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Morning Briefing: Female members of Kurdish militant group ‘executed’ in Paris

Kurdish activists gather outside a building where three Kurdish women were shot dead, in Paris, Jan. 10, 2013.

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A summary of what you need to know today, compiled by The Globe's news desk on Jan. 10, 2013

Members of Kurdish group 'executed' in Paris

Three female members of a militant Kurdish group found dead in a Paris were "executed," the French government says. The women, members of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which has been fighting against the Turkish government for self-rule, were found in one of the organizations centres. One unconfirmed report said all three were killed with a gunshot wound to the head. The dead included one of the founders of the PKK.

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Ontario moves to block teacher walkout

Ontario is expected to go to the provincial labour board today in a bid to block the latest job action by elementary teachers. Premier Dalton McGuinty pleaded with teachers Wednesday not to follow through on plans to walkout Friday, the first job action since contracts imposed by the province came into effect on Jan 1. In sign of deepening crisis, secondary school teachers are threatening to walk out Jan. 16. Teachers are protesting a law that imposed contracts and limited their right to strike.

Lawyer blames victims in India gang rape case

The lawyer defending three of the suspects in the gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old university student blamed the victim's boyfriend for her death. The lawyer – who has made a series of controversial remarks in recent days – told reporters that the boyfriend was "responsible for the whole thing" but didn't elaborate. He also said that the accused men had been abused by police. Today's hearing into the case, which sparked outrage and protests around the world, was set over until Monday.

Aboriginal summit in doubt

Expect to hear more on this today: A summit meant to address festering grievances from Canada's aboriginal communities looks in danger of collapsing. News that Prime Minister Stephen Harper may attend only one hour of the meeting, and the absence of Governor-General David Johnston, stoked discontent among participants, and some are threatening to pull out of Friday's meeting. Mr. Johnson's absence has already prompted Theresa Spence, the Chief of Attawapiskat who has been on a hunger strike for four weeks – to pull out of the meeting. Shawn Atleo, the National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, will lay out their hopes for the summit at an Ottawa press conference this afternoon.

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