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at 15:46 on October 31, 2014, EDT.

Harper urged to press China for release of jailed pro-democracy advocate

OTTAWA - It was business as usual Friday at the prime minister's Langevin Block office, where Stephen Harper smiled and chatted with the Chinese ambassador to Canada before confirming plans for his third official visit to China next week.

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at 15:43 on October 31, 2014, EDT.

MP Del Mastro convicted on Elections Act charges, vows to keep up fight

LINDSAY, Ont. - The fight of his political life is far from over, Dean Del Mastro declared Friday after an Ontario judge who found his credibility lacking convicted the former Conservative MP of spending too much on his 2008 election campaign.

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at 15:40 on October 31, 2014, EDT.

Armed man in Batman mask tried to hold up armoured vehicle: Halifax police

HALIFAX - Police say an armed man dressed as Batman tried to hold up an armoured vehicle as guards were making a delivery at a bank in the Halifax area.

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at 15:40 on October 31, 2014, EDT.

Magnotta's father testifies at murder trial; talks of trouble childhood

MONTREAL - Luka Rocco Magnotta's father described his son Friday as a "very mixed-up" child with no friends and suggested he was abused by his mother's family.

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at 15:23 on October 31, 2014, EDT.

Justin Bourque to serve 75 years before parole eligibility for RCMP killings

MONCTON, N.B. - Justin Bourque was sentenced Friday to serve 75 years in prison before he can apply for parole for the June 4 shooting rampage that killed three RCMP officers and wounded two others in Moncton.

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at 15:18 on October 31, 2014, EDT.

Halifax Chronicle Herald cites declining advertising in issuing 20 layoffs

HALIFAX - The Halifax Chronicle Herald issued layoff notices to 20 unionized newspaper employees Friday in a bid to cut costs and stem advertising losses.

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at 09:10 on October 31, 2014, EDT.

Justin Bourque faces precedent-setting sentence for RCMP shootings in Moncton

MONCTON, N.B. - Justin Bourque's killing of three Mounties has been described in court as one of the worst crimes in Canadian history, prompting recommendations from Crown and defence lawyers for the harshest sentence in more than 50 years.

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at 13:55 on October 31, 2014, EDT.

Timeline: Ghomeshi affair began with news he was dealing with personal issues

TORONTO - "Thanks for all the well wishes, you guys. I'm OK," radio star Jian Ghomeshi tweeted on Oct. 24 after CBC announced he was taking a leave from the network to deal with unspecified personal issues. Here's some of what unfolded in the days following that:

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at 13:22 on October 31, 2014, EDT.

B.C. Law Society upholds member vote, won't recognize Christian law school grads

VANCOUVER - The governing council of the Law Society of British Columbia has voted to uphold the results of a member referendum, and reject accreditation for graduates of a Christian law school.

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at 13:10 on October 31, 2014, EDT.

First CF-18 operational missions over Iraq completed, defence sources

KUWAIT CITY - Two Canadian CF-18 fighters conducted the country's first combat mission in the milky skies over Iraq, but bad weather west of Baghdad prevented them from striking any Islamic State targets, the task force commander said Friday.

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at 09:35 on October 31, 2014, EDT.

Newfoundland soccer field stabbing case adjourned for three weeks

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - A 19-year-old man charged in connection with the stabbing of a boy on a Newfoundland soccer field is due back in court Nov. 20.

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at 12:38 on October 31, 2014, EDT.

Photos raise question about former archbishop's sex assault conviction: lawyer

WINNIPEG - The lawyer for a former archbishop found guilty of sexually assaulting an altar boy in the 1980s says Manitoba's highest court should consider fresh evidence and overturn the verdict.

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