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People of Barcelona, Spain, have observed a moment of silence for the victims of yesterday's attack on Las Ramblas pedestrian strip.

Thirteen people were killed and dozens injured after a van mowed down pedestrians.

Two people who were inside the van are in custody, but police are still looking for the driver.

Police say the attack is linked to a similar incident hours later in a resort town south of Barcelona.

The participants in today's ceremony also broke into applause before the crowd chanted repeatedly "I am not afraid!" (6)

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World leaders including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau are sending their condolences to Spain, with Trudeau writing, "Spain, we grieve with you and denounce hate and violence in all of its forms."

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is expressing her sympathy and says such violence cannot be allowed to change the European way of life. (6)

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Alberta's minister of trade is not worried about the NAFTA talks, saying the oil and gas industry has little to fear as the trade negotiations proceed.

Speaking in Tacoma, Washington yesterday, Deron Bilous said U-S lawmakers recognize the importance of an integrated energy market.

He said Alberta government representatives have been meeting with U-S counterparts regularly to emphasize the importance of market access and open borders. (6)

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(Wildfires-BC)

The forecast calls for a cold front, bringing gusty winds to British Columbia that could again inflame wildfires. …

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