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

Quebec on the brink of a historic 'Oui' Vote offers no relief for Canada's wound

Shawinigan, Quebec - Here perhaps, where Claude Rompreis marshalling his troops, the battle will be decided. Not in cosmopolitan Montreal, one of the great cities of North America, just 100 miles away to the south- west and half a world away in spirit - but here in what they call le Quebec profond, in the drab, enclosed universe of the French-speaking provinces, on a rainy afternoon resembling nothing so much as a banlieue (suburb) of Lille or Liege, transplanted into the New World.

Poll puts Canada close to disintegration

There are no practical arguments in favour of Quebec's secession

Letter: Quebec dam is off the agenda

From Mr Richard Guay

Canadian PM attacks separatists

HUGH WINSOR

'First Nations' fight for freedom

Quebec's Cree and Inuit are turning the tables on separatism, writes Hugh Winsor

Henry James was here

Wanted: a tenant for Lamb House, Henry James's former residence. By Anne Spackman

Quebec takes first step to 'freedom'

HUGH WINSOR

Salt Lake City gets vote

Winter Olympics

Go-it-alone Quebeckers split over degrees of separation

The Quebec separatist movement is in disarray after a split between Jacques Parizeau, leader of the provincial government, and Lucien Bouchard, head of Bloc Qubcois, the separatist party in the federal Parliament, over what ties a sovereign Quebec should retain with Canada. They also disagree on when the independence referendum should be held.

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Suspect identified in cult dead

Geneva - A Swiss man suspected of being responsible for at least three of last week's 53 cult deaths in Switzerland and Canada was identified yesterday among the dead.

Body of Solar cult leader 'discovered in Switzerland'

THE BODY of the wanted cult leader, Joseph di Mambro, has been identified and the hunt for the killer of up to 51 members of the Order of the Solar Temple is now focused on his charismatic deputy, Luc Jouret.

Death cult was riven by disputes: Swiss and Canadian police hunt leaders as evidence points to murder, not suicide, of most Solar Temple victims

INSANITY sometimes takes root in the calmest of settings. Such a place is Cheiry, a village of only 270 inhabitants in western Switzerland, where a golden autumn sun rose last Wednesday over a horrifying spectacle: 23 corpses, a burnt-out farm and the charred icons of a cult gone mad.

Husband says Temple wife was murdered

A CANADIAN journalist, Joce-Lyne Grand'Maison, kept her rendezvous in Europe this week with the man who captivated her more than a decade ago, despite the misgivings of her husband, who yesterday described Luc Jouret, the founder of the Order of the Solar Temple as a dictator, writes Hugh Winsor in Ottawa.

Sect held strange allure for Quebec middle class

WHILE Quebec has been fertile ground for all sorts of spiritual movements in recent years - mostly ageing hippies trying to be organic farmers - the Order of the Solar Temple had a more ominous overtone.
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