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TMCNet:  --Tenth NewsWatch--

[February 13, 2013]

--Tenth NewsWatch--

(Canadian Press Broadcast Wire (Canada) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) (UN-NKorea) (Audio: 104) All 15 members of the U-N Security Council agree that North Korea's latest nuclear test is a clear threat to international peace and security.



Following an emergency meeting this morning, the Council issued a statement strongly condemning the test and pledging further action.

It says its members are starting work immediately on appropriate measures to take against the North. (10) (Baird-NKorea) (Audio: P02) Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird says North Korea's latest nuclear test marks a serious, misguided threat to regional peace and security.

The North defied U-N warnings in setting off the blast, which is the first since dictator Kim Jong Il died and his son Kim Jong Un took power.

Baird says North Koreans are starving and he's disappointed Kim's son has continued what he calls the irresponsible path of placing weapons before the well-being of his people. (10) (CRTC-Wireless-Code) After getting an earful from consumer groups, the C-R-T-C is hearing from major wireless carriers today.

The federal telecom regulator is holding a week-long hearing in Gatineau, Quebec on a proposed wireless code that would set national standards for the content and clarity of cellphone contracts.

Much of the testimony so far has focused on the length of cellphone contracts, locked devices and roaming and cancellation fees. (10) (NL-Burton-Winters) An Innu company is marking the first anniversary of the death of a Labrador teen by donating safety equipment to several communities.

Burton Winters died after searchers were unable to locate him on sea ice outside Makkovik in Labrador.

Big Land Aviation in Happy Valley-Goose Bay is going to provide communities with four spotting devices which operate like a G-P-S and can help locate anyone lost or in trouble in the wilderness. (10) (NS-Pope-Friend) A Cape Breton man who studied under Joseph Ratzinger before he became pope says he was shocked by the pope's deteriorating health.

Retired Cape Breton University professor Charles MacDonald first met the future pope in Germany in the mid-1960's.

He last saw his former teacher in August 2011, and even then noticed the pope had lost weight and didn't look steady on his feet. (10) (Russia-Big Diamond Found) (Audio: 110) Just in time for Valentine's Day, Russian mining company Alrosa has unearthed a massive diamond.

It says the stone is clear with a yellowish hue and weighs a whopping 154.44 carats.

The company has valued the gem at about one-million dollars. (10) (NewsWatch by Dawn Kelly) (The Canadian Press) (c) 2013 The Canadian Press

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