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October 20, 2017 11:48 AM The Daily 202: Obama and Bush deliver calls to action against Trumpism

RICHMOND — George W. Bush has stayed out of the political fray for nine years now, and Barack Obama has kept his head down for the past nine months. On Thursday, both former presidents used major speeches to repudiate President Trump’s brand of politics and approach to the world. Neither mentioned Trump by name. They didn’t need to. Instead, they preached 16

October 19, 2017 1:50 AM Magnitsky-style law will target Russian, Venezuelan human-rights abusers: source

Russian and Venezuelan human-rights abusers are expected to be among the first group of individuals targeted by Canadian government sanctions in the coming weeks under a new Magnitsky-style law. Canada became the fourth country to adopt a Magnitsky law on Wednesday when Bill S-226 received royal assent. The legislation is named after Russian whistle-blower 7

October 19, 2017 12:12 AM ‘I will be a prisoner’: Muslim woman, supporters call Bill 62 discriminatory

Quebec's new law concerning religious neutrality is not sitting well with many, including woman who wear religious face coverings. One of those women is Warda Naili. Raised Catholic, she converted to Islam and wears a niqab by choice. “That means I will be a prisoner. I will be a prisoner in my own house,” she said, adding that she doesn’t feel comfortable 5

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 7:06 PM Federal judge in Hawaii blocks latest version of Trump travel ban

A federal judge in Hawaii blocked the Trump administration Tuesday from enforcing its latest travel ban, just hours before it was set to take effect. U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson granted Hawaii's request to temporarily block the policy that was to be implemented starting early Wednesday. He found Trump's executive order "suffers from precisely 8

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 15, 2017 5:15 PM Initial results show Austria tilting right in national vote with focus on immigration

Sebastian Kurz of the Conservative People's Party, 31, could become youngest political leader in Europe Initial results showed the party of Austria's 31-year-old foreign minister leading in national elections Sunday, putting him on course to become the youngest head of government in Europe. Projections from the SORA polling organization showed the People's 10

October 15, 2017 2:17 PM Austria vote could tilt country right, install young leader

VIENNA -- A general election in Austria could shake up the country where centrist policies have been the norm for decades as voters decided Sunday whether to take a turn to the right and pave the way for Europe's youngest government leader. Three parties, and two messages, are vying for first place in the general election: the centre-left Social Democrats 11

October 15, 2017 11:43 AM Wild elephants kill mother and children in attack on Rohingya camp

DHAKA, Bangladesh -- Wild elephants attacked a new camp where Rohingya refugees were sleeping, killing a woman and her three children in southern Bangladesh, an official said Sunday. A herd of elephants entered the Balukhali camp in Ukhiya town early Saturday and trampled tents where several refugees were sleeping, said district forest official Mohammed 8