Newspaper article The Canadian Press

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Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--First NewsWatch-

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(Persian-Gulf-Tensions)

Iran says it's raising its enrichment of uranium, breaking another limit of its unravelling 2015 nuclear deal with world powers and further heightening tensions between Tehran and the U-S.

Without giving details, a government spokesman told a news conference Sunday that "today we will pass" the permitted enrichment level of 3.67 per cent.

The decision comes a year after U-S President Donald Trump withdrew America from the nuclear deal.

The U-S has since imposed sanctions blocking Iranian crude oil from being sold on the world market, and Iran acknowledged this past week to breaking the deal's 300-kilogram limit on its low-enriched uranium stockpile.

Experts warn higher enrichment and a growing stockpile narrows the one-year window Iran would need to have enough material for an atomic bomb.(1)

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(US-Financier-Teenage-Girls)

There is word that wealthy financier and registered sex offender Jeffrey Epstein has been arrested in New York on new sex-trafficking charges.

Two U-S law-enforcement officials anonymously report the 66-year-old was taken into federal custody Saturday on charges stemming from allegations dating back to the 2000s.

The hedge fund manager once counted U-S President Donald Trump among his friends and has homes in New York and Palm Beach, Florida.

Epstein's arrest comes amid renewed scrutiny of a once-secret plea deal that ended a federal investigation against him, little jail time and forced him to reach financial settlements with dozens of his alleged teen victims. (1)

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(Ont-Keewaywin-Fire)

A northwestern Ontario community is under threat by a large and growing wildfire near Keewaywin First Nation.

Provincial officials say the fire dubbed Red Lake 23 is burning eight-kilometres south of the remote Indigenous community, and has quickly grown to nearly 720-square kilometres in size. …

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