Afternoon Update March 25th, 2012 (10)

CANADA

#1 — CS | Ex-wife feared offender

When Amira Nassereddine was forced into an elaborate engagement party in Lebanon, it was no coincidence the betrothed didn’t smile for a single photo.

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#2 — Globe | Canada, Japan agree to enter talks for free-trade deal

Stephen Harper hailed the opening of free trade talks with Japan on Sunday as a “historic opportunity” while economic experts warned of the perils of opening borders to the world’s largest economy.

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#3 — LFP | Burnett: Back to the bush, kids

If a tree falls in the forest, chances are your child is not going to be near enough to hear the sound.

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#4 — NP | Kline: More reasons to be ecstatic about drug legalization

On Feb. 15, the Canadian Food Inspection agency launched an investigation into a Saskatchewan-based meat packer that was suspected of distributing hamburgers and steaks that were tainted with E. coli. Three days later, the agency issued a recall and stores across the country promptly removed the products from their shelves, while the company that owned the facility was forced to go out of business. There has been one confirmed illness related to the tainted meat and no one has died.

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#5 — OC | Crowley: Seeking a cure for pipeline madness

What is it about pipelines that makes people take leave of their senses?

The Great Pipeline Debate of 1956 began a long process of decline for the Liberal Party of Canada when it caused the first chunk of their hitherto solid support to crumble in the west. The redoubtable C.D. Howe imposed closure on the parliamentary debate over the plan to build the Trans Canada Pipeline to Ontario.

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WORLD

#6 — BBC | Syria crisis: UN mission ‘last chance’ to avoid civil war

Russian President Dmitri Medvedev has offered full support for special envoy Kofi Annan’s peace mission in Syria, saying it may be the last chance to avoid a prolonged and bloody civil war.

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#7 — CNN | Militia storms hotel in Libya after guest told to pay overdue bill

(CNN) – Armed members of a Libyan militia burst into a luxury hotel in the capital Tripoli on Saturday and opened fire after one of their members was told to pay an outstanding bill or vacate, sources and hotel officials said.

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#8 — Fox | Test Drive: Ford Police Interceptor and Interceptor Utility

The Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor was apparently so good that Ford decided it needed two vehicles to replace it.

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#9 — DM | Private jets, 13 mansions and a $100,000 mobile home just for the dogs

Two former employees of the world’s largest Christian television channel Trinity Broadcasting Network are accusing the non-profit of spending $50 million of its funding on extravagant personal expenses.

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#10 — Telegraph | Ministers plan major immigration crackdown

Theresa May, the Home Secretary, is planning a major immigration crackdown on tens of thousands of people who “abuse” family visas to settle in Britain, according to a leaked cabinet letter.

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  • beentheredonethat

    Re#10. Offering the ‘family route’ for immigrants into the UK has done irreversible damage to that society. Terminal damage. The same is happening here in Canada thanks to decades of liberalism. Thankfully the CPC are making genuine efforts to plug this gaping hole in our border. For Canada it is still not too late. Sadly the UK has already passed the point of no return. ‘Closing the barn door after the horse has escaped’ is too little and much too late.

  • beentheredonethat

    Re#9. Did the Sopranos give permission to use their family photograph for this story?