Quebec flooding forces evacuation of more than 2,500 homes

By CBC News FLOODING from the spring thaw and rain has affected more than 2,500 households in Quebec and almost 1,700 residents have been forced to leave their homes, according to the latest numbers by Urgence Québec. Soldiers across the province were filling and stacking sandbags as officials warned floodwaters are likely to keep rising this week due to warming temperatures, combined with rain. Hundreds of volunteers and municipal workers are also working to protect properties. At least one death can be attributed to the flooding thus far. A woman in her…

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Attacks in ‘retaliation for Christchurch’: dep. defence minister

23rd April 2019 World By Aljezeera AN initial probe into deadly suicide bomb attacks in Sri Lanka shows it was “retaliation for Christchurch,” the country’s deputy defense minister said. “The preliminary investigations have revealed that what happened in Sri Lanka was in retaliation for the attack against Muslims in Christchurch,” state minister of defense Ruwan Wijewardene told parliament. Fifty people were killed in shooting attacks on two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch on March 15. Death toll climbs to 321: dep. defence minister The death toll of…

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UK’s May under fire as Parliament returns from Brexit break

23rd April 2019 World Associated Press British Prime Minister Theresa May is facing new pressure from her restive Conservative Party to resign as lawmakers return to Parliament  and to Brexit wrangling  after an 11-day Easter break. Britain’s EU exit, due to take place last month, has been delayed as the government tries to win Parliament’s backing for a divorce deal with the bloc. Talks on a compromise agreement are resuming Tuesday between May’s government and the main opposition Labour Party. But there are few signs the gap between the two…

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Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg dies aged 98

23rd April 2019 World BBC Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg has died at the age of 98, his son Henri has said in a statement. He had recently been admitted to hospital suffering from a pulmonary infection, and passed away surrounded by his family, the statement said. Grand Duke Jean abdicated in favour of his son Henri in 2000, after nearly 36 years on the throne. During his reign, he oversaw the transformation of the Grand Duchy into an international financial centre. Grand Duke Henri announced the death of his…

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Sri Lanka falls silent for victims of Islamist attack

AFP Sri Lanka fell silent for three minutes Tuesday on a day of national mourning to honour more than 300 people killed in suicide bomb blasts that have been blamed on a local Islamist group. Flags were lowered to half mast on government buildings, and people bowed their heads and reflected silently on the violence that has caused international outrage. The silence began at 8:30 am (0300 GMT), the time that the first of six bombs detonated on Sunday morning, unleashing carnage at high-end hotels and churches packed with Easter…

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Close advisers try to steer Trump away from issuing pardons

Associated Press The end of the special counsel’s investigation sparked fresh speculation that President Donald Trump might pardon some of those charged in the probe. It’s also spawned a don’t-go-there chorus from some of Trump’s closest advisers and GOP allies. They’re warning that pardons could ignite a political firestorm that overshadows what Trump sees as a moment of triumph . Trump mused about granting pardons at times during special counsel Robert Mueller’s nearly two-year investigation. But according to his lawyers, the president has not been in active talks about using…

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China is the big winner from Europe’s Brexit chaos

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CNN European Union leaders sat down last week for what was supposed to be a summit meeting to discuss China, perhaps the biggest external economic and diplomatic challenge currently facing the EU. Instead, they ended up talking about Brexit, again. That UK lawmakers have spent the last 33 months since the country voted to leave the EU failing to agree on how to do so has thrown multiple spanners into the complicated workings of the bloc, whose leaders desperately need to hash out unified policies on a number of issues,…

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Vatican says pope will visit 3 African nations in September

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Associated Press Pope Francis will visit the African countries of Mozambique, Madagascar and Mauritius in early September, the Vatican announced on Wednesday. The Vatican said that during the Sept. 4-10 visit Francis will visit the capitals: Maputo in Mozambique, Antananarivo in Madagascar and Port Louis in Mauritius. In a national address, Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi said his country invited Francis last year and that the pontiff accepted “in principle, as long as his health allowed.” This will be the second papal visit to the southern African nation since John Paul…

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Trump assembling an army of operatives for re-election fight

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Associated Press In 2016, President Donald Trump compared Hillary Clinton’s campaign to the lumbering federal bureaucracy. Now he’s building one of his own. From an office tower across the Potomac River from Washington, from the bowels of the Republican National Committee’s headquarters on Capitol Hill and from field offices across the country, Trump is assembling an army of operatives to fight for victory in what stands to be a legacy-defining political battle. Even with a sea of still-unfilled desks, his 2020 campaign is already unrecognizable from the fly-by-night operation of…

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Pentagon authorises $1 bn for Trump’s border wall

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AFP ACTING Pentagon chief Patrick Shanahan has authorized $1 billion to build part of the wall sought by Donald Trump along the US-Mexico border, the first funds designated for the project under the president’s emergency declaration. The Department of Homeland Security asked the Pentagon to build 57 miles (92 kilometers) of 18-foot (5.5-meter) fencing, construct and improve roads, and install lighting to support Trump’s emergency declaration. Shanahan “authorized the commander of the US Army Corps of Engineers to begin planning and executing up to $1 billion in support to the…

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