Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--First NewsWatch-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--First NewsWatch-

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(Que-Power-Outages)(WATCH FOR DATING)

About 114-thousand homes and businesses in Quebec are still without power this hour, due to Monday's ice storm of freezing rain and strong winds.

That's less than half the number that were in the dark at this time yesterday, and about one-third of the outage at its peak.

The densely populated Montreal suburb of Laval, along with the Lanaudiere and Laurentians regions have been most affected.

Snow and wind on Tuesday caused more problems for some 500 Hydro-Quebec repair crews.

The utility has warned without an improvement in the weather, blackouts could even last into Thursday for some customers.(1)

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(Refugee-Claimants)

Lawyers and refugee advocates say they've been blindsided by the Trudeau government's proposed changes to asylum laws.

Included in the Liberals' new omnibus budget bill is a proposal to prevent asylum seekers from making refugee claims in Canada if they have already opened a claim for refugee protection in certain other countries, including the U-S.

Border Security Minister Bill Blair says the measure aims to prevent ``asylum-shopping" and to reduce irregular border crossings.

But lawyers and refugee advocates say it would be a devastating attack on refugee rights.(1)

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(US-Trump-Immigration)

Amid bipartisan pushback, U-S President Donald Trump says he's not looking to revive the much-criticized practice of separating migrant children from their families at the southern border.

But he also suggested Tuesday that the policy had worked to deter migrants from coming into the U-S.

Without it, he claimed -- quote -- "they're coming like it's a picnic, because let's go to Disneyland.''

Immigration experts say his policies and practices are contributing to the surge of migrants.(1)

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(Israel-Election)

Benjamin Netanyahu appears headed toward a historic fifth term as Israel's prime minister, with nearly complete unofficial election results giving his right-wing Likud party and other allied nationalist and religious parties a 65-55 majority in parliament. …

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