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The Republican reversal on the Iraq war, 12 years later: OK, it was a mistake

It’s perhaps fitting that a member of the Bush family has achieved in a few days something that seemed unattainable for years: getting Republicans to declare that the 2003 invasion of Iraq was, after all, a big mistake. READ

Burundi’s president thanks security forces for crushing coup

President Pierre Nkurunziza thanked his security forces Friday for crushing a military coup that tried to topple him, and he urged an immediate halt to the protests that have erupted in Burundi in recent weeks since he decided to seek a third term. READ

1,000 migrants land in SE Asia after near-starvation at sea

LANGSA, Indonesia — More than 1,000 people fleeing persecution in Myanmar and poverty in Bangladesh came ashore Friday around Southeast Asia, describing murder, extortion and near-starvation after surviving a harrowing journey at sea. READ

Jury orders death for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

A jury sentenced Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death Friday for the Boston Marathon bombing, sweeping aside pleas that he was just a “kid” who fell under the influence of his fanatical older brother. READ

Nepal’s prime minister: 'We were not prepared’ for 2nd strong quake

Nepal has been overwhelmed by its second powerful earthquake in less than three weeks, its prime minister said Thursday as he visited this normally placid foothills town, now filling up with frightened villagers desperate for government help. READ

Death toll in Amtrak wreck climbs to 8

The death toll from the Amtrak wreck rose to eight with the discovery of another body in a mangled railcar Thursday, while a lawyer for the train’s engineer said his client has no recollection of the crash and wasn’t on his cellphone or using drugs or alcohol. READ

Nicholson firm but hopes for some progress after Kerry-Putin talks

Foreign Affairs Minister Rob Nicholson is expressing muted optimism that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin could open the door to resolving the Ukraine crisis. READ

Friendly-fire reports expose weakness of Kurdish forces doing battle with ISIL

Defence experts say the tragic friendly-fire death of Sgt. Andrew Doiron illustrates the shaky state of Kurdish forces and just how much training help they need. READ

Canadians urged to donate to disaster relief efforts in Nepal

Red Deer oilpatch worker Brian Robinson feared the worst when Nepal was shaken by a second powerful earthquake earlier this week. READ

Fire razes slipper factory in suburb of Philippine capital, dozens of workers feared dead

A fire gutted a rubber slipper factory in a suburb of the Philippine capital Wednesday, possibly killing dozens of workers who ran to the second floor in hopes of escaping only to become trapped by the inferno, officials said. READ

Iraq says airstrike targets senior Islamic State commander

Iraq’s Defence Ministry said Wednesday an airstrike by the U.S.-led coalition killed a senior Islamic State commander and others near the extremist-held city of Mosul, though the country’s Interior Ministry later said it wasn’t clear if he even was wounded. READ

Officials say train in Philadelphia wreck was hurtling over 160 km/h; death toll climbs to 7

The Amtrak train that crashed in Philadelphia, killing at least seven people, was hurtling at more than 100 mph (160 kph) before it ran off the rails along a sharp curve where the speed limit is just 50 mph (80 kph), federal investigators said Wednesday. READ

DART digs out after second Nepal quake, opening roads and treating victims

Canadian Forces personnel have cleared key roads of debris in Nepal following a second earthquake that hit the country on Tuesday. READ

Absence of binding, legal framework with Iraq questioned in friendly fire death

Canada has no binding agreement with Iraq that governs the conduct of military forces and is making no attempt to negotiate one, despite the lessons of the deadly friendly fire incident two months ago. READ

Canadians join campaigners calling for end to UN peacekeeper sex abuse

An international group that includes Canada’s former UN ambassador Stephen Lewis and retired general and senator Romeo Dallaire is opening a campaign to end sexual abuse by UN peacekeepers and international employees. READ

Police in Bangladesh say masked men stab blogger to death in the latest attack on a blogger

Masked men wielding machetes stabbed a blogger and author to death Tuesday near his home in northeastern Bangladesh, police said, the third fatal attack this year against a blogger in the South Asian country. READ

Ikea recalling about 75,000 safety gates after malfunctions lead to 3 injuries

Ikea is recalling approximately 75,000 safety gates, including some 17,000 in Canada, because the gates may fail to stay closed. Three children have been injured. READ

Malaysia says it will push back Rohingya, Bangladeshi migrants unless their boats are sinking

Abandoned at sea, thousands of Bangladeshis and members of Myanmar’s long-persecuted Rohingya Musilm minority appeared Tuesday to have no place to go after two Southeast Asian nations refused to offer refuge to boatloads of hungry men, women and children. READ

EU seeks quick UN approval for plan to hunt down migrant smugglers and destroy their boats

The European Union is seeking a U.N. Security Council resolution within days to let its members hunt down human traffickers in the Mediterranean and destroy their boats, a senior EU official said Tuesday. READ

Second earthquake hits Nepal

KATHMANDU, Nepal — A new earthquake killed dozens of people Tuesday and spread more fear and misery in Nepal, which is still struggling to recover from a devastating quake nearly three weeks ago that left more than 8,000 dead. READ

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