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Housing market sizzles in Toronto's suburbs

Last month's benchmark price for single-detached properties was $1.47 million, while the index price for condos was $512,000 which was down three-tenths a point from July and four-tenths of a percentage point from December. The board reported 5,188 residential sales in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) through its MLS System last month, compared to 4,460 sales in January the year before, that despite a 17.6% drop in the number of new GTA listings in January, down from 8,906 to 7,338 year-over-year.

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San Francisco sues Trump over sanctuary city plan

Signed into law by President Trump last Friday, the sweeping regulations temporarily halt refugees from coming into the US, indefinitely bar those from Syria, and prohibit the entry of citizens from Sudan, Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, and Somalia from entering the USA for 90 days.

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Trump Vows to "Totally Destroy" the Johnson Amendment

Trump at the breakfast also pledged to repeal the Johnson Amendment , which prohibits non-profit organizations and their representatives from officially endorsing political candidates or participating in their campaigns, lest they lose their tax-exempt status.

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Abe, Mattis reaffirm USA commitment on Senkakus

Remarks made recently by U.S. President Donald Trump had some Japanese officials on edge regarding the future of the special security alliance and the costs shouldered by Japan. Mattis' trip to Japan and South Korea is the first official visit overseas by a member of the Trump cabinet. Abe is expected to stress Japanese automakers' contributions to the US economy in the February 10 summit with Trump, who has criticized Japan's automobile trade practices as "not fair".

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Nicki Minaj sparks feud with Giuseppe Zanotti over 'Nicki' shoe

And she didn't stop there. The 34-year-old since started retweeting memes about her feud baring the same hashtag. On her Twitter , Minaj claims that Zanotti's public relations team "won't take our call". Everything was fine - until the brand began collaborating with artists like Jennifer López and Zayn on capsules, but reportedly refused to grant Minaj's wish to create her own range.

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Snap reveals financial numbers in IPO filing, will expand Spectacles sales

There also will be Class B shares with one vote apiece, which will not be offered in the IPO. Founders Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy each now own 22.4% stake in Snap , worth approximately $4 billion. In the last few months, Spiegel and co. have also broadened their vision beyond the flagship social network. The latter are sunglasses that feature a built-in camera to record up to 30-seconds of video, 10-seconds at a time.

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Britain's best days still to come outside European Union, says Brexit chief

But while most Tories are jubilant after last night's vote, Jeremy Corbyn is facing a bitter Labour split after a fifth of his MPs, 47 in total, defied his three-line whip and voted against triggering Article 50. As the "White Paper" was released, Brexit Secretary David Davis addressed parliament, telling MPs that "we want the European Union to succeed politically and economically", and Britain would work toward "a new positive and constructive partnership" with the bloc.

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Multiple Toronto police RIDE checks planned for Super Bowl weekend

Be alert to what OTHER motorists are doing, be prepared to stop, or change lanes. While many this weekend will be pulling for the New England Patriots or the Atlanta Falcons in the Super Bowl, law enforcement across the state are cheering for citizens to not drink and drive.

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Viral video clip on Harish Rawat sparks row

The contest in more than 18 assembly seats in Uttarakhand has gone beyond the conventional fight between the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress. "No one from the state unit has posted this video". "We are awaiting Congress's reply to proceed further". Assembly elections in Uttarakhand will be held on February 15, and the votes will be counted on March 11.

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Netanyahu to Establish First New West Bank Settlement in Decades for Evacuees

It said Mr Trump would discuss the issue with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when he travelled to Washington later this month. President Trump is encouraging Israel to hold off on new settlement construction. In December , Trump condemned the Obama administration's decision not to veto a U.N. Security Council resolution censuring Israel for its settlement activity, calling it "extremely unfair to all Israelis".

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Trump blasts Australian PM, hangs up on him

Trump also anxious that accepting the refugees from Australia would get him "killed" politically, according to the Washington Post . "The call had been scheduled to last an hour but Trump cut it short after 25 minutes when Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull tried to turn to subjects such as Syria, according to the newspaper".

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MP Diane Abbott dodges questions after missed Brexit Bill vote

Mr Corbyn admitted his MPs were in a "difficult position" as Labour voters were among the most pro-Remain constituencies, and the most pro-Leave. Among them were ten frontbenchers and three party whips. He added: "We've accepted the result of the referendum..." It caps a bad week for the hard Left Mr Corbyn who has lost 7,000 party members over Brexit.

