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Morning Briefing: North Korea hangs up on South Korea

South Korean soldiers from an armored unit participate in a field firing in Pocheon, 46 km northeast of Seoul and about 15 km south of the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas, March 27, 2013.

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A summary of what you need to know today, compiled by The Globe's news desk on March 27, 2013.

North Korea cuts hotline with the South

In the latest demonstration of its rising hostilities, North Korea said today that it had cut off a key military hotline with South Korea, The Associated Press reports. The hotline was used to communicate as hundreds of workers travel back and forth to a jointly run industrial complex in the North.

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Supreme Court to rule on privacy of text messages

The Supreme Court of Canada is to rule today on whether police need a search warrant or wiretap orders to access text messages as part of criminal investigations, The Canadian Press reports. Telus had argued that police need wiretap authorization to seize private texts, while Ottawa says such a requirement would clog the courts.

Extra-curricular activities to return to Ontario schools

Teachers and parents are reacting to the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario's late-night announcement yesterday advising its members to restore extracurricular activities. The union made the move after progress in talks with the provincial government, The Globe's Kate Hammer and Caroline Alphonso report.

Summit of five emerging countries

The leaders of the increasingly powerful so-called BRICS countries – Brazil, Russia, China, India and South Africa – are meeting today. Participants in the Durban, South Africa, summit will discuss reducing poverty and means to secure greater weight as newly emerging powers, Colin Robertson writes for The Globe.

Maple Leaf Gardens abuser arrested again

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Gordon Stuckless, the man at the centre of the Maple Leaf Gardens sex abuse scandal, was arrested again today on new charges, The Canadian Press reports. York Region Police say Mr. Stuckless was arrested this morning and will appear in court later today.

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