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Aug 26, 2019

Israel’s weekend drone attack on a Beirut suburn has prompted Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah to threat retaliation against Israel forces along the border with Lebanon. “We are in a new stage,” he said in a televised speech, adding that the attack was a “very dangerous development.”

Aug 26, 2019

The Turkish state-owned Anadolu news agency quotes Defence Minister Hulusi Akar as expecting to take delivery of a second battery of the Russian S-400 missile system Aug. 27. Initial parts of the system, which the U.S. decries as incompatible with NATO hardware, were delivered in July.

Aug 26, 2019

Billboards promoting the People's Party of Canada's stance on federal immigration policy are being taken down by Pattison Outdoor Advertising in response to widespread public criticism about a suggested ban on “mass immigration.” Critics said the advertising violated Pattison’s own code of conduct.

Aug 26, 2019

Results of the latest Angus Reid Institute poll indicate that climate change is the priority issue for 23 per cent of potential voters in the Oct. 21 general, including a third of the 18-34 age group, but it drops to second place among those over 55. The national poll also indicates that party leaders have to win over a huge undecided element.

Aug 23, 2019

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says Canada will not agree to Russia joining the G7 group until it gets out of Ukraine. President Donald Trump has mooted the idea but Freeland made Canada’s position clear during a visit to Ottawa by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Aug 23, 2019

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan has announced that the Royal Canadian Air Force fleet of CH-149 Cormorant search and rescue helicopters is to be upgraded and expanded. Leonardo SpA is partnering with IMP Aerospace and CAE.

Aug 23, 2019

South Korea has given notice that it intends to quit an intelligence-sharing agreement with Japan, a move rooted in historical animosity and an ongoing trade war. The decision is seen as a setback for the U.S. military presence in South Korea. 

Aug 23, 2019

Questions are looming large about how U.S. President Donald Trump will behave at this weekend’s G7 Summit on Biarritz, France. Speculation is based on, among other things, his abrupt early departure from last year’s summit in Canada.

Aug 23, 2019

Military veterans, especially those who had been deployed overseas, are at greater risk of mental health problems, according to Rand Corp. research. The California-based think-tank warns of long-lasting consequences if the problems are not addressed.

Aug 23, 2019

The Rand Corp. has released an analysis of how a new generation of jihadists might emerge from the ongoing political upheavals in the Middle East. The researchers assessed how to counter what is seen as a more technology-wise threat.

Aug 23, 2019

Widespread forest fires in Brazil’s Amazon basin is an international crisis which should be an issue at the G-7 Summit in France, say French President Emmanual Macron and German Chancellor Angela. Brazilian President Jair counters that the other leaders’ stance evokes a “colonial mindset.”

Aug 23, 2019

Beijing has unveiled an additional 10 per cent retaliatory tariffs against some $75 billion worth of U.S. goods in the latest tit-for-tat spat in their ongoing trade fight. It is reacting to additional U.S. tariffs scheduled to take effect next month.

Aug 23, 2019

A floating Russian nuclear power station is transiting the Arctic in what the Rosenergoatom agency says is a bid to improve electricity supplies in remote areas. Greenpeace says the project is a high-risk threat in a harsh environment.

Aug 23, 2019

Canada has banned official travel by local employees of its Hong Kong consulate after a British consulate staffer was detained by China. The consulate doesn’t link the two developments.

Aug 22, 2019

A Canadian woman with scoliosis, a spinal deformity which can cause pain and fatigue, has been blocked from entering the U.S. after border officers found cannabidiol oil in her backpack. The woman, who uses the non-psychoactive cannabis constituent as an analgesic, is now awaiting the results of a re-entry application.

Aug 22, 2019

French President Emmanuel Macron, playing host to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, says the results of Britain’s June 2016 referendum on European Union membership should be respected. But Macron says the prospect of a renewed hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland remains problematic.

Aug 22, 2019

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has challenged British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to come up with a new plan for taking the U.K. out of the European union, a plan which would alternatives to the Irish border issue. “Possibly, you might find the solution in 30 days, why not?” Merkel said. “Then we would be a step forward."

