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Terrorists Xristos Katsiroubas and Ali Medlej die in attack on Algerian gas plant that kills 70 people

Terrorists Xristos Katsiroubas, left, and Ali Medlej

How do middle-class Canadian kids become international terrorists?
By Matthew Coutts | Daily Brew – 21 hours ago

Xristos Katsiroubas, left, and Ali Medlej.
There are no straightforward answers when it comes to understanding what led Xristos Katsiroubas and Ali Medlej to abandon their lives in London, Ont., to join an Al-Qaida-linked militant group that attacked and took hostages at an Algerian gas plant.

The two boys have been described recently as average, everyday-type Canadians. That seemed to be the case right up until shortly before they flew overseas and died in the Algerian attack in January.

CBC News reported on Wednesday that a third schoolmate had travelled with the pair to North Africa and was jailed shortly before his cohorts died participating in the attack in Algeria.

Aaron Yoon was another average Canuck, a boy of Korean descent who was quiet and friendly and converted to Islam in his final year of high school.

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88-year-old Helmut Oberlander stripped of citizenship over alleged connection to Nazi killing unit


Helmut Oberlander, right, has been at the centre of a legal wrangle for years over his alleged involvement in Nazi war crimes.

Ukrainian Canadian stripped of citizenship over connection to Nazi killing unit
Published on Thursday December 27, 2012

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Helmut Oberlander, right, has been at the centre of a legal wrangle for years over his alleged involvement in Nazi war crimes.
Debra Black
Immigration Reporter

An 88-year-old Ukrainian Canadian has once more been stripped of his Canadian citizenship by the federal government and is facing possible deportation over his connection to a Nazi killing unit.

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Russian immigrant becomes citizen through fraud, feds try to strip him of his citizenship

Immigration fraud crackdown drastically increases the number of Canadians having their citizenship revoked
Stewart Bell | Dec 2, 2012 10:29 PM ET | Last Updated: Dec 3, 2012 2:40 PM ET
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In September, Jason Kenney, the minister of citizenship and immigration, announced his department had sent letters to 530 Canadians advising them their citizenship was being rescinded. Investigations into another 3,100 suspected of citizenship fraud were still underway, he said.


The Minister of Citizenship and Immigration sends a Notice of Intention to Revoke Citizenship outlining the grounds for revocation.

The person concerned has the right to refer the matter to the Federal Court.

If the court finds citizenship was obtained through false representation, fraud or knowingly concealing material circumstances the Minister may prepare a report to the Governor in Council recommending that citizenship be revoked.

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Blainville: Reputed Mafioso Joe Di Maulo found dead in residence driveway


Di Maulo was in the Calabrian branch of the Mafia, who ran Montreal in the 1970s in opposition to the Rizzuto family.

Reputed mobster’s body found near Montreal
Joe Di Maulo, linked to Mafia for 50 years, discovered dead in residence driveway
CBC News Posted: Nov 5, 2012 6:43 AM ET Last Updated: Nov 5, 2012 9:25 AM ET

A man found dead in Blainville on Sunday night is Joe Di Maulo, a reputed high-level member of the Mafia.

The identity of the body was confirmed this morning by Quebec provincial police.

Di Maulo, 70, was found Sunday night by the Sûreté du Québec, which had responded to a call from the Blainville police service asking for assistance with a suspicious death.

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Illegal Romanian gypsies cross defenseless Quebec-Vermont border to claim bogus refugee status

Illegal migrants breaching Quebec-Vermont border crossing 
OTTAWA — The Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, Oct. 25 2012, 9:04 PM EDT
Last updated Friday, Oct. 26 2012, 5:38 AM EDT

The Quebec-Vermont border is the scene of growing chaos as illegal migrants hop over unguarded entry points or drive through guarded crossings on the outbound lanes, zipping by helpless Canadian border officials.

The goal of the migrants, many of whom come from Roma communities in Europe, is to make their refugee claims from inside Canada, officials say. If captured at the border, they risk being returned to the United States on the basis of a bilateral agreement.

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Montreal: Romanian gypsies Filip Stan, Ionel Caldararu, Uneria Miclescu and Mariana Sirbu arrested in wave of pickpocketing robberies targeting the elderly

Montreal police looking for victims of a pickpocketing ring
Global News : Monday, October 22, 2012 5:01 PM

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Montreal – Police made four arrests in north Montreal in September – all related to a wave of pickpocketing robberies targeting the elderly.

The arrested suspects are two men and two women: Filip Stan, 26, Ionel Caldararu, 22, Uneria Miclescu, 22, and Mariana Sirbu, 24, who appeared on charges of robbery, theft of less than $5000, concealment and conspiracy to commit theft in 12 incidents.

To date, there have been 50 incidents connected to this pickpocketing ring, and the police anticipate further arrests. 

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