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  • Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper's statement on the passing of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez:

    "I would like to offer my condolences to the people of Venezuela on the passing of President Chávez.

    Canada looks forward to working with his successor and other leaders in the region to build a hemisphere that is more prosperous, secure and democratic.

    At this key juncture, I hope the people of Venezuela can now build for themselves a better, brighter future based on the principles of freedom, democracy, the rule of law and respect for human rights."
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North Korea fires Scud-class ballistic missile, Japan protests

SEOUL North Korea fired at least one short-range ballistic missile on Monday that landed in the sea off its east coast, the latest in a fast-paced series of missile tests defying world pressure and threats of more sanctions.