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Six stories in the news today, Sept. 30

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau smiles at former prime minister Stephen Harper before the state service for former President Shimon Peres in Jerusalem, Israel Friday September 30, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
September 30, 2016 - 1:15 AM

Six stories in the news for Friday, Sept. 30.

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PM TRUDEAU LEADS CANADIAN DELEGATION AT PERES FUNERAL

The funeral ceremony for former Israeli President Shimon Peres is underway in Jerusalem. A military rabbi sang traditional funeral prayers as the casket entered Israel's national cemetery. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau leads a Canadian delegation that includes former prime ministers Stephen Harper and Jean Chretien. Peres died Wednesday at the age of 93.

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MAN ACCUSED IN FOOTBALL PLAYER'S DEATH TO APPEAR IN COURT

A man who faces a second degree murder charge in connection with the death of Calgary Stampeder Mylan Hicks appears in court today. Nelson Tony Lugela, 19, was arrested earlier this week. Hicks, 23, was shot and killed early Sunday after what police describe as an altercation involving several people inside a Calgary nightclub.

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ROYALS TO GET A TASTE OF FIRST NATIONS CULTURE

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will spend the last full day of their tour of Western Canada on Haida Gwaii, the archipelago off the northern coast of B.C. The islands are renowned for First Nations totem poles, ancient rainforests and salmon fishing. Prince William and Kate start their day in a canoe with Haida warrior paddlers, then officially open a new hospital and visit a heritage centre and museum. The royal family cap off their week-long tour in Victoria on Saturday.

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TORY DEBATE SET FOR NOV. 9 IN SASKATOON

The first debate in the federal Conservative leadership campaign will take place Nov. 9 in Saskatoon, followed by a second debate on Dec. 6 in Moncton, N.B. The vote to pick a leader to replace Stephen Harper is scheduled for next May 27. So far, six serving MPs are in the race. A seventh MP, Erin O'Toole, says he is resigning his critic's position in order to explore a run at the leadership.

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MILITARY LOOKS TO SUPPORT FRANCE IN AFRICA

The Canadian military is finalizing plans to send transport aircraft to support French counter-terrorism operations in northern Africa. Defence officials say the planes would likely be used to transport French troops and equipment into the Sahel region, which includes Mauritania, Burkina Faso, Niger, Chad and Mali. About 3,500 heavily armed French troops have been hunting al Qaida-linked fighters in those countries since August 2014.

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CANADA REIGNS SUPREME IN HOCKEY, AGAIN

Brad Marchand's short-handed goal was the game-winner as Canada scored a 2-1 victory over Team Europe to win a second straight World Cup of Hockey crown. The Canadians took the best-of-3 final in two games. Canadian superstar Sidney Crosby was voted MVP of the tournament, with a World Cup-high 10 points, just three months after winning his second Stanley Cup.

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