Aug 22, 2019

An Iranian tanker recently detained in Gibraltar on suspicion of shipping oil to Syria but subsequently released despite U.S. intervention, is being refused entry to a Greek port of call. Deputy foreign minister Miltiadis Varvitsiotis says his country is “not willing to facilitate the course of this ship” to Syria.

Aug 22, 2019

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo evidently is trying to quell a public fuss over President Donald Trump’s postponement of an official visit to Denmark after its prime minister, Mette Frederiksen, dismissed as “absurd” the President’s mooted purchase of Greenland. Trump responded by calling her “nasty.” In a phone call with Danish Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod, Pompeo “expressed appreciation for Denmark’s cooperation” as an ally, and the Danish politician characterized their chat as “frank, friendly and constructive.”

Aug 22, 2019

India’s defence minister, Rajnath Singh, is suggesting that his country could re-evaluate its “no first use of nuclear weapons” as Indian and Pakistan square off over the divided Kashmir region which abuts their northern borders. Singh says that while India had “strictly adhered” to the doctrine, “what happens in future depends on the circumstances.”

Aug 21, 2019

Two years ago, the Communist Party of China set 2030 as the deadline for catching up with the U.S. in the artificial intelligence field by 2030. Next year marks a milestone for making significant gains in fundamental research and becoming a favoured destination for new talent, potentially at the expense of the U.S.

Aug 21, 2019

Canada's chief electoral officer issued a public statement today assuring environmental organizations that they're allowed to promote action to fight climate change during the fall federal election without falling afoul of the Canada Elections Act. However, "issue advertising" still requires any group or person paying for the advertising to register as a third party with Elections Canada.

Aug 21, 2019

Iran says the U.S. should not to try to seize an Iranian tanker which recently was released by the Gibraltar government. Tehran says any further action would have “heavy consequences."

Aug 21, 2019

A telephone chat with the head of the National Rifle Association evidently has prompted President Donald Trump to back away from his professed support for improved background checks on gun buyers. Sources say NRA President Wayne Lapierre pointedly shot down the idea.

Aug 21, 2019

More than a year of partisan bickering in Italy has led to the collapse of its national government. Critics have accused the populist coalition administration of isolating and weakening Italy as it tries to reorient its place within Europe.

Aug 21, 2019

Even as the U.S. administration promises to withdraw 14,000 troops from Afghanistan, President Donald Trump says intelligence assets will remain. “We’ll always have someone there,” he said, calling Afghanistan “the Harvard University of terrorism.”

Aug 21, 2019

Commenting on calls by some Democrats for sanctions against Israel for its continued occupation and development of West Bank territories, President Donald Trump says Jewish Americans who vote for Democrats display “either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty.”

Aug 21, 2019

President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela says he has been talking with the U.S. for months even as Washington ramps up economic sanctions against the embattled Maduro, whose leadership is considered illegitimate by more than 50 countries, including Canada.

Aug 21, 2019

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are to meet in Berlin to discuss Irish border options when Britain withdraws from the European Union. Johnson says any deal to avoid re-establishing a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland would be “anti-democratic” but the EU so far has rejected change to the so-called Brexit "backstop."

Aug 21, 2019

Lawyers for Meng Wanzhou, the senior Huawei executive detained pending a legal decision on whether she should be deported to the U.S., says she was the target of a “covert criminal investigation.” The allegation is detailed in B.C. court documents.

Aug 21, 2019

A trade and investment officer at the British consulate in Hong Kong is being detained in neighbouring Shenzhen, the Chinese foreign ministry confirms. Simon Cheng was detained during a regular cross-border visit for allegedly violating a law which covers offences not considered criminal.

Aug 21, 2019

The U.S. says Russia should be reinstated into the main Economic Summit group of nations, which also includes Canada as well as Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Japan. “It's much more appropriate to have Russia in,” President Donald Trump said at the White House ahead of the Aug. 24-26 G7 summit in France. “If somebody would make that motion, I would certainly be disposed to think about it very favourably.”

