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Webcam defendant has murder hearing

TORONTO (AP) -- A man charged with killing a Chinese university student whose struggle with an assailant was witnessed through a webcam was remanded to custody after a brief hearing Tuesday in which he appeared via video from jail.

Brian Dickson, 29, was clad in an orange prison jumpsuit and looked straight into the camera. When asked his name, he gave that but would say nothing else. Dickson is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Qian Liu, 23, a student at York University. A justice of the peace has imposed a publication ban on nearly all other details of Dickson's pretrial hearings.

Liu was found dead in her apartment April 15, a few hours after her boyfriend in China watched via webcam as she tried to fend off an attacker who appeared at her door.



80,000 going to Rome for John Paul II rite

WARSAW, Poland -- About 80,000 Poles are expected to travel to Rome later this week for the beatification of Polish-born Pope John Paul II, officials said Tuesday.

About 35,000 individuals and 500 groups have registered to make the trip for Sunday's ceremonies, the Office for Polish Pilgrims in Rome told the Polish Press Agency.

Among those attending will be about 800 members of the trade union Solidarity, who will travel to Rome on Friday.

John Paul II had been a supporter of Solidarity when it protested against Communist rule in the 1980s.

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