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Pot playboy Jimmy Cournoyer gets 27 years in jail for smuggling 109,000 kilos of marijuana into U.S.

Jimmy Cournoyer, a Laval native who came to notoriety in New York for operating as a prolific drug smuggler while leading a lavish lifestyle, was sentenced to a 27-year prison term in the United States on Wednesday. 310 more words

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US Tried to Rescue Foley

A report from CNN says that there was a failed attempt to rescue James Foley and other ISIS hostages.

A source tells the cable news channel that Foley and the others were not at the targeted location. 76 more words

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Pope Francis says he expects to live two or three more years and may retire

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/aug/19/pope-francis-expects-live-two-three-years-may-retire

Pope Francis has publicly broached the prospect of his own death for the first time, light-heartedly giving himself “two or three years” but not ruling out retirement before then. 538 more words

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Clive Palmer labels the Chinese as “mongrels” and “bastards”

http://www.news.com.au/national/clive-palmer-wont-apologise-for-chinese-mongrel-comments/story-fncynjr2-1227030255694

“PALMER’S rampant rascality serves as a symbol that Australian society has an unfriendly attitude toward China.”

China’s second national English language newspaper, the Global Times… 358 more words

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Turkey: German spying unacceptable if confirmed

http://rt.com/news/181032-turkey-germany-spying-scandal/

The Turkish Foreign Ministry has called in Germany’s ambassador in Ankara to explain media reports that Germany’s secret services had been spying on its NATO ally. 283 more words

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Street battles in Luhansk as troops advance

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-28858542

Heavy fighting has been reported in rebel-held areas of eastern Ukraine, with street clashes in the centre of the key city of Luhansk.

Government forces have regained one district in the city, officials say. 398 more words

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