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A family is escorted off the MV Sun Sea after they and an estimated 490 suspected Tamil refugees arrived on a cargo ship at Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt in Colwood, B.C. on Vancouver Island Aug. 13, 2010. Andy Clark/Reuters

REFUGEE SERIES: Years of hardship force refugees, like those in Thailand, to take chances

KATIE DEROSA VICTORIA TIMES COLONIST When two migrant ships carrying 568 Tamils arrived off Victoria’s shores, the federal... (more...)

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Reza Akbari, a refugee from Afghanistan, runs a busy kebab shop in Greater Dandenong, a city 36 kilometres east of Melbourne, which has a strong Afghan population. Submitted photo

REFUGEE SERIES: Dandenong hailed as an example of the contribution refugees making to Australia

KATIE DEROSA TIMES COLONIST When two migrant ships carrying 568 Tamils arrived off Victoria’s shores, the federal government... (more...)

A family returns to their three-bedroom home inside Inverbrackie, a so-called alternative place of detention for families awaiting a refugee claim. Submitted photo

REFUGEE SERIES: Facility that looks like a suburb is Australia’s ‘jewel in the immigration detention crown’

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REFUGEE SERIES: ‘Don’t stop the boats – find out why they are coming’

KATIE DEROSA VICTORIA TIMES COLONIST When two migrant ships carrying 568 Tamils arrived off Victoria’s shores, the federal... (more...)

Raj (centre), a Tamil refugee, with Victoria Martin-Iverson and Phil Chilton, volunteers from the Refugee Rights Action Network, based in Perth, Australia. Submitted photo

REFUGEE SERIES: Australia’s immigration detention centres put spotlight on asylum seekers’ well-being

Raj (centre), a Tamil refugee, with Victoria Martin-Iverson and Phil Chilton, volunteers from the Refugee Rights Action Network,... (more...)

Detainees walk through the Northwest Point immigration detention centre on Christmas Island, which has soccer pitches, basketball courts and a canteen. Submitted photo

REFUGEE SERIES: A visit to Christmas Island, which human-rights groups have dubbed ‘Australia’s Guantanamo Bay’

Detainees walk through the Northwest Point immigration detention centre on Christmas Island, which has soccer pitches, basketball... (more...)

Nirangela, 21, whose name has been changed to protect her identity, is one of the 492 people who came to Canada aboard the human smuggling ship MV Sun Sea, which arrived Aug. 13, 2010. Submitted photo

REFUGEE SERIES: Tamil couple escaped bombs in homeland only to land in detention in Canada

Nirangela, 21, whose name has been changed to protect her identity, is one of the 492 people who came to Canada aboard the... (more...)

The broken propeller of the wooden ship that crashed on the rocks, killing an estimated 50 people on Dec. 15, 2010, acts as a memorial on the northern cliffs of Christmas Island in Australia. Submitted photo

REFUGEE SERIES: Christmas Island witnessed horrific shipwreck of migrant vessel

The broken propeller of the wooden ship that crashed on the rocks, killing an estimated 50 people on Dec. 15, 2010, acts... (more...)

The MV Sun Sea, which held 492 Tamil asylum-seekers when it arrived off the shores of British Columbia from Thailand in August 2010, is still docked at the Nanaimo Shipyard in Newcastle Island Passage. Krista Bryce/Nanaimo Daily News

REFUGEE SERIES: Canada’s plan to confront human smuggling by following Australia’s lead worries refugee advocates

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Const. Ian MacDonald says: ‘You don’t want to see anybody carted away in an ambulance over this, and that is a very real possibility. Ric Ernst/PNG

‘It’s pride getting in the way’: Feuding Indo-Canadian youth factions worry Abbotsford cops (w/ video)

JENNIFER SALTMAN  VANCOUVER DESI  No one really knows how the conflict started. According to a number of people who are involved, in February one person…
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Eight-year-old Indian boy’s swollen hands are larger than his head

VANCOUVER DESI Kaleem, an eight-year-old Indian boy suffering from a mystery condition has puzzled doctors after his hands swelled to giant proportions and are larger…
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Doctors remove unborn child’s skeleton from woman’s womb after 36 years

VANCOUVER DESI In an unusual surgery, doctors in India removed the skeleton of an unborn baby from its mother’s womb after 36 years, the Press…
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Turbaned Sikhs will not be allowed to ride motorbike without a helmet in Ontario