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U.K. Parliament Votes in Favor of Bill to Trigger Brexit

If the Brexit bill's passage through parliament is on schedule and May formally notifies Brussels by initiating Article 50 by the end of March, the exit process is expected to be completed by the end of 2019. I believe that Theresa May's Brexit "plan" is creating an unjustifiable level of risk at a time of national and worldwide uncertainty and volatility, with silence on national security measures, no mention of climate change mitigation or environmental protections, and no guarantee of ...

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White House Says It Deliberately Omitted Jews From Holocaust Remembrance Day Statement

However, White House spokeswoman Hope Hicks said the statement aimed to take "into account all of those who suffered", including five million non-Jews, CNN said. "I have seen several articles in the media trying to tone down reactions, or act like nobody should be upset about this, but that in itself is nearly as ridiculous", Epperson said.

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Trump blasts Australian PM, abruptly ends phone call

Turnbull's silence was taken as an effective broad confirmation of the Washingon Post story. When Turnbull was questioned by reporters about his phone call with President Trump, he refused to comment on the reports that they had a tense exchange.

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Locally-based Navy SEAL killed in action receives posthumous advancement

The botched Yemeni military operation that killed a US Navy SEAL and over a dozen al Qaeda terrorists and civilians had been in the works for months before President Trump approved it shortly after taking office, according to a published report .

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Only lotus will bloom in Uttar Pradesh: Rajnath Singh

If it changes for good, we may not need such a step again. Asked to comment on news reports from Pakistan that China had imposed pressure on Islamabad, which led to the Hafiz Saeed's house arrest, China's Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang indicated that Beijing supported global cooperation on counter-terrorism with Pakistan, provided it is conducted with Islamabad's consent.

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British government publishes Brexit blueprint for parliament

Ministers were forced to draw up the legislation after the Supreme Court ruled that Parliament's approval was needed before the Brexit process can begin. British MPs have voted in favour of triggering Article 50, backing Theresa May's government and paving the way for Brexit. "It sets out some clear principles for Brexit and I think it gives a direction to the Government and to the country about the future that we are going to shape for ourselves".

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In Norway, zoologist find 30 plastic bags in stranded whale

He said the longest of the plastic bits had been more than two-metres long. He added that the whales intestines were likely blocked up by the build-up of the plastic, which would have caused severe pain. Despite the huge volume of plastic clogging up the whale's stomach, the fact it died from ingesting the waste was " not surprising ", said researchers, as the volume of plastic in our seas continues to grow.

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Israel approves additional 3000 homes in West Bank

In a ruling that caused outrage in Israel, in 2014 the Supreme Court found that Amona, a settlement built without government permission on private Palestinian land, was illegally constructed, and ordered its demolition. In a statement, Ellwood called the announcement "part of a growing trend which we condemn", adding "we have consistently been clear that settlements are illegal under worldwide law, and not conducive to peace".

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Mattis Criticizes NKorea Ahead of Talks With Japan, SKorea

The system will protect South Korea and Japan - another key USA ally in the region - as well as the nearly 80,000 US troops stationed in the two countries. "South Korea and the United States must try to extract a change in North Korea's strategic calculus by deterring the North's aggression", President Hwang said in a statement.

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Brexit has passed 'point of no return,' minister tells British MPs

The White Paper comes a day after British MPs voted in favour of May invoking Article 50 of the Lisbon to trigger the two-year timeline to negotiate a new deal as a non-member of the EU. But May's opponents are still trying, and dozens of amendments are scheduled for debate over three days in the House of Commons which begins on Monday.

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British singer Vera Lynn to release new album for 100th birthday

Dame Vera Lynn will mark (very probably) the first artist to release an album as a centenarian. The lady has reached the landmark age of 100 years and she is celebrating with the release of a new record, through Decca, the only music company that she has ever recorded for.

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Trump ripped into Australian PM Turnbull on phone call

Following the tweet , Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who was asked to comment on the row said that the commitment to the deal was "confirmed several times now by the [U.S.] government". "In that spirit, I called Australia's Ambassador to the United States this morning to express my unwavering support for the U.S. -Australia alliance".

