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Canadian teachers seek to remove first prime minister's name from schools

Canadian teachers seek to remove first prime minister's name from schools

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Aug. 23 (UPI) -- As many Americans seek the removal of Confederate statues across the nation, a group of teachers in Canada passed a motion Wednesday to remove the name of Canada's first Prime Minister from several schools because of his policies towards Indigenous Canadians during the 19th century.The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario voted to officially request the Ontario School Board remove the name of Sir. John A. Macdonald, who was a pivotal figure behind the country's independence from Britain in 1967. But Macdonald has also been criticized for policies against aboriginal Canadians that have been described as oppressive, brutal and even genocidal."It is about respecting indigenous children," said ETFO Executive David Mastin, according to Durham Radio News. "[They] could pos...
Venezuela ex-prosecutor: I have proof of Maduro corruption

Venezuela ex-prosecutor: I have proof of Maduro corruption

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Venezuela's dismissed chief prosecutor says she has proof of corruption within the top leadership, including evidence against President Nicolás Maduro. Luisa Ortega Diaz also accused two party leaders and the new prosecutor.Ms Ortega, who fled Venezuela last week after she was sacked and her husband charged with extortion, says her life is still in danger. She faces charges of misconduct, amid allegations she ignored corruption cases sent to her while in office. The ex-prosecutor's latest comments came at a press conference in the Brazilian capital, where she alleged that President Maduro had been involved in a bribery scheme centred on the Brazilian construction giant, Odebrecht."I want to denounce, in front of the world, a grave situation in Venezuela: that of excessive corruption," Ms
Metal attached to headless torso of woman

Metal attached to headless torso of woman

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The torso of a Swedish journalist found in waters southwest of Copenhagen was intentionally weighed down with a piece of metal, Danish police have said.Kim Wall's body was discovered attached to a piece of metal "likely with the purpose to make it sink", said Copenhagen police chief Jens Moeller Jensen.Earlier, investigators confirmed the torso belonged to the reporter who had been missing for nearly two weeks.The 30-year-old had not been seen since she was spotted on a 60ft homemade submarine on 10 August with Danish inventor Peter Madsen, who built the sub Nautilus.The freelance journalist had met with Madsen to interview him for a feature story she was writing.Image:Ms Wall was last seen aboard Peter Madsen's submarine on 10 AugustA torso missing its head, legs and arms was discovered i...
Barcelona suspect tells court bigger attack was planned

Barcelona suspect tells court bigger attack was planned

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Aug. 22 (UPI) -- One of the suspected members in a terrorist cell that carried out last week's fatal attacks in Spain told a Madrid court that a bigger plot was in the works.Mohamed Houli Chemlal, 21, was injured in a house explosion in Alcanar last Wednesday. Over the next two days, police say, terrorists carried out a series of attacks in and around Barcelona, killing 15 people and injuring more than 100 others.Houli Chemlal is one of four surviving suspects from what police called a terrorist cell. They each are appearing before the Madrid high court.Unnamed judicial sources told Spanish media he had confessed to police and in a closed court hearing said a bigger attack was planned.Judicial sources told El Mundo that Houli Chemlal testified the iconic Sagrada Familia cathedral was one o...
Trump backtracks on Afghanistan troops

Trump backtracks on Afghanistan troops

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Donald Trump has laid the way for an increase in US troops in Afghanistan, vowing he would "fight to win" America's longest war. The President said his original instinct was to pull US forces out but he now feared such a move would leave a vacuum for terrorists to fill.Mr Trump did not specify how many more troops would be added and gave no timeline for ending the US presence in Afghanistan.But officials said he had signed off on Defense Secretary James Mattis' plans to send about 4,000 more to add to the 8,400 now deployed.In a televised address, Mr Trump also put pressure on Pakistan, India and NATO allies to step up their own commitment in the country.Image:The President has warned that his country is 'not nation building again'Speaking at a military base near Washington, he said: "Near...