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There's no turning back on Brexit

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Theresa May triggered Article 50, starting the process which will officially take Britain out of the EU in March 2019.

How it all went down: May signed a letter notifying the European Council of the United Kingdom's intention to withdraw from the EU. That letter was handed over to the European Council's president Donald Tusk at around noon local time.

This was followed by a statement from Mrs May to the House of Commons, where she declared it "the moment for the country to come together".

The government also tabled "The Great Repeal Bill" to allow British authorities to scrap, appeal and amend thousands of laws currently under the jurisdiction of the EU.

On Friday, Mr Tusk submitted draft guidelines for how the EU will negotiate Brexit, ruling out free trade talks before "sufficient progress" is made on other issues, such as immigration. The guidelines will have to be approved by the 27 member states.

And now that Great Britain is quitting the EU, Scotland is wondering if it should quit the UK. Scottish parliament voted this week to go ahead with a second referendum on Scottish independence.

Trump just undid Obama's climate change legacy

Donald Trump has signed an executive order rolling back Obama-era rules aimed at curbing climate change. The president said this would put an end to the "war on coal" and "job-killing regulations".

But environmental groups and some state officials vow they'll continue to fight climate change, even if it means they need to lawyer up.

Canada's taking over artificial intelligence

Move over, Silicon Valley. Canadian researchers have been behind some recent major breakthroughs in artificial intelligence. Now, the country is betting on becoming a big player in one of the hottest fields in technology, with help from the likes of Google and RBC.

The government is also ponying up $125m ($94m/£75m) to help support the burgeoning field.

Why do Canadians live longer then Americans?

A new study found that Canadians living with cystic fibrosis lived on average 10 years longer than Americans with the same disease.

The mortality-gap between the two countries is well documented: on average, Canadians live three years longer. Many researchers believe access to public health care is a major factor.

As one health-care worker with experience on both sides of the border put it: "In Canada, I make clinical decisions. I look at their case and I decide whether or not they would benefit from meeting with me. [In the US], the decision is driven by their insurance."

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