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Canada 'deeply troubled' by Maria Ressa arrest

Feb 14, 2019 - 12:16 PM

After the arrest of Rappler CEO Maria Ressa, Canada stresses that journalists should be 'free from harassment and intimidation'

Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa arrives at the NBI Cybercrime Division office after her arrest on February 13, 2019. Photo ny LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Trudeau government in crisis after Canada minister's resignation

Feb 13, 2019 - 10:37 AM

Jody Wilson-Raybould's resignation follows a chorus of demands for the Canadian government to come clean about whether Justin Trudeau's office had pressured her

Photo by Angie De Silva/Rappler

Canadian jihadist says ISIS foreign fighters 'hung out to dry'

Feb 11, 2019 - 12:21 PM

Mohammad Ali begins doubting his decision to join ISIS in late 2016, as the jihadists start losing territory and turning against foreigners

'HUNG OUT TO DRY.' Mohammad Ali, a 28-year-old Canadian jihadist captured by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), speaks to AFP at a detention center in the northeastern Syrian city of Hasakeh on February 10, 2019. Photo by Fadel Senna/AFP

More schools in Canada to teach Filipino language

Feb 10, 2019 - 2:23 PM

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says this will help the Filipino community 'continue to grow deep roots and make this province even greater'

Canadian diplomats hit by mystery symptoms in Cuba sue Ottawa – report

Feb 07, 2019 - 3:46 PM

Fourteen people, including current and former diplomats and their families, are seeking Can$28 million in damages from the federal government

Quebec City mosque shooter to be sentenced on February 8

Feb 07, 2019 - 2:08 PM

The 29-year-old faces the prospect of life in prison if ordered to serve 25 years consecutively for each of the 6 murders for which he pleaded guilty

FOR SENTENCING. Alexandre Bissonnette, a suspect in a shooting at a Quebec City mosque, arrives at the court house in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, February 21, 2017. File photo by Mathieu Belanger/AFP

Canada opens doors to some 750 ex-slaves from Libya

Feb 07, 2019 - 9:58 AM

Canada is 'also taking action to resettle 100 refugees from Niger, rescued from Libyan migrant detention centers, including victims of human smuggling,' Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen says

OPENING DOORS. Hon. Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship, Canada, speaks at The 2017 Concordia Annual Summit at Grand Hyatt New York on September 18, 2017. File photo by Riccardo Savi/Getty Images for Concordia Summit/AFP

Major EU nations rally behind Guaido as Venezuela leader

Feb 04, 2019 - 5:58 PM

(UPDATED) Russia, one of the main allies of Maduro's regime, slams what it dubs European 'interference' in the oil-rich but impoverished Latin American country, saying it is an attempt 'to legitimize usurped power'

VENEZUELA. Opposition leader Juan Guaido gestures as he delivers a speech before thousands of supporters, in Caracas on February 2, 2019. File photo by Juan Barreto/AFP

Trudeau sacks Canadian envoy to China after Huawei controversy

Jan 27, 2019 - 9:25 AM

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asks for and accepts the resignation of Canada's Ambassador to China John McCallum

SACKING. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau fires Ambassador to China John McCallum, but not before hailing the latter's two-decades worth of public service. File photo by Lars Hagberg/AFP

Australian detained in China receives consular visit – official

Jan 25, 2019 - 9:35 PM

Embassy staff made a consular visit to Yang Jun in the afternoon, according to a brief statement released by the Australian department of foreign affairs

DETAINED. File photo of Chinese-Australian author Yang Hengjun. From

U.S. to seek Huawei exec's extradition from Canada

Jan 23, 2019 - 10:42 AM

Meng Wanzhou, the daughter of Huawei's founder, is free on a $7.5 million bail and is awaiting a hearing on her extradition

This TV image provided by CTV to AFP shows Huawei Technologies Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou as she exits the court registry following the bail hearing at British Columbia Superior Courts in Vancouver, British Columbia on December 11, 2018. Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of Huawei, was released on Can$10 million (US$7.5 million) bail on Tuesday in a case that has rattled relations between China, the United States and Canada. CTV / AFP

China rebukes ex-envoys over detained Canadians

Jan 22, 2019 - 6:44 PM

An open letter from a group of former diplomats and academics says both Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor worked to improve understanding of China and to promote better relations with the world

