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Canada seeks to get more women into UN peacekeeping operations

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Canada is looking at ways to help other countries boost the number of female peacekeepers, despite having only a handful of Canadian women in blue helmets and berets.

Trump endorses raising minimum age for more weapons, revives idea of arming teachers

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U.S. President Donald Trump is endorsing stricter gun-control measures, including raising the minimum age to 21 for possessing a broader range of weapons, and continues to talk about the possibility of arming teachers in the aftermath of…

SpaceX launches experimental Starlink internet satellites

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SpaceX has launched a Spanish satellite and two experimental internet-beaming satellites into space.

'It's not a concentration camp': Bangladesh defends plan to house Rohingya on island with armed police

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Bangladesh is racing to turn an uninhabited and muddy Bay of Bengal island into home for 100,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled a military crackdown in Myanmar, amid conflicting signals from top Bangladeshi officials about whether the…

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More Nigerian schoolgirls missing after latest Boko Haram attack

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A deeper dive into the day's most notable stories with The National newsletter's Jonathon Gatehouse.

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Saudi Arabia to build opera house in bid to shed conservative image, lure tourists

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Saudi Arabia, a state where concerts are banned and music is prohibited in restaurants and stores, says construction will begin on the kingdom's first-ever opera house as it moves to shake off its conservative image and lure in tourist…

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'Raining bombs': UN pleads for truce as warplanes pound Syrian district for 5th day

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Warplanes pound the last rebel enclave near the Syrian capital for a fifth straight day as the UN pleaded for a truce to halt one of the fiercest air assaults of the seven-year civil and prevent a "massacre."

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Countries move too slowly against corruption, watchdog group says

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Corruption continues to be a global problem and the majority of countries are moving too slowly in their efforts to combat it, a watchdog group said Wednesday.

Oxfam shelved #IBelieveHer campaign after assault allegations surfaced

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Oxfam has confirmed to CBC News it had to drop a planned campaign to raise sexual assault awareness, providing a glimpse into the extent to which emerging misconduct allegations impacted the work of many in the charitable organization who…

Bullying scandal on speed-skating team unsettles South Korean fans

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Half a million South Koreans have signed a petition demanding two members of the speed-skating team lose their positions on the national squad for bullying a teammate, Matt Kwong writes.

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Amnesty says global superpowers are 'callously undermining the rights of millions'

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The crisis in Myanmar and reported massacres of Rohingya Muslims are the consequence of a society encouraged to hate and a lack of global leadership on human rights, Amnesty International said on Thursday.

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Scott Pruitt's 1st-class travel as EPA head to be scrutinized

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A Republican-led congressional committee is demanding records related to premium-class flights taken by Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt.

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IOC strips Russian curler caught doping of bronze medal

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Russian curler Alexander Krushelnitsky has been stripped of his Olympic bronze medal after admitting to a doping violation at the Winter Games in Pyeongchang.

Ferry blast injures passengers in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

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An explosion rips through a ferry as it unloads passengers in the Caribbean beach city of Playa del Carmen, hurting as many as 25 people, but authorities say none of the injuries were life-threatening.

Wednesday, Feb 21

'We should have fixed it': Trump hears from students, parents after Florida shooting

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Spilling out wrenching tales of lost lives and stolen safety, students with quavering voices and parents shaking with anger appealed to President Donald Trump to set politics aside and protect American school children from the scourge of…

'Painfully unproductive': Plenty of tension, and little progress on Mideast at Munich gathering

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On the third day of talks at the Munich Security Conference, any optimists still wandering the halls were stopped cold by the barbed battles of the Middle East. In attempting diplomatic inroads, the result was a display of intractable…

What do North Koreans know about Ottawa? A 62-part propaganda film offers clues

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In secretive North Korea, Canada is but a vague geographical concept that could be anywhere in the world, writes Matt Kwong.

Tuesday, Feb 20

Trump urges ban on gun devices like bump stocks

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U.S. President Donald Trump says he's signed a memo directing the Justice Department to propose regulations to ban gun modifications like bump stocks used in last year's Las Vegas massacre.

U of O prof joins Israel's fight against Polish Holocaust law

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As Israel and Poland are locked in a diplomatic dispute over a Polish anti-defamation law, CBC correspondent Derek Stoffel talked to a Canadian historian about his research into Polish involvement in crimes during the Second World War.

UN expresses 'outrage' over bombardment deaths in Damascus suburbs

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UNICEF says there are "no longer words to describe children's suffering," after airstrikes and shelling in the eastern suburbs of Damascus, where regime forces appear to be preparing for an imminent ground assault.

Monday, Feb 19

Demonstrators hold 'lie-in' over gun violence near White House

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Student survivors of the deadly Florida school shooting sought to become the public face of a revived gun control movement, putting them on a potential collision course with U.S. President Donald Trump.

Florida school shooting suspect to plead guilty if no death penalty sought, his lawyers say

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In the wake of last week’s deadly shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla., a bipartsan bill introduced last November to shore up the background checks system for Americans buying guns has White House support, a spokesperson says.

Kremlin says U.S. indictment on election tampering proves nothing

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The Kremlin says U.S. charges against 13 Russians and three Russian companies accused of meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election campaign did not contain any proof that the Russian state had been involved in such activity.

Sunday, Feb 18

Will Joe Biden run for president in 2020? Ex-VP won't rule it out

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Former U.S. vice-president Joe Biden is tiptoeing toward a potential presidential run in 2020, even broaching the possibility during a recent gathering of longtime foreign policy aides.

Dozens feared dead after plane crashes in Iran

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An Iranian commercial airplane brought back into service only months ago after being grounded for seven years has crashed in a foggy, mountainous region of southern Iran, and officials said they feared all 65 people on board were killed.

Trump vents frustration over Russia probe and rails against FBI

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Venting his fury over the Russia investigation, U.S. President Donald Trump asserted that the Obama administration bears some blame for the election meddling, insisted he never denied that the Kremlin interfered in the 2016 U.S. campaign…

Saturday, Feb 17

Student survivors of Fla. school shooting make impassioned call for gun law changes

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Calls for gun control laws rang out at an emotionally charged rally in Florida today as the state legislature grapples with what to do in the aftermath of Wednesday's shooting at a Parkland high school.

U.S., Russia trade jibes following FBI election-meddling indictment

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Top Russian and American officials exchange barbs in Germany over the U.S. indictment of 13 Russians accused of an elaborate plot to disrupt the 2016 presidential election.

Why the ACLU supported Trump when he scrapped rule limiting guns for mentally ill

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In the wake of the Florida school shooting, U.S. President Donald Trump is facing heat for rescinding an Obama-era rule that would have blocked guns from getting in the hands of the mentally ill. But mental health advocacy groups and the…

Helicopter crash kills 13 after strong quake hits Mexico

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At least 13 people on the ground, including three children, were killed when a Mexican military helicopter carrying top officials surveying damage from an earthquake crashed in a small town in the southern state of Oaxaca, authorities say.