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 Iran


Thousands flee from fresh violence in Congo-Brazzaville: UN
Fresh fighting in the Republic of the Congo, also known as Congo-Brazzaville, between government forces and rebels has forced thousands of people to flee their homes.

Myanmar urged to allow aid deliveries to Rakhine
Several Western countries have called on Myanmar's government to allow humanitarian aid deliveries to Rohingya Muslims in the western state of Rakhine.

Dozen dead as Turkish army shells north Syrian city
At least a dozen civilians have lost their lives when Turkish artillery units shelled the purported positions of the Takfiri Daesh terrorists and US-backed Kurdish forces in Syria?s troubled northern province of Aleppo.

Joe Biden 'embarrassed' by 2016 presidential election race
Outgoing Vice President Joe Biden has lambasted the 2016 US presidential election, saying he feels ?embarrassed? by the ugly nature of the race.

US needs to improve relationship with China: Trump
US President-elect Donald Trump has called for the improvement of relations with China, the country he previously censured for its economic policies and alleged violation of trade rules.

 CBC Toronto News




Alleged murderer a 'controlling' husband, says friend of slain Toronto physician
Dr. Elana Fric (left) and Dr. Allyson Koffman (right)

Dr. Allyson Koffman says her friend Dr. Elana Fric was 'so pushed down by her husband' ? the man now facing first-degree murder charges in her death.



$21M lawsuit alleges Peel police chief visited police shooting victim in hospital
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A 23-year-old woman hit in the back by a stray police bullet alleges in a $21-million lawsuit against the Peel Regional Police force that Chief Jennifer Evans came to her hospital bed after the shooting and promised her career in law enforcement.



Police search for slain doctor's purse, mobile phone
Dr. Elana Fric-Shamji

Toronto police are conducting a land and water search in the area where Dr. Elana Fric-Shamji's body was found on Dec. 1, in hopes of finding a purse and cellphone belonging to the slain physician.



Police hope surveillance footage can ID Riverdale homicide suspect
Marcus Gibson homicide suspect

Toronto police have released security camera footage of their suspect in the shooting death of a Riverdale man nearly two weeks ago, and are appealing for tips to help identify him.



Tribal Rhythm Nation set to bring the beats for Toronto FC in MLS Cup match on Saturday
Tribal Rhythm Nation at CBC

Tribal Rhythm Nation have brought their drum beats to every Toronto FC home game since the team was born in 2007 and they plan on setting the soundtrack for the Major League Soccer Cup match against the Seattle Sounders on Saturday at BMO Field.



 CBC Canada's Top Stories


Trudeau announces 'pan-Canadian framework' on climate ? but Sask., Manitoba hold off
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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a "pan-Canadian framework" to fight climate change and meet Canada's commitments to cut carbon emissions by 2030 ? but a day of intense talks failed to get all premiers onside.



Police search for slain doctor's purse, mobile phone
Dr. Elana Fric-Shamji

Toronto police are conducting a land and water search in the area where Dr. Elana Fric-Shamji's body was found on Dec. 1, in hopes of finding a purse and cellphone belonging to the slain physician.



Man acquitted of raping woman in front of husband in 1995
Jack Kramer

Jack Kramer has been found guilty of break and enter and possession of a weapon, but not guilty of the more serious charges of forcible confinement and sexual assault related to a 1995 attack on a woman in her home.



Young deer rescued from thin ice near Woodstock
Deer rescue, St. John River near Woodstock

A young deer was rescued from almost certain death near Woodstock on Thursday after getting herself into a slippery situation on the partially frozen St. John River.





 Business


Murdoch's Twenty-First Century Fox bids $14 billion for UK's Sky

The flag of the Twenty-First Century Fox Inc is seen waving at the company headquarters in the Manhattan borough in New YorkBy Jessica Toonkel, Kate Holton and Pamela Barbaglia NEW YORK/LONDON (Reuters) - Rupert Murdoch's Twenty-First Century Fox Inc has struck a preliminary deal to buy the 61 percent of British pay-TV firm Sky Plc it does not already own for around $14 billion, five years after a political scandal wrecked a previous bid. The proposed offer of 10.75 pounds a share in cash, which is backed by Sky's independent directors, would strengthen the position of James Murdoch - who is both chief executive of Fox and chairman of Sky - in his 85-year-old father's media empire. People familiar with the matter said Fox had pounced after Britain's vote to leave the European Union in June sent the pound down about 14 percent against the U.S. dollar and Sky's share price tumbling.




Hawkish Fed a potential speed bump for stock bulls

Traders work on the floor of the NYSENext week's Federal Reserve meeting and possible signals on the pace of rate hikes for next year could pose the biggest risk yet to the rally the U.S. stock market has seen since last month's presidential election. While investors have long anticipated the Fed will raise rates at the Dec. 13-14 meeting - in what would be its first such move in a year and second in nearly a decade - the worry for some stock investors is that the Fed takes a more aggressive stance on inflation and future hikes. Stocks have set a string of record highs since the Nov. 8 election on hopes of a pickup in U.S. economic growth, thanks to President-elect Donald Trump's promises of increased infrastructure spending, lower taxes and easier regulations.