Key dates in China-Canada Huawei spat

Jan 17, 2019 - 1:51 PM

Here are the key dates since the arrest of Huawei's chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou

Huawei photo from Shutterstock. Meng Wanzhou photo from Huawei website

Canada asks China clemency for convicted drug trafficker

Jan 16, 2019 - 11:45 AM

The timing and swiftness of Robert Lloyd Schellenberg's sentence, and the inclusion of new evidence, raise suspicion among observers

REQUEST FOR CLEMENCY. Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland says they have already spoken with China's ambassador to Canada and 'requested clemency' for Robert Lloyd Schellenberg. File photo from the Twitter account of Chrystia Freeland

China, Canada diplomatic row escalates with death sentence

Jan 15, 2019 - 2:19 PM

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expresses 'extreme concern' that China has 'chosen to arbitrarily' apply the death penalty

SENTENCING. This photograph taken and released by the Intermediate Peoples' Court of Dalian on January 14, 2019, shows Canadian Robert Lloyd Schellenberg (C) during his retrial on drug trafficking charges in the court in Dalian in China's northeast Liaoning province. Handout photo/AFP

Canadian risks harsher sentence at China drug retrial

Jan 14, 2019 - 10:11 AM

Robert Lloyd Schellenberg, originally sentenced to 15 years in prison and a 150,000 yuan ($22,000) forfeiture, could now potentially face the death penalty under China's zero-tolerance drug laws

Runaway Saudi teen settles in Canada after being granted asylum

Jan 13, 2019 - 10:01 AM

Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun arrives in Toronto while wearing a gray hoodie emblazoned with the red word 'CANADA' and a blue cap with the UNHCR's logo

ASYLUM. Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun smiles as she is introduced to the media at Toronto Pearson International Airport alongside Canadian minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland (R) on January 12, 2019. Photo by Burston/Getty Images/AFP

Saudi teen asylum seeker expected in Canada

Jan 12, 2019 - 4:36 PM

The move is sure to further strain Canada's relations with the kingdom that went sideways last August over Ottawa's human rights criticism of Saudi Arabia

SEEKING. This handout picture taken by the Thai Immigration Bureau on January 7, 2019 Saudi woman Rahaf Mohammed al-Qanun being escorted by a Thai immigration officer and UNHCR officials at Suvarnabhumi international airport in Bangkok. Handout / Thai Immigration Bureau / AFP

Chinese ambassador accuses Canada of 'white supremacy' in Huawei case

Jan 10, 2019 - 5:54 PM

China's ambassador to Canada Lu Shaye says the "groundless" detention of a top Chinese tech executive is a display of 'Western egotism and white supremacy'

Trudeau, Trump denounce China's 'arbitrary detention' of Canadians

Jan 08, 2019 - 8:26 AM

Though no link has been officially made, the arrests are thought to be in retaliation for Canada's December 1 arrest of Meng Wanzhou, a top executive at Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei

US AND CANADA. In this file photo, Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau (R) speaks with U.S. President Donald Trump during the G7 official welcome at Le Manoir Richelieu on day one of the G7 meeting on June 8, 2018 in Quebec City, Canada. File photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images/AFP

13 Canadians held in China since arrest of Huawei executive

Jan 04, 2019 - 5:57 PM

Some believe the detentions of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor are in retaliation to the arrest in Vancouver of Huawei's Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou

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China 'resolutely opposes' demands for release of detained Canadians

Dec 25, 2018 - 9:15 AM

Beijing expresses 'strong dissatisfaction' to calls of Canada and the United States for the release of two Canadians detained in China

Ottawa seeks help for release of Canadians held in China

Dec 23, 2018 - 12:21 PM

'We feel that respecting the rule of law, respecting the rights of citizens, of prisoners is extremely important,' says Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Canada, U.S. call for 'immediate release' of 2 Canadians held by China

Dec 22, 2018 - 8:34 AM

The two Canadians are detained in apparent retaliation for the arrest in Vancouver of a Huawei's chief financial officer

China detains 3rd Canadian as Huawei spat simmers

Dec 20, 2018 - 10:52 AM

'We are looking into the details (but) this most recent one doesn't seem to fit the pattern set by the previous two (arrests),' says Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

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Canada mulls canceling Saudi arms deal over Yemen, Khashoggi murder

Dec 17, 2018 - 2:38 PM

'The murder of a journalist is absolutely unacceptable and that's why Canada from the very beginning had been demanding answers and solutions on that,' Trudeau says in an interview with CTV.

