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(Child-Benefit)

Families with children should expect to receive government cheques to arrive in the mail starting this week.

Families Minister Jean-Yves Duclos says the new child benefit program replaces a more complicated system that required families to apply for Canada child tax benefit and the national child benefit supplement.

He's expected the program will cause the child poverty rate to drop by 4.5 per cent by this time next year. (16)

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(Diplomatic-Shuffle) (Audio: P01)

More than two dozen Canadian ambassadors around the world are being shuffled in a move the federal government says is to ensure a proper representation of the diversity of Canadians.

Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion is replacing several high-profile political appointments made by the previous Conservative government.

Bruno Saccomani -- Stephen Harper's former head of security -- is being replaced as the ambassador to Jordan, as well as Canada's ambassador to Israel. (16)

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(Cabbie-Sex-Assaults) (Audio: 54)

The head of the Halifax Taxi Drivers Owners Association is calling for better training for drivers and the installation of dashboard cameras in all cabs after a woman was reportedly groped by a taxi driver.

There have been four alleged sexual assaults by Halifax cab drivers in the past three months, compared with three in all of 2015.

Dave Buffett says all drivers should participate in mandatory training on how to interact with passengers. (16)

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(US-Turkey-Military-Coup) (Audio: 135)

U-S President Barack Obama and Turkey's president have talked by phone about a U-S-based cleric who's been accused by Turkey of encouraging last week's failed military coup. …

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