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--First NewsWatch--
[January 19, 2014]

--First NewsWatch--

(Canadian Press Broadcast Wire (Canada) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) (Canadians Killed Afghanistan) (Audio: 94) More has been learned about the two Canadians who are among the 21 people killed in Friday's terrorist attack in Kabul.

Peter McSheffrey of Ottawa and Martin Glazer of nearby Gatineau, Quebec were accountants auditing Canada's foreign aid work in Afghanistan.

They were having dinner in a restaurant when a suicide bomber and two gunmen struck.

Their employer, Pierre Samson, says he's shocked at the deaths, noting the terrorists struck in a highly secure area.

The families of the two men say both felt they were doing meaningful work and making a contribution to Afghanistan's future. (1) (Pakistan) Islamic militants are suspected in a bombing that killed at least 20 people this morning in northwestern Pakistan.

The bomb ripped through a vehicle carrying mostly paramilitary troops.

It happened in an area frequented by al-Qaida fighters. (1) (Harper Israel) (Audio:26) A warm welcome awaits Stephen Harper when he arrives in Israel this morning for his first visit to the Jewish state as prime minister.

Since coming to power eight years ago, Harper has been a fervent supporter of Israel, and that nation's leaders have made it very clear they appreciate the support.

Tomorrow, he will speak to the Israeli parliament and receive an honorary doctorate from Tel Aviv University.

Harper's one-week tour of the Middle East also includes stops in the West Bank and Jordan. (1) (Listeria-Ham) A recall has been issued in Alberta and B-C for a ham product which might be contaminated with listeria, a potentially dangerous bacteria.

The product is Hickory Smoked Spiral Sliced Ham sold under the brand name Ripple Creek Farm with a best-before date of February 13th.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says it has no reports of anyone becoming ill after eating the ham. (1) (California Wildfires) Firefighters in southern California are getting a handle on a raging wildfire in a hilly and bone-dry area 40-kilometres northeast of Los Angeles.

The eight-square-kilometre blaze is said to be 60 per cent contained.

Since it began early Thursday, the fire has destroyed five homes and damaged 17 other buildings. (1) (Everly Memorial) (Audio:25) There was lots of music and plenty of glowing tributes to Phil Everly at a memorial yesterday in Powderly, Kentucky.

One half of the Everly Brothers died earlier this month at the age of 74.

The pioneering duo, which has deep roots in Kentucky, had 19 Top 40 hits between 1957 and 1962.

The Everly Brothers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986, and the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001. (1) (NewsWatch by Bill Marshall) (The Canadian Press) (c) 2014 The Canadian Press

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