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Mexican soldiers ordered to kill in Tlatlaya, claim rights activists

Deaths of 22 people including unarmed civilians alleged to be direct result of express orders from officers Mexican human rights activists have alleged that high-ranking army officers gave written orders encouraging soldiers to kill presumed members of…
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Readers recommend: songs from or about Canada – results

Going east to west via Gordon Lightfoot to Bruce Cockburn, Newfoundland to Vancouver, RR veteran Marconius takes a musical journey with songs from last week’s topic

Canadians! You know us. We’re the ones who apologise for bumping into you while chugging back a beer, wearing a toque and peppering every sentence with an “eh” or two. Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas created the characters of Bob and Doug Mckenzie to parody every cliche about Canada for the comedy show SCTV. Their hit Take Off featured Rush’s Geddy Lee (10 bucks is 10 bucks) singing the chorus. It’s a “beauty” way to start, eh?

Canada wouldn’t have become what it is today without the building of the Canadian Pacific Railway. This epic chapter in Canadian history is well told by Gordon Lightfoot in the Canadian Railroad Trilogy.

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Mexico judge urges states to legalize gay marriage after court ruling

Mexican states called on to bring laws into line with June ruling that said same-sex marriage was constitutional

Now that Mexico’s top court has given the green light to gay marriage, a host of states should bring their laws into line, a supreme court justice said.

The court ruled in a decision published on 19 June that laws restricting marriage to a man and a woman were unconstitutional.

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Donald Trump files $500m lawsuit against Univision for pulling Miss USA

The Republican presidential candidate alleges that the TV network ended its contract to broadcast the pageant as an attempt to stifle his freedom of speech

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US presidential candidate and real estate mogul Donald Trump filed a $500m lawsuit on Tuesday against Univision over the Spanish-language TV network’s decision to end its contract to broadcast the Miss USA pageant, which is co-owned by Trump.

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US and Cuba to announce agreement to re-open embassies

Barack Obama will announce on Wednesday that embassies in Havana and Washington will re-open in major step in ending hostilities between former foes Barack Obama will announce on Wednesday that the US and Cuba have reached an agreement to open embassie…
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Farc rebels bomb new section of Colombian oil pipeline

Bombing comes a week after another attack that government said may have caused the worst environmental disaster in the country’s history

Colombia’s Farc guerrillas bombed a new section of an oil pipeline on Monday, even as cleanup teams struggled to contain a massive oil spill that the government said may be the worst environmental disaster in the country’s history.

A bomb ripped through part of the Tansandino pipeline in southern Putumayo province before dawn on Monday, damaging two homes. Minimal oil was spilled because the pipeline was inactive at the time, officials said.

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Donald Trump dropped by NBC over candidate’s comments about Mexico

NBC Universal says it will no longer broadcast Miss USA or Miss Universe pageants after businessman attacked Mexico for sending ‘rapists’ to US

Donald Trump has been dropped by NBC following the businessman and presidential candidate’s tirade of derogatory comments about Mexico, in which he characterised some as criminals and rapists.

NBC Universal said it will no longer broadcast the Miss USA or Miss Universe pageants, which are co-owned with Trump. The businessman, who likes to refer to himself as “The Donald”, had already said he would step aside as host of The Celebrity Apprentice, which also airs on NBC.

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The Kuna: the endangered last tribe of the Caribbean – in pictures

Photographer Eric Lafforgue documents the island tribe, whose existence is threatened by rising sea levels. The Kuna live on the San Blas islands off the coast of Panama – which have one of the world’s highest populations of albinos

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Readers recommend: songs from or about Canada

Neil Young? Joni Mitchell? This week pick out music that goes beyond the big stars to capture the spirit, culture, and landscape of this vast, bilingual country

O Canada! Land of the beaver, the goose, bear and moose, the maple, caribou, mountie and loon. Such a landscape of vast space – the second biggest of any nation in the world, behind Russia, but larger than China and the US, and with the world’s biggest volume of fresh water in a whopping, lapping 31,700 lakes. As Canadian singer-songwriter Paul Anka (who, incidentally wrote for Frank Sinatra, Tom Jones and Michael Jackson) put it, it’s a country “that has a gentler, slower pace – it lends perspective”. This, and all those lakes, is something to musically reflect on in time for this coming Canada Day on 1 July.

I visited the land of the maple leaf when I was 12 to see an auntie, uncle and cousins. I was gobsmacked at the scale of things – we took a very slow train from Edmonton in Alberta, going west, and visited Banff National Park, spotted a moose, crossed part of the Athabaska glacier on a snowcat then drank, trickling from its gentle melt, some of the purest water in the world. For two days the train, with a curved glass viewing dome, trundled across vast plains, ending up in Vancouver, where, in Stanley Park, I was amazed to spot and throw nuts to squirrels the size of cats, and all of them entirely black.

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Toronto march to merge economic justice and climate action – video

Mobilization on eve of Pan American summits brings together start of “new kind of climate movement”

A mobilization calling for a “new economy that works for people and the planet” will bring together unions, environmentalists, anti-poverty organizations, farmers, faith groups, Indigenous peoples and others on July 5 in Toronto, according to a video about the March for Jobs, Justice & the Climate.

“Environmental struggle has to merge with the struggle to build a just society, because a society that’s willing to abandon people is certainly not willing to pay attention to a sustainable future for the climate,” says John Clarke, an organizer with the Ontario Coalition against Poverty.

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