Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--First NewsWatch-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--First NewsWatch-

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(Canadian-Syria-Release)

A Vancouver Island man broke down in tears during Friday's news conference in Beirut as he thanked the Canadian and Lebanese governments for their help securing his release from Syria.

The news of Kristian Baxter's release had been announced earlier in the day.

He'd been detained in war-ravaged Syria since December and is now on his way home to Nanaimo.

Baxter wiped his eyes as he told reporters he feared he'd be held in Syria forever, and didn't know if anyone knew he was even alive.

His family has never been told why he was detained, but Lebanon's general security chief cites what Syrian authorities considered a "major violation'' of local laws, though he didn't elaborate. (1)

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(Northern-BC-Murders-Investigation)(Audio:02)

A freedom-of-information advocate says R-C-M-P have a duty to release details of their investigation into the two young men suspected of killing three people in northern B-C last month.

Toby Mendel of the Halifax-based Centre for Law and Democracy says there's a lot of public interest in this case because so many people across the country have been affected by it -- including those who felt fear during an intense two-week manhunt.

Autopsies are being done in Winnipeg to confirm the identity of two bodies found Wednesday near Gillam, in northern Manitoba.

Police are confident they are those of the two murder suspects. (1)

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(Fredericton-Shootings-Anniversary)

It was one year ago today that two police officers and two civilians were fatally gunned down in the parking lot of a Fredericton apartment building.

City residents are planning to honour the victims and show support for their community by holding another Hands and Hearts Across the City event, which will see people come together like they did a year ago to link hands across the walking bridge over the Saint John River.

Matthew Raymond is charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of Fredericton police constables Sara Burns and Robb Costello and civilians Donnie Robichaud and Bobbie Lee Wright. …

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