CBC Filipino troops kill commander of group that kidnapped, beheaded Canadians 2017-04-28T21:06:32.000000000-04:00 The Philippine military chief says marines have killed an Abu Sayyaf extremist commander considered to be one of the most notorious kidnappers in the country's south. North Korea's missile test fire fails hours after UN meeting on nukes 2017-04-28T17:53:33.000000000-04:00 A North Korean mid-range ballistic missile apparently failed shortly after launch, South Korea and the U.S. said, the third test-fire flop just this month but a clear message of defiance as a U.S. supercarrier conducts drills in nearby waters. U.S. urges new sanctions on North Korea 2017-04-28T12:41:56.000000000-04:00 The U.S. calls for new sanctions on North Korea and threatens to punish international companies doing banned business with the pariah nation's nuclear and missile programs. Trump signs order to expand drilling in Arctic, Atlantic oceans 2017-04-28T11:35:20.000000000-04:00 Working to dismantle his predecessor's environmental legacy, President Donald Trump has signed an executive order Friday that could lead to the expansion of drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans. Mystery deaths in Liberia linked to funeral: WHO 2017-04-28T10:25:28.000000000-04:00 Eleven people have died and five are in hospital, Liberian officials said on Friday, after contracting a mystery illness the World Health Organization (WHO) said was linked to attendance at the funeral of a religious leader. Israel plans 15,000 more settlement homes in East Jerusalem 2017-04-28T09:56:33.000000000-04:00 Israel intends to build 15,000 new settlement homes in East Jerusalem, according to its Housing Ministry, despite U.S. President Donald Trump's request to "hold back" on settlements as part of a possible new push for Israeli-Palestinian peace. Pope's visit to Egypt highlights Christian-Muslim unity against violence 2017-04-28T07:36:55.000000000-04:00 During his visit to Cairo on Friday, Francis urged Egypt's leading imams to teach their students to reject violence in God's name and preach messages of peace and tolerance instead. Congress averts U.S. government shutdown 2017-04-28T05:02:55.000000000-04:00 With just hours to spare, the U.S. Congress easily approves a short-term spending bill that prevents a partial federal shutdown over the weekend. Here's what will happen when the U.K. heads to the polls — not much: Michael Coren 2017-04-28T05:01:00.000000000-04:00 It's the election nobody wanted, being contested by people nobody cares for, likely leading to a result that nobody will be surprised about. The real business of politics begins after June 8. Commander in tweet: Trump's first 100 days, as seen through his Twitter account 2017-04-28T05:00:00.000000000-04:00 In the first 100 days, Trump's tweets have moved markets, advanced conspiracy theories, attacked his own party and ultimately helped define his fledgling presidency.