Morning Update February 28th, 2012 (10)

CANADA

#1 — CNews | Grits apologize for Toews twitter trashing

OTTAWA – A rogue Liberal staffer was outted Monday as the anonymous thumb-banger of tweets to embarrass Public Safety Minister Vic Toews this month.

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Globe | Harper ignores opposition calls for by-elections in ridings hit by robo-calls

#2 — Globe | Canada’s stuck with second-hand subs until 2030, navy says

Canada’s glitch-prone, second-hand submarines will be with the navy until at least 2030, but defence planners will begin drawing up a replacement program within the next four years.

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#3 — LFP | Oilsands Ontario premier’s scapegoat

CALGARY — He’s a desperate man searching for a scapegoat.

Faced with 300,000 manufacturing industry job losses in his nine-year reign as Ontario’s premier, Dalton McGuinty is frantic for someone or something to blame — even when the blame defies logic.

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#4 — NP | Canada should look to outlawed terror group to replace Iranian regime: chair of rights group

MONTREAL — Members of the board of a federally funded human rights organization who accused its former president of consorting with banned terrorist groups are now advocating for another outlawed terror organization.

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#5 — OC | Investigators seek cause of deadly derailment

Standing near the wreck of one of his passenger trains, the head of Via Rail on Monday pledged to do what he could to help investigators get to the bottom of a devastating weekend derailment that killed three of his engineers and injured dozens of passengers.

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WORLD

#6 — BBC | Italian cruise ship adrift off Seychelles taken in tow

An Italian cruise ship left adrift in the Indian Ocean with more than 1,000 people on board following a power failure, has been taken in tow.

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#7 — CNN | Part of Keystone pipeline to move forward

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — TransCanada will move ahead with part of the Keystone XL pipeline that will boost the flow of crude from the oil sands of Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast.

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#8 — Fox | Israelis reportedly don’t plan to notify US if decision made to strike Iran

Israeli officials say they won’t warn the U.S. if they decide to launch a pre-emptive strike against Iranian nuclear facilities, one U.S. intelligence official familiar with the discussions told the Associated Press. The pronouncement, delivered in a series of private, top-level conversations, sets a tense tone ahead of meetings in the coming days at the White House and Capitol Hill.

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#9 — DM | How Europeans WERE the first to discover America – but it was 20,000 years before Christopher Columbus

America was first discovered by Stone Age hunters from Europe, according to new archaeological evidence.

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#10 — Telegraph | Stratfor: Osama bin Laden ‘was in routine contact with Pakistan’s spy agency’

Osama bin Laden was in routine contact with several senior figures from Pakistan’s military intelligence agency while in hiding in the country, according to a large cache of secret intelligence files.

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