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Canada to halt sales of breast implants linked to cancer

Canada to halt sales of breast implants linked to cancer

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April 5 (UPI) -- Canadian health officials on Friday announced they plan to halt the sale of implants linked to a form of cancer. Health Canada made the announcement with a notice to Allergan, the maker of the implants, that it would suspend licenses for Biocell breast implants "as a precautionary measure." The decision comes after studies showing a link between the implants, which have a textured surface, and breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma, a type of cancer. The disease develops months or years after breast implant procedures, Health Canada said, and presents as an accumulation of fluid between the implant and surrounding tissue. The announcement comes one day after France's National Agency for Safety of Medicines and Health Products also banned textured breast...
Rahaf al-Qunun: Saudi teen granted asylum in Canada

Rahaf al-Qunun: Saudi teen granted asylum in Canada

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Media playback is unsupported on your device A Saudi woman who fled her family and became stranded at Bangkok's main airport is flying to Canada after being granted asylum status.Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, 18, had been trying to reach Australia via Bangkok, but was initially told to return to Kuwait, where her family were waiting.She refused to fly back and barricaded herself into her airport hotel room, attracting international attention.She said she had renounced Islam, which is punishable by death in Saudi Arabia.The UN's refugee agency has said it considers her to be a legitimate refugee.Refugee status is normally granted by governments, but the UNHCR can grant it where states are "unable or unwilling to do so", according to its website. Can...
Olympians, rising stars head into Skate Canada

Olympians, rising stars head into Skate Canada

Sports
Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Several high-profile figure skaters will take the ice when the Grand Prix of Figure Skating series continues Friday with Skate Canada -- including Olympic silver medalists Shoma Uno and Evgenia Medvedeva. Reigning Canadian champion Gabrielle Daleman, a team gold medalist at the Pyeongchang Olympics, withdrew from the competition to focus on mental health. Uno and Medvedeva are expected to take the gold, but the field is full of up-and-coming talent. Cha Jun-Hwan of South Korea will be making his Grand Prix debut of the season after placing ninth at last year's event. He opened his season with a silver medal at the Autumn Classic in Ontario, second to Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu. American Jason Brown will be competing in his first Grand Prix event of the season after a ...
NORAD, U.S., Canada to conduct defense exercise this week

NORAD, U.S., Canada to conduct defense exercise this week

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Oct. 23 (UPI) -- NORAD and U.S. Northern Command will partner with the Canadian Joint Operations Command to conduct their 13th annual homeland defense exercise, Vigilant Shield 19, from their home bases at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado on Oct. 24-28, 2018. The rapid response event will deploy more than 5,500 personnel across air, land, maritime, space and cyber to test and grade the ability of NORAD, USNORTHCOM and the Canadian Joint Operations Command to defend the homeland during an attack, U.S. Northern Command said on Tuesday. The event is a Command Post Exercise that uses simulated forces and requires the commander, staff and communications to operate within and between headquarters. NORAD is a bi-national command shared by the U.S. and Canada, in charge of aerospace warning an...
Canada becomes second country to legalise recreational marijuana

Canada becomes second country to legalise recreational marijuana

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The first recreational cannabis to be legally bought in Canada was purchased at midnight on Wednesday (02:30 GMT) on the eastern island of Newfoundland amid queues of hundreds of people. Canada has become the second country after Uruguay to legalise possession and use of recreational cannabis. Medical marijuana has been legal in the country since 2001. But concerns remain, including about the readiness for police forces to tackle drug impaired driving. Information has been sent to 15m households about the new laws and there are public awareness campaigns. Ian Power, from the town of St John's began queuing at 20:00 local time so he could "make history". Newfoundland is half an hour ahead of the next province to the west."It's bee...