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Morning Brew: August 11, 2008

Posted by Sisi / August 11, 2008

20080811_angels.jpgPhoto: "A chance encounter with angels," by Midnight Poutine Flickr pooler La Belle Province.

Your morning news roundup for Monday, August 11th, 2008:

Montreal North was ablaze yesterday as gangs responded to the shooting death of a young man by police a day earlier. The violence started after a community protest when rioters torched several cars parked outside a fire station. Several stores were looted and 1 officer was shot in the leg during the clashes.

According to Parti Québécois leader Pauline Marois, Quebec athletes should be able to wave the fleur-de-lis at the Olympics. However, Chinese officials say that only flags from the 204 competing nations can be displayed. The ban is (obviously) meant to thwart pro-Tibet supporters.

Two Canadians (including a Montrealer) were among the 6 pro-Tibet activists arrested after they unfurled a flag and a banner in Tianamen Square yesterday. Within hours, they were on a plane to Los Angeles.

In international news, Russia confirmed today that its troops "had advanced from the breakaway region of Abkhazia to the town of Senaki inside Georgia proper." Diplomatic tensions worsened as U.S. president George W. Bush, leader of Georgia's biggest western ally, told Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin that the bombing of Georgia was "unacceptable."

In Beijing, athletes did what politicians couldn't: after taking bronze in the women's 10m air pistol yesterday, Georgia's Nino Salukvadze embraced Russia's Natalia Paderina, who took silver. The two women were former teammates in the Soviet Union.

Legendary soul singer Isaac Hayes died in Memphis yesterday, aged 65. The cause of death is unknown. His death follows the passing of comic Bernie Mac on Saturday at a Chicago area hospital. He was 50.



Sarah / August 11, 2008 at 11:06 am
Bernie Mac died?!
I am shocked... how sad. :(
O / August 11, 2008 at 07:17 pm
Pauline Marois - idiot
Olivier / August 28, 2008 at 03:35 am
Who is this imposter "O"?
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