TRUDEAU AND SAUDI ARABIA. In this file photo taken on June 09, 2018 Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addresses a press conference at the conclusion of the G7 summit in La Malbaie, Quebec. Photo by Lars Hagberg AFP

U.S, Canada promise due process for arrested Chinese executive

Dec 15, 2018 - 10:41 AM

China asserts that the two countries overstepped their authority during the arrest and that Huawei's chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou is innocent

OUT ON BAIL. Meng Wanzhou (pictured on the news page), Huawei's chief financial officer, was detained this week in Canada and faces an extradition request from US authorities over an investigation into suspected Iran sanctions violations by the Chinese technology giant. File Photo by Clement SABOURIN/AFP

China probes Canadian on suspicion of 'harming' national security

Dec 13, 2018 - 11:29 AM

(UPDATED) The Canadian government says it has been unable to reach Michael Spavor, who runs a China-based organization that facilitates trips to North Korea

Huawei executive gets bail in case rattling China ties

Dec 12, 2018 - 7:45 AM

(UPDATED) 'The risk of her non-attendance in court [for a future extradition hearing] can be reduced to an acceptable level by imposing the bail conditions proposed by her council,' a judge says

HUAWEI. An illustration shows a journalist reading a news page about tech giant Huawei in The Globe and Mail in Montreal, Canada, December 6, 2018. Photo by Clement Sabourin/AFP

Top Huawei executive cites health issues in Canada bail request

Dec 10, 2018 - 3:54 PM

In a sworn affidavit, Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou says she has been treated in a Canadian hospital for hypertension since she was arrested in Vancouver on December 1 for possible extradition

MENG WANZHOU. Chinese telecom giant Huawei's chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou faces fraud charges after allegedly lying to US banks about the use of a covert subsidiary to sell to Iran in breach of sanctions. Photo from Huawei Europe media center website

Huawei exec faces U.S. fraud charges linked to Iran

Dec 08, 2018 - 8:46 AM

(UPDATED) In a statement released Friday, December 7, Huawei expresses 'confidence that the Canadian and US legal systems will reach the right conclusion' on Meng's fraud charges

ARRESTED. Chinese telecom giant Huawei's chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou faces fraud charges after allegedly lying to US banks about the use of a covert subsidiary to sell to Iran in breach of sanctions. Photo from Huawei Europe media center website

Huawei arrest a 'despicable rogue' action – Chinese media

Dec 07, 2018 - 4:26 PM

Chinese media cast the move to arrest Meng Wanzhou as an assault on the development of the country's high-tech industry

Canada defends Huawei arrest as markets wobble

Dec 07, 2018 - 10:01 AM

Huawei's affordable smartphones have made strong inroads in the developing world, but the company has faced repeated setbacks in major Western economies over security concerns

HUAWEI. An illustration shows a journalist reading a news page about tech giant Huawei in The Globe and Mail in Montreal, Canada, December 6, 2018. Photo by Clement Sabourin/AFP

Canada's foreign minister 'concerned' about Maria Ressa's safety, security

Dec 07, 2018 - 9:24 AM

Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says, 'Canada remains deeply concerned for the security and safety' of Rappler CEO Maria Ressa in the Philippines

Huawei 'not aware of any wrongdoing' by CFO arrested in Canada

Dec 06, 2018 - 9:58 AM

Meng, who was transferring flights in Canada when she was 'provisionally detained,' faces 'unspecified charges' in the Eastern District of New York, Huawei says

Photo from Huawei Europe media center website

China furious at Huawei executive's arrest in Canada

Dec 06, 2018 - 9:32 AM

'At the request of the US side, the Canadian side arrested a Chinese citizen not violating any American or Canadian law,' a statement from the Chinese embassy in Canada says

Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler

Chief financial officer of China's Huawei arrested in Canada – official

Dec 06, 2018 - 8:11 AM

(UPDATED) Meng Wanzhou 'was arrested in Vancouver on December 1,' a statement says. 'She is sought for extradition by the United States, and a bail hearing has been set for Friday.'

