After diplomatic row, Canada's Cirque du Soleil dazzles Riyadh

Sep 24, 2018 - 8:19 AM

The acrobatic troupe performs in Riyadh to mark Saudi Arabia national day, more than a month after the kingdom expelled Canada's ambassador and froze all new trade

DAZZLING. A member of the Canadian circus troop Le Cirque du Soleil performs a show as a part of celebrations of the 88th Saudi National Day at the King Fahad stadium on September 23, 2018 in Riyadh. Photo by Fayez Nureldine/AFP

No new progress reported in U.S.-Canada trade talks

Sep 21, 2018 - 5:20 PM

Canada's Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland tells reporters negotiations had been 'continuous' and 'constructive' but in contrast to previous encounters over the past month she refrained from saying the sides had made progress

CHRYSTIA FREELAND. Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland (C) speaks prior to her meeting with US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer in Washington, DC, on August 30, 2018. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

'More work' to get a continental trade deal – Trudeau

Sep 20, 2018 - 1:25 PM

Negotiators have been in talks nearly non-stop for a month as they try to overcome hurdles and agree on a NAFTA rewrite

NAFTA. In this file photo, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addresses a press conference at the conclusion of the G7 summit in La Malbaie, Quebec, June 9, 2018. File photo by Lars Harberg/AFP

Canada working on World Trade Organization reform – sources

Sep 15, 2018 - 12:57 PM

A small group of like-minded trade ministers will gather in Ottawa October 24-25 'to discuss WTO reform,' a Canadian government source says, requesting anonymity given the sensitivity of the discussions

THE WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION. The World Trade Organization (WTO) headquarters in Geneva on April 12, 2018. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

U.S.-Canada trade deal 'imminently possible,' Freeland says

Sep 12, 2018 - 11:54 AM

US President Donald Trump has raised pressure on Ottawa, threatening to impose duties on Canadian auto imports, which Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says would be 'devastating' for the Canadian auto sector

US-CANADA. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump (L) is greeted by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during the G7 Summit in La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada, June 8, 2018. File photo by Ludovic MARIN/AFP

U.S., Canada to try to salvage 3-country NAFTA

Sep 05, 2018 - 2:28 PM

Legislators and trade law experts have warned that Donald Trump does not have the authority to supplant the 3-nation NAFTA with a bilateral pact with Canada

NAFTA. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump greets Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau upon arrival outside of the West Wing of the White House on February 13, 2017 in Washington, DC. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Trump threatens to exclude Canada from new NAFTA deal

Sep 02, 2018 - 12:27 AM

Trump's tweet seems designed to greatly ramp up the pressure on Canadian negotiators

TIT FOR TAT. In this file photo taken on June 8, 2018, US President Donald Trump (L) and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hold a meeting on the sidelines of the G7 Summit in La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

U.S. presses ahead with Mexico trade pact, talks with Canada resume next week

Sep 01, 2018 - 10:12 AM

Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland says that a 'win-win-win agreement is within reach' among the 3 countries

US President Donald Trump speaks during a phone conversation with Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto on trade in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC on August 27, 2018.  President Donald Trump said Monday the US had reached a "really good deal" with Mexico and talks with Canada would begin shortly on a new regional free trade pact."It's a big day for trade. It's a really good deal for both countries," Trump said."Canada, we will start negotiations shortly. I'll be calling their prime minister very soon," Trump said.US and Mexican negotiators have been working for weeks to iron out differences in order to revise the nearly 25-year old North American Free Trade Agreement, while Canada was waiting to rejoin the negotiations.  / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN

Roadblocks remain as U.S.-Canada NAFTA talks go down to the wire

Aug 31, 2018 - 11:50 PM

With the US deadline to get an agreement by Friday, there are reports the sides were struggling to find compromise on the NAFTA mechanism for resolving trade disputes and on Canada's managed dairy market

NAFTA DEAL. Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland (C) speaks prior to her meeting with US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer in Washington, DC, on August 30, 2018. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

U.S., Canada agreement on NAFTA 2.0 appears to be in reach

Aug 29, 2018 - 1:16 PM

(UPDATED) 'There is a possibility of getting to a good deal for Canada by Friday,' says Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

NAFTA TALKS. In this file photo taken on October 11, 2017 US President Donald Trump (R) welcomes Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the White House in Washington, DC. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Mexico president-elect wants Canada in new NAFTA

Aug 28, 2018 - 3:08 PM

The ball is now in Canada's court after the United States and Mexico reached an agreement on Monday, August 27

NAFTA. In this file photo, Mexico's President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador speaks during a press conference in Mexico City, on July 5, 2018. File photo by Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP

Trump: Trade deal with Mexico 'could be happening soon'

