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Police in Quebec say a fire at a seniors' residence in Quebec has left eight dead and 24 missing.

Entry Island, by Peter May - book review: New detective investigates age-old injustices

There is a certain pleasure (however smug) in being ahead of the curve when spotting a particularly gifted writer, and a certain regret when the masses catch up with your discovery. The latter, of course, is the state desired by author and publisher, and Peter May has now made the transition from connoisseurs’ taste to popular bestseller.

Charlotte Mei Ling Lee was declared dead in a Montreal hospital on Thursday five days after she struck a tree while snowmobiling

Bristol woman dies in Montreal after hitting a tree in tragic snowmobile accident

A magistrate’s court assistant from Bristol, Charlotte Mei Ling Lee, 31, was declared dead in a Montreal hospital on Thursday five days after she struck a tree while snowmobiling with her boyfriend in a wilderness area about one hour north of the city.

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Lesbophobia is alive and well

Too often displays of affection in public attract male leering

Vachon in action near the end of his career; he became notorious for his signature ‘Piledriver’

Obituary: Maurice 'Mad Dog' Vachon

Legendary ‘heel’ who won gold at the Empire Games and went on to contest more than 13,000 bouts

Smoke rises from railway cars that were carrying crude oil after derailing in downtown Lac Megantic, Quebec, Canada (AP)

Canada train blast blamed on engineer

He failed to apply enough hand brakes, says rail boss

Criminal probe launched into Lac-Megantic oil train crash as death toll hits 15

More than 30 people are still missing in Quebec town after huge explosion caused by runaway oil train crash

Five tons of Nutella was lifted from a lorry in Niederaula

There’s a new crime wave spreading... five tons of Nutella stolen in Germany

German police are searching for thieves who may or may not be overweight and chocolate-mouthed after five tons of Nutella were stolen in the latest global food heist.

Police vehicles block a road just outside the town of Chertsey, Quebec during the search for the escaped prisoners

Canada prisoners hijack helicopter in daring jailbreak

Two prisoners in Canada have made an audacious, but short-lived, bid for freedom after being hoisted away in a helicopter reportedly commandeered by their accomplices.

James DePreist: One of the first Afro-American conductors

James DePreist, who died on 8 February aged 76, was one of the first African-American conductors and a National Medal of Arts winner.Director Emeritus of the Juilliard School's conducting programme in New York, he was the Oregon Symphony's Music Director from 1980 until 2003, transforming it from a small, part-time group into a full-time nationally recognised orchestra.

Plot thickens in Canada's maple syrup raids

A shipment of maple syrup was given a police escort across Eastern Canada after being seized by detectives investigating the theft of about 10 per cent of Quebec's "strategic syrup reserve".

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Michael Phelps enjoys the victory over his friend Ryan Lochte

Michael Phelps reasserts authority with his 16th Olympic gold

The total now stands at 16 and this one was all his own work. Michael Phelps claimed his first individual gold of London 2012 last night with a devastating swim in the 200m individual medley that proved too much for a tiring Ryan Lochte. Phelps, the master of Beijing, has reasserted his authority in the pool.

Luka Magnotta arrives at Montreal’s Mirabel Airport

'Killer cannibal' Luka Magnotta flown back to Canada

A Canadian porn actor suspected of dismembering a Chinese student faced his first court hearing yesterday after returning to Canada on a military transport plane from Germany, where he was arrested.

Anonymous 'to target' Canadian Grand Prix

Cyber-anarchist group Anonymous are threatening another attack on Formula One during next week's Canadian Grand Prix in support of protesting Quebec students.

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