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--Seventh NewsWatch--

February 27, 2014



(Ukraine) (Audio: 96)

Ukraine's parliament has selected a new prime minister and Arseniy Yatsenyuk (ahr-SEHN'-ee yaht-sehn-YOOK') says his country doesn't want a fight with Russia.

But he insists Ukraine wouldn't accept the secession of the southern Crimea (kry-MEE'-ah) region, where gunmen occupied government buildings and raised the Russian flag.

Meanwhile, Russia media say fugitive Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych (yah-noo-KOH'-vich) has been given refuge in Russia, after he asked Moscow for protection. (7)

(StatsCan-Payroll)

Payroll earnings were up in December by 0.9 per cent from the previous month and 2.9 per cent on a year-over-year basis.

Statistics Canada says average weekly earnings of non-farm payroll employees amounted to 933 dollars in December.

Year-over-year earnings of non-farm payroll employees increased in all provinces, especially in Alberta, Newfoundland and Labrador, Saskatchewan and P-E-I. (7)

(Romanian-Orphans) (Audio: 71)

After shocking images surfaced a quarter-century ago from orphanages of Romania, more than 14-hundred orphans were adopted by Canadian families.

Simon Fraser University researchers have surveyed the children and their families four times over the years.

Researcher Lucy LeMare is starting a fresh study with the hope that the adopted children, who are now grown up, can be helped to understand their early trauma. (7)

(PARL-Harper-Aga Khan)

The Aga Khan, the Imam of the Nizari Ismailis, will be welcomed to Ottawa today by Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

The spiritual leader will make an address to the House of Commons after he and the P-M share a private meeting on Parliament Hill.

The Islamic faith considers the Aga Khan to be a direct descendant of Islam's founder, Muhammad. (7)

(Taseko-Prosperity) (Audio: 99)

For the second time, the federal government has put the brakes on a proposed gold and copper mine in the B-C Interior.

Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq (ah-GLOO'-kah) says the New Prosperity Mine would create unmanageable and significant adverse environmental effects.

Taseko (tah-SEE'-ko) Mines has applied to the Federal Court for a judicial review of the assessment. (7)

(Italy-Shipwreck)

The former captain of the luxury cruise liner that capsized off an Italian island has gone back aboard for the first time since the 2012 shipwreck that killed 32 people.

Francesco Schettino (frahn-CHEHS'-koh skeh-TEE'-noh) was allowed to board the Costa Concordia today to help court-appointed experts inspect generators.

He is on trial for manslaughter and abandoning ship, and the inspection was requested by the defence and lawyers for consumer groups. (7)

(NewsWatch by Chris Mayberry)

(The Canadian Press)


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