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News of the day from across the globe, April 21
April 20, 2017
Foreign nationals who don’t live in Canada’s biggest city and its surrounding communities will pay an additional 15 percent tax on home purchases under legislation proposed by the government of Ontario province. Iranian state TV said Thursday that the body charged with vetting candidates has disqualified former hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad from running in next month’s presidential election. Ahmadinejad was president from 2005 to 2013 and was best known abroad for his incendiary rhetoric toward Israel, his questioning of the scale of the Holocaust and his efforts to ramp up Iran’s nuclear program. The Indian government has blocked one of the country’s largest nonprofit public health organizations from accepting money from foreign donors, including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The cancellation of the health organization’s license to accept international financing is the latest move in an aggressive government crackdown on nongovernmental organizations that receive money from outside India. The public health organization, the Public Health Foundation of India, is a public-private partnership that was started by the government in 2006. The killing prompted Guerrero’s governor to cut short a trip to the U.S. aimed at convincing cruise ship lines that the state’s flagship resort, Acapulco, is safe enough to bring their ships back for visits. Some cruise ships have stopped visiting the Pacific coast state because of continued violence, like the assassination late Wednesday of leftist politician Demetrio Saldivar.