Aug 25, 2018 - 10:26 PM

His tweet follows a similarly optimistic message from Mexico's economy minister who said that Canada was set to rejoin talks as soon as they were called

TRUMP. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump speaks during the swearing-in of the White House senior staff at the White House on January 22, 2017, in Washington, DC. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Canada's Justin Trudeau to run again in 2019

Aug 20, 2018 - 1:50 PM

Trudeau's running is seen as designed to give the Liberals a lift at a time when polls show their Conservative Party opponents are hard on their heels

RUNNING. File photo of Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. File photo by Angie De Silva/Rappler

No Canadians: Air France unions insist on a French CEO

Aug 16, 2018 - 11:53 PM

Nine out of 10 Air France unions say it is 'inconceivable' that the company falls into the hands of a foreign executive

NO WAY. File photo of Air France-KLM planes. AFP Photo

4 killed in shooting in Canada, including 2 police

Aug 10, 2018 - 8:54 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The circumstances of the shooting in the capital of New Brunswick province, home to about 60,000 people, are not immediately known

Canada asks for help in Saudi dispute

Aug 10, 2018 - 9:37 AM

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland is reportedly in backchannel talks with her counterparts in countries that were also targets of Saudi backlashes for calling out the kingdom for human rights abuses

BACKCHANNEL TALKS. Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland is said to be in backchannel talks to solve Canada's diplomatic row with Saudi Arabia. Photo from the Twitter account of Chrystia Freeland

Canada PM does not back down on rights defense in Saudi spat

Aug 09, 2018 - 12:47 PM

Tensions have been high between the two countries since August 6, when Riyadh expelled Canada's ambassador, recalled its own envoy and froze all new trade and investments

ON HUMAN RIGHTS. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his country 'will always speak strongly and clearly in private and in public on questions of human rights.' File photo by Angie De Silva/Rappler

Canada 'seriously concerned' after Saudis order ambassador's expulsion

Aug 06, 2018 - 9:32 PM

The shock Saudi move, announced by the foreign ministry on Twitter, comes in response to Ottawa's vigorous demands that jailed human rights activists be released

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Saudi expels Canadian envoy, recalls its own over 'interference'

Aug 06, 2018 - 8:18 AM

(UPDATED) Saudi Arabia gives envoy Dennis Horak 24 hours to leave the country, in an abrupt rupture of relations over what it slammed as 'interference' in its internal affairs

Mother of expelled INC member granted refugee status in Canada

Jul 26, 2018 - 1:28 PM

Fredisminda Menorca is the mother of Lowell Menorca II who allegedly was abducted and detained as ordered by the leadership of the influential church

Israel evacuates 800 White Helmets to Jordan in face of Syria advance

Jul 22, 2018 - 3:33 PM

The Jordanian government accepts the Syrian White Helmets rescuers and their families from Israel and plans to transfer them to Britain, Germany, and Canada

RESCUE. Syrian rescuers, known as White Helmets, recover bodies in Zardana, in the mostly rebel-held northern Syrian Idlib province, following air strikes in the area late on June 7, 2018. Photo by Omar Haj Kadour/AFP

Canada denies Ateneo Blue Eagles comeback

Jul 17, 2018 - 5:16 PM

The Blue Eagles absorb their second straight loss in the 2018 William Jones Cup

HUSTLE. Thirdy Ravena explodes in the 4th quarter to help cut the deficit against Canada. Photo by Glen Lopez/Fabilioh

Canada woman breaks silence on PM groping allegation

Jul 07, 2018 - 3:16 PM

'I issue this statement reluctantly, in response to mounting media pressure to confirm that I was the reporter who was the subject of the Open Eyes editorial, published in the Creston Valley Advance in August of 2000,' Rose Knight says in a statement.

HEAD OF STATE. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addresses a press conference at the conclusion of the G7 summit in La Malbaie, Quebec, June 9, 2018. Photo by Lars Harberg / AFP

Suspect charged in fatal crash with Canada hockey bus

Jul 07, 2018 - 9:52 AM

Investigators say a meticulous reconstruction of the event helped them determine the responsibility of the suspect whose truck slammed into the bus in April

IN MEMORIAM. Photos of people involved in a fatal bus crash are seen prior to a vigil at the Elgar Petersen Arena, home of the Humboldt Broncos in Humboldt, Canada, April 8, 2018. File photo by Jonathan Hayward/Pool/AFP

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Jul 06, 2018 - 1:08 PM

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Justin Trudeau defends himself against groping allegation

Jul 06, 2018 - 7:40 AM

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau does not respond directly when asked if he intends to open an investigation into the issue. He repeats several times that he does not believe he acted inappropriately.

