Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--First NewsWatch-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--First NewsWatch-

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(Trudeau-Townhall)(Audio:01)

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has held another election-year townhall meeting -- this time in St. Catharines, Ontario, where his audience at Brock University fired off questions ranging from Canada's approach to Indigenous issues to foreign policy.

He slammed what he called the dictatorship of Venezuela, where president Nicolas Maduro is presiding over a country in increasing crisis.

Trudeau says anyone who claims to be a friend of Venezuela should stand up and condemn the Maduro government for its "terrible oppression."

Organizers said about 15-hundred people filled the campus gymnasium, while outside, a small group of oil-pipeline protesters blocked a main entrance to the campus.(1)

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(RCMP-Reform)(Audio:03)

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale will be joined by R-C-M-P Commissioner Brenda Lucki at a news conference this morning in Ottawa, where the two are expected to announce plans to put extra eyes on the national police force.

The long-anticipated move is the latest attempt at rebuilding the force following years of sagging morale over internal bullying and harassment.

Insiders say the incoming measures are the government's response to two critical 2017 reports. (1)

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(Kenya-Attack)

Kenya's president says 14 people were killed in Tuesday's extremist attack on a luxury hotel and shopping complex in the capital, Nairobi, and has declared the operation to neutralize the attackers is over.

Uhuru Kenyatta did not say how many attackers were involved.

The attack started with multiple suicide car bombs that breached the security gates, followed by an invasion of at least four armed men.

Somalia's Islamic extremist rebel group, al-Shabab, claimed responsibility -- the same group behind the 2013 attack at Nairobi's Westgate Mall that killed 67 people. (1)

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(EU-Brexit-Vote)

A no-confidence vote in the government of British Prime Minister Theresa May is set for today after British lawmakers plunged "Brexit" into chaos and U-K politics into crisis, by solidly rejecting May's divorce deal with the European Union. …

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