and experts who’ve attempted to shed light on why Robert Pickton was able to kill for so long, the head of the missing women inquiry now wants input from groups of witnesses.

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NP | Victims’ families angered by surprise shift to ‘less adversarial’ hearings at Pickton inquiry

#3 — LFP | Anne Murray protests wind turbines

Anne Murray has written a letter to the premier of Nova Scotia asking him to reconsider installing wind turbines near Pugwash.

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NP | Anne Murray, Tim Hortons’ magnate Ron Joyce tee off over wind farm

#4 — NP | ‘Toadyism wins:’ Councillors rage after TTC board sacks Toronto transit chief Gary Webster

Gary Webster’s tenure as head of the TTC crashed to a halt Tuesday evening as Mayor Rob Ford, fresh off a critical defeat on the transit expansion file, touted a need for “major change” within the commission’s leadership.

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#5 — OC | Harkat appeal puts new security certificate law to a renewed test

OTTAWA — Canada’s new and improved security certificate law continues to deny terror suspects the detailed information they need to defend themselves, the Federal Court of Appeal has heard.

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WORLD

#6 — BBC | ‘Four’ more bodies from Costa Concordia wreck found

Search teams have found four more bodies in the wreck of the cruise ship Costa Concordia which capsized on 13 January, Italian media report.

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#7 — CNN | Defense to make final pitch in Hosni Mubarak’s trial

Cairo (CNN) – The defense will give closing remarks Wednesday in the trial of Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak after prosecutors demanded the former president be held responsible for the deaths of protesters during the clashes that led to his ouster last year.

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Alarabia| Egypt’s court sets date for issuing final verdict in Mubarak trial

#8 — Fox | Obama administration to unveil corporate tax reform plan to lower top rate to 28 percent, lose loopholes

The Obama administration plans to unveil a long-awaited corporate tax reform plan on Wednesday, lowering the top income-tax rate for corporations to 28 percent from 35 percent while eliminating deductions.

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#9 — DM | If they find you they will kill you

Syrian forces murdered journalist Marie Colvin after pledging to kill ‘any journalist who set foot on Syrian soil’, it emerged today.

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#10 — Telegraph | Cristina Kirchner told to leave Falkland Islanders alone, by Argentina’s intellectuals

Cristina Kirchner has been warned to leave Falkland Islanders to decide their own future as Argentina’s president faced a backlash from a group of the South American country’s leading thinkers.

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