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Obama endorses Justin Trudeau ahead of Canada's election

Obama and Trudeau in 2016. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Barack Obama made an unusual endorsement of a foreign leader on Wednesday, tweeting that "the world needs" the "progressive leadership" of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Why it matters: Trudeau is in a tight race ahead of Monday's election. His rock-star image has been battered by an ethics scandal and newly surfaced images of him in blackface. Obama is lending a helping hand to a leader he said he was "proud to work with" while in office.

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Trudeau’s pivot: Vows to ban military-style assault rifles, including AR-15

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday the Liberal government would ban military-style semi-automatic weapons and institute a buyback program if re-elected.

Why it matters: The announcement comes around a month before the nation's federal election and outlines a clear contrast with the Conservative Party on the issue. A 2-year amnesty period would be put in place while the buyback program is instituted, according to the CBC.