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Midweek Headlines – Nov 18 

  1. A Brampton Councilor Grant Gibson is moving a motion to ban fireworks on all four occasions – Canada Day, Victoria Day, New Year and Diwali in Brampton. The move comes after two houses were gutted recently and several other homes had to be evacuated in wake of improper fireworks disposal.
  2. Montreal police has arrested a man in a joker mask who in a video message said he will kill a Muslim or an Arab a week.
  3. Nothing was found on the two Air France Flights that were diverted to Halifax on bomb scare. It was just a false alert.
  4. Two terrorists were killed in an early morning raid by the French police on an apartment in St.-Denis area while seven others were nabbed.
  5. It is thought that the mastermind of Paris killings, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, a Belgian national has also been killed in French police’s raid. However, it is not clear if Abaaoud was killed by the French police or he committed suicide. Both the French and the US intelligence agencies think that Abdelhamid fought for ISIS in Syria.
  6. Nearly 130 nationalities live in St.-Dennis of France and according to its mayor some buildings in the area lack power supply and running water. The area is inhabited by people who come from war zones.
  7. French President Francois Hollande has said France is at war. He will be travelling to Washington to meet US President Barack Obama and later to Moscow to hold audience with the Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss formation of a large coalition to take a decisive action against ISIS.
  8. At the opening dinner of Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec), where world leaders were asked to attend in traditional dresses, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau came attired in a white kurta.
  9. US President Barack Obama not only stressed upon trade and global climate change during the Apec summit but asked Canada to approve the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal. However, Trudeau wishes to contemplate more and discuss the deal negotiated under the Conservative government to see that Canadian businesses, especially the auto and dairy sectors do not suffer.
  10. In the latest air strikes carried out by France and Russia in Raqqa, 33 ISIS militants were killed.
  11. Scores were injured and at least 32 people were killed in a bomb blast at a market in Nigeria.
  12. A mild earthquake in J&K measuring 3.3 on the Richter scale damaged some buildings in that region.
  13. Modi government has given its nod for a IRs2,000 crore package for Kashmiri migrants.


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