Newspaper article The Canadian Press

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Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Second NewsWatch-

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(OBIT-Barbara Bush-Tributes)

World leaders are praising Barbara Bush for her devotion to America, her family and literacy.

U-S President Donald Trump said the former first lady's greatest achievements ``was recognizing the importance of literacy as a fundamental family value that requires nurturing and protection.''

From his working trip in Europe, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted last night, "Always a friend to Canada, Barbara Bush leaves a legacy of dignity, grace, service and devotion to family."

The wife of former president George H.W. Bush and the mother to former president George W. Bush died yesterday at home in Houston, at age 92. (2)

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(BoC-Rate)(Audio:01)

The Bank of Canada will announce this morning whether it will continue raising interest rates, and will issue its latest predictions for the Canadian economy.

Most economists expect the central bank to retain its key rate at 1.25 per cent, where it has been since the last quarter-point increase in January.

But they'll be watching to see if Governor Stephen Poloz (POH'-lahz) signals more rate hikes ahead, especially given recent prospects of a deal from the NAFTA renegotiations with the U-S and Mexico. (2)

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(Pope-Residential-Schools-Apology)

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops doesn't think the Pope needs to apologize for how indigenous people were treated in residential schools in Canada decades ago.

The conference has sent a background paper to M-Ps and senators to clarify what it calls "misunderstandings and factual errors'' in media reports about the Pope's decision not to personally apologize.

It suggests that under the church's structure, a papal apology is not appropriate -- but rather, it 's best left to Canadian bishops to pursue engagement and reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples. (2)

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(Bill-Cosby-Trial)

Bill Cosby's own words are undercutting his defence at his sexual-assault retrial in suburban Philadelphia. …

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