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S Korea arrests activist for 'praising' North

South Korean authorities have arrested an activist and former leftist politician for praising neighbouring North Korea.<p>The move to arrest Lee Hwang Sun, leftist politician and a pro-unification activist on Wednesday, comes days after authorities deported another Korean-American woman for the same …

South Korea

Why China wants to become the world's banker

First, it lent Argentina cash to replenish its dwindling foreign-exchange reserves. Next, with the rouble crashing, China offered credit to Russia.<p>Then Venezuela begged for funds to stave off a default. Strategic interests dictate where China points its financial hose: these countries supply it …

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Sri Lanka
Oil
Stock Markets

Chinese manufacturing sector slows

Inflation in China approached a five-year low of 1.5 percent in December, the National Bureau of Statistics said on Friday, prompting economists to …

Economics

The economy is in a coma. Tax cuts won't help.

We're roughly a year away from the next federal election, and the recession recovery that forms the bedrock of the Harper government's political …

Democracy activists vow to take over Hong Kong’s financial district after China limits electoral reforms

China’s legislature on Sunday ruled out allowing open nominations in the inaugural election for Hong Kong’s leader, saying they would create a …

Harper needs to learn quickly from Hudak's painful defeat

More from Tasha Kheiriddin available here. The promise to take someone “in sickness and in health” doesn’t just apply to marriage. For decades, the …

Tories play down report suggesting longer timeline for replacing jets

The federal government, expected to make a pivotal decision on Canada's next jet fighter within weeks, is playing down a new Department of National Defence acquisition schedule that suggests the contract for a new warplane won't be finalized until at least 2018.<p>On Monday, National Defence released …

10 Lessons I Learned from a Year of Productivity Experiments

Over the last 12 months I have conducted countless productivity experiments on myself, interviewed some of the most productive people in the world, …

Time Management

Prostitution bill would make it illegal to buy, sell sex in public

'Today our government is making prostitution illegal for the first time,' justice minister says<p>Katrina Pacey, a lawyer for Pivot Legal Society, an …

Gentrification Comes to LA’s Skid Row, and the Homeless Get the Shaft

How the poor are being pushed out of downtown Los Angeles.<p><i>A street corner in downtown Los Angeles. Photo via Flickr user Toni Heim</i><p>One of the worst things about being rich is sometimes you're forced to interact with the poor. When not in a sitting in orthopedic chairs in skyscrapers or on Italian …

Homelessness

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Everything you need to know about the Fair Elections Act

Jump to questions:<p>What is the Fair Elections Act?<p>Essentially, Bill C-23 changes the rules for voters, candidates, parties and the people whose job it is to make sure elections are fair. Ottawa says it will boost penalties for offences, reduce voter fraud and empower political parties, as opposed to …

Tim Hudak promises $319M surplus in 2016 but plan includes cuts for education, seniors

TORONTO — Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives have laid out a plan to cut program spending by six per cent over the next four years to balance the …

Chantal Bernier says Ottawa snooping on social media

Privacy commissioner urges government to clarify rules for when and where data can be collected<p>Federal government departments are collecting data on …

First Nations policing program slammed by auditor general

Ottawa has spent more than $1.7B on program since 1991<p>The federal First Nations policing program is bedevilled by poor allocation of money, shoddy …

Tory MPs raised concerns about foreign-worker program

Employers in hard-hit regions of Canada have been hiring temporary foreign workers despite an abundance of domestic job-seekers, government data indicates, while at least two Conservative MPs have privately sounded alarm bells about the besieged federal program.<p>Temporary foreign workers were the …

China denies making preparations for collapse of North Korea regime

Experts say leaked contingency plans, which include the detention of leaders and establishment of refugee camps, may be valid but do not suggest that the alliance is weakening<p>China has angrily dismissed reports that it has drawn up contingency plans for the collapse of the regime in North Korea, …

New prison cells not enough to stem overcrowding, Auditor-General finds

The federal prison system is expected to face renewed overcrowding problems just a few years after Ottawa completes a plan to add thousands of new cells, a new report by the Auditor-General says.<p>The report also found that one of the key reasons for prison population growth is not a series of new …

Confidence falls in safe transport of oil, polls suggest

A series of public opinion polls on the shipment of oil released under Access to Information suggest the federal government is in a tight corner when …

Conservative bill to ease grain backlog closer to becoming law

The Conservative government's bid to ease a multibillion-dollar backlog of Prairie grain is one step closer to becoming law, despite ongoing questions about its details and complaints by Canada's two major railways.<p>Bill C-30 was tabled March 26 in an urgent bid to force railways to ship more grain …

Chief Justice hits back at Prime Minister over claim of improper call

An extraordinary showdown between Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Supreme Court Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin has intensified, with the jurist denying wrongdoing, and disputing Mr. Harper's recollection of the facts.<p>The court issued a statement a little after noon on Friday, defending itself …

Russia refuses to rule out military intervention in Ukraine after dozens of separatists burned alive in Odessa

[np_storybar title=”Ukraine’s PM visits Odessa” link=””]<br>Ukraine’s prime minister on Sunday visited the city where a horrific blaze killed dozens of …