PRESS DIGEST-Canada-Dec 12

Wed Dec 12, 2012 10:20am GMT

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Dec 12 (Reuters) - The following are the top stories from selected Canadian newspapers. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

THE GLOBE AND MAIL

* In a major boost for the enemies of Bashar Al-Assad, the American government has recognized the Syrian National Council as the true representative of that nation's people. ()

* North Korea says it has successfully fired a rocket that put a satellite into space, defying warnings from the international community that it should not go ahead with a launch many governments saw as cover for testing Pyongyang's ballistic missile technology. ()

Reports in the business section:

* Canada would be dragged close to another recession if U.S. President Barack Obama and Congress can't strike a deal to avoid steep tax hikes and spending cuts set for Jan. 1, Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney said on Tuesday. ()

* Chinese workers, hired by HD Mining International to work the Murray River coal project and due to join later this week, will walk squarely into a mushrooming debate about the use of temporary foreign workers in an industry running a massive labor deficit as Canada's work force ages and new mines come on stream. ()

NATIONAL POST

* Canada told the Syrian opposition Tuesday it must reject extremism and embrace minorities before Ottawa will recognize its legitimacy as a successor to President Bashar Al-Assad, according to a federal official. ()

* Cinema makeup artist Rémy Couture posted photos of mutilated bodies online that were so realistic an Austrian pathologist who examined them concluded they might depict an actual murder. ()

FINANCIAL POST

* The "lack of hair" in management boards of Calgary's oil and gas companies highlights the coming labor shortage in the sector, according to an industry executive. ()

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