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Lawyer says Toronto Mayor Rob Ford to seek help for substance abuse

Published May 1, 2014

Toronto

Mayor Ford to seek substance abuse Help

Mayor Rob Ford will take a leave of absence to seek help for substance abuse, his lawyer said Wednesday, as a report surfaced about a second video of Ford smoking what appears to be crack cocaine. The Globe and Mail reports two reporters have viewed a new video of Ford taking a drag from a pipe early Saturday in his sister's basement. The newspaper said the secretly filmed video from a self-professed drug dealer is part of a package of three videos the dealer is selling for "at least six figures." Ford is running for re-election in October.

Madison, Wis.

GOP hopefuls meet donors in secret

Far from public scrutiny, Republican presidential hopefuls and high-powered donors met last month at a five-star resort in Georgia to discuss midterm elections, foreign policy and the economy. Other national political and business leaders attended the event sponsored by the American Enterprise Institute think tank. The Center for Public Integrity revealed details of the event this week. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio was said to be among attendees.

BEijing

3 killed, 79 injured in station attack

An explosion rocked a railway station in China's far-western minority region of Xinjiang, killing three people and injuring 79, state broadcaster CCTV said. The attack Wednesday came as President Xi Jinping wrapped up a four-day visit to the area. In what it called a terrorist act, CCTV said assailants attacked crowds with knives and set off explosions at the Urumqi South Station.

Lagos, Nigeria

Report: Girls made to marry abductors

Scores of girls and young women kidnapped from a school are being forced to marry their Islamic extremist abductors, a civic organization said Wednesday. At the same time, the Boko Haram terrorist network is negotiating the students' fate and is demanding a ransom for their release, a Borno state community leader said. He said the abductors' message also said two girls have died from snake bites.

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