Canada slows refugee plans
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he has slowed down plans to settle 25,000 Syrian refugees within weeks in order to allay citizensí security concerns after the Paris attacks. Trudeau had wanted to resettle 25,000 refugees in Canada by Dec. 31. On Tuesday, his Liberal government said Canada would resettle 10,000 Syrian refugees by the end of the year and another 15,000 by the end of February. Health and security screening will take place overseas, rather than once the newcomers arrive in Canada. Trudeau, on his first visit to Britain since being elected last month, met Wednesday with Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace and held talks with his British counterpart, David Cameron, at 10 Downing St.
Large wildfire kills at least two
Firefighters contained a large wildfire Thursday that left two dead and 13 injured and destroyed at least 16 homes near the southern Australian city of Adelaide, officials said. Two bodies of a 56-year-old woman and a 69-year-old man were recovered on Wednesday, South Australia state Premier Jay Weatherill said. At least two firefighters were among the 13 people hospitalized on Wednesday by the fast-moving blaze that had scorched 210,000 acres of farm and woodland and threatened several towns, Weatherill said.
Rebels, militias fight; 47 dead
Security officials say overnight clashes between Shiite Houthi rebels and pro-government militias have killed 47 people, nearly all of them fighters. They say rebels stormed the town of Dabab late Tuesday. The town lies on a crucial supply route for pro-government forces in the Taiz province. Securing Taiz would allow pro-government forces to march north to the rebel-held capital, Sanaa. The officials say two civilians were among the 47 killed in the fighting. The internationally recognized government is backed by a Saudi-led coalition.
Compiled from wire reports.