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LGBT Canadian Flag. Image: Osado
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Canada Passes Bill C-16 To Give Transgender People Equal Rights

In Canada, it will soon be a law that transgender people cannot be treated differently than other people are treated.

What is transgender? It refers to a person who doesn’t feel like they are the gender (male and female are two genders, for instance) that they were assumed to be when they were born. For instance, a person who was originally thought to be male and who is known as male, but doesn’t feel like they are male. (And the same for female.)*

Last week, Bill C-16 was approved by the Canadian Senate. It says no one can discriminate against transgender people. (In this case discriminate means treat them differently than they would be treated if they were not transgender.)

Theresa May. Image: UK Home Office
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Theresa May’s Majority Becomes A Minority

The British Prime Minister may be regretting her decision to call an early election.
Theresa May and her political party, the Conservative Party, were the leaders in the UK (United Kingdom). They had a “majority” government. (In other words, they had more “seats”—or representatives—in the House of Commons than all of the other political parties, combined.) That’s important, because having a majority means that you can really get things done—you won’t be voted down by the other parties. May hoped that by holding an election, she could expand her majority even more.
However, things didn’t go as she planned.

Trump Fires FBI Director
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Trump Fires FBI Director

US president Donald Trump fired the head of the FBI last week. When he did that, he shocked many people. The FBI is a special organization in the United States that investigates (looks carefully at) problems and issues. The FBI has been investigating an issue that Donald Trump cares about. They have been trying to figure out if some people in Russia influenced the US election, and helped get Trump elected. (No outside country is allowed to affect the results of a US election.)

Emmanuel Macron. Image: gouvernement.fr
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French Elect Emmanuel Macron As President

France has a new president. On May 7, the French people elected Emmanuel Macron.

It was an important decision for France. Macron’s opponent was Marine Le Pen, a “far-right” politician. If she had won, France may have pulled out of the European Union* (EU). That would have meant big changes not only for France, but possibly the whole EU.

Many people in Europe are relieved that Macron won the election. Macron is a “centrist” politician, which means he’s in the “middle” – not too far “left” or “right.”** His win means that France will stay in the European Union.

Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn was at the centre of a controversy that led to his resignation. Image: Defense Intelligence Agency
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Scandal In Trump’s White House

Did Donald Trump’s people talk to the Russian government about things they shouldn’t have, before the election?

That question has placed Trump and his government in the middle of a scandal. (Scandal, in this case, means a big problem that may involve wrong-doing.)

When one of Donald Trump’s advisors (National Security Advisor Michael Flynn) was asked if he had talked to the Russian government before the U.S. election, he said no. But that was a lie. He had to resign (quit his job) because of his lie.

In talking to the Russian government, Flynn may have told them some things he shouldn’t have told them.

More than 60,000 people protested in Toronto, Ontario on Jan. 20. This photo was taken by TKN's Joyce Grant, outside Toronto's City Hall.
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Millions Around The World Join Women’s Marches

Millions of people around the world joined protest marches on January 21 to show their support for women’s rights and other causes.

The marches were inspired by the Women’s March, which was held in Washington, D.C., the day after Donald Trump officially became President of the United States. The Women’s March was organized to protest Trump’s policies. Many people believe his policies are a threat to basic rights and freedoms for women and for people of minority religions and races.

Trump takes the "oath of office" to officially become the 45th president of the United States on Jan. 20, 2017. This picture was taken of a CBC broadcast.
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President Donald Trump

The United States has a new president.
Donald Trump was “sworn in” or “inaugurated” last Friday as the country’s 45th president. That means he was officially given the job, and Barack Obama is no longer the president of the United States.

Donald Trump. Image: Gage Skidmore
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Update On Trump

He hasn’t even officially taken the job yet, but already Trump has been involved in a series of bizarre incidents unlike any other president. Trump will be “inaugurated” (officially given the job) on January 20. Normally, a presidential inauguration is a big celebration with lots of celebrities and high-profile musical acts performing. For instance, when US President Barack Obama was inaugurated in 2009, Beyoncé, Bruce Springsteen and Stevie Wonder were among the performers.

Fidel Castro in 1959. Image: Wikipedia
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Iconic Cuban Leader, Fidel Castro dead at 90

Fidel Castro was the most important political figure in Cuba from 1959 to 2006. In those nearly 50 years, Castro first held the position of Prime Minister (1959 – 1976) and later President (1977 – 2006).

However, many people would argue that a more appropriate title for Castro would be dictator. (A dictator is a political leader who holds unlimited power and does not allow opportunities for new governments to form, as in an election).

Trump & Clinton. Image: Gage Skidmore
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Countdown To The US Election: What You Need To Know

Americans go to the polls on November 8.

Either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump will (unless something very unlikely happens) become President of the United States. That is, arguably, the most powerful job in the world. No political party is more “right or wrong” than another–they are simply groups of people who hold specific beliefs and even then, not everyone who belongs to that party will agree with everything their party supports.)