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McMaster: China’s treatment of detained Canadians telling

Former U.S. national security adviser H.R. McMaster said Thursday China’s treatment of two detained Canadians is a telling example of how China is a threat to the liberal international order.

The retired lieutenant general who served as President Donald Trump’s national security adviser said at the Munk debate in Toronto Thursday that China’s communist party exposes the nature of their system every day and it’s time for people to wake up.

“Our free and open societies are under attack by an authoritarian closed model. A model that not only is affecting the Chinese people by extinguishing their rights, their rights to free speech, their rights to privacy but it is also affecting other nations of the world,” McMaster said.

“Ask your two Canadian citizens who were essentially taken hostage and are still in captivity, one of them a former diplomat whose child was born a few weeks ago,” he said.

China detained former diplomat Michael Kovrig and entrepreneur Michael Spavor on Dec. 10 in an apparent attempt to pressure Canada to release a top Chinese tech chief executive who is facing fraud charges in the U.S.

Canada arrested Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou Dec 1.

Spavor and Kovrig haven’t been given access to lawyers.

Meng is out on bail awaiting extradition hearings and living in her Vancouver mansion.

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Mexico City passes ban on plastic bags, utensils

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Mexico City lawmakers have passed a ban on plastic bags, utensils and other disposable plastic items to take effect at the end of 2020.

The city of more than 9 million residents – with another 11 million in surrounding areas – is known for a vibrant street food and carry-out culture. It would give businesses more than a year to make the switch to biodegradable products.

The ban on plastic bags would take effect in December 2020, followed by straws, utensils, balloons and other single-use items in January 2021.

Lawmakers say the measure is necessary to move businesses toward more environmentally friendly products and reduce the amount of waste the city generates.

A statement Thursday from the city’s congress did not mention what penalties could be applied for noncompliance.

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UN Syria commission: Conflict in Idlib could be catastrophe

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The head of the U.N. Commission of Inquiry on Syria is warning that an all-out conflict in the last major rebel stronghold in Idlib province “could generate an unimaginable human rights and humanitarian catastrophe.”

Paulo Pinheiro says that would likely amplify human rights violations on “a massive scale.”

Pinheiro told a news conference Thursday that the current aerial and ground offensive by the Syrian government and its allies is “a serious escalation” resulting in scores of civilian casualties and the displacement of over 150,000 people in just one week.

He expressed concern about tens of thousands of civilians displaced during the final campaign to rout Islamic State extremists from territory it held in northern Syria. He says many are “being held in limbo under dire humanitarian conditions” and “being treated as security threats.”

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UN Syria commission: Conflict in Idlib could be catastrophe

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The head of the U.N. Commission of Inquiry on Syria is warning that an all-out conflict in the last major rebel stronghold in Idlib province “could generate an unimaginable human rights and humanitarian catastrophe.”

Paulo Pinheiro says that would likely amplify human rights violations on “a massive scale.”

Pinheiro told a news conference Thursday that the current aerial and ground offensive by the Syrian government and its allies is “a serious escalation” resulting in scores of civilian casualties and the displacement of over 150,000 people in just one week.

He expressed concern about tens of thousands of civilians displaced during the final campaign to rout Islamic State extremists from territory it held in northern Syria. He says many are “being held in limbo under dire humanitarian conditions” and “being treated as security threats.”

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Canadian doctor sentenced to life for killing wife as their three children slept nearby

A Canadian doctor who murdered his wife two days after she filed for divorce was sentenced Thursday to life in prison.

Neurosurgeon Mohammed Shamji, 43, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of 40-year-old Elana Fric Shamji, a well-respected family doctor. Shamji attacked his wife, broke her neck and ribs before choking her to death while their three children slept nearby.

He then took his wife’s mangled body, stuffed it into a suitcase and dumped it in the Humber River.

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After the incident, Shamji went home, cleaned up and reported to work as usual and even performed surgeries. He reported his wife missing and was arrested a day later after her body had been found.

During the sentencing hearing on Wednesday, Elana Shamji’s mother said the incident had destroyed her family and left them with rage. She told the Toronto court that she would have died “except that the children have given me a purpose to live.”

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Neurosurgeon Mohammed Shamji, 43, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of 40-year-old Elana Fric Shamji, a well-respected family doctor. (Facebook)

“I see my daughter in them every day, and I talk to her at her gave site,” she said.

Elana Shamji’s father, Joe Fric, also addressed the court.

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“I am an old man, almost 74 years of age, so my loss will end before too long, but the loss of the children will go on for decades and decades,” he said, struggling to speak through tears.

He added that going to identify his daughter’s body at the morgue would haunt him forever.

“No parent should ever have to do that,” he said.

Shamji, whose 12-year marriage was described as volatile and dysfunctional, said he should have taken his own life instead of his wife’s.

“Mine was the ultimate betrayal to a woman who gave so much to so many people, especially me,” he said. “There have been no justifications or excuses for what I have done that has hurt so many people.”

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Shamji will be eligible for parole in 14 years.

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Philippines’ Duterte bugged by massive cockroach during campaign rally before joking: ‘It’s a liberal!’

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte was bugged by a huge “liberal” cockroach during a campaign rally on Wednesday.

The insect ran up Duterte’s left shoulder as he was endorsing Senate candidates, according to video footage.

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A female aide quickly intervened to save the president from the awkward moment, but her efforts to remove the cockroach failed, prompting the insect to run down the front of the president’s shirt.

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A female aide quickly intervened to save President Duterte from the awkward moment, but her efforts to remove the cockroach failed, prompting the insect to run down the front of the president’s shirt. (RTVM)

Duterte then removed the bug himself and stomped on the floor, joking that the cockroach was sent by the opposition Liberal party, according to Reuters.

