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Source: The Guradian

Former China envoys call on Xi Jinping to release two detained Canadians

Today 20:00 GMT

More than 140 former diplomats and leading China experts have called on Xi Jinping to release two Canadian citizens detained last month as a diplomatic stand-off between Ottawa and Beijing escalates.

In an open letter Chinese president, former envoys to China from Canada, the UK, the US, Australia, Germany, Sweden and Mexico described how the arrests of Michael Kovrig, a Canadian diplomat on leave, and Michael Spavor, a businessman, have sent a chill through the diplomatic community.

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Source: Common Domain

Airbnb Has Held Talks to Buy Hotel Tonight

Sunday 09:54 GMT

Airbnb Inc. has held talks to acquire hotel-booking site Hotel Tonight Inc. as the home-sharing company seeks to bolster its offerings and make itself more attractive to investors ahead of an eventual IPO, according to people familiar with the negotiations.

Talks between Airbnb and Hotel Tonight, described by one of the people as informal, have gone cold though they could come back to life. Acquiring the closely held site would give Airbnb a way to show investors more growth potential and demonstrate it can branch out beyond its core short-term, home-rental business ahead of a share listing the company has said could come this year or next.

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Source: Fox News

Marine vet with PTSD held by ICE for 3 days before agency realized he was citizen

Sunday 19:59 GMT

A Marine vet with post-traumatic stress disorder was held for three days by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for possible deportation before authorities realized he was a citizen born in Michigan, lawyers said Wednesday.

TEXAS MAN DETAINED BY ICE ACCIDENTALLY RELEASED BY POLICE; LOCAL OFFICIALS CAN'T RE-ARREST HIM . “I immediately called ICE and shouted at them,” he told The Washington Post.

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Source: CTV

Kenya court orders 6 suspects, including Canadian, held for Nairobi hotel attack

Sunday 00:33 GMT

A Canadian national and five other people suspected of helping extremist gunmen stage a deadly attack in the Kenyan capital this week appeared in court on Friday as prosecutors investigated them for suspected terror offences.

A judge ordered five of the suspects held for 30 days while authorities look into the assault on the dusitD2 hotel complex that was carried out by al-Shabab, a group that is linked to al-Qaida and based in neighbouring Somalia.


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