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by Saleem Khan, CBC News Online

The future was a recurring theme on our blog this week, from Web 2.0 to software (including video games). Get a peek at the rest of the 21st century:

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Updated ISIS capital Raqqa falls to Syrian forces
A commander with the U.S.-backed Syrian forces battling ISIS says the city of Raqqa has been liberated from militants and that combing operations are underway to clear the city of land mines and extremist sleeper cells.
WATCH Freed hostage Joshua Boyle on why he went to Afghanistan and what his kidnappers wanted video
In an interview with CBC News, Joshua Boyle describes his kidnappers’ apparent motives, the conditions of his confinement with his family and the final moments of their rescue on Wednesday, five years after being taken hostage in Afghanistan by a Taliban-linked militant group.
'People turned into charcoal': Somali-Canadians recount horror of Mogadishu attack
Harrowing stories are emerging of Canadians and their friends on the ground in Mogadishu, following Saturday's bombing attack that killed at least 300 people.
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WATCH Freed hostage Joshua Boyle on why he went to Afghanistan and what his kidnappers wanted video
In an interview with CBC News, Joshua Boyle describes his kidnappers’ apparent motives, the conditions of his confinement with his family and the final moments of their rescue on Wednesday, five years after being taken hostage in Afghanistan by a Taliban-linked militant group.
Updated What you need to know about Quebec's religious neutrality law, expected to pass today
A bill that requires people in Quebec who give or receive any public service to uncover their faces is expected to become law as early as today, but many important details still need to be crafted, and its implications may be decided by the courts.
Bombardier to partner with Airbus on CSeries program
Bombardier Inc. has announced it has sold a majority stake in its CSeries passenger jet business to European aerospace giant Airbus for no cost.
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NAFTA rounds to last longer, plans in the works to negotiate past new year deadline, source says
North America Free Trade Agreement talks are now expected to blow past the new year deadline that U.S. and Mexican negotiators had hoped to meet.
Analysis Liberals turn to pasta to move past 3 months of fuss and fury over tax fairness video
Perhaps — three months after launching their consultation on "tax fairness" — the Liberals have now landed on a set of policy proposals that can be safely implemented.
Veterans ombudsman says more ex-soldiers will need assisted living help
Canada's veterans ombudsman says the Liberal government should overhaul the program meant to keep elderly ex-soldiers in their homes. Guy Parent released a new report that says the eligibility for the often-maligned veterans independence program are inflexible.
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Women identify as assault, harassment victims using #metoo hashtag
Thousands of women are responding to actress Alyssa Milano's call to share #metoo on social media to raise awareness of sexual harassment and assault following the recent revelation of decades of alleged sexual misconduct by movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.
John Dunsworth, Mr. Lahey on Trailer Park Boys, dead at 71 video audio
John Dunsworth, a Nova Scotia actor best known as the irreverent trailer park supervisor Jim Lahey, has died at the age of 71.
WWE signs first woman wrestler from Arab world in global push
World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. signed its first female performer from the Arab world on Sunday, smashing cultural taboos as the U.S.-based pageant seeks to piledrive its way into lucrative foreign markets.
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Technology & Science »

Disability in demand: People with autism offer employers a broader talent pool
A Danish company with a global mandate to help employers make the most of untapped autistic talent is helping North American firms make concerted efforts to hire employees with autism who can bring unique skills to the workplace.
Astronomers see source of gravitational waves for 1st time
A never-before-seen explosion from the merger of two dense astral bodies known as neutron stars has been viewed with telescopes for the first time.
Flaw lets hackers read data over secure Wi-Fi
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security warns of cyber risks associated with a widely used system for securing Wi-Fi communications after Belgian researchers discovered a flaw that could allow hackers to read information thought to be encrypted, or infect websites with malware.
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Money »

Bombardier to partner with Airbus on CSeries program
Bombardier Inc. has announced it has sold a majority stake in its CSeries passenger jet business to European aerospace giant Airbus for no cost.
Disability in demand: People with autism offer employers a broader talent pool
A Danish company with a global mandate to help employers make the most of untapped autistic talent is helping North American firms make concerted efforts to hire employees with autism who can bring unique skills to the workplace.
Analysis Liberals turn to pasta to move past 3 months of fuss and fury over tax fairness video
Perhaps — three months after launching their consultation on "tax fairness" — the Liberals have now landed on a set of policy proposals that can be safely implemented.
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Recap Kucherov keeps scoring streak alive as Lightning top Red Wings video
Nikita Kucherov scored his second goal of the game in the third period, lifting Tampa Bay to a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Monday night and extending the Lightning star's goal-scoring streak to six games.
Video Hip Check: Nikita Kucherov lights the lamp, joins history books video
Tampa Bay forward becomes fourth player in 30 years to score a goal in each of his team's first 6 games
Profile Emily Clark's hockey dreams are coming true
When she was still just a hockey-obsessed young girl growing up in Saskatchewan, Emily Clark wrote down a promise — one day, she'd play for Canada. Now she's living the dream.
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