Canada's Justin Trudeau, Syria's cease-fire, and proof "Baby Shark" can hypnotize any toddler: The Morning Rundown

Canada's scandal-scarred prime minister looks to have pulled off another victory.
Image: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Holds Election Night Watch Party In Montreal
Liberal supporters react as they watch results roll in at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's election night headquarters in Montreal, Canada on Tuesday. Cole Burston / Getty Images

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Trudeau projected to win re-election as prime minister

Official results are still to come, but it looks almost certain that Justin Trudeau has won a second term as prime minister of Canada, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. and other major Canadian networks projected Monday night.

The campaign was an uphill battle for the 47-year-old son of a former Canadian prime minister.

Trudeau's campaign was roiled by scandal when images of him in brownface and blackface makeup as a young man resurfaced. He apologized, but the incidents undercut his image as a champion of inclusivity and tarnished his standing as a leader of progressive politics in an age of growing right-wing nationalism.

And before that,Trudeau was embroiled in a corruption scandal after his former attorney general said he improperly pressured her to halt the criminal prosecution of a Quebec company.

In a speech thanking supporters Monday night,Trudeau addressed those who did not vote for his party, saying "we will work every single day for you — we will govern for everyone."


Kurds left to fend for themselves as Turkey's ceasefire set to expire

With the Turkey cease-fire agreement set to expire Tuesday, President Donald Trump suggested that he would leave some U.S. troops in Syria to protect oil resources. But he made it clear that he saw no need for U.S. forces to defend America's Kurdish partners.

"We never agreed to protect the Kurds for the rest of their lives," Trump told reporters during a Cabinet meeting at the White House Monday.

"Where is the agreement we have to stay in the Middle East for the rest of humanity?" he added.

Trump's decision to withdraw U.S. forces from Syria has been heavily criticized by Republicans and Democrats.

The Kurds have made it clear that they view the U.S. withdrawal as a betrayal. Video emerged Monday of Kurds pelting American vehicles with vegetables and shouting insults at U.S. troops as they drove out of Syria.

With Russia appearing to be one beneficiary of the U.S. withdrawal, President Vladimir Putin is meeting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday to discuss Syria.

Meantime, the Pentagon recently began drawing up plans for an abrupt withdrawal of all U.S. troops from Afghanistan in case Trump surprises military leaders by ordering an immediate drawdown as he did in Syria, three current and former defense officials said.

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In many low-income, rural communities across the country, emergency medical services are on the brink of collapse.

Ambulance services are closing in record numbers, putting around 60 million Americans at risk of being stranded in a medical emergency.

Because so many emergency medical services (EMS) agencies have been struggling financially, some states are stepping in with funding. But emergency medical experts say it’s not enough to cure the dire situation.

"We are literally one person away from closing," said Erick Hartse, a volunteer paramedic with the ambulance service in Marmarth, North Dakota, which has a population of 143.

There are 12 EMS personnel in Marmarth, and they each take 12-hour shifts. All 12 donate their time, without compensation of any kind. That means they must also work a full-time job to support their families.

"We've been relying on volunteers to be the backbone in EMS for a long time, and unfortunately, that needs to change," Hartse, 30, said. "Could you imagine being a volunteer doctor? It’s unfathomable."

Fewer hospitals mean ambulances must travel farther distances, sometimes in rough terrain or on unmarked roads.Ackerman + Gruber / for NBC News

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One fun thing

As anti-government demonstrations paralyzed Lebanon, one group of protesters took a time out to sing "Baby Shark" to sooth a toddler stuck in traffic.

Video shot by the boy's mother shows a dozen or so men in Beirut, the Lebanese capital, belting out the earworm tune that has bewitched children and bedeviled parents around the globe.

Robin, the toddler, looks on as protesters carrying Lebanese flags surround the car and perform the song's signature clap.

"We sang 'Baby Shark' to make him happy," one of the men in the video, Elie-joe Nehme, told NBC News.

Not sure about his mom, but Robin seemed to appreciate the performance.


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