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ISLAMABAD - The Taliban said they freed on Tuesday an American and an Australian hostage held since 2016 in exchange for three top Taliban figures who were released by the Kabul government and flown out of Afghanistan the previous day.

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WASHINGTON - The Trump administration on Monday said it no longer considers Israeli settlements in the West Bank to be a violation of international law, reversing four decades of American policy and further undermining the Palestinians’ effort to gain statehood.

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JERUSALEM - The Israeli military said it intercepted four incoming rockets from Syria on Tuesday and explosions were heard shortly after that in Damascus, a week after another Israeli strike targeted a top Palestinian militant in the Syrian capital.

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WASHINGTON - The phone call State Department official David Holmes overheard between President Donald Trump and Ambassador Gordon Sondland lasted just two minutes. But it won’t be easily forgotten.

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VANCOUVER - A lawyer arguing in favour of a two-tier health-care system in British Columbia says the government can't legally justify preventing patients from paying private doctors to alleviate their suffering sooner than the public system could provide treatment.

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B.C.’s police watchdog is looking into the death of a man who died last week in hospital following his arrest by members of the Penticton RCMP.

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HONG KONG - Police tightened their siege of a university campus where hundreds of protesters remained trapped overnight Tuesday in the latest dramatic episode in months of protests against growing Chinese control over the semi-autonomous city.

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WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump suggested Monday he might be willing to offer written testimony in the House impeachment inquiry over whether he pressured Ukraine’s president to investigate Joe Biden and his son while withholding aid to the country. But people familiar with the matter ca…

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Four years after plans for an ill-fated waterslides development in Skaha Lake Park kicked off one of the most turbulent eras in Penticton’s history, the city is set to take a fresh look at the future of the area – but with public consultation this time.

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OTTAWA - The federal system that handles old age security payments will be as old as the seniors it serves by the time it is replaced near the end of the decade, but even now it illustrates the kinds of challenges facing officials trying to bring government services into the digital age.

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There is a new president at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 40 in Penticton.

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The RCMP in British Columbia is cutting more than $10 million from its provincial policing costs, which include small rural detachments, and some of the funding for the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team and the anti-gang Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit.

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South Okanagan-Similkameen Conservation Program in partnership with Okanagan Similkameen Stewardship Society and Okanagan Crush Pad present On-Farm Sustainable Practices and Knowledge-Sharing, a workshop highlighting the business of successful stewardship and sustainable agricultural practic…

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WASHINGTON - U.S. State Department officials were informed that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy was feeling pressure from the Trump administration to investigate former Vice-President Joe Biden even before the July phone call that has led to impeachment hearings in Washington, two pe…

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TORONTO - Upcoming changes to the way judges and justices of the peace are selected in Ontario have sparked concerns among opposition politicians who say the move could be an attempt by the Doug Ford government to politicize the process.

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OTTAWA - Ongoing efforts by senators to distance themselves from party politics took another turn Monday as a Conservative senator quit his caucus over concerns about the party's leader, and an attempt by the last senators sitting as Liberals to officially rebrand themselves ended.

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GATINEAU, Que. - A union federation representing 45,000 teachers in Quebec is suing the Canadian province over its ban on the wearing of religious symbols by many public employees.

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump summoned Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell to the White House on Monday to discuss the economy and interest rates — issues on which Trump has repeatedly attacked the Fed.

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