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Canada aims to double intake of Syrian refugees next year

Syrian refugees in CanadaCanada’s minister of immigration and citizenship says the country’s resettlement program for Syrian refugees could double its intake by the end of next year to 50,000.

John McCallum was in the Jordanian capital of Amman on Sunday, meeting with Syrian families preparing to board flights to Canada. He told one family: “Everyone in Canada is waiting to meet you.”

Canada’s new Liberal government is pushing forward with its pledge to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees by the end of February.

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Israeli minister quits amid claims of sexual misconduct

Silvan ShalomA top official in Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party is resigning amid allegations of sexual misconduct.

Interior Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Silvan Shalom said in a statement Sunday that he is stepping down. He has denied the allegations.

Israel's attorney general has ordered police to investigate after at least seven women said Shalom sexually harassed them.

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22 Buildings Collapse in China Landslide

China landslideSome 22 buildings have collapsed in a landslide at an industrial park in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen.

About 900 people have been evacuated, with four people pulled alive from rubble with minor or no injuries, the local government said. No fatalities have been reported.

Shenzhen's fire brigade said it was working to free other trapped people. At least 27 remain missing.

Two workers' dormitories are among the affected buildings.

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Turkish military offensive kills 110 Kurdish militants in six days: security sources

Turkish gov't kills hundreds of KurdsArmed clashes persisted on Sunday across Turkey's southeast, where an operation by Turkish forces intensified on the sixth day of a campaign that security sources said had resulted in the death of 110 Kurdish militants.

Protests erupted in Istanbul and in Diyarbakir, the biggest city in the country's south east, with hundreds demonstrating against the military operations. Police fired tear gas and plastic bullets to disperse the crowds.

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Hezbollah leader killed in Israeli air strike in Syria

Samir KantarAn Israeli air strike killed Hezbollah leader Samir Kantar in Damascus early on Sunday, the Lebanese group and Syrian state media said.  Israel welcomed Kantar's death, saying he had been preparing attacks on it from Syrian soil, but stopped short of confirming responsibility for the strike that killed him.

A former national security adviser to Israel said he doubted the strike would escalate hostilities between Israel and Iranian-backed Hezbollah, whose last major confrontation was in 2006.

Israel has formally kept out of Syria's civil war which started almost five year ago but has bombed Hezbollah targets there without publicly acknowledging these attacks.

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Dovish Israeli groups say they face harsh crackdown

Peace groups under attack in IsraelWith Israel mired in a wave of near-daily Palestinian attacks, hard-line Israeli politicians and activists are stepping up the pressure on dovish groups that are critical of government policies— drawing accusations of a nationalist witch hunt that risks turning violent.

In recent weeks, lawmakers have circulated bills to curtail the activities of non-government organizations, while a rival hard-line activist group has launched an even fiercer campaign that accuses opponents of being spies and foreign agents. Even the country's president, a member of the ruling Likud party, has come under fire, with nationalists accusing him of coddling hostile groups.

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Israeli forces kill 3 Palestinians, injure at least 78 others in clashes

Israel kills 3 wounds dozens in protestIsraeli forces on Friday shot and killed three Palestinians and wounded at least 78 others in clashes that raged across the occupied Palestinian territories for a second straight day, according to officials and local reports.

Forces killed a Palestinian driver they accused of trying to ram his car into a group of Israeli soldiers. Israeli police spokeswoman Luba Samri said the assailant sped toward forces engaged in clashes with protesters in the town of Silwad, near the West Bank city of Ramallah.

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