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<strong>Missing Woodstock toddler found</strong>

On Monday, toddler Brooklyn Honderich was found 15 hours after disappearing unharmed on her family&rsquo;s farm in Norwich, Ont. Hoderich went missing at 7 p.m. Sept. 29. after following the family dog into a field and getting lost. The police said to <em>CTV</em> that the corn was a full meter over the girl&rsquo;s height. Volunteers, police, and canines searched for the girl. Around 10 a.m. Sept. 30, a volunteer found a disoriented Hoderich 24 metres into the cornfield and about a kilometer from where she was last seen. Although the toddler appeared to be unharmed, she was brought to a hospital to be checked out.

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<strong>Windsor man charged in turtle smuggling case</strong>

A Windsor man, Kai Xu, was charged in the U.S. Federal Court for trying to smuggle 51 turtles across the Detroit-Windsor border, says the <em>Toronto Star</em>. Xu was found with 41 turtles taped to his legs and 10 hidden in his crotch. According to a criminal complaint that was filed in this court on Tuesday, Xu had tried to smuggle these turtles on Aug.&nbsp; 5. He passed through the Windsor-Detroit tunnel and was stopped at the border by the Canada Border Services Agency agents&nbsp; who inspected him and found the turtles. Xu&rsquo;s bond hearing took place Sept. 25 in a Detroit Federal Court where he was not granted bail. Xu was also charged by the Canadian Border Services Agency with smuggling and failing to present the animals he was bringing across the border for inspection. Xu faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.


<strong>Afghan government signs US troops deal</strong>

Hanif Atmar, Afghanistan&rsquo;s newly appointed national security adviser, signed a security deal with American officials that will allow US troops to remain in the country beyond this year, says <em>BBC</em>. The former president Hamid Karzai&rsquo;s refusal to sign the BSA with the US had raised security fears and strained the country&rsquo;s ties with US President Barack Obama said the BSA marked a &ldquo;historic day&rdquo; in US-Afghan relations and that he looks forward to working with this new Afghan government to &ldquo;cement an enduring partnership.&rdquo; The BSA allows for some foreign special forces to stay in Afghanistan to conduct counter-terrorism operations, while others support and train Afghanistan forces. There will be about 12,000 troops in a new NATO-led mission to train and assist Afghan security forces next year.&nbsp; In addition to that, there will be a US-led force dealing with the remnants of Al-Qaeda. Jim Cunningham, US ambassador to Kabul, signed the agreement on behalf of the US government in Washington.<br />

<strong>Thousands flood Hong Kong streets to support Occupy Central movement</strong>

Hong Kong&rsquo;s Central District remained crowded with protesters Sept. 30. This protest is a result of Beijing rejecting to give a free vote to Hong Kong for its next leader. Last month, Beijing announced that the people of Hong Kong could elect their new leader in the 2017 elections but stipulated that the candidates must be pre-selected and screened by a committee of people who are perceived to be supporters of the Chinese Communist Party. According to <em>BBC</em>, the protest has been very calm and peaceful. China has told Hong Kong to bring an end to the protest, after calling the demonstration illegal. A meeting between officials from Hong Kong and China was scheduled in order to resolve the issue, but it has since been cancelled and no replacement date has been announced.


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