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5 things you need to know this morning: November 25, 2020

Start your day off right with five things you need to know this morning.

Five things you need to know

1. Family believed to be involved in theft of $11M of COVID-19 funds

According to reports, a Toronto couple and their two adult sons, who all worked as Ontario government computer specialists, are alleged to have been involved in the theft of more than $11 million in COVID-19 relief funds.

2. Alberta Premier Jason Kenney declares a state of public health emergency

Jason Kenney announced new restrictions on Tuesday to counter a surge in COVID-19 cases. As part of the latest restrictions, no indoor social gatherings will be permitted and outdoor gatherings will be restricted to 10 people.

3. Police have a ‘person of interest’ in the murder of Barry and Honey Sherman

Toronto Police have “a person of interest” in the Barry and Honey Sherman murder investigation, the Star has learned through a court proceeding to unseal search warrants in the almost three-year-old case.

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4. President Trump plans to pardon former adviser Michael Flynn, according to reports

The president intends to include his former national security adviser in a series of pardons before leaving office early next year, according to The New York Times, Axios and other news outlets. Flynn pleaded guilty twice in 2017 for lying to the FBI during its investigation of potential Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

5. The UK reduces its foreign aid commitment by billions

Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced the change, saying the UK would now spend 0.5% of its gross domestic product, rather than 0.7%, a change estimated to be around £4bn.

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