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Maryam Monsef apologizes to electoral reform committee for Commons outburst

In their election platform , the Liberal party committed to making the 2015 election the last under a first-past-the-post-system. Chief electoral officer Marc Mayrand has said Elections Canada would need six months to prepare for a referendum and at least two years after that to get any new voting system up and running. Read More »

Putin meets Japanese FM in St. Petersburg


Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov speaks during a news conference following his talks with Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida in Moscow , Russia, Saturday, Dec. "It's not an easy thing to do, it requires thorough, continued work". "We have touched upon in detail the peace treaty issue.It is not easy to bring together our stances, and the issue is hard", Lavrov told reporters. Read More »

Syrian army tells rebels in Aleppo to leave or die

Spokesman Jens Laerke on Friday cited reports that some men and boys trying to enter government-controlled western Aleppo had been detained by government troops. The new advances also secure the airport road east of Aleppo , leading to the city's worldwide airport and a military airbase. Tens of thousands of civilians have fled the offensive, which has made steady gains and threatens to deal a serious blow to the Syrian opposition in its worst defeat since the civil war began five years ... Read More »

Iraqi special forces seize more Islamic State-held neighbourhoods in Mosul

It showed a crowd of people and a stall selling vegetable oil and canned food but no fresh produce. The UN reported that at least 1,959 members of the Iraqi security forces were killed in November. A spokesman for the militias said those attacks had been repelled. Several times they went to look for my dead body at the morgue. The news comes a day after IS militants launched an attack using two vehicle bombs on Kanaos village in the south of Qayyarah, killing two soldiers and injuring 29 ... Read More »

Israel continues to probe into arson allegations as fires die down


More than 1,800 apartments were destroyed in the northern city of Haifa and more than 500 could no longer be used, Israeli radio said Sunday. However, Israeli media later reported that his detention came after Israeli authorities mistranslated his post, which sarcastically denounced Palestinians who rejoiced over the fires in Israel by linking it to the potential banning of the use of loudspeakers to broadcast the adhan - call to prayer - in Israel. Read More »

Russian Federation not `looking for enemies`, says Putin


Putin emphasized that he is not interested in disputes or making new enemies, and wants to normalize relations with the US, Efe news agency reported. Talking about the economic growth of the country, the professor said "Of course we would like this to happen but the matters have obstacles right now and we should look for the order that the president should give after his State address". Read More »

Western Michigan aims for more firsts in MAC title game

Instead, WMU became the first undefeated team to win the MAC title game since Marshall in 1999. If Western Michigan is the highest ranked team, UNT will get face Army, according to the report. On a night when WMU gained 404 yards of total offense and spent much of the game on the Bobcats side of the field, it was still tough to get touchdowns. Read More »

Man United, Southampton into English League Cup semifinals


The Ecuador global has been in impressive form for the Red Devils in recent weeks and was named man of the match in United's 1-1 draw with Arsenal at Old Trafford in the Premier League last weekend. Ibrahimovic was the architect with a fine pass down the inside-right channel for Antonio Valencia, whose cross was tapped in by Martial. Ibrahimovic doubled his tally in the 93rd minute, slotting in Ander Herrera's low cross from the left. Read More »

Trevor Noah Shuts Down TheBlaze Host Tomi Lahren's Comments About Racism


Later in the interview Noah pointed out that , "For somebody who is not racist, you have to spend a lot of time saying 'I am not racist'". Check out their interview and see how the fans joined in here. That is not the same thing. " You know that , surely". Although the two rarely see eye-to-eye, Noah abandoned the usual Comedy Central shtick and engaged in an almost-entirely-serious debate with Lahren on Trump's level-headedness (9:00), the evolving mainstream media (13:30), ... Read More »

United Nations council sets meeting on Aleppo crisis: Diplomats


A sweeping advance by the Russian-backed Syrian army and allied militias has displaced thousands of people, the United Nations said on Tuesday, leaving residents unsure where to turn to for safety as the frontline fighting rapidly moves and rebels struggle to maintain control of key neighbourhoods. Read More »

People are utterly confused by Ivanka Trump's tweet about her son's 'birthday'


