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Storm threatens 250-mile stretch of Northeast with deep snow, powerful winds, coastal flooding

NEW YORK — Cities across the Northeast mobilized snowplows and airlines cancelled thousands of flights Monday as a potentially historic storm pushed its way up the Philadelphia-to-Boston corridor with what forecasters said could be up to 2 feet of snow.

More than 4,000 flights were cancelled or delayed, schools planned to close early and a hospital in New York increased staff and outfitted its vehicles with snow travelling gear. READ

U.S. drone strikes resume in Yemen despite political turmoil but campaign’s future in question

A U.S. drone strike targeted al-Qaida in Yemen on Monday, signalling Washington’s determination to keep fighting the militants despite political paralysis brought on by a Shiite power grab. READ

Spain: 10 killed, 19 injured in crash of Greek F-16 jet at military base during NATO training

A Greek F-16 fighter jet crashed into other aircraft on the ground during NATO training in southeastern Spain Monday, killing at least 10 people, Spain’s Defence Ministry said. READ

Holocaust survivor returns to Auschwitz for 70th anniversary of liberation

A Canadian woman who was one of the few children to come out of Auschwitz alive on liberation day in 1945 has returned to the infamous Nazi death camp for the first time. READ

Special forces troops involved in two more firefights with ISIL fighters

There have been two more firefights between Canadian special forces troops and Islamic extremists in Iraq, events that will add fuel to an already burning political debate as parliament resumed sitting. READ

Pro-Russian rebels reject previously signed peace deal, launch new offensive against Ukraine

Pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine rejected a previously signed peace deal Friday and launched a new multipronged offensive against Ukrainian government troops, upending recent European attempts to mediate an end to the fighting. READ

Thai ex-premier Yingluck says ’democracy is dead’ after she’s impeached

Thailand’s former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said Friday that democracy in her country was dead, after the military-appointed legislature voted to ban her from politics for five years and the prosecutor announced plans to indict her on criminal charges in connection with a money-losing rice subsidy program. READ

Questions raised about extent of doctoring of video showing Japanese hostages

The video of two Japanese hostages being held by the Islamic State group seems, like past IS videos, taken in an arid, desert setting. But suspicions are emerging that the message was not prepared outdoors at all. READ

Leader of Nigeria’s Islamic extremists claims massacre in Baga, threatens more killings

Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau has claimed responsibility for the mass killings in the northeast Nigerian town of Baga and threatened more violence. READ

Shiite rebels, Yemen’s embattled president reach agreement to end violent standoff in capital

Shiite rebels holding Yemen’s president captive in his home reached a deal with the U.S.-backed leader Wednesday to end a violent standoff in the capital, the country’s state news agency reported. READ

France issues first charges against 4 in terror attacks over links to gunman at kosher market

Four men with ties to one of the gunmen responsible for three days of terror in the Paris region are the first to be charged in connection with the attacks that left 20 people dead, including three attackers, the Paris prosecutor said Wednesday. READ

Indonesia says crashed AirAsia plane climbed at excessive rate, then disappeared from radar

An AirAsia plane that crashed last month with 162 people on board was climbing at an abnormally high rate, then plunged and suddenly disappeared from radar, Indonesia’s transport minister said Tuesday. READ

Leader of Yemeni Shiite rebels who seized presidential palace vows escalation if reforms stall

The leader of the Shiite rebels who control Yemen’s capital and seized the presidential palace on Tuesday warned of a further escalation if President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi stands in the way of political reform. READ

Faced with Islamic State group threat to kill hostages, Japan weighs whether to pay ransom

The Islamic State group threatened to kill two Japanese hostages within 72 hours, demanding a $200 million ransom in a video posted online Tuesday that showed a knife-brandishing masked militant standing over the two kneeling captives. READ

It’s unclear how long special forces will be needed for Iraqi strikes: general

A senior Canadian military commander says it’s not clear how long it will be before Iraqi forces are able to call in coalition airstrikes against Islamic State fighters without Canada’s help. READ

Deadly Israeli airstrike in Syria deals painful blow to Hezbollah and its Iranian backers

Beating their chests in anger and chanting “Death to Israel,” thousands of mourners marched Monday in a funeral procession for a prominent Hezbollah fighter killed with five other members of the Shiite militant group in an Israeli airstrike in Syria’s Golan Heights. READ

EU calls for anti-terror alliance with Arab countries after killings, arrests in Europe

The European Union on Monday called for an anti-terror alliance with Arab countries to boost co-operation and information-sharing in the wake of deadly attacks and arrests across Europe. READ

Baird says Palestinians made mistake pursuing Israel at international court

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird reaffirmed Canada’s opposition Monday to a Palestinian attempt to pursue war crimes charges against Israel at the International Criminal Court. READ

Canadian soldiers forced to defend themselves in firefight in Iraq: general

Canadian soldiers opened fire on enemy positions in Iraq over the last week in what a senior officer called an act of self-defence. READ

FBI arrests 20-year-old Ohio man who wanted to ’wage jihad’ on US, plotted attack on Capitol

A 20-year-old Ohio man’s Twitter posts sympathizing with Islamic terrorists led to an undercover FBI operation and the man’s arrest on charges that he plotted to blow up the U.S. Capitol and kill government officials. READ

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