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Op-Ed: The negative impact of a wall between Canada and U.S.

Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker has raised eyebrows this week with his new stance on immigration. Not only does he agree with Donald Trump on a border wall with Mexico, but he thinks a wall between the US and Canada might be good, too.

Koch Bros. made a fortune from Hurricane Katrina victims: Report

New Orleans - Thursday marked the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history. A new report shows how Koch Industries, headed by Charles and David Koch, profited by worsening the damage caused by the devastating storm.

Op-Ed: Three Al Jazeera journalists sentenced to three years in Egypt

Cairo - Three al-Jazeera journalists convicted of "spreading false news" have been sentenced to three years in prison at their retrial in Cairo. One journalist, Baher Modamed was given an extra six months.

Interview: How civic hackers find creative solutions to problems Special

Civic transparency groups in the United States have hacked together ways to make legislative information and public data simpler to understand and use.

Op-Ed: UN Libyan envoy claims dialogue talks end again on positive note

Skhirat - The special envoy to Libya, Bernardino Leon, who is chief facilitator of the dialogue between representatives of the 2 rival governments said recent 2-day talks were held in a positive and constructive atmosphere.

The British government to use Twitter to combat the threat from ISIS

London - The popular social media site has become the latest tool in the British government's continuing struggle against the threat of Islamic extremism.

Two new polls show NDP leading in Canadian election race

Ottawa - Not long ago a Nanos poll showed the three main parties, the Conservatives under leader Stephen Harper, the New Democratic Party (NDP) with Tom Mulcair, and the Liberals with Justin Trudeau in a virtual tie. Two more recent polls show the NDP leading.

UN brands Dutch 'Black Pete' a 'vestige of slavery'

Den Haag - The United Nations has called a Dutch character with a black face who appears every Christmas a "vestige of slavery" and said The Netherlands should begin overturning the popular tradition.

China, U.S. officials hint at underlying tensions in talks

Bejing - US President Barack Obama's key national security aide and China's top foreign policy official hinted at tensions that divide them on Friday ahead of a state visit to Washington by Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Op-Ed: Debunking the Republican War on Women

There is no Republican “war on women.” There are many in America's GOP that clearly have some very serious, troubling issues with women, but that is a far cry from a party-wide war on women.

Op-Ed: Libyan dialogue talks resume without one of two rival governments

Tripoli - Bernardino Leon, the UN Special Envoy to Libya resumed talks on forming a Government of National Accord in Skhirat Morocco even though one of two rival governments did not show up.

Op-Ed: Government might sue student loan collector Navient

Washington - Student loan giant Navient Corp. told the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) yesterday that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) sent it a letter claiming it has the legal grounds for a lawsuit.

Greece's top judge takes over as caretaker PM ahead of snap vote

Atenas - Greece's top judge on Thursday became the country's first female prime minister, taking over a caretaker administration to organise early elections next month, the fifth in the crisis-hit country in six years.

Trash talk trumps civility on 2016 campaign trail

Washington - Five months before early primary voting, America's presidential race has devolved into mudslinging, with Republican Donald Trump leading the charge to the bottom by lambasting his many rivals, some of whom are taking the bait and responding in kind.

Trump's war of words with Fox News' Megyn Kelly

New York - Donald Trump picked up right where he left off with his ongoing attacks against Fox News host Megyn Kelly Monday -- her first day back following a two-week vacation.

Latest poll shows NDP Tories and Liberals virtually tied

Ottawa - A recent poll by Nanos, Globe and Mail, CTV shows the three main parties in a virtual tie although other recent polls still show the NDP ahead by several points. Nevertheless the NDP vote percentage has gone down since the last CBC poll-tracker averages.

Mega-donors extend 'shelf life' of struggling 2016 hopefuls

Washington - Chris Christie and Rick Perry may have stalled in the US presidential race but they could struggle on to the first primary votes, thanks to the mega-donors keeping their campaigns afloat.

Op-Ed: Close to 800 candidates (not people) are running for president

If you don't think too much of the presidential candidates being pushed into our living-rooms by the news media, don't worry. You've got close to 800 candidates to choose from.

Op-Ed: UN-brokered Libyan peace agreement dialogue to resume on Thursday

Tripoli - Bernardino Leon, UN special envoy for Libya, who directs the peace dialogue, has said, after two days of talks earlier in Geneva, that he wants to reach agreement on the fifth draft of a peace agreement by the end of August.
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