Aug 20, 2019

China says Canada should “stop meddling” in Hong Kong affairs, namely a recent spate of sometimes violent protests by residents of the former British colony. In a note posted to its embassy’s website, China was reacting to a statement by Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and her European Union counterpart, Federica Mogherini, that “the right of peaceful assembly ... must continue to be upheld.”

Aug 20, 2019

Bahrain has confirmed plans to join the U.S.-led effort to protect shipping lanes in the Persian Gulf. The announcement came as Gen.Frank McKenzie, was meeting with King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa in the Gulf state.

Aug 20, 2019

President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are being criticized by the first two Muslim congresswomen after Israel, at the behest of the U.S. administration, refused travel permission for one. It subsequently lifted its ban on one but she declined the the opportunity because Israel attached too many conditions.

Aug 20, 2019

Is it possible that U.S. President Donald Trump’s penchant for picking trade fights could undermine his re-election prospects as the spats potentially worsen the threat of a global recession? His future may be in the hands of five senior members of his administration.

Aug 20, 2019

So-called “red flag” laws which would permit families to petition courts for restrictions on individuals’ right to possess firearms evidently has the support of 70 per cent of Republican-leaning adults as well as a majority of gun-owners, according to a new U.S. poll. It also indicates that the idea has the support of 80 per cent of Democrats.

Aug 20, 2019

Elections Canada says that environmental lobbies’ advertising the dangers of climate change during the next federal campaign could be deemed to be politically partisan. An official explained that since the leader of the Conservative Party of Canada questions the legitimacy of climate change, any group challenging that may have to register as a campaign third party.

Aug 20, 2019

Canada will permit Venezuelans stranded in Canada without valid passports or other travel documents to remain in Canada for up to five years. Citizenship and Immigration Canada says Venezuela’s administrative meltdown in recent months has made it difficult for its consulates to renew expired documents while other Venezuelan expatriates with permanent resident status are finding their citizenship applications interrupted.

Aug 20, 2019

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will not confirm whether Jack Letts, a British-Canadian national held by Kurdish authorities after allegedly joining militants in Syria, might be permitted to come to Canada. Nicknamed “Jihadi Jack” by British media, Letts broached the idea in a televised interview.

Aug 20, 2019

A new ground-based cruise missile with a 500-kilometre range, has been tested by he U.S. only a few weeks after the Trump administration withdrew from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear forces Treaty fter alleging that Russia had violated the pact. The Pentagon says test data would “inform” it about development of its intermediate-range capabilities.

Aug 19, 2019

In the fourth lawsuit of its kind in a month, a group of Facebook subscribers say the company neglected to inform them about a data breach even as it protected its own employers against hackers who could exploit Facebook’s single sign-on tool. At least 30 million users are said to be at risk.

Aug 19, 2019

The body that sets standards for Bluetooth communication technology says a critical flaw in the wireless technology enables hackers to interfere with device-pairing procedures.

Aug 19, 2019

A British government study warns of medicine and food shortages if Britain exits fron The European Union without a formal agreement of terms. Michael Gove, the cabinet minister responsible for a “no deal Brexit” says the study is an outdated “worst-case scenario” but does concede there will be “bumps in the road” ahead.

Aug 19, 2019

Britain has revoked the citizenship of Jack Letts, a British-Canadian national born in Oxford. Nicknamed “Jihadi Jack” because of his alleged involvement with militants in Syria and who has been held by Kurdish authorities for two years. Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says “Canada is disappointed that the United Kingdom has taken this unilateral action to offload their responsibilities.”

Aug 19, 2019

Amazon and Deloitte will spearhead a search for new space technologies at an inaugural event held in South Australia in September. Organizers will be looking for solutions to real industrial and environmental problems, particularly in the areas of Defence & Security, Energy, Health, Transportation, Smart Cities and Connectivity.

