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Bombings kill 45 in Shi'ite areas of Baghdad and outskirts

baghdad bombingsAt least 45 people were killed in bombings in Baghdad and its rural outskirts on Saturday as the government continued to defend the capital against jihadists who four months ago seized major cities in northern Iraq.

Islamic State (IS) fighters, who took control of large sections of Iraq this year, regularly target Shi'ite districts in Baghdad and are penetrating surrounding farmland where Iraqi security forces and Shi'ite militias try to push them back.


Hong Kong protesters take to streets after government pulls out of talks

Hong Kong protestersThousands of pro-democracy supporters took to Hong Kong’s streets on Friday night after protest leaders called on them to dig in for the long haul following the collapse of talks with the government.

Negotiations between protesters and Beijing-backed city officials were scheduled for Friday, but were cancelled on Thursday after the government pulled out blaming protesters for threatening to expand their campaign.


Malala and Kailash Satyarthi win Nobel Peace Prize

Nobel Peace PrizePakistani child education activist Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi, an Indian child rights campaigner, have jointly won the Nobel Peace Prize.

At the age of just 17, Malala is the youngest ever recipient of the prize.  The teenager was shot in the head by Taliban gunmen in October 2012 for campaigning for girls' education. She now lives in Birmingham in the UK.

The Nobel committee praised the pair's "struggle against the suppression of children and young people".


Hong Kong calls off talks with pro-democracy students

Student protest Hong KongA meeting between Hong Kong officials and pro-democracy movement student leaders, planned for Friday, was called off Thursday.

Hong Kong Chief Secretary Carrie Lam said the protest leaders' call for continuation of the occupation of primary protest sites in the city made it "impossible to have a constructive dialogue" and blamed the leaders for "undermining trust" in the scheduled negotiations.

"The dialogue cannot be deployed as an excuse to incite more people to join the protest. The illegal occupation activists must stop."


2 suicide attacks in Yemen kill nearly 70 people

Yemen bombingTwo suicide bombers struck in Yemen on Thursday — one targeting a gathering of Shiite rebels in the country's capital and the other hitting a military outpost in the south — in attacks that killed nearly 70 people, officials said.

The bombings underscored Yemen's highly volatile situation following last month's takeover of the capital, Sanaa, by the Shiite Houthi rebels whose blitz stunned the impoverished Arab nation on the southern corner of the Arabian Peninsula. The Houthis' push into Sanaa also prompted threats of retaliation from their Sunni militant foes in al-Qaida's Yemen branch.


Major train derailment and fire near Wadena, Sask.

Train derails saskatchewan

A major train derailment has occurred near Wadena, Sask., prompting authorities to keep people well back from smouldering railcars and smoke that may be toxic..​

The CN Rail derailment happened at 10:40 a.m. CST Tuesday about 20 kilometres west of the town of 1,300, which is about 230 kilometres east of Saskatoon.

There were no reported injuries. CN said two employees were on the train at the time of the derailment and both are safe.


Turkey says Syrian town about to fall as Islamic State moves in

Syrian town falling to ISISTurkey's president said Kobani was "about to fall" after Islamic State fighters advanced into the south west of the Syrian Kurdish town, pressing home a three-week assault that has cost a reported 400 lives.

The prospect that the town on the Turkish border could be captured by the militants has increased pressure on Turkey, with the strongest army in the region, to join an international coalition to fight against Islamic State.


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