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2016-06-24-01-34-25--2067332016BRITAIN PM CAMERON TO STEP DOWN IN WAKE OF BREXIT VOTE

British Prime Minister David Cameron says he will resign by the fall following a historic referendum to leave the European Union. He says he is not the “captain” that will steer the ship through negotiations with the EU. The “leave” side won the vote by a margin of 51.9 per cent of the vote to 48.1 per cent for the “remain” side.

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BRITISH VOTE ROCKS WORLD FINANCIAL MARKETS

British stocks plunged when the market opened as investors scramble to react to the news that the country has voted to leave the European Union. The main stock index, the FTSE 100, nosedived 8.7 per cent to 5,790 points shortly after the open Friday. The British pound, which trades around the clock, has plunged to a 31-year low.

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trudeauTRUDEAU ASKED TO CHALLENGE MEXICAN PREZ ON HUMAN RIGHTS RECORD: A group of Mexican female human rights activists is calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to show his true feminist credentials and challenge their country’s president on its human rights record. Trudeau will host Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto during a state visit next week before the North American leaders’ summit that will also include U.S. President Barack Obama. Four Mexican women who are members of the Nobel Women’s Initiative are calling on Trudeau to push Pena Nieto publicly on the carnage and violence that has gripped Mexico since the start of its war on drug cartels a decade ago, especially its effect on women.

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U.S. PRISON SYSTEM LOATHE TO GIVE UP CANADIAN INMATES: For Canadians serving time in American prisons, the odds of being allowed to transfer to Canada. Data obtained by The Canadian Press from several sources — including the Canadian and U.S. governments show most Canadians incarcerated south of the border are held in state facilities. In all, 964 Canadians were imprisoned in the U.S. as of May 18, 2016 and 420 of those were held in state facilities and 394 in federal facilities. However, the data suggests that states are reluctant.

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vadarCLOSING ARGUMENTS IN VADER TRIAL: The lawyer for a man accused of killing an elderly Alberta couple says the Crown hasn’t proven that Lyle and Marie McCann were even murdered. In his closing arguments in an Edmonton court this morning, Brian Beresh told court the prosecution didn’t prove the most basic elements of its case against Travis Vader. The McCanns’ burned-out motorhome was found shortly after they disappeared in July, 2010, but their bodies have never been found.

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mike duffyDUFFY ASKED TO REPAY MORE SENATE EXPENSES: Sen. Mike Duffy is being asked to repay $16,955 in what a Senate committee considers ineligible expenses, despite the controversial senator having been acquitted earlier this year on 31 charges related to his spending claims. It marks the first time since late March that a senator has been asked to repay questionable spending — an order Duffy is entitled to take up with a special arbitrator, former Supreme Court justice Ian Binnie. The arbitration process was originally set up to handle disputes arising from a federal audit of Senate spending — a review that missed Duffy initially, because he was under RCMP investigation and facing criminal charges.

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CIVIL SERVANTS DEBATED USING HEAD SCARF IN REFUGEE AD: Concerns raised by Canadians over the Liberal government’s plan to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees included whether the program should be advertised with a photo of a woman in a head scarf. Participants in a series of focus groups run late last year told the civil servants that this might create negative associations. But the photo was used in the end and still appears online as part of the continued government push to support the settlement of Syrian refugees.

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TORNADO IN CHINA KILLS 78: A powerful tornado and hailstorm struck the outskirts of the eastern Chinese city of Yancheng killing at least 78 people. Nearly 500 people were injured, 200 of them critically, the official Xinhua News Agency reported. Roads were blocked with trees, downed power lines and other debris. Heavy rain and the possibility of further hailstorms and more tornadoes complicated rescue efforts.

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LED ZEPPELIN DIDN’T STEAL RIFF: A U.S. court has ruled that Led Zeppelin did not steal a riff from an obscure 1960s instrumental tune to use for the introduction of its classic rock anthem “Stairway to Heaven.” Thursday’s ruling from a Los Angeles court put to bed a debate that music fans have hashed out for decades. It didn’t find its way to court until two years ago, when the trustee for the late Randy Craig Wolfe filed a copyright lawsuit. The trust claimed that Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page lifted a passage that Wolfe, better known as Randy California, wrote for “Taurus,” a short work he recorded with his band Spirit in 1968.