“It’s Liberal! That’s for sure,” Duterte joked as the crowd erupted in laughter.

“It’s Liberal! That’s for sure.”

— Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte

PHILIPPINES’ DUTERTE GIVES CANADA 1 WEEK TO TAKE BACK GARBAGE OR ‘WE WILL DECLARE WAR’

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Duterte has been campaigning amid the upcoming elections next week where people will vote to elect their representatives to in various parts of government, including local council and the upper house Senate.

Last month, Duterte threatened to “declare war” against Canada if Prime Minister Justin Trudeau fails to remove tons of trash previously shipped to Manila and also threatened to throw it on Canada’s beaches.

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Duterte then removed the bug himself and stomped on the floor, joking that the cockroach was sent by the opposition Liberal party, according to Reuters. (RTVM)

A spokesperson for the president said the comments from Duterte were “figures of speech” and an “expression of outrage.”

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Filipino officials said earlier this month that Canada has agreed to pay to re-export the waste it shipped to the Philippines back home, but “bureaucratic red tape” is slowing down the process. The Philippines also set a deadline of May 15 and prepared the trash for shipment by that date.

Canada said they’d pay to return their trash, but “the Canadian government has slowed down the process,” the Philippine Department of Finance said in a news release on Sunday.

Fox News’ Nicole Darrah contributed to this report.

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German government lowers tax estimate as economy flags

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The German government is preparing for a smaller rise in tax revenue as growth in Europe’s biggest economy wanes.

Finance Minister Olaf Scholz said Thursday that tax takings are forecast to be 124.3 billion euros ($140 billion) lower through 2023 than the government had predicted last fall.

The German state has enjoyed record revenues in recent years thanks to low unemployment and steady wage growth, leading to calls for greater public spending.

But Scholz warned earlier this year that “the fat years are over” even as he stressed his commitment to a balanced budget.

The government recently lowered its growth expectations for this year to 0.5 from a forecast of 1.8% just last December.

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The Latest: US Catholics welcome abuse reporting protocol

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The Latest on new church laws regarding sex abuse reporting issued Thursday by Pope Francis (all times local):

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The head of the U.S. bishops conference is welcoming Pope Francis’ new church law about reporting clergy sex abuse and investigating bishops for cover-ups.

Houston Cardinal Daniel DiNardo says the edict is a “blessing that will empower the church everywhere to bring predators to justice no matter what rank they hold in the church.”

The law now forces the U.S. conference to essentially start over in preparing new measures to hold one another accountable when bishops abuse or cover-up abuse. The conference has been working on those measures since last year, and had been due to adopt them at a meeting in June.

In a statement, DiNardo says U.S. committees are already working on preparing measures to implement the new law.

Francis’ protocol outlines procedures to investigate accused bishops using a “metropolitan bishop” who can be assisted by lay experts.

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Pope Francis has issued a new law requiring all Catholic priests and nuns around the world to report clergy sexual abuse and cover-ups by their superiors to church authorities, in a groundbreaking new effort to hold the Catholic hierarchy accountable for failing to protect their flocks.

The church law published Thursday provides whistle-blower protections for anyone making a report and requires all dioceses around the world to have a system in place to receive the claims confidentially. And it outlines procedures for conducting preliminary investigations when the accused is a bishop, cardinal or religious superior.

It’s the latest effort by Francis to respond to the global eruption of the sex abuse and cover-up scandal that has devastated the credibility of the Catholic hierarchy and his own papacy.

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Diplomats defend, deplore North Korea’s human rights record

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North Korea’s ambassador to the United Nations has defended his country’s human rights record and likened economic sanctions over its nuclear program to “crimes.”

Ambassador Han Tae Song said in Geneva that North Korea’s government made a “devoted effort for the good of the people” and “human rights violations, in whatever form, are intolerable.”

North Korea’s human rights record was discussed Thursday as part of a U.N.-backed process known as the Universal Period Review, which examines the rights records of all countries roughly every five years.

The top U.S. envoy in Geneva alleged North Korea’s rights record “is deplorable and has no parallel in the modern world.”

U.S. Charge d’Affaires Mark Cassayre said 80,000 to 120,000 people were held in North Korean political prisoner camps.

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German presidential bodyguard suspended after losing gun at Berlin hotel: report

Westlake Legal Group german-presidential-bodyguard-suspended-after-losing-gun-at-berlin-hotel-report German presidential bodyguard suspended after losing gun at Berlin hotel: report Jake Grate fox-news/world/world-regions/germany fox-news/world/world-regions/europe fox news fnc/world fnc article 88e67499-9a47-56ec-8777-eb8c581c81d4
Westlake Legal Group glock-17-AP German presidential bodyguard suspended after losing gun at Berlin hotel: report Jake Grate fox-news/world/world-regions/germany fox-news/world/world-regions/europe fox news fnc/world fnc article 88e67499-9a47-56ec-8777-eb8c581c81d4

An officer with the German Federal Criminal Police Office reportedly is under suspension after losing his service weapon at a Berlin hotel.

A search is underway for the Glock 17 pistol and its ammunition, which the officer reported missing early Wednesday morning in the southern Berlin district of Neukölln, according to The Local.

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The officer is part of the personal protection unit in the Lower Saxony State Criminal Police Office, which currently works for the Federal Criminal Police Office in “Security Group 1,” according to the outlet. That unit is responsible for protecting current and former federal presidents.

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The Office of the Federal President said the officer is “not responsible” for German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and “none of Frank-Walter Steinmeier’s bodyguards is missing a service weapon,” The Local reported.

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Former German presidents who have previously been protected by the unit include Horst Köhler, Christian Wulff and Joachim Gauk.

The unnamed officer has been suspended while a probe is conducted. The Berlin public prosecutor’s office has taken over the investigation.

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