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Fact-check: No, Finland has no plans for a 4-day workweek

Media outlets around the world have been reporting that Finland wants to introduce a four-day workweek. But in reality the country’s government has no such plans. WHAT ARE WE VERIFYING? Several international media outlets in Britain, the United States and Australia have reported that Finland’s new young prime minister Sanna Marin has announced plans to […]

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Prince Harry and Meghan’s possible move could be costly for Canadian taxpayers

TORONTO – Canadian taxpayers could be on the hook for millions of dollars a year in security expenses if Britain’s Prince Harry and his wife Meghan move there, even part time, as they step away from their royal duties, security experts said. The couple, formally known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, stunned Queen […]

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Russian conscript blames fatal shooting spree on army hazing ‘hell’

MOSCOW – A Russian conscript who shot dead eight fellow soldiers at his army base last year said on Thursday he had been left with no other course of action after conscripts turned his life into a living “hell”. Ramil Shamsutdinov opened fire on servicemen at a military facility in the far eastern region of Zabaikalsk […]

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Americans, Brits divided over Harry and Meghan bombshell

US tourists outside Britain’s royal residences on Thursday were quick to welcome Prince Harry and his American wife Meghan’s decision to withdraw from royal front-line duties — but locals were less impressed. “I think it is going to turn a lot of people off them and upsetting the family — it seems a bit unnecessary,” […]

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Queen Elizabeth finding ‘workable solutions’ following Sussex royals’ departure

Queen Elizabeth II is working to find “workable solutions” after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced they would be stepping down as senior members of the Royal Family. The 93-year-old monarch has announced she will be teaming up with her son Prince Charles and grandson Prince William to work “together at pace” with the […]

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Tehran challenges suggestion Iran missile downed Ukraine jet

TEHRAN – Iran, alluding to “doubtful scenarios”, on Thursday (Jan 9) challenged international suggestions that the Ukrainian airliner that crashed outside Tehran this week was mistakenly downed by an Iranian missile. The Iranian government, in a statement, urged Canada to share its information after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said “multiple” intelligence sources indicate that Iran shot […]

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Australian animals face extinction threat as bush fire toll mounts

GLENMORE PARK, New South Wales – When volunteer Sarah Price found a baby kangaroo frightened but miraculously alive in the pouch of its dying mother surrounded by the embers of Australia’s bush fires, it seemed fitting to name him Chance. The furry pair had survived flames that have ripped through much of south-eastern Australia, but the mother’s […]

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Ukraine says airliner may have been downed by missile but not confirmed yet

KIEV – Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Friday that the possibility a missile downed a Ukrainian passenger airplane over Iran this week killing all on board had not been ruled out but it had not been confirmed yet. He said would discuss the investigation with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo later on Friday. “The […]

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Daily roundup: Thomas Ong to retire from showbiz after upcoming drama – and other top stories today

Stay in the know with a recap of our top stories today. 1. Thomas Ong to retire from showbiz after upcoming drama He added that he wouldn’t even consider guest appearances or supporting roles… » READ MORE 2. You’ve been peeling hard-boiled eggs, trimming toenails and doing these things wrongly all your life PHOTO: Screengrab from […]

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Navy brings emergency beer to fire-hit Aussie town

SYDNEY – Australia’s navy, tasked with rescuing bushfire-trapped residents on the south-east coast, received a new mission on Friday (Jan 10) – delivering beer to a country pub on the verge of running dry. More than a thousand people have been evacuated from the town of Mallacoota, with the military sending landing craft to collect families […]

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