MONTREAL - A dozen jurors have been selected to hear evidence at Luka Rocco Magnotta's murder trial, leaving just four more spots to fill before the long-anticipated proceedings can get underway.
Magnotta, 32, has pleaded not guilty to five charges, including first-degree murder, in connection with the May 2012 slaying and dismemberment of Chinese engineering student Jun Lin, 33.
Five more jurors were added Thursday, meaning the jury currently has six men and six women.
TORONTO - A frail-sounding Rob Ford implored Toronto voters from his hospital bed Thursday to elect his brother to succeed him, just hours before starting chemotherapy for a rare and aggressive cancer that forced him to drop out of the mayoral race.
In a recorded three-minute statement released by his brother's campaign team, a gravelly-voiced Ford first thanked well-wishers, saying their support meant the world to him and his family.
OTTAWA - Canada has removed two banks from its list of sanctions against Russia, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird confirmed Thursday, sparking criticism the government is playing favourites to protect its own domestic commercial interests.
Baird made the admission in the House of Commons after a question from NDP foreign affairs critic Paul Dewar.
"Following receipt of new information and further investigation and analysis, these entities are being removed from the list," Baird said.
OTTAWA - Canadian and U.S. assistance to Ukraine on the energy file will be limited to technical help, at least for the time being.
The eastern European country's natural gas stores are in a precarious position due to the ongoing conflict with Russia and there have been suggestions that Canada and the U.S. could help with exports.
But Canada's natural resources minister and the U.S. energy secretary say neither country is in a position to help increase Ukraine's energy supply without major infrastructure developments.
NEW YORK, - Home Depot says 56 million payment cards affected by data breach between April and September.
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OTTAWA - Questioned are being raised about how boxer Mike Tyson, a felon with multiple convictions, gained entry to Canada last week.
The former heavyweight champion was in Toronto for his sparsely attended one-man show at the Air Canada Centre.
Questions about the entry of a felon were initially drowned out by Tyson's antics during the visit.
He got into an on-air verbal dustup with a CP24 news anchor who asked him about his 1992 rape conviction. He also made a high-profile visit to troubled Toronto mayor Rob Ford, calling him "the best mayor in Toronto's history."
The Liberals in New Brunswick could face a tough internal debate if they win Monday's election and have to grapple with the question of access to abortion, says a political observer who warns the party could have trouble finding a unified voice on the divisive issue.
Geoff Martin, a political science professor at Mount Allison University, said Liberal Leader Brian Gallant has been ambiguous at best on whether he would repeal a regulation that restricts public funding of abortions in New Brunswick.
GRIMSBY, Ont. - Two senior members of the European Union will be in Canada later this month for what is billed as a Canada-EU summit.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper says Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council, and Jose Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, will be in Ottawa and Toronto on Sept. 26.
Harper made the announcement in Grimsby, Ont., while meeting with members of the local business community.
QUEBEC - Quebec's ombudsman is concerned that the most vulnerable members of society might pay the price in soon-to-be-announced provincial budget cuts.
In tabling her 2013-2014 report Thursday, Raymonde Saint-Germain noted that the Liberal government's attempts to clean up public finances and eliminate the deficit in 2015-2016 must respect the less fortunate members of society.
She said she fully subscribes to the need for public financial recovery, but insisted it is important to respect the rights of citizens in any decisions that are made.
OTTAWA - A newly disclosed report says aboriginal women and girls are easy prey for human traffickers because they are more likely to suffer from poverty, drug addictions and mental-health problems.
Among the other findings in the Public Safety Canada report:
— Family members, gangs and friends can recruit women and girls through financial and psychological coercion and physical violence;