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Visa issues exclude Indigenous voices from COP15 biodiversity summit in Montreal

The COP15 conference on biodiversity loss is underway in Montreal, but hundreds of delegates from developing countries are missing out due to visa issues. This past summer, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada caused an uproar when it denied visas for multiple African delegates for the International AIDS Conference, also held in Montreal.

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Montreal police report an over 10 per cent drop in armed violence in 2022

The Montreal police (SPVM) department says its efforts to fight gun violence are working. The force reported that crimes involving firearms decreased by 11 per cent in 2022. The force said that attempted homicides using firearms have decreased 14 per cent from the same period in 2021, and firearm discharges have decreased 13 per cent.

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BREAKING | Brittney Griner released; Canadian-born Paul Whelan left out of Russia-U.S. prisoner swap

Russia freed WNBA star Brittney Griner on Thursday in a dramatic high-level prisoner exchange, with the U.S. releasing notorious Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout, American and Russian officials said. The swap, at a time of heightened tensions over Ukraine, achieved a top goal for U.S. President Joe Biden, but carried a heavy price -- and left behind an American jailed for nearly four years in Russia.

Viktor Bout, left, in Bangkok on Aug. 20, 2010, and Brittney Griner, right, in Russia, on July 27, 2022. (Apichart Weerawong, left, and Alexander Zemlianichenko / AP)

Harry-Meghan doc offers sweeping indictment of tabloid press

Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, offered a sweeping indictment of Britain's media and the racism they believe has fuelled coverage of their relationship in a Netflix documentary series that promises to tell the "full story" of the couple's estrangement from the Royal Family.

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