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Sean Chase/Daily Observer The County of Renfrew and the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan signed an historic memorandum of understanding Wednesday which will see both organizations take a united positions on several critical issues. In the photo are (left to right) County chief administrative officer Jim Hutton, County Warden Peter Emon, Chief Kirby Whiteduck and Pikwakanagan executive director of operations Vicki Two-Axe.

County, Pikwakanagan sign historic memorandum

The County of Renfrew and the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation signed an historical memorandum of understanding Wednesday that will foster collaboration on pushing for the expansion of Highway 17 and the enhancement of economic development.

A Bangladeshi police official stands guard in front of a Shiite mosque in Dhaka on November 27 , 2015, after authorities increased security following an attack on a Shiite mosque in Bogra overnight. At least one man was killed and three others injured as gunmen opened fire on a Shiite mosque in the Shibganj Upazila area of Bogra. The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for a deadly attack on worshippers at a Shiite mosque in northern Bangladesh, the US-based monitoring organisation SITE said. AFP PHOTO/ Munir uz ZAMAN

Islamic State 'falsely claiming' attacks

DHAKA - Islamic State is trying to ride a wave of religious radicalization by falsely claiming a spate of killings in Bangladesh, a government minister said, adding there was enough evidence implicating domestic militant groups.

Taliban new leader Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada is seen in an undated photograph, posted on a Taliban twitter feed on May 25, 2016, and identified separately by several Taliban officials, who declined be named. Social Media via Reuters

Afghan Taliban appoint new leader

KABUL -- The Afghan Taliban confirmed on Wednesday that their leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour was killed in a U.S. drone strike last week and that they have appointed a successor -- a scholar known for extremist views who is unlikely to back a peace process with Kabul.

From left, Italian Premier Matteo Renzi, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, French President Francois Hollande, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, German Chancellor Angela Merkel U.S. President Barack Obama, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, European Council President Donald Tusk, and British Prime Minister David Cameron, walk past the Kaguraden as they visit Ise Jingu shrine in Ise, Mie Prefecture, Japan, Thursday, May 26, 2016, as part of the G-7 Summit. REUTERS/Carolyn Kaster/Pool

Japan's Abe takes G7 leaders to shrine

ISE-SHIMA, Japan - Japanese Prime Minster Shinzo Abe escorted Group of Seven (G7) leaders to the Shinto religion's holiest site on Thursday before a summit covering topics from risks to the global economy to refugees and China's maritime assertiveness.

Mira Akram Al Jawabrah is shown in a family handout photo. Canadian relatives of a missing, five-year-old Syrian girl are appealing for help after a mysterious photograph (shown) surfaced on the Internet, suggesting she may have been the only member of her family to survive a bid to escape the war-ravaged country. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Mohamed Masalmeh

Photo sparks hope for missing Syrian girl's family

Canadian relatives of a missing, five-year-old Syrian girl are appealing for help after a mysterious photograph surfaced on the Internet, suggesting she may have been the only member of her family to survive a bid to escape the war-ravaged country.

A gender neutral restroom is seen in a city building in Los Angeles, California, U.S., May 14, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

11 states sue govt for transgender bathroom policy

Eleven U.S. states sued the Obama administration on Wednesday, seeking to overturn a directive from the federal government this month that public schools should allow transgender students to use the bathroom matching their gender identity.

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