Tonight (Monday), the organization behind the account will be holding a candlelight vigil outside Ivanka's residence, the Puck Building on the corner of Houston and Lafayette Streets. Under the headline "Ivanka, It's not okay", the following letter appears. The group takes issue with Trump's appointment of white nationalist Steve Bannon as chief strategist of the White House, as well as his pick for attorney general, Jeff Sessions, and his signaling of a possible Muslim registry, among other ... Read More »

Wisconsin begins presidential election recount Thursday


Wisconsin's presidential recount of the results from the November 8 general election began Thursday with all of the state's 72 counties having until 8 p.m. Nearly no one expects the recounts to result in a victory for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton over President-elect Donald Trump. "When we talked internally about it, we felt like using the machines wouldn't speed up the process that muc for us", McDonell said. Read More »

South Korea President Accepts Justice Minister's Resignation

This month, President Park's close confidante Choi Soon-sil was arrested on charges of fraud and abuse of power . Public anger is escalating as Park has dismissed growing calls for her voluntary resignation. Those marching to the presidential office included the parents of victims of the 2014 Sewol ferry sinking. Park will not be charged because the South Korean Constitution affords the President immunity while holding office. Read More »

Ohio State stabber 'inspired' by ISIS and Al-Qaeda

COLUMBUS, Ohio- Authorities believe Abdul Razak Ali Artan , who attacked pedestrians Monday at the Ohio State University , was inspired by terrorist propaganda from ISIS and deceased Yemeni-American cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, two law enforcement sources said. Read More »

Artillery barrage kills many displaced in Aleppo


State news agency SANA said eight civilians including two children had been killed in rebel fire on several districts in the city's west on Wednesday. The White Helmets rescue group, which operates in rebel-held areas, published pictures of the attack's aftermath, showing an apocalyptic scene with bodies, pieces of flesh, and suitcases strewn across the street. Read More »

First Somali-American competes in Miss Minnesota USA


Aden, who is Somali-American and Muslim, proudly wore the traditional covering throughout the pageant, which was held at the Ames Center in Burnsville, Minnesota. "How boring would this world be if everyone was the same?" Her presence in the competition comes at a time when Muslim representation is important in the US. Read More »

Civilians flee rebel-held eastern Aleppo as Syrian regime tightens grip


Mohammad Sandeh, member of ISIS Aleppo city council: "The bombardment is still heavy". Government forces captured the Hanano district on Saturday, the first time they had pushed this far into eastern Aleppo since 2012. Kurdish groups who control the Sheikh Maqsoud area of Aleppo provided images showing people fleeing the rebel-held neighbourhoods into a Kurdish-controlled district. Read More »

Death toll from Australia's thunderstorm asthma reaches 8

The Health Department on Tuesday said one person remains in a critical condition in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of a Melbourne hospital. Eight people have died after a thunderstorm in Melbourne triggered a mass asthma emergency across the city. Read More »

Islamic extremist mole found in German intel agency


The arrest of the 51-year-old officer who works for the domestic security agency - equivalent to the Federal Bureau of Investigation - comes after he made a "partial confession" to fellow agents that he was not just observing the radical Islamist scene in Germany, but had also become a part of it, Der Spiegel reports. Read More »

Ohio State holds firm to 2nd in CFP rankings, Utah ranked 20th

No. 1 Alabama, No. 3 Clemson and Washington each face conference championship games this weekend, so hope isn't lost for MI. In addition, the Big 12 seems out with no teams in the top eight of the committee rankings. Clemson looks to be in good shape to make the field should it win. The Nittany Lions and Badgers both have two losses, and the two best teams in the conference arguably are OSU and MI, but Penn State and Wisconsin are the two teams playing for the Big Ten championship. Read More »

Green Party eyes lawsuit seeking recount in Pennsylvania

But what exactly does that mean? Instead, Trump won all three and with them the electoral votes needed to win the White House. "You would need to have hundreds and hundreds of thousands of people conspiring with insiders and with one another", Weiser said . Read More »

