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Woman described as Canada's Rosa Parks to appear on banknote

Viola DesmondA black woman often described as Canada's Rosa Parks for her 1946 decision to sit in a whites-only section of a Nova Scotia movie theater will be the first woman to be celebrated on the face of a Canadian banknote.

Finance Minister Bill Morneau said Thursday that Viola Desmond will grace the front of the $10 bill when the next series goes into circulation in 2018.

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Pfizer fined $106 million for drug price increase of 2,600% in Britain

Pfizer fined $106mBritain's antitrust regulator fined Pfizer Inc. a record $107 million Wednesday because of skyrocketing price increases for generic versions of the Epanutin anti-epilepsy drug.

The Competition and Markets Authority announced Pfizer and drug-distribution company Flynn Pharma hiked prices of the drug by up to 2,600 percent for around 48,000 patients in the country in September 2012. Pfizer had transferred distribution rights to Flynn, which sold the medicine by its generic name, phenytoin sodium. Flynn was fined $6.55 million.

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Pakistan: All 48 killed in PIA PK 661 plane crash

Pakistan plane crashAll 48 people on board a Pakistani passenger plane, which crashed in the country's mountainous north, have died, the airline's chairman has confirmed.

Pakistan International Airlines' (PIA) PK 661 went down on a domestic flight from the city of Chitral to the capital Islamabad on Wednesday.

"There are no survivors, no one has survived," Muhammad Azam Saigol told a press conference, about five hours after the plane crashed near the town of Havelian, in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.

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Earthquake Rattles Indonesia; At Least 97 Killed

Indonesia earthquakeA powerful earthquake rattled Indonesia’s Aceh province, killing at least 97 and injuring more than two hundred people.

A report in The Guardian says the 6.5-magnitude quake hit just north of the small town of Reuleuet, at 5am local time (10pm GMT on Tuesday).

Authorities said more are feared trapped in collapsed buildings.

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U.S. teens not making the grade in worldwide math test

US teens not making the grade American teen's test scores are lagging compared with students around the world, a report released Tuesday indicates.

In 2015, math test scores for U.S. 15-year-olds dropped slightly while reading and science were not measurably different in the Program for International Student Assessment tests.

The Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development administered the two-hour test to about 540,000 students worldwide, including 5,700 in the United States. For most students, the tests were administered on computers.

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Edward Snowden: David Petraeus Disclosed 'Far More Highly Classified' Secrets Than I Did

Snowden says Petraeus released more secrets than he didIn an exclusive interview with Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric, Edward Snowden says that former CIA Director Gen. David Petraeus — who is under consideration to become President-elect Donald Trump’s secretary of state — disclosed “information that was far more highly classified than I ever did” and yet never “spent a single day in jail.”

The fugitive former National Security Agency contractor told Couric that Petraeus’s case is evidence that “We have a two-tiered system of justice in the United States, where people who are either well-connected to government or they have access to an incredible amount of resources get very light punishments.”

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Italian PM Matteo Renzi to Resign After Referendum Defeat

Renzi resignsItalian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi conceded defeat on Sunday and pledged to resign after Italian voters rejected his proposed reforms to the country’s constitution, setting further in motion a populist wave that has sent shockwaves through the West in the past six months, and ushering in a brand new period of uncertainty to the Eurozone’s third largest economy.

The vote dealt a major blow to Renzi, whose rise to prominence in Europe coincided with that of populist, Eurosceptic sentiment within his own country and the continent as a whole.

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