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Turkish air strikes kill 17 Kurdish militants in northern Iraq: army

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish warplanes hit Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) targets in northern Iraq on Monday and killed 17 of the group’s militants, Turkey’s armed forces said. The PKK fighters were believed to be preparing an attack on Turkish border posts from the Hakurk region of northern Iraq, the army …

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Small Canadian miners in pole position for electric vehicle battery boon

VANCOUVER (Reuters) – Canadian developers of cobalt and lithium mines stand to benefit from a round of investments from the makers of electric vehicles and the batteries powering them, a potential game-changer for small miners short on money to develop deposits of these critical battery ingredients. FILE PHOTO: Batteries for …

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Russia urges India to line up behind China's Belt and Road initiative

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Russia threw its weight behind China’s massive Belt and Road plan to build trade and transport links across Asia and beyond, suggesting to India on Monday that it find a way to work with Beijing on the signature project. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (L) Indian …

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Montreal police investigating incident at TMR home as attempted arson

Montreal police are investigating after a home in the Town of Mount Royal was the target of an arson attack.It happened at around 10:45 p.m. on Sunday.READ MORE: Montreal police investigating alleged arson in TMRPeople inside the single-family residence on Geneva Crescent called 911 after an incendiary object was thrown through …

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Option nationale votes to merge with Québec Solidaire ahead of 2018 election

Two small, left-leaning Quebec sovereigntist political parties have voted to join forces ahead of next year’s provincial election.The members of Option Nationale voted today by a strong margin to approve the merger with Québec Solidaire.Story continues belowREAD MORE: Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, Manon Massé named Quebec Solidaire spokespersonsThe two parties reached an agreement in October but the …

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'Explosion' at Manhattan bus terminal

New York City Police say they are responding to reports of an explosion at a bus terminal in Manhattan. The incident reportedly happened on Monday morning at the Port Authority Bus Terminal near Times Square. “The NYPD is responding to reports of an explosion of unknown origin at 42nd Street …

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Putin orders 'significant part' of Russian forces in Syria to withdraw

MOSCOW (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin ordered “a significant part” of Russia’s military contingent in Syria to start withdrawing on Monday, saying Moscow and Damascus had achieved their mission of destroying Islamic State in just over two years. Putin, who polls show will be re-elected comfortably in March, made the …

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Putin orders Russian troop pull-out of Syria

AMMAN, Dec 11 (KUNA) — Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is on a previously undeclared visit to Syria, has ordered preparations for withdrawal of Russian forces out of Syria.The move came during a meeting between the Russian president and his Syrian counterpart Bashar Al-Assad, upon the former’s arrival in Damascus, …

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Arab Parliament chief says Palestinian statehood needs to happen

CAIRO, Dec 11 (KUNA) — The Arab Parliament’s President Dr. Mishal Al-Salmi has called for a plan of action to fulfill Palestinian aspirations of statehood, holding the US accountable for its decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.Addressing an extraordinary session of the regional bloc on Monday, with …

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Why does snow close so many schools?

Hundreds of schools across England and Wales have closed due to snowy weather. More than 400 schools are shut in Wales. And in Birmingham, the city council has closed all of the schools it runs. Hundreds more have closed in counties across huge swathes of central England as snow continues …

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