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1300 migrants rescued from boats in Mediterranean

The country is still a key departure point for migrants from Africa trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe, and thousands of people died previous year attempting the perilous crossing. We will step up our work with Libya as the main country of departure as well as with its North African and sub-Saharan neighbours". Professor Anthony Glees, expert in politics, security and intelligence from the University of Buckingham, believes that the deal, in principle, " makes good sense , but shows ...

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Brexit: United Kingdom's exit from European Union moves one step closer

Bill will allow the Prime Minister to invoke Article 50 of the European Union treaties and was backed by 498 MPs to 114, a majority of 384, at second reading in the House of Commons, its first stage. The Guardian newspaper said it was a "scandal" that Remain-backing Conservative MPs voted for the bill, bar former finance minister Ken Clarke. In the preface to the document, Brexit minister David Davis said: "The people of the United Kingdom have voted to leave the European Union and this ...

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Lukashenko says Belarus can get by without Russian oil

Moscow prioritizes continued integration processes with Belarus, the Russian Presidential Press Office said Friday. The Prosecutor General's Office has opened a criminal case against him on articles 281.2 (public appeals directed against the state) and 318.2 (illegal crossing border of the Azerbaijan Republic), and issued an global arrest warrant for him.

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Judge denies request for lighter 'El Chapo' security detail

Lawyers for Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman are complaining that his New York City jail conditions are too strict. Cogan, after alluding to having secret correspondence with the government about the risks of guarding Guzman, told the defense he wouldn't weigh in on the jail conditions.

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Trump Helps Persecuted Christians and Protects America With One Move

Some American citizens and permanent residents had more direct and personal fears about the consequences of the executive order - that the countries included in the travel ban would reciprocate, leaving them unable to visit relatives or conduct business in the targeted countries.

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White House, Pentagon defend al-Qaeda raid in Yemen

The Reuters report does not offer any more detail on whether the officials fault the Obama administration for inadequate prep work as well, or what exactly they think the Trump team should have done differently. An 8-year-old American girl was among 30 others killed in the operation on an al-Qaida compound, and three other USA service members were wounded. Top Al Qaeda leaders that were part of the same terrorist group responsible for the Charlie Hebdo killings in Paris in 2015 were ...

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Military convoy flying Trump flag belonged to SEAL unit

Some motorists said they were alarmed by military units flying the flag of a national leader rather than the country, which they said is reminiscent of a fascist government or banana republic. Witnesses variously described the convoy including four and 10 trucks. As of now, the military officials are looking to determine if the incident can be linked to misconduct.

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Turkish warplanes kill 51 Islamic State militants in Syria - military statement

Turkey's Operation Euphrates Shield was launched last summer with the aim of securing Turkey's southern border, eliminating terrorist elements in northern Syria and supporting Syrian opposition forces. Its recent push on al-Bab has brought the Turkish army some 35 kilometers (roughly 21.5 miles) inside Syrian territory. He went on to say that Turkey's previous insistence on overthrowing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was not really in the country's national interest and has simply fed the ...

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Brexit: High Court REFUSES to hear single market challenge

The case was brought by campaigners pushing for a "soft" Brexit, with the hope of forcing the Government to seek MPs' permission if it wanted to leave the trading bloc. Campaigners Single Market Justice argue leaving the EEA after Brexit is separate to European Union membership. The government claimed the case, which was heard by Lord Justice Lloyd Jones and Mr Justice Lewis, was unarguable since the existing EEA agreement would automatically cease to exist once the United Kingdom left the EU.

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European Union discuss NATO's future at Malta summit

May has meant to urge EU NATO members to spend more on defense, at an informal summit in Malta, where she will brief leaders on her talks in the USA with Donald Trump, when he indicated his commitment to NATO. "We must not imagine some sort of external protection", he said. "It can not be accepted that there is, through a certain number of statements by the president of the United States, pressure on what Europe ought to be or what it should not be", he said.

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Coach K will return to coaching Duke on Saturday against Pittsburgh

Krzyzewski has taken a leave of absence from the team since January 7 while recovering from surgery to remove a fragment of a herniated disk in his lower back. Those wins and losses during the absence go on Krzyzewski's record. While Duke's season has not gone almost as smoothly as you might expect for a team that was a near-unanimous preseason No.


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