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January 11, 2019 1:23 PM Iraq: Blast kills 2 in border city rehousing its displaced

BAGHDAD - Iraq’s Health Ministry says two people have been killed in an explosion in a city to which displaced families are being encouraged to return. The ministry said 25 others were wounded in the blast in Al-Qaim, Friday. It did not give further details. Al-Qaim, a city along the border with Syria in Iraq’s western Anbar province, was one of the last cities 124

January 5, 2019 9:59 PM Vancouver’s first two licensed marijuana retailers open for business

Both companies had to jump through extensive regulatory hoops, even as illegal retailers continue to operate across in the city. British Columbia has lagged behind other provinces in issuing non-medical cannabis retail licences, which must first be approved by the province, then referred to local governments or Indigenous communities for approval 105

January 1, 2019 1:01 AM With a fresh swipe at Trump, Cuomo pardons 22 immigrants

Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York took aim at U.S. President Donald Trump’s immigration policies Monday, issuing pardons to 22 immigrants who were at risk of deportation or blocked from citizenship because of criminal convictions. “While President Trump shuts down the federal government over his obsession with keeping immigrants out, New York stands strong 115

December 11, 2018 5:22 PM Facing pressure, McConnell agrees to criminal justice vote

McConnell said he was moving the bill as soon as this week “at the request of the president” and following improvements to the legislation. A revised bill makes some changes requested by Senate Republicans and law enforcement groups who had concerns it would be too soft on some offenders. Cornyn announced Tuesday morning that he had requested changes 88

December 6, 2018 9:26 PM Federal whale-saving efforts threaten Vancouver Island livelihoods, coalition says

B.C. Chamber of Commerce president Val Litwin says its member organizations across the Island have formed a coalition called Thriving Orcas, Thriving Communities to protect their cities, towns and villages. The federal government has extended a 5,000 square kilometre critical habitat zone off the southwest coast of Vancouver Island that could result 106

November 28, 2018 8:19 PM Partisanship clouds PM, opposition leaders meeting on ‘Francophonie’ issues

OTTAWA—A meeting between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his counterparts from the four other main federal parties Wednesday is being pushed as a non-partisan effort to help Canada’s francophone population — even as the clouds of partisanship hang over the gathering. Trudeau will meet with Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, the NDP’s Jagmeet Singh 130

November 23, 2018 11:10 PM Ruling in Michigan genital mutilation case shocks women’s advocates

“This is exactly how we got here. The defendants in this case had the victims shipped from Minnesota to Michigan, and the only way of holding them accountable for FGM was the federal statute,” Parker said in a statement. She said the court ruling “sends the message that the authorities are not serious about protecting girls, especially those in immigrant 100

November 19, 2018 2:58 PM Communities flee eruption at Guatemala’s Volcano of Fire

Incandescent material burst as high as 1,000 metres (3,200 feet) above the crater and flows of hot rock and ash extended about 1.5 miles (2.5 kilometres) down one flank of the volcano. Hot blasts of pyroclastic material pushed down canyons on the slopes, while ash drifted toward Guatemala City to the east. Hundreds of families heeded the call of disaster 97

November 19, 2018 12:51 PM Rain could hinder search for victims of California wildfire

PARADISE, CALIF.—The search for remains of victims of the devastating Northern California wildfire has taken on new urgency as rain in the forecast could complicate those efforts while also bringing relief to firefighters on the front lines. Up to 400 people fanned out Sunday to search the ash and rubble where homes once stood before flames roared through 102

November 18, 2018 2:25 PM Justin Trudeau weighs in on contract talks as Canada Post deadline expires without deal

OTTAWA—The Canadian Union of Postal Workers issued a request Saturday for the federal government to appoint a mediator in its contract talks with Canada Post, as it rejected the Crown corporation’s latest offers. Canada Post issued new, time sensitive, proposals last week aimed at reaching agreements with its approximately 42,000 urban employees and 8,000 rural 117