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Alice Munro is the only Canadian winner of the Nobel literature prize, apart from Canada-born U.S. novelist Saul Bellow.

She is one of the few literature laureates to write almost exclusively in the short story form.

Munro has been compared to Russian writer Anton Chekhov for her exploration of the submerged passions and dramas in quiet provincial lives.


 

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Early exit polls show strong support to lift Ireland ban on abortion

UPDATED: 3:05 p.m.

Ireland’s referendum Friday represented more than a vote on whether to end the country’s strict abortion ban. It was a battle for the very soul of a traditionally conservative Roman Catholic nation that has seen a wave of liberalization in recent years.