This is the first time in Canadian diplomatic history that a prime minister has dismissed an ambassador. "The dismissal disorganized Ottawa's strategy to overcome tensions with Beijing", said Colin Robertson, former diplomat and vice president of the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute. His opinion has been cited by Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail. © AP Photo / Mark Schiefelbein, FileChinese Envoy Accuses Canada of ‘White Supremacy’ in Huawei Arrest CaseIn the publication, he noted that Western allies, such as Australia and the United Kingdom, are closely monitoring Canada's strategy "because they may be in the same situation". The expert also acknowledged that Ottawa was at the centre of disagreements between two much more influential players — the United States, which is seeking the extradition of Meng Wanzhou, and China. The firing of Canada's ambassador has also elicited a … [Read more...] about Canadian Ambassador to China Fired to Please United States?
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The White House has recognised Venezuela's opposition leader as the country's rightful president, in a move that puts the US on collision course with President Nicolas Maduro. Donald Trump, the US president, announced on Wednesday that his government considered Juan Guaido the country's legitimate ruler. Mr Trump said the opposition-controlled national assembly, of which Mr Guaido is the head, was "the only legitimate branch of government duly elected by the Venezuelan people". Earlier on Wednesday Mr Guaido, 35, had declared himself the country's rightful leader. "I swear to formally assume the national executive powers as acting president of Venezuela to end the usurpation, (install) a transitional government and hold free elections," he told a crowd in Caracas, as thousands of supporters cheered. Mr Maduro was sworn in for a second term on January 10, following an election which the international community said was rigged in his favour. Protests were called for … [Read more...] about United States recognises Venezuela’s opposition leader as ‘interim president’
The unbeaten Russians breezed past Slovakia by a score of 8-3 on Wednesday to set up a semi-final clash with the United States in Vancouver, Canada on Friday in the 43rd iteration of the World Junior Hockey Championships. Klim Kostin scored twice in Russia's convincing victory against Slovakia in the quarter-finals, while Grigori Denisenko added a goal and a pair of assists. Alexander Alexeyev, Stepan Starkov, Nikita Shashkov, Kirill Slepets and Ilya Morozov also found the net in the rout. READ MORE: Russia see off Canada to top group at World Junior Hockey Championship Russia were clinical in the win, outscoring their opponents by five goals despite having five fewer shots on target throughout the game. Indeed, the Slovakians were kept off the board entirely until the third period - well after Russia had taken full control of the tie. Two goals in the final minute put a semblance of respectability on the scoreline but Russia, who have now won all five of their games in … [Read more...] about Russia cruise into semi-final date with United States at World Junior Hockey Championships
Editors USA TODAY Published 11:55 AM EST Dec 22, 2018 In 2018, the eyes of the nation were again fixed on President Donald Trump, whose second year in office was no less remarkable than his first. It was a year that saw the president open up trade wars, meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, spar with the press and defend hush money payments to women he allegedly had affairs with, all while new revelations and indictments poured out of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election meddling. Policies and politics divided us. We found ourselves embroiled in a fierce immigration debate. Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh ascended to the high court despite sexual assault allegations from Christine Blasey Ford. Nature humbled us. California burned as the Camp Fire became the most destructive in state history. Hurricane winds and floods battered the Carolinas. But other stories made us proud. Team USA brought home 23 Olympic … [Read more...] about 2018 news year in review: Stories across United States that moved us
Rob Gillies Associated Press Published 10:13 PM EST Dec 5, 2018 TORONTO – Canadian authorities said Wednesday that they have arrested the chief financial officer of China’s Huawei Technologies for possible extradition to the United States. China demanded her immediate release, and a former Canadian envoy to China warned the case might lead to retaliation by the Chinese against American and Canadian executives. Justice Department spokesman Ian McLeod said Meng Wanzhou was detained in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Saturday. Meng is a prominent member of Chinese society as deputy chairman of the board and the daughter of company founder Ren Zhengfei. McLeod said a publication ban had been imposed in the case and he could not provide further details. The ban was sought by Meng, who has a bail hearing Friday, he said. The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this year that U.S. authorities are investigating whether Chinese tech giant Huawei violated sanctions on Iran. … [Read more...] about Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou arrested for possible United States extradition