Kremlin asks Turkey to explain Erdogan's remark about toppling Assad


His comments came as Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is due to meet Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu for talks in the Turkish resort of Alanya on Thursday. "Contact was lost with two of our soldiers", the Turkish army said in a statement. But this goal does not seem feasible. The soldiers were assisting Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighters as part of the Turkish-backed operation Euphrates Shield which is Ankara's first full-scale operation against Daesh and YPG. Read More »

BJP, Congress excel in Maharashtra civic elections

In one seat of Chhota Udepur municipality, the independent candidate won the poll as the BJP didn't contest. "They had never felt so empowered earlier under the Congress", Pandya said. In Islampur, NCP leader Jayant Patil's constituency, the BJP-led local outfit won the municipality president's post. The elections were necessitated in the municipalities as their terms ended, while Gondal civic body was dissolved past year after a tie between the Congress and the BJP. Read More »

Assad seizes half of rebel Aleppo


A recent Turkish-backed offensive against Islamic State militants has also enabled rebels to retake areas in northern Aleppo province. According to the daily, the next stage of the government's operation includes the "dividing of the remaining area into security districts that can easily be controlled". Read More »

With fires under control, Israel turns to recovery efforts

Netanyahu, the prime minister, and Aryeh Deri, the internal affairs minister, suggested revoking the citizenship of anyone who lit fires", said Jamal Zahalka, a Knesset member of the Joint List, a coalition of Arab Palestinian political parties and leader of the Balad faction, told Al Jazeera . Read More »

Trump adviser warns him not to pick Romney for Secretary of State


Mitt Romney may be a front-runner for Secretary of State , but he's no shoo-in. There are also leading contenders for other roles, including billionaire investor Wilbur Ross for commerce secretary, Chicago Cubs co-owner and Republican donor Todd Ricketts for deputy commerce secretary, Trump fundraiser and finance executive Steve Mnuchin, retired Gen. Read More »

Paul Nuttall - can he save UKIP?

Nuttall defeated former deputy chairwoman Suzanne Evans and ex-soldier John Rees-Evans. The 39-year-old former college history lecturer vowed to unite the fractious party and fight to ensure that Britain's divorce from the European Union is not watered down during negotiations. Read More »

Acting Ohio State officer praised for killing attacker

The university's student newspaper, The Lantern , tweeted a photo from the scene with police cars, fire trucks and ambulances lining the street near the location where the active shooter was reported . The university police department is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. Campus security at OSU offered similar advise - Run Hide Fight . Read More »

Here's how Shilpa Shetty reacted after getting trolled on Twitter


Shetty, whose fame was amplified in the United Kingdom after she appeared on reality show Celebrity Big Brother in 2007, was speaking to the Times of India and giving her reaction to the news that JK Rowling's Harry Potter series will be required reading for Indian schoolchildren. Read More »

Shilpa Shetty Trolled over Animal Farm book Blunder


Today's victim is Shilpa Shetty Kundra who messed up with the names of children's books. Animal Farm is actually a political satire written about the 1917 Russian Revolution. The Mumbai Times had asked Shilpa for her views on the inclusion of characters from popular culture in a new reading syllabus for schoolchildren in India. Read More »

Duterte to go near battle scene despite wounding of 7 guards


Duterte said he would take the same route where the blast happened. "We will assess the situation so we can give the best advise for the security of the President", Aquino said. Butig is about 800 kilometres (500 miles) south of Manila , and an hour-long drive from Marawi. The military says about 40 militants have been killed and several soldiers have been injured in the offensive. Read More »

Tropical Storm Otto Heads Toward Central America, Kills 3

National Hurricane Center (NHC) said. The formation of the tropical depression that then became a hurricane was unusual, with just one week to the end of the Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June 1 to November 30. Otto is a relatively small hurricane right now, with hurricane forces winds only spreading 10 miles from the center and tropical storm force winds 60 miles. Read More »

Wisconsin grants Green Party request for recount

The Wisconsin Elections Commission announced Friday that it would hold a statewide recount of the presidential vote. Recounts will be done by county boards of canvassers, which will likely have to work nights and weekends, Haas said. Wisconsin law calls for the state to perform a recount at a candidate's request as long as he or she can pay for it. On Wednesday she announced she would demand recounts in three states: Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and MI. Read More »