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Canada welcomes Syrian refugees...House searched in Brussels for ties to Paris attacks... Spain holds election

By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 20, 2015 at 6:50 p.m.



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AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Canada's minister of immigration and citizenship says the country's resettlement program for Syrian refugees could double its intake by the end of next year to 50,000. John McCallum was in the Jordanian capital of Amman on Sunday, meeting with Syrian families preparing to board flights to Canada. He told one family: "Everyone in Canada is waiting to meet you."

BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgian authorities are continuing to focus on their country's links to last month's attacks in Paris. They searched a house in Brussels on Sunday and have detained an unidentified person for questioning. A federal prosecutor says investigators are still trying to establish what connection they may have to the attacks in the French capital in which 130 people died.

MADRID (AP) — Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is hailing the result of Spain's election as voter rejection of the unpopular austerity measures that Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and his Popular Party invoked during the eurozone's debt crisis. Rajoy's party won the election but fell far short of the majority needed to forge alliances to stay in power in a coalition or as a minority government.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A shake-up of America's kidney transplant system means more organs are getting to patients once thought nearly impossible to match. That's according to data from the United Network for Organ Sharing. A year ago, it changed how kidneys from deceased donors are distributed. The goal was to decrease disparities and get the most benefit from that scarce resource.

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Someone is slipping a $1,000 bill into a Salvation Army kettle in Morgantown, West Virginia. It's happened every year for nearly four decades. The long-running holiday mystery continued on Saturday when a $1,000 bill was found in a kettle at a supermarket. No one knows who the donor is. The anonymous donation began appearing in kettles in the late 1970s.

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