TRUDEAU. On allegations of sexual misconduct dating nearly two decades ago, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he does not feel that he 'acted inappropriately.' File photo by Angie De Silva/Rappler

Elite Canada side eliminates Batang Gilas

Jul 05, 2018 - 7:18 AM

The second-ranked youth basketball team blasts the Philippine squad by 40 points in the FIBA Under-17 World Cup

ELIMINATED. Canada’s Matthew-Alexander Moncrieffe (left) floats over Joshua Lazaro and 7-foot-1 Kai Sotto during their 40-point destruction of Batang Gilas in the knockout Round of 16. Photo from FIBA

Canada hits back at U.S. with tariffs on metals, bourbon, orange juice

Jun 30, 2018 - 1:43 PM

The tit-for-tat duties are a response to the punishing US steel and aluminum tariffs imposed at the start of June

TIT FOR TAT. In this file photo taken on June 8, 2018, US President Donald Trump (L) and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hold a meeting on the sidelines of the G7 Summit in La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

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Jun 29, 2018 - 9:06 PM

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Ombudsman suspends DENR exec over Canada trash

Jun 29, 2018 - 4:41 PM

The Office of the Ombudsman also says it found probable cause to file graft charges against Environment Undersecretary Juan Miguel Cuna for 'gross inexcusable negligence' over the controversial shipment

DUMPED IN THE PHILIPPINES. Environment officials open one of almost 100 container vans of garbage shipped illegally from Canada. Photo courtesy of BAN Toxics

Japan's Princess Ayako to marry commoner – report

Jun 28, 2018 - 3:17 PM

Princess Ayako is the second Japanese princess in two years to announce marriage to a commoner. Under the law, she will lose her royal status upon marriage.

ROYAL. Princess Ayako will marry Kei Moriya in October. File photo from Wikipedia

Canada to legalize cannabis October 17 – Trudeau

Jun 21, 2018 - 10:32 AM

Under the new legislation, adults – either 18 or 19, depending on the province or territory – can legally buy, grow and consume cannabis in limited amounts

CANNABIS. New Amsterdam Cafe owner Todd Bolli checks his inventory as he stands behind the counter of his retail shop June 20, 2018 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced recreational pot will be legal as of October 17 in Canada. Photo by Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images/AFP

US, Mexico and Canada to host 2026 World Cup

Jun 13, 2018 - 8:06 PM

The football showpiece returns to the North American continent for the first time since 1994

UNITED FRONT. The joint North American bid – led by (from left) Steve Reed, president of the Canadian Soccer Association; Carlos Cordeiro, president of the United States Football Association; and Decio de Maria Serrano, president of the Mexican Football Association – boasts modern, established stadiums and well-developed transport links. Photo by Kirill Kudryavstev/AFP

Gilas Pilipinas upsets 3rd-ranked Russia in final 3x3 World Cup game

Jun 11, 2018 - 7:56 PM

Team Philippines ends its 2018 FIBA 3x3 World Cup stint on high note

STUNNING FINISH. Troy Rosario drains 3 straight two-pointers to give the Philippines' the huge lead. Photo by Joaqui Flores/Rappler

Trump lashes out at U.S. allies in Twitter rant

Jun 11, 2018 - 6:11 PM

'Fair Trade is now to be called Fool Trade if it is not Reciprocal,' Trump tweets, as he criticizes Canadian tariffs on imports of US milk

A handout photo taken by Ministry of Communications and Information of Singapore on June 11, 2018 shows US President Donald Trump (L) blows a candle after being presented a cake during a working lunch with Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (not pictured) during his visit to The Istana, the official residence of the prime minister, in Singapore. Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump will meet on June 12 for an unprecedented summit in an attempt to address the last festering legacy of the Cold War, with the US President calling it a "one time shot" at peace. / AFP PHOTO / Ministry of Communications and Information of Singapore AND AFP PHOTO / Handout / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / Ministry of Communications and Information of Singapore" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS - NO ARCHIVES

Gilas Pilipinas falls out of quarterfinals contention in heartbreaker vs Canada

Jun 11, 2018 - 5:44 PM

(UPDATED) Roger Pogoy's crucial 2-pointer in the last 1:23 minutes of the game tied the score at 16-16

PENULTIMATE. Gilas Pilipinas plays its second to the last game of the tournament. Photo by Joaqui Flores/Rappler

$3 billion pledged for girls education at G7

Jun 10, 2018 - 2:08 PM

The funds give 'young women in developing countries the opportunity to pursue careers instead of early marriage and child labor,' says activist Malala Yousafzai

G7. Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu in La Malbaie, Quebec will host the 44th G7 summit in 2018. File Photo by Daniel SLIM / AFP

