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Weary firefighters brace for second week battling California wildfire

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (Reuters) – Crews battling a massive wind-driven California wildfire that has torched nearly 800 buildings and charred 230,000 acres are bracing on Monday to protect communities menaced by flames along the state’s scenic coastline. A fire crew passes a burning home during a wind-driven wildfire in Ventura. …

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Russians want to compete at Olympics, even as neutrals, says official

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Most Russian athletes want to go to next year’s Winter Olympic Games even though they would have to compete as neutrals, an official of the country’s Olympic committee said on Monday. FILE PHOTO: An ice sculpture of the Olympic rings is seen during the Pyeongchang Winter Festival, …

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Ivory Coast offering $26,000 buy-outs to reduce army size: documents

ABIDJAN (Reuters) – Ivory Coast will pay thousands of soldiers 15 million CFA francs ($25,782) each as part of buy-outs aimed at reducing the size of its unruly and mutiny-prone military, documents showed on Monday. Africa’s fastest growing economy in 2016, Ivory Coast was hit earlier this year by successive …

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1 dead after crash between car and transport truck on Hwy. 401

One person is dead following a collision between a transport truck and a vehicle on Highway 401 in Toronto.The crash happened on the westbound lanes at Martin Grove just before the morning rush hour.All westbound lanes have been closed for the investigation.Fatal collision:#Hwy401 wb at Martin Grove. WB lanes to …

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7 careers in the trades that are in demand in Canada now

With 67 per cent of Canadians facing an average of $22,084 in debts after graduating university – and only 49 per cent actually working in jobs that require a university degree according to CareerBuilder – sometimes exploring other career avenues may be a viable option.One area of the job market …

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India's Rahul Gandhi appointed president of Congress party

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s main opposition party Congress on Monday appointed Rahul Gandhi, the scion of the country’s most fabled political dynasty, as its president, the party announced. Rahul Gandhi, Vice-President of India’s main opposition Congress Party, is garlanded by supporters during an election campaign meeting ahead of the …

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Bitcoin fraud on the rise as Canadians swindled out of $1.7M this year

TORONTO – Canadians have been swindled out of than $1.7 million via scams involving cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin so far this year – more than double the amount during all of 2016.The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre says that’s more than five times the amount people lost to these types of scams …

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Voters in four federal ridings pick new MP in byelections on Monday

OTTAWA – The Trudeau government will get a chance to test its popularity today with four federal byelections.The most heated race is the British Columbia riding of South Surrey-White Rock where the Liberals are making a concerted effort to steal the seat from the Conservatives.Story continues belowBoth Prime Minister Justin …

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Uber appeal case against London license loss planned for April or June next year

LONDON (Reuters) – Uber’s [UBER.UL] appeal against the loss of its London license should begin on Apr. 30 for five days but might be delayed until June, a British judge said on Monday at a preliminary hearing. FILE PHOTO: A photo illustration shows the Uber app on a mobile telephone, …

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Indonesia parliament speaker quits amid graft probe: party colleagues

JAKARTA (Reuters) – The speaker of Indonesia’s parliament, who is being investigated for his suspected involvement in a graft scandal, has tendered his resignation, several members of the assembly said on Monday. A replacement for Setya Novanto as speaker is expected to be decided by his party, Golkar, at an …