Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Fifth Newswatch-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Fifth Newswatch-

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(Saudi-Arabia-Missing-Writer)(Audio:49)

Turkish President Recep Erdogan (REH'-jehp UR'-doh-wahn) says police have searched for traces of "toxic materials" at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul where Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi disappeared two weeks ago.

Turkish officials believe The Washington Post columnist was killed and dismembered inside the consulate.

Saudi Arabia has called the allegation "baseless," but reports suggest it will acknowledge Khashoggi was killed there in a botched interrogation.

Turkish forensic investigators searched the consulate overnight.

U-S Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in Riyadh this morning, meeting with Saudi King Salman.

The U-N human rights office is calling for the immediate and "absolute" lifting of diplomatic immunity enjoyed by any officials or premises in the investigation.(5)

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(Refugee-Women-Aid)

The federal government is being urged to do more to address gender-specific challenges faced by female refugees.

A new report by Oxfam Canada looks at how Canada provides international humanitarian aid, and the gaps that exist in outcomes for women and girls in refugee situations.

It says Canada has made great strides when it comes to making gender equality and feminism a key priority of its domestic and foreign policy agenda, but more can be done.

Oxfam says Canada's international assistance spending is at a "near historical low" -- at 0.26 per cent of G-D-P -- compared to the U-N aid target of 0.7 per cent, which it says undermines Canada's credibility and leadership on the international stage. (5)

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(Cannabis-National-Parks)

The clock is ticking down to tomorrow's legalization of recreational cannabis use in Canada.

And Parks Canada has some advice for visitors who might want to smoke a joint in any of the country's national parks.

It says recreational cannabis will be allowed in some park areas, but people need to do their research before lighting up because the rules vary in each province and territory. …

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