G20 opens under assault from Trump on collective action

Nov 30, 2018 - 10:57 AM

Shortly before the summit kicks off, Donald Trump's 'America First' charge will bear fruit with the signing in Buenos Aires of a successor to the North American free trade pact NAFTA

G20. View of the Obelisk as Corrientes Avenue remains without traffic due to security measures ahead of the G20 Summit in Buenos Aires on Noviembre 29, 2018. Photo by Alberto Raggio/AFP

General Motors shuttering plants, cutting 15% of workforce

Nov 27, 2018 - 3:30 PM

The moves include shuttering 7 plants worldwide as the company responds to changing customer preferences and focuses on popular trucks and SUVs and increasingly on electric models

GENERAL MOTORS. Two electric vehicles are getting charged at the General Motors plant in Oshawa, Ontario, on November 26, 2018. Photo by Lars Hagberg/AFP

Garbage from Korea more manageable than Canada case – DENR

Nov 13, 2018 - 3:25 PM

Environment Undersecretary Benny Antiporda says there is 'no need to worry' and he will see to it that the garbage is shipped back to South Korea

Canada apologizes for turning away Jews fleeing Nazi Germany

Nov 08, 2018 - 4:13 PM

'Today, I rise in this House to issue a long overdue apology to the Jewish refugees Canada turned away,' says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

APOLOGY. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says sorry 'for the callousness of Canada's response' when Jewish asylum seekers fleeing Nazi Germany sought refuge in the country just months before the outbreak of World War II. File photo by Angie De Silva/Rappler

Handful of states hold fate of world's vanishing wilderness

Nov 01, 2018 - 2:17 PM

New research published in the journal Nature finds that nearly 3 quarters of the wilderness that's left belongs to Australia, Brazil, Canada, Russia, and the United States

DEFORESTATION. This file photo shows a rainforest jungle in Borneo, Malaysia, destroyed to make way for oil palm plant. Shutterstock photo

Pacific trade pact shunned by Trump cleared for launch

Oct 31, 2018 - 1:45 PM

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announces that his government has ratified the 11-country pact, meaning a quorum of more than half the members have formally signed on

PACIFIC TRADE. This file photo shows Scott Morrison at a press conference in Sydney on July 25, 2014. File photo by William West/AFP

4 earthquakes strike off Canada's west coast

Oct 22, 2018 - 3:53 PM

There are no initial reports of damage or injuries, and no tsunami warnings were issued

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Canada legalizes marijuana for recreational use

Oct 17, 2018 - 11:22 PM

The Cannabis Act makes Canada the first major Western nation to legalize and regulate the sale and recreational use of marijuana

MARIJUANA. A man touches marijuana leaves at a farm near Medellin, Antioquia department, Colombia on October 3, 2012. File photo by Raul Arboleda/AFP

Canada legalizes marijuana for recreational use

Oct 17, 2018 - 12:48 PM

The Cannabis Act, which fulfills a promise Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made in the 2015 election campaign, makes Canada only the second nation after Uruguay to legalize the drug

MARIJUANA. A man touches marijuana leaves at a farm near Medellin, Antioquia department, Colombia on October 3, 2012. File photo by Raul Arboleda/AFP

Canada to fund 9 projects for women, girls in Philippines

Oct 07, 2018 - 4:42 PM

'When women and girls are empowered to reach their full potential, this directly benefits their families, their communities, and their country,' says Canadian Ambassador to the Philippines John Holmes

CANADA FUND. Canadian Ambassador to the Philippines John Holmes (2nd from left, seated) meets with project leads of the Canada Fund partner organizations. Photo courtesy of Canadian embassy

Canada says it was targeted by Russian cyber attacks

Oct 04, 2018 - 10:49 PM

The Canadian government accuses GRU, Russian military's intelligence arm, as responsible

Aung San Suu Kyi becomes first person stripped of honorary Canadian citizenship

Oct 03, 2018 - 10:04 AM

The move is made official after Canada's Senate votes to revoke the symbolic honor

AUNG SAN SUU KYI. Myanmar de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi at the opening ceremony of the ASEAN Interparliamentary Assembly in Naypyidaw on September 30, 2016. File photo by Aung Htet/ AFP