THE CANADIAN PRESS TORONTO — Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne says she won’t allow for turban-wearing Sikhs to ride a motorcycle without wearing a helmet. In…
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ROAD SAFETY: Keep an eye on your friends and families’ safety on the roads

HARVEY KOONER VANCOUVER DESI As you’ve been driving around the city, you’ve likely noticed there are more pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists out enjoying the good…
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Seeking balance and well-being: A mind-body approach to depression

NIRMALA RANIGA VANCOUVER DESI While the world mourns the passing of Academy Award-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams, the global conversation turns to the topics…
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The Art of being a Guest – at a Sikh Ceremony

KIM TREHAN VANCOUVER DESI With wedding season in full swing, surely you must be attending at least one Sikh ceremony.  These family and fun oriented…
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Capital Punishment, is that the answer?

SUNNY MANGAT VANCOUVER DESI Today August 14, 2014 marks the ten year anniversary of the hanging of convicted rapist and murderer Dhananjoy Chatterjee. On May…
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This April 7, 2014 file photo shows a Yemeni health worker giving a boy a polio vaccine during a house to house polio immunization campaign in Sanaa, Yemen. Polio has been wiped out of many countries thanks to massive use of oral vaccine. AP Photo/Hani Mohammed, File

Best polio vaccine? Oral and injectable, used in tandem, new study says

HELEN BRANSWELL THE CANADIAN PRESS TORONTO — For decades scientists have debated whether injectable or oral polio vaccine is the best option for trying to…
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I don’t think that obesity is a laughing matter: Doctor takes the comic route to teach Canadians about obesity

EDMONTON – Dr. Arya Sharma, one of the leading experts on obesity in Canada, doesn’t make fat jokes. But he still pokes fun at the…
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Stone-health-Kaleem

Eight-year-old Indian boy’s swollen hands are larger than his head

VANCOUVER DESI Kaleem, an eight-year-old Indian boy suffering from a mystery condition has puzzled doctors after his hands swelled to giant proportions and are larger…
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India-surgery

Doctors remove unborn child’s skeleton from woman’s womb after 36 years

VANCOUVER DESI In an unusual surgery, doctors in India removed the skeleton of an unborn baby from its mother’s womb after 36 years, the Press…
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Nigerian woman suspected of Ebola dies in transit on her way to India

ADAM SCHRECK THE ASSOCIATED PRESS DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — A Nigerian woman who arrived on a flight to the United Arab Emirates capital of…
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8,000-year-old gene key to Tibetans’ high altitude adaptation, study finds

IANS Washington – In a major breakthrough, US researchers have found a genetic cause – a single DNA base pair change that dates back 8,000…
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Female doctor who alleged torture by a patient’s relatives for delivering stillborn baby boy made it up to get boyfriend back

CEN AGENCY Mexican police say the alleged torturers who mutilated a gynaecologist and left her for dead never existed and that the female victim made…
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Canada to donate experimental Ebola vaccine to WHO

IANS/EFE Toronto – Canada has said it will donate to the World Health Organisation (WHO) up to 1,000 doses of an experimental vaccine against the…
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Female doctor brutally tortured and left to die after delivering stillborn baby boy

CEN AGENCY Torturers who mutilated a gynaecologist and left her for dead are believed to be relatives of a woman whose baby was delivered stillborn…
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Health Canada issues warnings over use of five foreign sexual enhancement products

VANCOUVER DESI Health Canada has issued an alert over use of five foreign sexual enhancement products that may cause life-threatening side effects. These natural health…
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Infectious disease specialist Florian Steiner wears protective clothing as he works in a laboratory for blood tests during a demonstration of the proceedings at the quarantine office of Berlin's Charite hospital on August 11, 2014. TIM BRAKEMEIER/AFP/Getty Images

Mumbai man who recently travelled to Nigeria admitted to hospital with Ebola symptoms

VANCOUVER DESI A man in Mumbai who travelled to West Africa last month has voluntarily admitted himself to a local hospital after experiencing Ebola symptoms,…
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Watermelon-sized tumour found in Mumbai woman during emergency caesarean section

IANS Mumbai  – A team of doctors at Mumbai’s Sion Hospital performed a rare and unexpected surgery as they were forced to remove a 2.5…
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