Coke CEO Muhtar Kent hands reins to Quincey in widely expected move

The Coca-Cola Company President and Chief Operating Officer James Quincey delivers a speech during a presentation in ParisCoca-Cola Co said on Friday that Muhtar Kent would step aside as chief executive next year and be replaced by James Quincey, a company veteran credited with several recent changes to help the company cut its dependence on sugary drinks. Quincey's ascension was widely expected since he became chief operating officer in August 2015 after jobs that included running Coke's businesses in Europe and Mexico over two decades. Kent, 64, will have completed nine years at the helm when he steps down in May, but he will continue as chairman of the board, a post he has held since 2009, Coke said.




U.S. agency concerned about destroyed, lost phones in VW probe

Volkswagen logo is pictured at the newly opened Volkswagen factory in WrzesniaA U.S. agency involved in settlement talks with Volkswagen AG over its diesel emissions scandal has raised concerns about nearly two dozen mobile phones destroyed or lost by the German carmaker. The Federal Trade Commission said in a court filing dated Thursday there were 23 lost or broken mobile phones the FTC was not able to access, the agency said in the filing with the U.S. District Court in San Francisco. In November, the FTC said in court documents that it has been investigating since March whether Volkswagen Group of America destroyed documents related to its "Dieselgate" scandal.




 CBC Technology & Science


Scientists hunt for carbon monoxide poisoning antidote
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Scientists are on the trail of a potential antidote for carbon monoxide poisoning, an injected 'scavenger' that promises to trap and remove the gas from blood within minutes.



'Sexist' banquet joke riles researchers at Arctic science conference in Winnipeg
Coast Guard ship in ice

A group of researchers released an open letter protesting what they call a sexist joke at the conference's gala banquet, which the executive director is defending as a 'linguistic misspeak.'



Virtual reality a sickening experience
Virtual Reality Headset

A new study shows that women experience more virtual reality-related motion sickness.



Scientists explore why time flies when you're having fun
Puerta del Sol, Madrid, clock

Neuroscientists in Portugal have discovered a group of neurons in the brains of mice that may help to explain why our perception of time passing ? either slowly or quickly ? is so subjective.



 Health & Weight Loss


Why You Should Get a Flu Shot Now

Why You Should Get a Flu Shot NowEarly December means the height of flu season is almost here. Every year, millions of Americans get the flu. Last season, 310,000 were hospitalized with flu-related illnesses. Yet just more than ...




Officials: South Beach halts Zika's spread, but risks remain
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) ? Florida declared its crisis with local transmission of Zika over for the season Friday in a welcome announcement ahead of peak tourism months, but health authorities warned that travelers would continue bringing the disease into the state.

US Death Rate From Heroin and Opioid Abuse Rages Out of Control

US Death Rate From Heroin and Opioid Abuse Rages Out of ControlAfter prolonged debate, Congress recently passed a $1 billion bill including funds to combat a rampant epidemic of opioid and heroin addiction in practically every region of the country. More shocking, heroin deaths narrowly surpassed deaths from gun violence in the U.S., a tragic grace note to newly released federal data showing an historic surge in tragic fatalities from the widespread abuse of prescription drug painkillers and heroin. The number of overdose deaths involving opioids increased from 28,647 in 2014 to 33,091 in 2015, an 8.9 percent rise, according to the National Center for Health Statistics, an arm of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.




Flu vaccine coverage remains low this year
ATLANTA, Dec. 9, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As of early November, only about 2 out of 5 people in the United States reported having gotten this season's flu vaccine, yet flu vaccine offered substantial benefit last season by preventing an estimated 5 million flu illnesses and 71,000 flu hospitalizations. CDC is releasing this information during the 11th National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW), an event to encourage ongoing flu vaccination into the holidays and beyond. "We are glad to see that people are making the decision to protect themselves and their families from flu, but coverage is still low and we urge people to get vaccinated if they haven't yet," said Nancy Messonnier, M.D., director of CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.

 Netflix Top 100


The Revenant

Set in the 1820s American frontier, this snowy thriller follows fur trapper Hugh Glass as he relentlessly seeks retribution against the companions who left him for dead in the Missouri River's icy waters after he was mauled by a bear.

Joy

After 10 years of trying to mass-market the revolutionary floor mop she had invented, housewife Joy Mangano strikes gold with a personal pitch on QVC that turns her Miracle Mop into an overnight marketing miracle.

Deadpool

Prone to ruthless violence, ex-mercenary Wade Wilson acquires superhuman healing powers in the wake of a failed research experiment that also leaves him disfigured. Taking on the alter ego Deadpool, he's determined to hunt down the man responsible.

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

In this gripping account of the chaotic and tragic events of Sept. 11, 2012, six members of an elite security team battle to save the lives of trapped U.S. consulate personnel under attack by armed terrorists in Benghazi, Libya.






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