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Four stories in the news today, Feb. 9

02/09/2015 04:00 EST | Updated 04/10/2015 05:59 EDT
Four stories in the news today, Feb. 9, from The Canadian Press:

MERKEL TO BRIEF HARPER ON UKRAINE TALKS

German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives in Ottawa this evening to give Prime Minister Stephen Harper an update on her frenzied transatlantic shuttle diplomacy on the Ukraine crisis. Merkel will be in Washington earlier in the day to meet with U.S. President Barack Obama, amid reports of a rift between the U.S. and Europe over whether to arm Ukraine's military. The Canadian Press has learned Merkel's supper hour arrival in Ottawa for talks with Harper will allow the prime minister to receive a private briefing on the West's renewed push to end the continued fighting in eastern Ukraine.

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NO LIVER DONOR FOR TWIN GIRLS YET

An Ontario couple is still waiting for a liver donor to save one of their ailing twin girls despite intense media attention after going public. The three-year-old girls' father — Michael Wagner — will donate part of his liver sometime in the next few weeks, but he can only save one of his daughters. He underwent final testing last week at the Toronto General Hospital and is now awaiting the date of the surgery, which should come within the next few weeks.

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CRA NUDGING MPS TO PROMOTE TORY TAX CUTS

An annual tax season information kit being sent to all members of Parliament does more than just outline the nuts and bolts of paying taxes. MPs also appear to be getting a nudge from the Canada Revenue Agency to remind constituents about the Conservatives' recently-announced tax measures targeted at families. The information kit includes the basics on paying the taxman, but the increased child care benefit, increased fitness tax credit and the income-splitting plan get much glossier treatment. A copy of this year's package was obtained by The Canadian Press and was to be distributed to all MPs today.

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DATE FOR JUSTIN BIEBER'S ASSAULT CASE TO BE SET TODAY

A trial date for Justin Bieber's ATV assault case is to be set today in a Stratford, Ont., courtroom. The pop star isn't expected to be in court. Bieber was arrested and charged with dangerous driving and assault last Aug. 29 after a collision between a minivan and an ATV in a rural area northeast of Stratford. A lawyer for Bieber has said Bieber's "peaceful retreat" was disrupted by paparazzi.

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ALSO COMING IN THE NEWS TODAY....

— In Toronto, media ask court to overturn decision barring them from interviewing former Guantanamo Bay inmate Omar Khadr in prison.

- In Toronto, the trial continues for two men accused in a terror plot to attack a Via Rail train travelling between Canada and the U.S.