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October 13, 2018 11:14 PM Trump prays with American pastor recently freed by Turkey

Trump thanked Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who had resisted the demands of Trump and other high-level U.S. officials for Brunson’s release. Erdogan had insisted that his country's courts are independent, though he previously had suggested a possible swap for Brunson. The U.S. had repeatedly called for Brunson’s release and, this year, sanctioned 39

October 12, 2018 3:34 PM Canada ‘clear, strong’ with Saudi Arabia on human rights, Trudeau says

WASHINGTON—Justin Trudeau says Canada has been and continues to be clear and strong with the kingdom of Saudi Arabia about defending human rights. The prime minister also says Canada has “serious issues” around reports about the disappearance of U.S. journalist Jamal Khashoggi, although he says there is still more to learn before he’ll comment further 11

October 11, 2018 5:23 PM Donald Trump welcomes Kanye West to the Oval Office

The White House had said that Trump and West would discuss a range of issues, including manufacturing, prison reform, preventing gang violence and reducing violence in Chicago, which is where West grew up. Trump calls West a longtime friend. Trump told Fox and Friends Thursday: “He’s a different kind of guy and that’s OK with me.” The White House has said they will talk about 8

October 11, 2018 12:43 PM LIVE: John Tory takes your questions at the Star

During municipal elections, the Star’s editorial board meets with mayoral candidates to find out where they stand on the issues most important to Torontonians. It helps the Star determine who, if anyone, it will endorse. Email us your questions at electionquestions@thestar.ca or post them to us on Facebook or Twitter. Then tune in live at thestar

October 9, 2018 3:19 PM Ontario’s Human Rights Commission joining legal sex-ed challenge

Six students’ families filed a complaint with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario in August, claiming the curriculum makes no mention of issues such as gender diversity or the rights of LGBTQ students. The Human Rights Commission says it will join the tribunal’s legal challenge, arguing the document also eliminates key information about consent, putting 10

October 8, 2018 4:45 PM ‘What are you afraid of?’: Quebec teachers decry proposed religious symbol ban

Like Kaur, Namarta Malhi believes politicians are trying to create a problem where none exists. Both say they’ve grown up in the province, learned French, and have always felt like they belonged in Quebec society. “There has never been a case, to my knowledge, when an authority figure is not performing a task properly because they have this thing on their 9

October 6, 2018 10:03 PM Canadian Medical Association resigns from world body amid plagiarism accusations

REYKJAVIK, ICELAND—The Canadian Medical Association says it has resigned from the World Medical Association, accusing the international group’s incoming president of plagiarizing his inaugural speech. In a statement released on Saturday, the CMA said it discovered that part of Dr. Leonid Eidelman’s speech was taken from a former CMA president’s speech 6

October 6, 2018 5:50 PM Pope OKs study of Vatican archives into McCarrick scandal

VATICAN CITY—Pope Francis has authorized a “thorough study” of Vatican archives into how a prominent American cardinal advanced through church ranks despite allegations that he slept with seminarians and young priests, the Vatican said Saturday. The Vatican said it was aware that such an investigation may produce evidence “that choices were taken that would 8

October 5, 2018 3:35 PM Nuns couldn’t stop Wells Fargo from making another big gun loan

NEW YORK — Wells Fargo & Co. is doubling down on the gun industry, undaunted by criticism of its deep ties to firearm companies and the National Rifle Association. The San Francisco-based bank last week issued a $40 million line of credit to gun manufacturer Sturm, Ruger & Co., according to financial filings. That’s on top of the $431 million in debt that Wells 9

October 3, 2018 6:27 PM Children’s advocate demands provinces treat Indigenous kids equally

Blackstock, who is executive director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society, provinces still aren’t adhering to Jordan’s Principle despite a ruling from the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal. The principle stipulates Indigenous kids should get access to services without delays that may be caused by jurisdictional issues. It’s named after 11