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UNHCR counting on Canada to increase commitment to Syrian refugees

A global call for help resettling more than 100,000 Syrian refugees must be answered in part by Canada, the United Nations refugee agency representative in Ottawa says. READ

Police cases unite diverse demonstrators

Thousands took to the streets from New York City to San Francisco for a second straight night to protest a grand jury clearing a white police officer in the chokehold death of an unarmed black man. READ

Kenya police brutality turns beat cops into killers

In Kenya, where the police have long been known to harbour death squads, evidence mounts that many ordinary cops on the beat have turned into killers - doling out death to terror suspects, civilians, even children. READ

30 years after Bhopal disaster, Indians demand punishment, more compensation

Three decades after lethal gas swept through Bhopal, the central Indian city remains haunted by memories of the world's worst industrial disaster. READ

Suicide car bomb blast hits UN convoy in Mogadishu; 3 killed

A suicide bomber rammed his vehicle into a U.N. convoy near Mogadishu's airport on Wednesday, killing three people, Somali police said. READ

Kenya has security shakeup following deadly attacks by Islamic extremists

Islamic extremists killed 36 non-Muslim workers in northern Kenya early Tuesday, prompting the president to shake up his security team, firing his interior minister and accepting the resignation of the national police chief. READ

French legislators approve non-binding resolution asking gov't to recognize Palestinian state

France's lower house of Parliament voted Tuesday to urge the government to recognize a Palestinian state, in the hope that it would speed up peace efforts after decades of conflict. READ

Lebanon says it has detained wife and son of Islamic State leader al-Baghdadi

Lebanese authorities detained a woman and young boy believed to be the wife and son of the reclusive Islamic State group leader, and were questioning the woman and conducting DNA tests on the child, senior Lebanese officials said Tuesday. READ

Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters clash with police to try to step up movement, 40 arrested

Pro-democracy protesters clashed with police Monday as they tried to surround Hong Kong government headquarters to revitalize their flagging movement for democratic reforms after camping out on the city's streets for more than two months. READ

Police say bomb blasts at mosque in northern Nigerian city kill 35 people, injure 150

Multiple explosions tore through the central mosque in Nigeria's second-largest city on Friday, killing 35 people, police said. READ

Canada disappointed U.S. is appealing WTO COOL meat-label ruling

The World Trade Organization says the United States has filed an appeal of a ruling that found the country's meat-labelling laws discriminate against Canadian beef and pork exports. READ

In Senegal, Harper announces $500 million in vaccination aid

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has earmarked $500 million to a program aimed at providing vaccines for impoverished children around the world, in the hopes of spurring other rich countries to follow suit. READ

Explosions and gunfire as Taliban stages attack in upscale Kabul district

Taliban fighters staged an attack Thursday evening in an upscale district in the Afghan capital Kabul. Witnesses described multiple explosions and bursts of gunfire in the Wazir Akbar Khan district, which contains numerous foreign embassies and compounds housing international agencies and companies — as well as the homes of some senior Afghan government officials. READ

Canadian CF-18s conduct "secret" humanitarian air drop escort mission

Canadian warplanes conducted a humanitarian escort flight into Iraq, but the military is refusing to say how many were involved, where it took place, when it happened — or who it benefited. READ

Canadian Forces medical team to be deployed to Ebola-plagued Sierra Leone

Canada is sending a team of military medical specialists to Sierra Leone to help combat the spread of Ebola in that country. READ

Bandits in Guinea steal blood samples believed to be infected with Ebola

It was a highway robbery but the bandits got more than they bargained for when they stopped a taxi in Guinea and made off with blood samples that are believed to be infected with the deadly Ebola virus. READ

New York Thruway reopens as snow ends in Buffalo

A snowfall that brought huge drifts and closed roads in the Buffalo area finally ended Friday as the looming threat of rain and higher temperatures through the weekend and beyond raised the possibility of floods and more roofs collapsing under the heavy loads. READ

A divided Republican party searches for an answer to Obama on immigration

Sputtering with indignation, the Republican party promises there will be consequences for U.S. President Barack Obama’s sweeping, unilateral move on immigration. READ

Canadian mining company Nevsun says allegations of human rights abuses unfounded

A Vancouver-based mining company says allegations of human rights violations at the Bisha open pit mine in northeastern Africa are unfounded and it will defend itself from a civil suit filed this week in B.C. Supreme Court. READ

Israel orders demolition of east Jerusalem homes of synagogue attackers, 2 other Palestinians

Israeli police on Thursday handed home demolition notices to families of four Palestinian attackers from east Jerusalem, including two assailants who killed five people in a synagogue attack earlier this week, according to relatives and Palestinian officials. READ

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