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Donor countries halt funding to UN agency in Gaza

Several key donor countries have said they will halt funding to the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees following Israel's allegations that staff members took part in Hamas's Oct. 7 attack.

The UNRWA has fired several people and promised a thorough investigation into the claims, which were not specified, while Israel has vowed to stop the agency's work in Gaza after the war.

Gaza contact group to urge US, Canada for immediate ceasefire

The foreign ministers of seven prominent regional countries, including Turkish top diplomat Hakan Fidan, will visit the United States and Canada to urge them for an immediate ceasefire and uninterrupted flow of humanitarian aid into Gaza amid the intensified Israeli offensive against Hamas that has already killed more than 16,000 civilians in the enclave.

AIIB serves China's interests: Ex-executive

The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank "serves China's interest" and Beijing wields "undue" influence over what is supposed to be a multilateral organisation, a former executive told AFP yesterday after resigning.

In the wake of his resignation, Canada's Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland announced Ottawa would "immediately halt all government-led activity at the Bank".

Due to the Severe Forest Fires in Canada - Authorities are giving out Free Masks in New York

Tens of millions of North Americans are at risk of poor air quality from raging wildfires in Canada.

Authorities in New York are starting to distribute free masks today. In a phone conversation with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, US President Joe Biden offered additional help to deal with forest fires.

Canada has Banned most Foreigners from Buying Homes in the Country

A ban on the purchase of residential property by foreigners in Canada came into force on January 1, aiming to provide more housing to local residents facing a housing crisis.

Several exceptions in the law allow individuals such as refugees and non-citizen permanent residents to buy homes.

Paul Anka: Pop’s oldest teenager keeps doing it his way

Paul Anka, the silky-voice crooner who wrote such evergreen classics as "She's a Lady" and the lyrics to "My Way," has been around the block since he scored his first global number one in 1957.

But it has taken the Canadian 80 years to headline one of the world's top jazz festivals alongside legends like George Benson, Gilberto Gil and Van Morrison.

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