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Angelina Jolie says a lack of political will is hindering the fight against sexual violence in warzones. The actress and UN Refugee Agency special envoy addressed a United Nations conference in Vancouver.

A South African appeals court has convicted Oscar Pistorius of murder, overturning a lower court's conviction of the double-ampule Olympian on the lesser charge of manslaughter for shooting his girlfriend to death in 2013.

Ottawa is setting up an advisory board to fill the empty seats in the Senate with independent senators. Democratic Institutions Minister Maryam Monsef says the new process should restore public faith in the upper chamber.

A new Canadian from Israel took the Oath of Allegiance to the Queen, then formally recanted it in Toronto on Monday. Dror Bar-Natan says having to swear allegiance to royalty in 2015 is similar to "hazing."

If you drink heavily at night, you maybe caught in the morning's RIDE program. The Ontario RIDE program is often in the morning instead of at midnight. Police tactics have changed in recent years. It used to be that officers would set up around midnight to catch people on the way home. Now, there are RIDE programs first thing in the morning to stop and test drivers who have crashed at a buddy's home, and leave at 8 am, thinking they are sober. It is hard not to sympathize a little bit with those who have had the good sense not to leave from the party at 2 am after a night of drinking. The problem is that people have no idea of how long alcohol stays in their system.

Vancouver police say a man left with a brain injury after being sucker-punched is a victim of what they are calling "one-punch incidents." A police spokesman says 10 such attacks this year include three that led to deaths.

 
 

The RCMP commissioner says child exploitation is among online crimes that present the need for police to have warrantless access to Internet subscriber information. Bob Paulson spoke at a security conference Wednesday in Ottawa.

 
 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says welcoming Syrian refugees to Canada will produce economic and social benefits. In a speech at Canada House in London following his visit with the Queen, Trudeau underlined the importance of diversity.

The Liberal government says it will not meet its Dec. 31 deadline to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees. But Health Minister Jane Philpott says the new February deadline incorporates security and health screening concerns.

 

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan says training of ground forces in Iraq is just as important as dropping bombs in the fight against Islamic State. Sajjan says that is why Canada will withdraw its fighter jets and focus on training.     

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