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China says it has no information on detained ex-Canadian diplomat

BEIJING — China's Foreign Ministry said Wednesday that it had no information about a former Canadian diplomat detained in Beijing in apparent retaliation for Canada's arrest of a leading Chinese executive.
In the news today, Dec. 12

In the news today, Dec. 12

Five stories in the news for Wednesday, Dec.
Online sales, interactive displays as lottery agencies vie for customers

Online sales, interactive displays as lottery agencies vie for customers

WINNIPEG — Like many millennials, Sarah Rogalsky doesn't go out of her way to buy lottery tickets. The 32-year-old is part of an office pool and chips in $2 a week at her Winnipeg workplace, primarily for the social aspect of playing with others.

Take my NAFTA, please: As Pelosi riffs, questions abound on fate of USMCA

WASHINGTON — North of the border, Canada's hard-won free-trade deal with the United States and Mexico is considered a matter of existential importance, heavy with implications for workers, businesses and governments of all political stripes.
Appeal hearing today for Winnipeg woman convicted of hiding infant remains

Appeal hearing today for Winnipeg woman convicted of hiding infant remains

WINNIPEG — An appeal hearing is being held today for a Winnipeg woman who was convicted of hiding the remains of six babies in a rented storage locker. Andrea Giesbrecht was sentenced in July to 8 1/2 years in prison for concealing the remains.
Ex-diplomat who worked on Trudeau's Hong Kong visit detained in China

Ex-diplomat who worked on Trudeau's Hong Kong visit detained in China

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government has contacted Chinese authorities about the detention of a sometime Canadian diplomat in China at a time of intensifying tensions between the two countries.

Acting head of OPP asks for investigation into hiring of new commissioner

TORONTO — The interim commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police is asking the province's ombudsman to investigate the appointment of Premier Doug Ford's family friend to the force's top job.
Judge grants $10M bail for Huawei executive facing possible extradition to U.S.

Judge grants $10M bail for Huawei executive facing possible extradition to U.S.

VANCOUVER — A top executive at Chinese tech giant Huawei has been released on $10 million bail and must agree to wear an electronic tracking device while she is also monitored by two employees of a company that provides surveillance using former poli
Prairie police chiefs call on Ottawa for help as meth-fuelled crime skyrockets

Prairie police chiefs call on Ottawa for help as meth-fuelled crime skyrockets

OTTAWA — Police chiefs say methamphetamine is fuelling a crime wave in some of Western Canada's biggest cities as use of the highly addictive drug skyrockets across the Prairies.
'Broke my heart:' Mother of slain Stampeder thought her son was safe in Canada

'Broke my heart:' Mother of slain Stampeder thought her son was safe in Canada

CALGARY — The mother of slain Calgary Stampeder Mylan Hicks says she thought her son would be safe when he left his native Detroit to play football in Canada.