'One time shot' for peace with North Korea – Trump

Jun 09, 2018 - 11:41 PM

(UPDATED) Asked how long it would take for him to work out if Kim was serious about striking some kind of peace deal, Trump replies: 'I think within the first minute I'll know'

G7 SUMMIT. US President Donald Trump speaks to the media after holding a press conference ahead of his early departure from the G7 Summit on June 9, 2018 in Quebec City, Canada. Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images/AFP

Allies race to clinch G7 face-saver before Trump's early exit

Jun 09, 2018 - 10:00 PM

(UPDATED) Trump is confronted with a litany of complaints over his decision to impose tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum

G7 SUMMIT. G7 leaders pose for the family photo during the G7 Summit on June 8, 2018 in La Malbaie, Canada. From left are European Council President Donald Tusk, British Prime Minister Theresa May, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, US President Donald Trump, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, French President Emmanuel Macron, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, and European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker. Photo by Pool/AFP

FACT CHECK: Duterte's reaction to Canada helicopters deal taken out of context

Jun 08, 2018 - 9:00 PM

Duterte says he will use the helicopters not for humanitarian operations only, but also for operations against insurgents and terrorists who happen to be Filipino citizens

Trump's brash diplomacy faces summit tests

Jun 08, 2018 - 4:50 PM

The topics of the G7 summit and the Trump-Kim summit may be very different but the stakes are equally high

Canada's Trudeau rejects U.S. proposal for bilateral trade pact

Jun 07, 2018 - 2:42 PM

'Canada's position is, and always has been that the trilateral approach is actually better for Canada, for Mexico and for the United States,' says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

NAFTA. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau rejects a US proposal to scrap the North American Free Trade Agreement in favor of a bilateral trade pact. File photo by AFP

Trump would prefer separate deals with Canada, Mexico – White House

Jun 05, 2018 - 10:54 PM

'He prefers bilateral negotiations and he is looking at two much different countries,' says Donald Trump's economic adviser Larry Kudlow on Fox News.

SEPARATE DEALS. US President Donald Trump departs the White House in Washington, DC, on May 15, 2018. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

EU joins global battle against Trump tariff onslaught

Jun 02, 2018 - 3:22 PM

Brussels and Ottawa filed legal challenges at the WTO against Washington's decision. The EU, Canada and Mexico also threatened stiff retaliatory tariffs as they pushed back against Trump's moves.

TRADE WAR. Steel is loaded onto a truck for shipping at the NLMK Indiana steel mill on March 15, 2018 in Portage, Indiana. Photo by Scott Olson / Getty Images North America / AFP

World on brink of trade war as U.S. slaps tariffs on allies

Jun 01, 2018 - 7:27 PM

Washington angers its major allies by slapping duties of 25 percent and 10 percent on imports of aluminium and steel

TIT FOR TAT. Levi's clothes are seen on the day President Donald Trump placed tariffs on steel and aluminum imports and European Union responded by warning that it would target iconic American brands such as Levi's. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. to impose steel, aluminum tariffs on EU, Canada, Mexico

Jun 01, 2018 - 10:41 AM

The announcement sparks immediate angry reactions from key allies

US jets intercept Russian bombers off Alaskan coast

May 13, 2018 - 9:26 AM

The long-range Tupelev Tu-95 bombers are 'intercepted and visually identified' Friday morning by a pair of F-22 Raptors as the Russian aircraft flies just north of Alaska's Aleutian islands

NORAD. The North American Aerospace Defense Command is celebrating 60 years of 'Keeping North America Safe'. Screenshot from the Norad web site

Canada presses Pope Francis over apology to indigenous communities

May 02, 2018 - 11:06 AM

Lawmakers are seeking 'official papal apology for the role played by the Canadian Catholic Church in the development, operation and abuse of residential schools'

APOLOGY? In this file photo, Pope Francis delivers his message as he leads the holy mass to mark the world day of peace, in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on January 1, 2018. File photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Thousands gather to pay tribute to Toronto massacre victims

Apr 30, 2018 - 9:55 AM

'Love for all, hatred for none,' is the message seen on large posters and blue T-shirts in the crowd, which included Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

MEMORIAL. Candles surround the makeshift memorial at a makeshift memorial in Mel Lastman Square in Toronto for the victims of the van attack before a vigil on April 29, 2018. Photo by Lars Hagberg/AFP

Multi-nation operation takes down cyber-crime website behind 4 million attacks

Apr 25, 2018 - 8:49 PM

(UPDATED) Britain's National Crime Agency says 'authorities in 5 countries including the Netherlands, Serbia, Croatia and Canada, with support from Police Scotland and Europol, targeted 6 members of the crime group behind'

SECURITY. File photo show people work at computers during the 10th International Cybersecurity Forum in Lille, France last January 23, 2018. Photo by Philippe Huguen / AFP