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5. Genie's army
Genie fever resumes tonight when Eugenie Bouchard plays her first match at the Rogers Cup in Montreal. It's the first match for Bouchard since the Wimbledon final last month. She's the fifth seed in the tournament and she'll play an American qualifier this evening. Genie Army, the group of Australian fans who cheered her on as she made it all the way to the semifinals at the Australian Open, have followed her to Montreal. Meanwhile, the men's tournament is on in Toronto. Several Canadians play today but Milos Raonic is not expected to play until tomorrow.
4. Canada lambasted by tourists
A couple of European tourists are slamming Canada after visiting the country, saying this is a nation of cars, traffic, parking and related obesity and unfulfilled communities. Holly Chabowski and a friend from Denmark spent five weeks in Canada. In a letter to several politicians, including Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, Chabowski did say the pair had an incredible adventure and met wonderful Canadians. But she goes on to explain all the ways they were disappointed. She says she expected a more European flavour with infrastructure for bikes and pedestrians. Instead, she said, we have great oceans of parking lots.
3. Canadians accused of spying in China
A Canadian couple is being investigated for espionage in China. According to media reports, Kevin and Julie Garratt have been running a popular coffee house in a Chinese city near North Korea. They had previously worked as teachers in southern China. But the couple is now accused of espionage and stealing state secrets. And nobody knows where they are. No one is answering the phone at their coffee shop. The Chinese news agency said only that "two Canadian nationals are under investigation for suspected theft of state secrets about China's military and national defense research."
2. Israel backs off
Israel has pulled its ground troops out of Gaza today and a 72-hour ceasefire has begun. But just before the truce was to begin, Hamas fired a series of rockets at Israel, saying they were revenge for what they called Israel's massacres. No casualties were reported but one of the rockets was shot down over Jerusalem. Israel says its main goal of destroying the network of cross-border tunnels had been achieved. In Gaza, families left U.N. shelters to trek back to neighborhoods where whole blocks have been destroyed by Israeli shelling.
1. WW1 remembered
Prime Minister Harper says the First World War was a nation-building moment for Canada. Harper spoke at ceremonies to mark the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the war yesterday at the Canadian War Museum. He said, "Amid the appalling loss, by any measure, Canada as a truly independent country was forged in the fires of the First World War." Canada's involvement in the war began on August 4, 1914 when Britain declared war against Germany.
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