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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday called a deadly truck attack that targeted a Muslim family a "terrorist attack" fueled by "toxic rhetoric" and discrimination.

Driving the news: A driver on Sunday plowed his pickup truck into the family while they were out on a walk in London, Ontario, killing four people. Authorities say they have evidence the attack was motivated by Islamophobic hate.

  • The sole survivor, a 9-year-old boy, is in serious condition, according to police.

What he's saying: "This killing was no accident. This was a terrorist attack," Trudeau said.

  • "If anyone thinks racism and hatred don't exist in this country, I ask to them this: How do we explain such violence, that child in a hospital? How can we look families in the eye and say Islamophobia isn't real?"
  • He noted that it wasn't a one-off either, citing anti-Muslim violence in recent years, including the 2017 Quebec City mosque massacre and the September murder of a man at a mosque in Rexdale, Ontario.
  • "They were all targeted because of their Muslim faith. This is happening here, in Canada, and it has to stop," he said.
  • The country must come together to combat the "ugly, pervasive trend" just as it did to fight the pandemic, Trudeau added. He vowed to bolster the government's efforts to dismantle "far-right hate groups" that threaten public safety.

The big picture: The suspect has been charged with four counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder.

  • Authorities are also reviewing potential terrorism charges, per Reuters.

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In the weeks after the Sept. 11 attacks, a white supremacist in Dallas named Mark Stroman went on a violent spree he said was for revenge, killing two men and shooting a third, Bangladeshi immigrant Rais Bhuiyan, in the face.

What happened: Bhuiyan forgave Stroman, who was sentenced to death for the crimes, and has since dedicated his life to ending hate — even unsuccessfully suing the state of Texas in an attempt to stop the execution.

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In reversal, Pentagon now says drone strike killed 10 Afghan civilians

Caskets for the dead are carried towards the gravesite as relatives and friends attend a mass funeral for members of a family that is said to have been killed in a U.S. drone airstrike, in Kabul on Aug. 30. Photo: Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

A U.S. drone strike launched on Aug. 29 killed 10 civilians in Afghanistan, including seven children, rather than the Islamic State extremists the Biden administration claimed it targeted, the Pentagon said Friday.

Why it matters: U.S. Central Command said at the time that officials "know" the drone strike "disrupted an imminent ISIS-K threat" to Kabul's airport, and that they were "confident we successfully hit the target."

UN warns of "catastrophic" climate change failure without more emissions cuts

UN Secretary-General António Guterres at a news conference. Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

A United Nations report released Friday warned that the planet will likely warm by more than 2.7 degrees Celsius by the end of the century unless governments take extra steps to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

Why it matters: The report, released just months ahead of November's UN Climate Summit, highlights the growing pressure on global leaders to crack down on emissions to avert the worst effects of climate change.