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  • Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper's statement on the passing of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez:

    "I would like to offer my condolences to the people of Venezuela on the passing of President Chávez.

    Canada looks forward to working with his successor and other leaders in the region to build a hemisphere that is more prosperous, secure and democratic.

    At this key juncture, I hope the people of Venezuela can now build for themselves a better, brighter future based on the principles of freedom, democracy, the rule of law and respect for human rights."
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Kurdish peshmerga forces enter Syria's Kobani after further air strikes

SURUC Turkey/BAGHDAD - A convoy of Iraqi Kurdish forces in Turkey rolled late on Friday across the border into Syria to help Syrian Kurds defend the besieged town of Kobani that has become the focus of a Western-backed war against Islamic State insurgents. | Video