OTTAWA — Canada moved on Thursday, Nov. 24, to expand the ability to vote to citizens that have lived out of the country for more than five years, making good on part of the Liberal government's campaign promise to reform election laws. The bill, introduced by Minister of Democratic Institutions Maryam Monsef, will also allow voter information cards to be used as identification at the polls and allow a voter to vouch for someone else without ID, measures Monsef said will improve voter participation.
LONDON — Britain's Sir Elton John will not perform at the inauguration of Donald Trump in Washington as U.S. president, the singer-songwriter's spokeswoman said on Wednesday. Anthony Scaramucci, an economic adviser to Trump's campaign, said John would be performing in a BBC radio interview during which Scaramucci also said the Republican president-elect had a pro-gay rights stance. "Elton John is going to be doing our concert on the Mall for the inauguration," Scaramucci added in the interview for "HARDtalk," broadcast on Wednesday.
VIENNA/DUBAI—OPEC will debate an oil output cut of 4 percent to 4.5 percent for all of its members except Libya and Nigeria next week but the deal's success hinges on an agreement from Iraq and Iran, which are far from certain to give full backing. Three OPEC sources told Reuters a gathering of experts from the oil producer group in Vienna had decided on Tuesday to recommend that a ministerial meeting on Nov. 30 debate a proposal from member Algeria to reduce output by that amount.
CANNON BALL, N.D. - The September decision by the Obama administration to delay final approval for the Dakota Access Pipeline was intended to give federal officials more time to consult with Native American tribes that have faced dispossession from lands for decades. But the delays have also caused increased consternation among company officials and led to growing violence between law enforcement and protesters, with both sides decrying the actions of the other in recent days.
WASHINGTON — President-elect Donald Trump abruptly canceled a meeting scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 22, with The New York Times newspaper that he has frequently criticized, complaining in morning Twitter posts about inaccurate coverage and a "nasty tone." The move came a day after the Republican real estate magnate met with television anchors and news industry executives and reporters in New York in a session The Washington Post described as contentious but generally respectful.
WASHINGTON — President-elect Donald Trump will not pursue investigations against his former Democratic rival for the White House, Hillary Clinton, over her use of a private email server while secretary of state or her family's charity, MSNBC said in a report that a Trump senior adviser did not dispute. During their bitter presidential campaign, the Republican Trump vowed to jail Clinton and crowds at his rallies chanted "Lock her up." He now believes she "has been through enough," MSNBC reported on Tuesday, Nov. 22, citing an unidentified source.
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — The driver of an elementary school bus that crashed in Tennessee, killing five children and hospitalizing more than two dozen, has been charged with vehicular homicide and reckless driving, police said on Tuesday, Nov. 22. Speed appeared to have contributed to the crash, which left the bright yellow bus mangled and nearly severed in two, Police Chief Fred Fletcher said.
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.—A bus carrying dozens of elementary school students crashed in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on Monday, killing an undetermined number of people and sending 23 to a local hospital with injuries, police said. The students were in kindergarten through fifth grade, a spokesman for the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office said. That would make them roughly ages 5 to 10. The bus carried 35 students, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reported, citing Chattanooga Fire Department Assistant Chief Tracy Arnold.
Sunoco Logistics Partners LP said it would buy Energy Transfer Partners LP in a deal valued at $19.93 billion to create the second-largest master limited partnership by enterprise value. ETP is the main company behind the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline, which has been delayed since September, when federal regulators decided to re-review permitting for the pipeline to cross land owned by the federal government.
WASHINGTON—An actor from the hit Broadway musical "Hamilton" who angered Donald Trump when he appealed on-stage for Vice President-elect Mike Pence to ensure the incoming administration respected all Americans said on Monday, Nov. 21, he would not apologize for the remarks.