Boris Johnson set to begin trade talks with U.S. in two weeks – Telegraph

Iraqi security forces kill one, wound seven in Baghdad: sources

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraqi security forces killed one person and wounded seven on Sunday when they opened fire on protesters in Baghdad, security and medical sources said.

Iraq is facing an extraordinary domestic crisis, with nearly 500 people killed since Oct. 1.

Protesters are demanding the ouster of what they see as a corrupt ruling elite and an end to foreign interference, mainly by Iran and the United States.

Woman hospitalized following Regina house fire

Regina police and fire investigators are looking to find out what caused a Sunday morning house fire.

According to officials, police responded to the 1400 block of Elphinstone Street just after midnight for a report of a fire.

Firefighters and EMS had already arrived on the scene, and police were there to assist.

An adult woman was located in the residence and transported to hospital. Officials describe her injuries are serious but non-life threatening.

No word has been given on the extent or cost of the damage.

Kelowna RCMP investigate suspicious hedge fire

Kelowna RCMP are investigating a suspicious hedge fire in the Central Okanagan city on Saturday night.

At approximately 7:00 p.m., the Kelowna Fire Department received multiple calls reporting a cedar hedge on fire near the intersection of Cameron Road and Gordon Drive.

The first arriving officer reported a large cedar hedge approx. 30’ long on fire, the fire department said in a media release.

U.S. Bombs Al-Shabaab Compound in Somalia, Wounding Three

The U.S. Africa Command bombed an al-Shabaab compound near Dujuuma, Somalia, on Sunday, the seventh in a series of strikes on the terrorist group this month in operations coordinated with the Somalia government.

Three militants were wounded, per a U.S. assessment, a day after two others were killed and one wounded at a compound near Saakow, Somalia, and four days after a strike killed three people near Wadajir, Somalia. No civilians were injured or killed, per a U.S. assessment.

Gregory Hadfield, the deputy director of intelligence for the U.S. Africa Command, touted the importance of U.S. support for the counter-terrorism mission.

“China and Russia appear content to remain on the sidelines as our African partners, with U.S. support, fight extremism and pave the way to enhanced security and stability on the continent,” he said in a statement.

Africa Command said the al-Qaeda-aligned group’s leadership has expressed a desire to attack U.S. interests, but lacks the capability to strike the U.S. homeland due to pressure placed on the group.

U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo visited Africa last week in aneffort to reassure allies that the U.S. is committed to fighting the spread of Islamist militancy, even as the Trump administration weighs cutting troops stationed across the continent.

Intuit eyes Credit Karma in what would be its biggest-ever acquisition

Intuit Inc. is nearing a deal to buy personal-finance portal Credit Karma Inc. for about $7 billion in cash and stock, in a move that would push the bookkeeping-software giant further into consumer finance, according to people familiar with the matter.

The maker of TurboTax could announce a deal to buy privately held Credit Karma by Monday, assuming talks don’t fall apart, the people said. Credit Karma was valued at roughly $4 billion in a private share sale about two years ago.

The deal would mark Intuit’s INTU, -1.22%  largest acquisition by far in its 37-year history and the first sizable transaction under Chief Executive Sasan Goodarzi, who took over a little more than a year ago.

Credit Karma offers its customers free access to their credit scores and borrowing history, alerts to possible data breaches, credit monitoring and tax preparation and filing. Customers in turn receive offers from other companies for credit cards and loans tailored to their credit history, and Credit Karma makes money when customers use those products.

An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com.

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Israel carries out strikes on Islamic Jihad targets in Syria and Gaza: army spokesman

GAZA (Reuters) – Israel carried out strikes against the Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad in Syria and the Gaza Strip on Sunday, a military spokesman said.

“A short time ago the (Israel Defense Forces) carried out a series of strikes against terrorist targets belonging to the Islamic Jihad organization in southern Damascus in addition to tens of terrorist targets belonging to the Islamic Jihad group in Gaza Strip,” spokesman Avichay Adraee wrote on Twitter in Arabic.

Syrian air defences intercept 'hostile targets' over Damascus: state media

CAIRO (Reuters) – Syrian air defences intercepted “hostile targets” over the capital Damascus late on Sunday, state media reported.

No further details were immediately available.

This week on ‘Focus Montreal’: Feb. 23, 2020

This week on Focus Montreal, Global takes a look at members of the Oscar-winning team who helped 1917 win best visual effects, the annual gala “A Taste of Tea” that’s paying tribute to outstanding doctors and what West Islanders can expect from Pointe-Claire’s newest developments.

Boris Johnson set to begin trade talks with U.S. in two weeks – Telegraph

Feb 23 (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is prepared to begin trade talks with the United States within the coming two weeks, the Telegraph reported on Sunday.

The British government’s “red lines” for the trade negotiations, due to be published next week, are expected to push back against U.S. demands for its pharmaceutical firms to have greater access to the UK market, the report here said. (Reporting by Maria Ponnezhath in Bengaluru; Editing by Daniel Wallis)