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Midweek Headlines – Dec 10 

1.      Around 154 Syrian refugees will reach Toronto’s Pearson International Airport in a military aircraft from Beirut at 9pm today. Thirteen privately-sponsored immigrants have already reached the city. However, questions are being asked if government would be able to fulfill its revised target of bringing in 10,000 Syrian refugees by December 31.

2.      Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said he will be personally present at Pearson International Airport to welcome refugees.

3.      Keeping their election promise, the Liberals in the House of Commons have passed tax cuts for middle class that will be reduced from 22% to 20.5% in the new fiscal year.

4.      Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne talked to journalists during a press conference today before Christmas break. The issue of Uber also came under discussion among others.

5.      Patrick Brown, leader of PC party in Ontario also held talks with the press before Christmas break today.

6.      In a series of raids in GTA, Toronto police have seized a number of guns and drugs.

7.      Though Toronto taxi drivers have ended anti-Uber protests in Toronto under guarantees but have threatened to return on Bay and Queen Streets if demands not fulfilled. Taxi drivers also met Toronto Police Chief Mike Saunders.

8.      Brampton home owners will be paying more property tax as City Hall has passed the motion to hike property tax by 4.9% in 2016 budget.

9.      A Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives has reported that out of Canada’s 27 big cities surveyed, childcare fees are the highest in Toronto as parents are paying over $1,000 a month per child.

10.  Peel Police is still investigating into a massive theft of 495 TVs valued at $375,000 and a truck trailer from a commercial truck depot on Columbus Rd in Mississauga. Though the empty trailer was found later but police reports the suspects might have brought their own truck to carry the merchandise.

11.  Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has cancelled his Israel trip after Israeli PM disapproved of his anti- Muslim rhetoric.

12.  Legendary boxer Mohammed Ali has denounced Trump’s anti-Muslim remarks.

13.  Chief of Afghanistan’s intelligence agency has resigned over policy differences with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.

14.  During the Heart of Asia Conference Pakistan and Afghanistan have agreed to restart peace talks with Taliban. The USA and Chinese delegates present at the conference have shared common interests.

15.  Though India-Pak talks have been welcomed by many, Shiv Sena has criticized them. The talks have also dismayed cricket fans because nothing was discussed regarding the upcoming India-Pakistan cricket series.

16.  A Mumbai court has pardoned David Headley, the main mastermind of 26/11 because he has turned a prosecution witness.

17.  The Bombay High Court has acquitted Bollywood star Salman Khan of all charges in the 2002 hit-and-run case saying the actor “cannot be convicted” for lack of proper evidences produced by prosecution in the 13-year-old case and trial.

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