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Magnotta murder trial hears from European witnesses

HL:Magnotta murder trial hears from European witnesses

MONTREAL — People who crossed paths with Luka Rocco Magnotta in France and Germany while he was the subject of an international manhunt were heard from Friday at his first-degree murder trial. READ

Powder-filled envelope sends employee at Cdn consulate in Turkey to hospital

Canada’s consulate in Istanbul was closed Friday after an employee opened a package filled with yellow powder. READ

Ottawa gunman launched attack with slow-loading, John Wayne-style rifle: experts

Firearms experts say the Ottawa gunman’s choice of a slow-loading, old-time hunting rifle suggests his rampage was either a poorly concocted plan or designed as a one-way trip from the start. READ

Slain soldier riding Highway of Heroes on last trip to Hamilton hometown

Strains of “O Canada” mingled with traffic noise as thousands of people paid their respects to a soldier gunned down at the National War Memorial this week as he made his final journey back to his hometown of Hamilton on Friday. READ

Judge places publication ban on murder conviction assessment in Nova Scotia case

A judge granted a publication ban Thursday on a preliminary assessment of the case of a Nova Scotia man whose murder conviction may have been the result of a miscarriage of justice. READ

Man arrested in downtown Halifax after driver finds firearm on bus

Police arrested a man in Halifax and recovered a firearm on a nearby public transit bus Thursday after receiving a report of someone carrying what appeared to be a rifle wrapped in fabric in the city’s downtown. READ

Lawyers argue Ottawa has no right to strip certain people of citizenship

Constitutional lawyers are in Federal Court today, challenging a law that allows the government to strip a Canadian-born person of their citizenship. READ

Top court refuses to hear appeal from Calgary psychiatrist convicted of sex assault

The Supreme Court of Canada has shut the door on a psychiatrist’s request to appeal three convictions for sexually assaulting his court-appointed patients. READ

Defence lawyer wants autopsies on Winnipeg storage-locker babies monitored

A woman accused of concealing the bodies of six babies in a storage locker has made her first appearance in court where her lawyer asked that the autopsies by monitored. READ

Magnotta jury watches original images used to create so-called murder video

Jurors at Luka Rocco Magnotta’s murder trial saw video clips on Thursday that show the accused holding an oscillating saw as he stands over a man who is sleeping. READ

House of Commons gets underway in wake of stunning Parliament Hill attack

Canada’s seat of government put on a back-slapping display of fortitude and common purpose Thursday as MPs convened in the shadow of a brazen, deadly attack. READ

Canada will change in wake of shooting: former MP

A former Central Alberta Conservative MP said the country will change in the wake of the shooting on Parliament Hill on Wednesday. READ

Canadian soldier killed in shooting in Ottawa

A gunman turned the nation’s capital into an armed camp Wednesday after he fatally shot an honour guard at “point blank” range at the National War Memorial before setting his sights on Parliament Hill. READ

Winnipeg police make an arrest in discovery of dead infants in storage unit

Police have charged a woman who was renting a storage locker where the remains of six babies were found, but they say it could be months before they know who the infants were or how they died. READ

B.C. mom says No to sexy Halloween costumes for four-year-old girls

Halloween costumes for preschool girls that depict police officers and firefighters in sexualized skin-tight uniforms have a Victoria mom fuming at thrift store Value Village. READ

Ottawa should be wary of turning surplus into tax cuts: budget watchdog

Canada’s budget watchdog says the country is on track to run a $3.6-billion surplus in 2014-15, delivering a balanced budget a year earlier than government predictions. READ

More than 800 foreign scientists urge Canada to loosen funding and freedoms

More than 800 scientists from around the world have signed an open letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper decrying what they call a rapid decline in funding and freedoms faced by Canadian government scientists. READ

Magnotta murder trial hears from British reporter who interviewed accused in 2011

Jurors at Luka Rocco Magnotta’s murder trial heard testimony Wednesday from an English journalist who met the accused less than six months before Jun Lin’s slaying. READ

Winnipeg police discover remains of as many as 4 dead infants in storage locker

Police say the discovery of as many as four dead infants in a storage locker is “tragic beyond belief” but it was not yet clear Tuesday if the deaths were homicides. READ

Attack on soldiers in Quebec linked to terror ideology: public safety minister

Police say a car was driven deliberately into two soldiers, killing one of them in what Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney called an act of violence against Canada that was “clearly linked” to terrorist ideology. READ

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