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    The Wednesday news briefing: An at-a-glance survey of some top stories
    Feb02

    The Wednesday news briefing: An at-a-glance survey of some top stories

    Highlights from the news file for Wednesday, Feb. 1 ——— TRUDEAU ABANDONS PROMISE TO CHANGE VOTING SYSTEM: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is abandoning his long-held promise to change the way Canadians vote in federal elections — an about-face that has opposition rivals seeing red. In a mandate letter for newly appointed Democratic Institutions...

    Group calls for cease-fire amid upsurge in Ukraine fighting
    Feb02

    Group calls for cease-fire amid upsurge in Ukraine fighting

    By INNA VARENYTSIA and JIM HEINTZ AVDIIVKA, Ukraine (AP) — Freezing residents of an eastern Ukraine town battered by an upsurge in fighting between government troops and Russia-backed rebels flocked to a humanitarian aid center Wednesday to receive food and warm up. Heavy fighting around government-held Avdiivka, just north of the...

    UNICEF: East Ukraine Fighting Leaves Thousands in Bitter Cold
    Feb01

    UNICEF: East Ukraine Fighting Leaves Thousands in Bitter Cold

    More than 17,000 people in a Ukrainian town are facing temperatures far below freezing with no heating or electricity after fighting destroyed power and water lines, the U.N. children’s agency UNICEF said on Wednesday. Intense shelling around the town of Avdiivka in eastern Ukraine on Sunday halted power supply to heating systems as...

    Trump White House issues muted response to renewed violence in Ukraine
    Feb01

    Trump White House issues muted response to renewed violence in Ukraine

    Evgeniy Maloletka/AP WASHINGTON – The Trump administration on Wednesday maintained a low-key approach to the latest flare-up of violence in eastern Ukraine, where the government accuses Russian-backed forces of stepping up attacks. The restrained tone may reflect the start of a new U.S. approach to dealing with Russia’s cross-border...

    As Ukraine violence continues, Ottawa considers sending troops
    Feb01

    As Ukraine violence continues, Ottawa considers sending troops

    Government forces and Russian-backed rebels have traded heavy fire in eastern Ukraine over the past few days, killing at least 19 people and injuring dozens more. …read more Source: Toronto...

    US flirts with softer stance on Russia’s conduct in Ukraine
    Feb01

    US flirts with softer stance on Russia’s conduct in Ukraine

    The Trump administration on Wednesday maintained a low-key approach to the latest flare-up of violence in eastern Ukraine, where the government accuses Russian-backed forces of stepping up attacks. The restrained … Click to Continue » …read more Source: The News...

    Trump officials condemn Iran missile test, ignore Ukraine violence as Putin smiles on
    Feb01

    Trump officials condemn Iran missile test, ignore Ukraine violence as Putin smiles on

    Vladimir Putin’s U.S. foreign policy appeared to be taking hold nicely Wednesday as White House press secretary Sean Spicer quickly punted on questions about rising violence in eastern Ukraine while national security adviser Michael Flynn condemned a recent Iran missile test. Flynn rushed into the White House briefing Wednesday to say the...

    Group calls for cease-fire amid upsurge in Ukraine fighting
    Feb01

    Group calls for cease-fire amid upsurge in Ukraine fighting

    AVDIIVKA, Ukraine (AP) — Freezing residents of an eastern Ukraine town battered by an upsurge in fighting between government troops and… …read more Source:...

    The Trump Administration Turns its Back on the World’s Refugees
    Feb01

    The Trump Administration Turns its Back on the World’s Refugees

    President Trump and his senior advisors have sought to downplay the significance of the sweeping restrictions on refugees and immigrants from selected Muslim-majority countries. They have claimed that it only directly affected 109 people traveling to the United States, and have insisted that it is “not a Muslim ban” in one statement,...

    US flirts with softer stance on Russia’s conduct in Ukraine
    Feb01

    US flirts with softer stance on Russia’s conduct in Ukraine

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration appears to be taking a low-key approach to a flare-up in violence in eastern Ukraine where the… …read more Source:...