Newspaper article The Canadian Press

In the News Today, Dec. 20

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

In the News Today, Dec. 20

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In the news today, Dec. 20

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Six stories in the news for Wednesday, Dec. 20

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CANADA-U.S. TO HOST NORTH KOREA MEETING JAN. 16

Canada and United States will co-host a gathering of foreign ministers on Jan. 16 in Vancouver to discuss the North Korean crisis. The date was announced by Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland after she met in Ottawa with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. They said the meeting will include countries that participated in the Korean War and other key regional actors, including South Korea and Japan. Tillerson said the goal is to keep pressure on North Korea to come to bargaining table, something the regime has shown no interest in doing lately.

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LEGAL POT COMING NEXT SUMMER, NOT JULY 1

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says recreational marijuana will become legal across the country''next summer" and not July 1. In an interview with Quebec's TVA network, Trudeau shook his head when asked him why he was so obsessed with July 1 as the date for legalization. Trudeau said it would be next summer, not July 1, and that he didn't know where that date came from.

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CANADIANS AFFECTED BY BUS CRASH IN MEXICO: OFFICIALS

Global Affairs Canada says at least one Canadian family has been affected by a bus crash in eastern Mexico that killed at least 12 people. The department did not provide further details about the family, nor how many Canadians were on the bus. Mexican officials say seven Americans and two Swedes were among the 18 people injured.

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VERDICT EXPECTED IN EX-MOUNTIE SEX ASSAULT CASE

A judge is expected to hand down his verdict today in the case of a retired RCMP inspector accused of sexually assaulting a civilian employee in a washroom at the force's headquarters in British Columbia. Tim Shields, who was a high-profile spokesman for the RCMP in the province, has pleaded not guilty to one count of sexual assault. …

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