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Venezuela socialists winning local vote, Maduro joyous

CARACAS (Reuters) – President Nicolas Maduro’s socialist government was on course to sweep Venezuela’s nationwide mayoral elections on Sunday, deepening opposition disarray and strengthening his hand ahead of a likely 2018 re-election campaign. People wait in line at a polling station during a nationwide election for new mayors, in Maracaibo, …

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Canadian finance ministers to discuss division of legal pot proceeds in Ottawa talks

A cross-country squabble over how best to divvy up the proceeds of Canada’s coming legal-weed windfall is about to intensify as finance ministers gather for high-stakes talks in Ottawa.For the provinces and territories, a key question looms: what entitles Ottawa to claim so much as half of the tax revenues …

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What does Trump recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital mean for the city’s status?

U.S. President Donald Trump surprised leaders around the world on Wednesday when he recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, but this declaration doesn’t mean changes to the status of the city just yet.Trump deferred the construction of an embassy in Jerusalem for another six monthsStory continues belowIn announcing that …

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China, Taiwan spar over Chinese diplomat's invasion threat

BEIJING/TAIPEI (Reuters) – A threat by a senior Chinese diplomat to invade Taiwan the instant any U.S. warship visits the self-ruled island has sparked a war of words, with Taipei accusing Beijing of failing to understand what democracy means. FILE PHOTO: A pro-China supporter adjusts a China national flag during …

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Edmonton Oilers fire 41 shots but can’t score in Toronto

Tons of chances but no goals for the Edmonton Oilers Sunday night in Toronto. Curtis McElhinney made 41 saves as the Leafs escaped with a 1-0 victory.The game-winner came on the Maple Leaf’s first shot on goal. Just 34 seconds in, Jake Gardiner’s point shot was tipped by Zach Hyman …

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With foes abstaining, Venezuela mayoral contests to boost socialists

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelans voted on Sunday in mayoral races that the ruling Socialist Party looked sure to sweep, deepening opposition disarray and strengthening President Nicolas Maduro ahead of a probable 2018 re-election campaign. People wait in line at a polling station during a nationwide election for new mayors, in …

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Bitcoin futures surge past $17,000 on launch day

SYDNEY (Reuters) – The front-month bitcoin futures contract XBTc1 on the Chicago-based CBOE Futures Exchange surged past $17,000 on Monday, the first day of trading. Virtual currency Bitcoin tokens are seen in this illustration picture, December 8, 2017. Picture taken December 8. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration The January contract opened at $15,460 …

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Vancouver School Board says sorry over rejected Hanukkah decorations at west side school

The Vancouver School Board (VSB) is saying sorry to students and parents of a west side elementary school who were blocked from putting up Hanukkah decorations.Sheila Sontz said her 11-year-old daughter Maya and friends were told Jewish symbols would not be allowed among the school’s holiday decorations because they are …

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Hotly anticipated bitcoin futures debut in sedate fashion

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The eagerly anticipated launch of futures trading of the world’s largest cryptocurrency bitcoin got off to a positive start on Sunday, with the price nearly 9 percent ahead after briefly slipping below its opening level. Virtual currency Bitcoin tokens are seen in this illustration picture, December …

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Mailbox thefts prompt Canada Post to halt delivery to some Kelowna residents

Canada Post stopped delivering to Lorna Soderling after her mailbox was broken into mid-November.“Quite frankly I don’t think it should be taking weeks and weeks to deal with this,” Soderling, a resident in Kelowna’s Gallagher’s Canyon, said.For the last three weeks, she’s been making the trek downtown to pick up …