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October 19, 2017 12:24 PM New Zealand's new PM decided a month after election

Jacinda Ardern, 37, is the country's youngest leader in 150 years Jacinda Ardern will be New Zealand's next prime minister and hopes to take the country on a more liberal path following nine years of rule by the conservatives. The outcome of a national election nearly a month ago only became clear Thursday after the small New Zealand First party decided 4

October 19, 2017 12:05 AM Quebec bans face covering in public services, raising worries among Muslims

Quebec has adopted a law that will force people to show their faces when taking the bus or borrowing a book from the library, pushing ahead with legislation that is being criticized for targeting Muslim Canadian women. Bill 62, which the Justice Minister described as a North American first, requires one's face to be uncovered when giving or receiving 5

October 18, 2017 5:59 PM 'I should see your face, and you should see mine,' Quebec premier says of new religious neutrality law

Bill 62 requires anyone giving and receiving public services to do so with their faces uncovered A new law that would effectively force Muslim women who wear a niqab or burka to uncover their faces to use public services is based on a principle "the vast majority of Canadians, and not just Quebecers" can agree on, Premier Philippe Couillard said. The Liberal 6

October 17, 2017 7:28 PM U.S.-backed forces celebrate fall of ISIS 'capital' of Raqqa

BEIRUT -- U.S.-backed Syrian forces celebrated in the devastated streets of Raqqa on Tuesday after gaining control of the northern city that once was the heart of the Islamic State's self-styled caliphate, dealing a major defeat to the extremist group that has seen its territory shrink ever smaller since summer. Militants took over the vibrant metropolis 6

October 17, 2017 5:36 PM Forces battling ISIS in their Raqqa stronghold declare victory

Militants make last stand in city stadium, cleanup operations underway, general says A spokesperson for the U.S.-led coalition fighting in Syria said pockets of ISIS militants remain in Raqqa, slightly tamping down an exuberant declaration hours earlier by the commander of the Syrian Democratic Forces that the city has been cleared. Brig.-Gen. Talal 6

October 17, 2017 3:10 PM U.S.-backed forces take full control of Syria’s Raqqa from Daesh, commander says

A formal declaration that Raqqa has fallen would be made soon, once troops finish their clearing operations in the city, a senior commander said. BEIRUT—U.S.-backed Syrian forces liberated the city of Raqqa from Daesh, also known as ISIS, militants Tuesday, a senior commander said, in a major defeat for the collapsing extremist group that had proclaimed 6

October 16, 2017 11:51 PM Liberals to cut-small business tax, tweak controversial proposals

The Liberal government is moving ahead with a controversial package of new tax rules, offering to make a few changes while also promising to lower the small-business tax rate to 9 per cent by 2019. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's surprise announcement to cut the small-business tax rate won immediate praise from his increasingly restless caucus. Liberal 7

October 16, 2017 9:00 PM Iraqi forces push into disputed city as Kurds withdraw

KIRKUK, Iraq -- Two weeks after fighting together against the Islamic State, Iraqi forces pushed their Kurdish allies out of the disputed city of Kirkuk on Monday, seizing oil fields and other facilities amid soaring tensions over last month's Kurdish vote for independence. The move by the Iraqi military and its allied militias so soon after neutralizing 6

October 16, 2017 12:46 AM Millennial man Kurz, 31, set to take power in Austria

People's Party top polls in election making Kurz likely to become chancellor — and Europe's youngest leader. VIENNA—At age 31, Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz is poised to become the first millennial to lead a European country following his party’s victory in a national election Sunday. While no party won a majority, the telegenic Kurz is most likely 9

October 16, 2017 12:07 AM Vancouver by-election gives likely sign of things to come in city politics

The new four-party mix on Vancouver's school board likely is a picture of the future of city politics, several campaigners from different parties assert. While the centre-right Non-Partisan Association is exulting in the win by its candidate, Hector Bremner, for the one seat open on council in Saturday's by-election, that likely doesn't tell the story 9