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Source: Global News

Massive flooding hits 2,500 homes, forces road closures in Quebec

Today 01:30 GMT

Severe spring flooding has hit nearly 2,500 homes and forced 919 residents from their homes as of Thursday morning, according to the latest information from Urgence Quebec.

Quebec authorities are bracing for the worst as flooding continues in several areas, including Montreal, Rigaud, Laval, Gatineau and the Laurentians. They say rain forecast for the coming days and melting snow could further raise the water levels in the span between Gatineau and Montreal.

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Source: Fox News

Women forced to exchange sex for food aid after Mozambique cyclone, Human Rights Watch says

Today 01:30 GMT

As swaths of coastal Mozambique remain ravaged by the aftermath of last month’s tropical cyclone, many women who have lost their possessions are now being forced to trade sexual favors for food assistance, a Human Rights Watch (HRW) investigation has found.

A slew of victims and aid workers told the watchdog group that local community leaders, some with ties to the government, were demanding that vulnerable women without money to pay bribes exchange sex acts to get their names put on food distribution lists.

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Source: Fox News

Secretary Wilson, Gen. Goldfein: Air Force must be bigger, more ready and more lethal

Thursday 23:40 GMT

The Air Force has steadily improved its readiness and combat capability while speeding up the way we buy weapons, fix aircraft and develop technology.

Based on rigorous analysis of the current and future threat, the Air Force needs 386 operational squadrons, up from the current 312. The Air Force has been continuously engaged in combat across the globe since 2001 and is simply too small for what the nation asks it to do.

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Source: Reuters

Breakingviews - Cox: Emmanuel Macron is succumbing to shortcuts

Thursday 21:51 GMT

Instead, what piqued media interest was that both executives – Sébastien Proto of SocGen and Marguerite Bérard-Andrieu at BNP – were classmates of President Emmanuel Macron at École nationale d’administration (ENA), the finishing school for France’s managerial class.

Macron never promised to build a wall, like U.S. President Donald Trump, or institute a universal basic income, as Italian Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio did.

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Source: The Guradian

Japan apologises to victims of forced sterilisation

Thursday 08:04 GMT

As part of legislation that passed parliament’s upper house on Wednesday, surviving victims will each receive ¥3.2m (£22,000) to compensate for their suffering, as well as an apology from the state “for the great physical and mental suffering caused by the forced sterilisation programme”.

The then prime minister, Junichiro Koizumi, issued a formal apology and said the state would not fight compensation claims brought by former patients.

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Source: DW

Afghanistan: NATO, Afghan forces kill more civilians than Taliban

Thursday 08:03 GMT

Security forces in Afghanistan killed more civilians in the first part of 2019 than the Taliban and other terrorist groups.

Afghan civilians were killed in greater numbers by NATO and pro-government security forces in the first three months of 2019 than by armed militants, according to UN figures. It's the first time that fatalities caused by security forces in Afghanistan have exceeded those caused by the Taliban.

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Source: Fox News

Ilhan Omar claims US forces killed 'thousands' of Somalis during 'Black Hawk Down' mission, resurfaced tweet shows

Tuesday 22:44 GMT

Omar, a Somali refugee who was then a Minnesota state representative, refuted the tweet, insisting that “thousands” of Somalis were killed by American forces. “In his selective memory, he forgets to also mention the thousands of Somalis killed by the American forces that day,” Omar tweeted.

A representative of the Somali National Alliance estimated that only 133 militiamen were killed during a 2001 interview while “Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War” author Mark Bowden estimated roughly 500 Somalis were killed.

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Source: Fox News

How AI changes B-2 and F-35 attack strategies

Wednesday 10:50 GMT

Attack missions, targeting and combat data-sharing in an F-35 or B-2 are all transforming quickly due to the rapid integration of emerging AI systems, leading the Air Force to adjust tactics and adapt future war strategies.

This not only increases mission efficiency and safety but also helps ensure that B-2 stealth bomber missions remain effective and relevant for years to come.

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Source: DW

Iran, Pakistan agree to joint border 'reaction force'

Tuesday 13:35 GMT

On the second day of his first visit to neighboring Iran, Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan agreed to the force following a series of attacks on the frontier.

After talks with the Pakistani leader on Monday, Iranian President Hasan Rouhani announced the formation of the joint border force. "We agreed to increase the security cooperation of the two countries, our border forces, our intelligence forces," Rouhani said during the conference, which was broadcast live on state TV.

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Source: The Guradian

Greta Thunberg backs climate general strike to force leaders to act

Tuesday 18:10 GMT

Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish environmental activist, has given her support for a general strike for the climate, saying the student movement she inspired needs more support from older generations to ensure politicians keep their promises under the Paris agreement.

Speaking at a public event in London as Extinction Rebellion protests continued in the capital, the initiator of the school strike for climate movement was typically frank about the scale of the problem the world faces and the impact her campaign has made.

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Source: The Guradian

Libya: EU officials hoping Trump will pull support for warlord

Wednesday 17:16 GMT

European officials are hoping Donald Trump’s surprise expression of support for the Libyan warlord Khalifa Haftar can be reversed amid division in Washington over US policy on the north African country.

Although European diplomats knew high level contacts between Trump and Haftar’s aides were under way last week, the degree of support expressed in the White House statement came as a surprise. In the US, the Republican senator Lindsey Graham called on Trump to “let Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Turkey know that the proxy war they’ve created in Libya is unacceptable”.


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