Boy jailed for pro-Morsi sign
Scissors and compasses are seen as the most dangerous items in a student’s pencil case, but for one schoolboy, it is a ruler that allegedly led to his detention in an adult jail. Khaled Bakara, 15, was arrested last month after his teacher spotted a ruler on his desk bearing a symbol indicating opposition to the overthrow of former president Mohamed Morsi, Khaled’s lawyer, Amr Abdel Maqsoud, said. “The teacher was walking around the classroom and saw the ruler on his desk. Then he took Khaled’s bag, started searching it and found two notebooks with the sign on them too,” Maqsoud said. Police then arrested Khaled on suspicion of incitement to violence, slandering the army and belonging to a banned group, the lawyer said. Khaled was detained for 15 days in an adult facility and on Sunday, his detention was renewed for the same period.
Ottawa spied for NSA: CBC
The government has spied abroad on behalf of the US National Security Agency (NSA) according to a classified document cited by the Canadian Broadcasting Corp (CBC) on Tuesday. Ottawa opened up espionage posts overseas at the request of the US agency, the broadcaster said, citing an NSA briefing paper leaked by former US government contractor Edward Snowden. Through its electronic spy agency, Communications Security Establishment Canada, Ottawa worked with the NSA in “approximately 20 high-priority countries,” the document said, the broadcaster said.
Government defends Santa
The government vowed on Tuesday to defend the North Pole and Santa Claus, saying the mythical figure is a Canadian citizen after Russia ordered its military to step up its Arctic presence. Paul Calandra, parliamentary secretary to prime minister Stephen Harper, used Ottawa’s claim to the North Pole to bash an opposition party in parliament. “We know that the [opposition] Liberals do not think that the North Pole or Santa Claus are in Canada. We do,” he said. However, Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau agreed, saying: “Everyone knows that Santa Claus is Canadian. His postal code is H0H 0H0,” alluding to a mailing address assigned to Santa by Canada Post.
Missing family found alive
The search for James Glanton, 34, his girlfriend Christina McIntee, 25, and four children ended in relief on Tuesday when rescuers found all six alive and well in the frigid backcountry of Nevada, huddled around a fire near their overturned vehicle. About 200 people began searching on Sunday night after the group failed to return from a day trip near their hometown of Lovelock. “They stayed together and that was the key that allowed them to live through this experience. You don’t see that that often in search-and-rescue,” said Paul Burke, search-and-rescue coordinator for the state.