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Loved Ones Fear Burned Van Belongs to Missing Surfers

The pair disappeared in Sinaloa Cartel territory

(Newser) - They were expected to be in Guadalajara, Mexico, by Nov. 21. But the two Australian surfers never arrived. The girlfriends of Dean Lucas and Adam Coleman, both 33, will travel Monday to Culiacan, the capital of the Mexican state of Sinaloa, to help identify two charred bodies reportedly found in... More »

Vocal Miss World Canada Barred From Entering China

Human rights activist Anastasia Lin denied entry in Hong Kong for pageant in Hainan

(Newser) - Canada's outspoken Miss World contestant said she was barred Thursday from entering China to take part in this year's pageant in the southern island province of Hainan. Chinese-born Anastasia Lin said she was unable to board her connecting flight from Hong Kong after a Chinese official told her... More »

Canada: No Single Syrian Men, Unless They're Gay

Nation puts emphasis on taking women, kids, and families

(Newser) - Canada is expected to roll out a new policy on accepting Syrian refugees Tuesday, and it's got an unusual twist—lone, single males need not apply, unless they happen to be gay. The idea behind the policy is to reduce the risk of extremists slipping into the country by... More »

Yoga Class Nixed for Being 'Offensive'

University of Ottawa student group cites 'cultural appropriation'

(Newser) - For the past seven years, Jennifer Scharf has been teaching a yoga class for disabled students at the University of Ottawa, and she was all set to start it up again in September, the CBC reports. But an email from the school's Center for Students With Disabilities, part of... More »

Landscaper Leaving Canada to Become a King in Ghana

'OK. No problem. I will talk to my boss'

(Newser) - A 32-year-old landscaper is leaving Canada to become the king of a 6,000-person tribe in Ghana, the National Post reports. Eric Manu—who's been living in British Columbia for the past three years—got the surprising phone call in July. “So I said, ‘OK. No problem.... More »

Canadian Beauty Queen in a Battle With Beijing

Anastasia Lin may not be allowed to compete in pageant in China

(Newser) - Anastasia Lin is an actress who believes her outspoken advocacy of human rights in her native China played a big role in her winning bid in May to become Canada's contestant in the Miss World pageant. But then the host country for the global beauty pageant was changed from... More »

Latest 2,000% Drug Price Hike Hurts Infants

Seizure medication goes way, way up in cost

(Newser) - Rapid treatment is of utmost importance for babies diagnosed with infantile spasms, also known as West syndrome, a form of epilepsy that causes seizures and corresponding abnormal bursts of electrical activity in the brain. About half of the babies with it don't respond to the first drug that's... More »

Childhood Friends Discover They Were Switched at Birth

DNA test confirms decades of rumors and jokes

(Newser) - Two childhood friends made a startling discovery that has changed everything they thought they knew about themselves and their families: They were switched at birth. The CBC reports Luke Monias and Norman Barkman were born on the same June day in 1975 at the Norway House Indian Hospital in Manitoba.... More »

Here's Why Canada PM Made Half His Cabinet Women

Everyone say it with Justin Trudeau: 'Because it’s 2015'

(Newser) - In 1969, Judy LaMarsh, only the second woman to ever serve in Canada's Cabinet, brought up her status as a political anomaly. "Visitors in the Commons' gallery … made no effort to disguise the fact that they regarded me as a curiosity and stared whenever I could be... More »

Whale-Watching Disaster Blamed on Freak Wave

Weather seemed calm, but rogue wave may have doomed Canada's Leviathan II

(Newser) - Canada's Transportation Safety Board thinks it knows how a whale-watching boat sank on Sunday, leaving five Brits dead and an Australian missing: a surprise wave, the Guardian reports. A survivor told one of the rescuers there was "this real big wave coming—bigger than the rest of the... More »

5 Dead in Canada Whale-Watching Disaster

Ship with 27 aboard went down off Vancouver Island

(Newser) - At least five people died after a whale-watching boat with 27 people on board sank off Vancouver Island and a rescue mission remained active late Sunday, Canadian authorities say. The vessel made a mayday call late Sunday afternoon on what was a clear and sunny day in the tourist community... More »

Canada to Stop ISIS Strikes

Trudeau tells Obama he's keeping campaign promise

(Newser) - Canada's new leader had some bad news for President Obama in their first conversation since his stunning election win on Monday. Justin Trudeau told Obama that he plans to follow through on his campaign promise and end Canada's role in the airstrike campaign against ISIS in Iraq and... More »

Canada Elects Young New PM in 'Stunning' Upset

Justin Trudeau ousts Stephen Harper

(Newser) - Canadians voted for a sharp change in their government Monday, returning a legendary name for Liberals, Trudeau, to the prime minister's office and resoundingly ending Stephen Harper's near-decade in office. Justin Trudeau, the 43-year-old son of late prime minister Pierre Trudeau, became Canada's new prime minister after... More »

Nixon Predicted Trudeau's Rise 43 Years Ago

He toasted Canada's new PM as an infant

(Newser) - Richard Nixon predicted the result of Monday's Canadian election 43 years in advance with accuracy that would be spooky if he hadn't been talking about the prime minister's baby son. "I'd like to toast the future prime minister of Canada: to Justin Pierre Trudeau,"... More »

One of These Men Will Lead Canada. What's at Stake

Stephen Harper, Justin Trudeau face off

(Newser) - It's a big day in Canada. Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper faces a tough re-election battle against frontrunner Justin Trudeau. Here's a guide to Monday's election:
  • What's at stake: Harper is seeking a rare fourth term in the hopes of safeguarding his goal of shattering Canada'
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US Hostages' Savior in Iran in 1980 Has Died

Heroic actions of Canadian ambassador Ken Taylor were documented in 'Argo'

(Newser) - Ken Taylor, the Canadian ambassador to Iran who helped smuggle six American hostages home from the country in 1980, died Thursday of colon cancer at the age of 81, his wife tells the AP . For three months, Taylor and his deputy, John Sheardown, hid at their Tehran homes the six... More »

Company Grabs CO2 From the Air to Make Fuel

Carbon Engineering is backed by billionaires including Bill Gates

(Newser) - Visit a town north of Vancouver and you may notice a long, blue building that appears ordinary—but it just may be leading the way in climate-change technology. Run by the Canadian company Carbon Engineering, the plant is busy capturing carbon dioxide from the Earth's atmosphere. It's also... More »

Randy Quaid Arrested While Crossing US Border

The actor was kicked out of Canada but is wanted on felony charges in the US

(Newser) - Actor Randy Quaid was arrested—along with his wife Evi—Friday night while trying to cross the Canadian border into Vermont, the CBC reports. According to the AP , the Quaids were detained by US Customs and Border Protection agents because they're still wanted on felony charges from 2010 in... More »

Canada Tries to Cut Cost of Lifesaving Drug, Gets Sued

Canada wants to lower dizzying price of Soliris; Alexion says no way

(Newser) - Soliris is one of the world's most expensive drugs, running about $500,000 a year in the US. In Canada, a year's supply of the drug, used to treat two rare blood diseases—paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) and atypical hemolytic-uremic syndrome (AHUS)—is even pricier at about $525,... More »

Poll: 41% Want Wall Along the Canadian Border

'If you cut off one, they're going to come in the other way'

(Newser) - Maybe Scott Walker was on to something after all. A surprising number of Americans seem to be worried about hockey-playing hordes swarming over the border, according to a Bloomberg poll. Some 41% think there should be a "brick-and-mortar" wall along both the Canadian and Mexican borders, according to the... More »

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