Author: Johnny King

WASHINGTON/BAGHDAD, Feb 3 (Reuters) – The United States launched airstrikes in Iraq and Syria against more than 85 targets linked to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard (IRGC) and militias it backs, reportedly killing nearly 40 people, in retaliation for a deadly attack on U.S. troops. The strikes, which included the use of long-range B-1 bombers flown from the United States, were the first in response to the attack last weekend in Jordan by Iran-backed militants, and more U.S. military operations are expected in the coming days. The strikes intensified a conflict that has spread into the region since war erupted between Israel and Hamas after the militant…

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Chinese and Vietnamese senior officials co-chaired 15th Meeting of the China-Vietnam Steering Committee for Bilateral Cooperation on Friday here in Hanoi and reached a series of consensus points on advancing comprehensive strategic cooperation between the two countries, vowing to maintain the South China Sea as a sea of peace and cooperation. We are willing to work with Vietnam to make good use of the committee, a general management mechanism for overall coordination of bilateral cooperation, make overall planning for cooperation in the next stage and make positive contributions to advancing China-Vietnam relations in the new era, Wang Yi, Member of…

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Canada’s public broadcaster on Monday announced it would cut 600 jobs, or 10% of its workforce, as it confronts financial challenges sparked by a drop in television ad revenues and competition from digital news outlets. The Canadian Broadcasting Corp. (CBC) said the first job cuts would come shortly but that most would take effect over the next 12 months. “CBC/Radio-Canada is not immune to the upheaval facing the Canadian media industry,” Catherine Tait, president and chief executive officer, said in a statement. “We’ve successfully managed serious structural declines in our business for many years, but we no longer have the…

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The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) is launching an ad targeting Alaska’s Democrat at-large representative for voting against a military pay increase. The House Republicans’ campaign arm is launching the digital ad against Rep. Mary Peltola, D-Alaska, who will be running for her second full term as a member of Congress. The ad will be targeted to military bases throughout Alaska and is the first in an expected series of ads on Peltola’s voting record on veterans’ issues. “Alaskans put service above self, but Mary Peltola doesn’t,” NRCC spokesperson Ben Petersen told Fox News Digital. “Peltola turning her back on active-duty troops and betraying…

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Alaska House Republicans have confirmed Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s appointment of Republican Thomas Baker to the state House. Baker was sworn in Monday, the Republican-led House majority said. Dunleavy had appointed Baker to replace independent Rep. Josiah Patkotak, who resigned last month after being elected North Slope Borough mayor. Because Patkotak was an independent, Dunleavy was not bound by party affiliation in choosing a replacement, but there were questions around who would be involved in confirming his pick. Dunleavy’s office had said Baker’s name would be sent to Republican House members for a confirmation vote. Provisions of law dealing with vacancies were…

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Canada is set to welcome nearly 1.5 million new permanent residents over the next three years, according to the new targets recently announced by Immigration Minister Marc Miller. Canada does not foresee a cut to immigration levels and plans to hold its target of annual newcomers steady at 500,000 people starting in 2026, according to plans tabled in Parliament by Miller. A closer look at the data and breakdown by category can give an idea of who these new immigrants headed to Canada will be. The Immigration Levels Plan sets guidelines and targets for how many permanent residents Canada plans to welcome under economic, humanitarian and family reunification…

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Vic Fischer, the last living signer of Alaska’s constitution, died Sunday at his Anchorage home. He was 99. Fischer was born in Berlin in 1924, to a Russian mother and an American father. He grew up there and in Moscow, his childhood shaped by the brutal regimes of Adolf Hitler and Josef Stalin. His wife of 42 years, Jane Angvik, said Fischer believed in democratic government as a means to achieve goals and ideals. He considered it dangerous to think of government — or people with a different political view — as “them,” she said. He believed that “government is…

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An Israeli television show on Sunday released a now-viral clip poking fun at liberal students in the United States who have voiced support for the Hamas terrorist group. The long-running show “Eretz Nehederet,” which translates to “A Wonderful Country,” posted the mock YouTube stream with a news update from the fictional “Columbia Unitsemity News” hosted by “students” Keley and Wordle. The duo began by declaring the group LGBTH, with the H standing for Hamas. “Yeah, I totally simp Hamas,” Wordle said. “It’s so trending right now.” After chanting, “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free,” Keley and…

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CALGARY — Gina Kingsbury has returned to Hockey Canada to oversee the national women’s team through the 2026 Olympic Games while also managing Toronto’s club in the new Professional Women’s Hockey League. Hockey Canada announced Sunday that the two-time Olympic gold medallist in women’s hockey from Rouyn-Noranda, Que., will hold dual jobs. She’d departed the national governing body of hockey in September for the PWHL. Troy Ryan of Spryfield, N.S., will coach both the national team and Toronto’s PWHL club. Hockey Canada announced in 2022 a four-year extension for Ryan through the 2026 Winter Games in Italy. So the duo…

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Financial assistance to refugees from Ukraine in Poland is planned to be canceled in the first quarter of 2024. The current provisions in the law will not be renewed. The government believes that there will be no need to extend payments to Ukrainian refugees, RBC-Ukraine reports citing the PAP news agency . Government speaker Peter Müller announced the cessation of support for those fleeing the war on air from the PAP studio. He was asked about further financial assistance to Ukrainian citizens living in Poland. “The decisions that were made after the start of the war are temporary in nature. Therefore, these provisions are gradually losing force, it’s…

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