US, Mexico and Canada hope to host three-way World Cup with United 2026 bid

Sunday, 10 December 2017

The heads of a joint bid from the United States, Mexico and Canada to host the 2026 World Cup trumpeted a winning plan on Saturday that technically ticks most if not all the boxes FIFA wants, but could miss the mark when it comes to winning friends. On the surface the fight to stage the expanded 2026 tournament, the first to involve 48 nations, would appear a David and Goliath struggle with Morocco, the only other bidder, up against the commercial and organizational might of the North and ...

Somali man found guilty in kidnapping of Canadian journalist

Thursday, 7 December 2017

A Somali national has been convicted in an Ontario court for his role in the 2008 kidnapping of Canadian Amanda Lindhout, who was held captive in Somalia for 460 days and released only after her family paid a ransom, Canadian media reported on Wednesday.Ali Omar Ader, 40, was found guilty of one charge of hostage-taking for his role as negotiator for the kidnappers, in a decision handed down on Wednesday in Ontario Superior Court in Ottawa.Lindhout, a freelance journalist, was taken hostage in ...

Egypt Air, Wataniya sign major deals at Dubai Air Show

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Bombardier said on Tuesday that Egypt Air had signed a letter of intent to purchase 24 CS300 jets from the Canadian company.Bombardier Commercial Aircraft President Fred Cromer announced the agreement at a news conference at the Dubai Airshow.Meanwhile, Airbus said on Tuesday it had signed a preliminary agreement to sell 25 A320neo aircraft to Golden Falcon Aviation, the exclusive aircraft supplier to Wataniya Airways of Kuwait.The memorandum of understanding, worth $2.7 billion at list prices, ...

Canada to take in migrants at ‘gradual’ pace amid integration concerns

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Canada has to take a gradual approach to boosting immigration, with the government concerned about anti-immigrant sentiment and the country’s capacity to integrate newcomers, a minister said on Thursday. Canada’s new three-year immigration plan, unveiled on Wednesday, will see it increase its immigration intake by 13 percent over three years to help meet the needs of an aging population. But the increase is below that recommended by a government advisory council in 2016, which had ...

Canada settles with wrongly accused terror suspects for $24.6 mln

Friday, 27 October 2017

Canada settled a lawsuit for Can$31.5 million (US$24.6 million) with three citizens who were wrongly accused of terror links, local media said Thursday. Abdullah Almalki, Ahmad Elmaati and Muayyed Nureddin had been arrested in Syria and Egypt after the 9/11 attacks. Released in 2004 without charges, they returned to Canada, proclaimed their innocence and sued the government for Can$100 million over its role in their detention. A 2008 independent inquiry led by retired Supreme Court judge Frank ...

Freed Canadian hostage: Taliban murdered my daughter, raped my wife

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Freed Canadian hostage Joshua Boyle accused his kidnappers of murdering his infant daughter and raping his wife during his family's years-long captivity by the Haqqani network, a Taliban-affiliated group operating in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Boyle leveled the accusations in a terse statement he read on his arrival in Toronto late Friday with his American wife, Caitlan Coleman, and three children, who were freed Wednesday by Pakistani troops. He condemned the Haqqani network's "stupidity ...

Canadian doctors help 2,000 commit suicide in a year

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Nearly 2,000 people with incurable diseases were helped to die by a doctor in the first year since Canada legalized medically-assisted suicide, according to a report published Friday.From the time Ottawa passed the legislation in June 2016 to June 30, 2017, 1,982 people ended their lives in this way, according to Health Canada.Most had cancer, the agency said.Extrapolating from the data collected for the first half of 2017, the number of assisted deaths is expected to rise but remain at less ...

Minister says 800 Yazidis refugees resettled in Canada

Friday, 6 October 2017

Nearly 800 Yazidi women and girls and others who fled persecution by ISIS in northern Iraq have been resettled in Canada, the immigration minister said Thursday. Canada’s parliament last year, with Iraqi activist Nadia Murad on hand, declared the persecution of Yazidis a genocide and said this country would take in up to 1,200. “Today, I am proud (to say that) almost 800 Yazidi women and girls, and other survivors of ISIS have already arrived, and have begun the process of rebuilding ...

Somali man charged in Canada attack was ordered deported from US

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

The Somali immigrant charged with attempted murder in connection with a weekend vehicle and knife attack in Edmonton, Alberta, was detained in the United States pending deportation before claiming refugee status in Canada, US officials said on Tuesday. Abdulahi Hasan Sharif, 30, is accused of running down a police officer with his car on Saturday night and then stabbing him repeatedly. Police said he fled before driving a U-Haul truck into four pedestrians during an attempt to evade capture. ...

Canada police investigate officer attack, chase as terrorism

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Canadian police said early Sunday that an attack on an officer outside a football game and a high-speed chase of a U-Haul that left four people injured in the Western city of Edmonton, Alberta, are being investigated as acts of terrorism.Edmonton Police Chief Rod Knecht said that officers have one person in custody and think he acted alone, but are not ruling out that others may be involved.The chaos began outside a Canadian Football League game on Saturday night when police say a white ...

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