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Carleton strips Myanmar leader of honorary degree

LOCAL

Carleton University’s senate voted unanimously on Friday, Oct. 19 to rescind Aung San Suu Kyi’s honorary degree, granted to her in 2011.

Suu Kyi, leader of Myanmar, was also recently stripped of her honorary Canadian citizenship by Parliament in light of her complicity in the country’s military committing genocide against the Rohingya minority.

The move by Carleton University is uncommon, as the university has a policy allowing it to remove an honorary degree “in rare and exceptional circumstances, where the behaviour of an individual has caused significant concern.”

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NATIONAL

Toronto police have created a missing persons unit in the wake of the Bruce McArthur investigation. The unit, the first of its kind for the Toronto police, was quietly launched back in July and will be reviewing all of the city’s missing persons reports since 1990, a total of roughly 100,000 cases.

The purpose of the team, which consists of two lead detectives, four detective constables as investigators and one analyst, is to review each case individually and ensure that they were investigated up to today’s standards.

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INTERNATIONAL

For the first time since journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance, the kingdom of Saudi Arabid has admitted that the Washington Post columnist has died. Saudi state TV confirmed on Oct. 19 that Khashoggi died after a fight in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey on Oct. 2.

US President Donald Trump said the murder was “unacceptable”, but stopped short of implementing sanctions against Saudi Arabid, due to his uncertainty over the impact such a move would have on the US economy.

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