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OTTAWA -- Prime Minister Stephen Harper sought Wednesday to clear up any confusion about Canada's role in Afghanistan after 2011, saying the military mission to the strife-torn country would end as planned by that date and be replaced by a civilian operation.
He made the comment the same day former American secretary of state Henry Kissinger said he hopes Canada will maintain its combat role in Afghanistan after 2011.
Kissinger made the comment in Paris while calling on U.S. President Barack Obama to accept a request from the top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan for 40,000 more soldiers.
Accused terrorist wants compensation
MONTREAL -- Adil Charkaoui spent more than six years under suspicion of being a terrorist operative, spent 21 months in jail, had his movements tracked with an electronic bracelet, and missed the birth of his son. Now the landed immigrant wants the federal government to pay.
A Federal Court judge ruled his security certificate null and void Wednesday.
The case against Charkaoui began to unravel this summer when Ottawa's lawyers withdrew evidence against him, saying disclosing it would endanger national security.
Mideast peace process suffers setback
UNITED NATIONS -- U.S. President Barack Obama's pledge to restart the Palestinian-Israeli peace process suffered a new blow Wednesday as the Palestinian Authority signalled there could be no talks without "justice" for what happened when Israel attacked Gaza last winter.
Palestinian Foreign Affairs Minister Riad Al-Malki set the precondition as he addressed the United Nations Security Council, saying the UN should implement recommendations in last month's report on the Gaza war by a panel led by South African Judge Richard Goldstone.
Key among them is a call for the Security Council to report Israel to the International Criminal Court. The report also accuses the Palestinian group Hamas of having committed possible war crimes.
Woman's free-coats hoax sparks riot
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Police say an Ohio woman being driven around in a limousine announced at a coat store she'd won the lottery and would pay for everyone's purchases but ended up causing a riot when customers realized it was a hoax.
Police said customers at a Burlington Coat Factory gathered at registers and called relatives. When police arrived, 500 people filled the store and another 1,000 were outside.
Cashiers rang up sales before finding the woman had no money. Angry customers grabbed clothes without paying.
House approves sanctions against Iran
WASHINGTON -- The House of Representatives sent a message to Iran on Wednesday that pursuit of nuclear capability will not go unpunished. It approved legislation that allows state and local governments to curtail investments in international corporations to do business in Iran's energy sector.
The legislation also protects from shareholder lawsuits those investment managers who divest funds from companies that are involved in Iran's energy sector or have provided equipment for the transport of oil or liquefied natural gas from Iran.
The bill passed the House 414-6 and now goes to the Senate.
Couple guilty in cockatoo-for-kids trade
VILLE PLATTE, La. -- A Louisiana couple admitted giving a cockatoo and $175 to a woman in exchange for two children, a district attorney said Wednesday.
Paul and Brandy Romero pleaded guilty to two felony counts of sale of a minor child. Their five-year prison sentences were suspended in exchange for their testimony against the woman accused of handing over the children, Donna Greenwell. Greenwell is not their mother, but the children were living with her, apparently with their parents' knowledge. Prosecutors say she "instigated" the transfer.
-- From the news services