Afternoon Update March 22nd, 2012 (10)

CANADA

#1 — CNews | McGuinty bets on budget, risks election 

TORONTO — The Ontario Liberals are ready to go to the polls over their upcoming budget, Premier Dalton McGuinty said.

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#2 — Globe | Wente: The New Democrats have no shot, kumbaya

I’ll forgive you if you haven’t been paying attention to the New Democratic leadership race. It’s been about as thrilling as watching paint dry. This suits a lot of Dippers, who believe in consensus and kumbaya, unlike those fratricidal Liberals, who are always tearing each other to shreds in their ruthless quest for power. NDPers are morally and spiritually better than that.

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#3 — LFP | Party-busting bylaw pushed

City hall’s response to the Fleming Drive riot should include a strengthened “nuisance bylaw” allowing authorities to break up out-of-control parties, even on private property, London’s mayor and police chief say.

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#4 — FP | Corcoran: The auto union subsidy regime

So the headline news today is that the $14.4-billion Ottawa/Ontario bailout of Chrysler and General Motors was worth it to Canadian taxpayers and the economy. According to a new study Wednesday from the Institute for Research on Public Policy (IRPP), the auto bailout — at a cost of $516,304 per union job protected — prevented an estimated $23-billion in lost GDP.

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#5 — OC | Public service unions abandon neutrality to challenge expected Conservative cuts

OTTAWA — The white-collar professionals who work in the federal government are breaking their silence as loyal and neutral public servants with the launch of an unprecedented social media campaign that attacks the Conservatives’ looming spending cuts as undermining the health and safety of Canadians.

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WORLD

#6 — BBC | Australia’s most wanted man Malcolm Naden is detained

Australia’s most wanted man, who managed to evade a police manhunt for seven years, has been captured and charged with murder and other offences.

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#7 — CNN | Pressure mounts for police chief to resign over teen’s shooting

Sanford, Florida (CNN) — After a no-confidence vote and demands for his resignation, pressure mounted Thursday on the police chief of the Florida city where unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin was killed.

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Fox | ‘Stand Your Ground Law’ at center of unarmed Florida teen shooting

Reason | The New York Times on ‘Stand Your Ground': Prosecutors Do Not Like a Law That Makes It Harder to Prosecute People

#8 — Fox | Intelligence agencies: Water could be cause of global conflict in coming decades

WASHINGTON –  Drought, floods and a lack of fresh water may cause significant global instability and conflict in the coming decades as developing countries scramble to meet demand from exploding populations while dealing with climate change, U.S. intelligence agencies said in a report released Thursday.

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#9 — DM | Helicopter down! Dramatic footage shows U.S. Apache crashing in Afghanistan

A dramatic video shows a close up view of a U.S. military attack helicopter smashing into the ground at a remote coalition outpost in Afghanistan.

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#10 — Telegraph | Nato to cut funding for Afghan force by two thirds

The Nato coalition aims to cut funding for the Afghan police and army by nearly two thirds as alliance members negotiate a long term deal to pay for Afghanistan’s security.

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