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Published on: January 30, 2017 | Last Updated: January 30, 2017 10:19 AM EST

 Police officers respond to a shooting in a mosque at a Quebec City mosque on Ste-Foy St. on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017.
Police officers respond to a shooting in a mosque at a Quebec City mosque on Ste-Foy St. on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017. ALICE CHICHE / AFP/Getty Images

Six people have been killed and eight others were injured after at least two gunmen opened fire in a Quebec City mosque Sunday night.

At a press conference early Monday morning, Premier Philippe Couillard said he was “horrified” by the attack.

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..Gen. John F. Kelly, the secretary of Homeland Security, this month. © Al Drago/The New York Times ..Gen. John F. Kelly, the secretary of Homeland Security, this month. 

WASHINGTON — As President Trump signed a sweeping executive order on Friday, shutting the borders to refugees and others from seven largely Muslim countries, the secretary of homeland security was on a White House conference call getting his first full briefing on the global shift in policy.

Gen. John F. Kelly, the secretary of homeland security, had dialed in from a Coast Guard plane as he headed back to Washington from Miami. Along with other top officials, he needed guidance from the White House, which had not asked his department for a legal review of the order.

Halfway into the briefing, someone on the call looked up at a television in his office. “The president is signing the executive order that we’re discussing,” the official said, stunned. Continue reading

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The monument to Vladimir, the patron saint of the Russian Orthodox Church, about 100 yards from the Kremlin walls in Moscow. Critics view it as a thinly disguised homage to President Vladimir V. Putin.CreditSergei Chirikov/European Pressphoto Agency

MOSCOW — With President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia relying on resurgent nationalism as the bedrock of his government, on Friday he inaugurated what many consider to be a symbol of that policy: a colossal, much-debated statue of St. Vladimir, the patron saint of the Russian Orthodox Church who, of course, shares the president’s name.

Supporters hailed the statue as embodying Russia’s core identity as a robust state built around Christian values and under a resolute father figure.

Critics disparaged the work, which rises nearly 60 feet at a main crossroads here about 100 yards from the Kremlin walls, calling it an eyesore and a thinly disguised monument to the other Vladimir.

Whatever observers might think about the monument, there is no doubt that Russia has gone slightly statue mad. St. Vladimir is only the latest, most potent salvo in what might be called the Statue Wars, a battle over whether the proliferating figures across the country are being erected to represent something other than themselves or even than their historical periods.

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