Aug 16, 2019

As the UN Security Council prepared for a meeting on Kashmir in the aftermath of India’s decision to strip its half of the divided territory of its autonomy, thousands of protestors surrounded the Indian High Commission in London Aug. 15 to support the notion of a “free Kashmir.” Demonstrators waiving Pakistani and Kashmiri flags were confronted with counter-protestors but kept apart by authorities.

Aug 16, 2019

President Donald Trump is expected to meet today with senior national security advisers to review a plan to wind down long-running U.S. military presence in Afghanistan. A Taliban negotiator is reported to have been working for months on how to end the conflict there.

Aug 16, 2019

Results of a new poll commissioned by Fox News indicated that 67 percent of Americans support a ban on private ownership of assault rifles. Some 86 per cent of Democrat respondents supported a ban, as did 46 per cent of Republicans.

Aug 16, 2019

A day after it had said it would deny entry to U.S. Congresswomen Rashiba Tlaib and Ilhan Omar, Israel says it will permit Tlaib entry on humanitarian grounds to see her elderly grandmother. Tlaib and Omar were denied entry because of their outspoken stance on Israel.

Aug 16, 2019

A week after a Russian test of a “nuclear-fuelled” rocket ended in an explosion, the Norwegian Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority says small amounts of radioactive iodine were detected at an air-sampling station. However, the levels were described a not harmful.

Aug 16, 2019

Western intermediaries reportedly are trying to persuade the U.S. and Iran to cooperate on bolstering security in Afghanistan. Washington has declined comment and Iran has flatly denied that third parties have been relaying messages for months.

Aug 16, 2019

Australia is being blamed for undercutting its Pacific island neighbours by rejecting their calls for a ban on coal mining, a major Australian export. At a regional summit in Tuvalu, regional leaders called for strong climate change action.

Aug 16, 2019

Television talk show host Jimmy Kimmel has been fined $395,000 for mimicking a presidential alert on his late-night program during a sketch mocking the warning system as the Federal Emergency Management Agency tested the alert system last October. It is designed to warn of natural disasters, terrorist activities or other attacks.

Aug 16, 2019

The Danish government of Greenland has told the U.S. that the mostly ice-capped territory, which is host to a major U.S. military base, is not for sale. The CNN network says the notion apparently was resurrected by President Donald Trump.

Aug 16, 2019

North Korea has fired to more missiles into the sea off its east coast, the sixth such test in less than a month. In doing so, it continues to reject the idea of further talks with South Korea and blames its neighbour for the ongoing impasse.

Aug 15, 2019

Despite a last-minute appeal by the U.S., Gibraltar has released an Iranian oil tanker which was seized by Royal Marines July 4. In deciding to let the vessel go, the British territory was assured by Iran that its cargo would not be discharged in Syria.

Aug 15, 2019

Israel has confirmed that it will not allow the entry of two Democrat members of the U.S. Congress who have been critical of its policies – shortly after President Donald Trump urged Israel to do so. Ilhan Omar (Minnesota) and Rashida Tlaib (Michigan), members of a goup of Congresswomen previously attacked by Trump, had planned to visit Aug. 18 for talks with Israeli and Palestinian civilian organizations.

Aug 15, 2019

Researchers working with vpnMentor, a biometric security company, say they have gained access to more than a million fingerprints and other sensitive held at BioStar 2, an identity and access control platform developed by South Korea-based Suprema Inc. The platform is used by law enforcement and other agencies to control access to ostensibly secure facilities.

Aug 15, 2019

Hundreds of members of China's People's Armed Police (PAP) have been conducting exercises in Shenzhen, which is effectively adjacent to the border with Hong Kong, where demonstrators are protesting a contentious legislative plan. There have been concerns that they could deploy into the former British colony but some diplomats discount the prospect.

Aug 15, 2019

Former deputy prime minister Anne McLellan has concluded in a report that there is no need to split the cabinet roles of Attorney General and Justice Minister, which traditionally been handled as a single portfolio. She disagreed with suggestions that the structural change was not necessary to protect prosecutorial independence and promote public confidence in the criminal justice system.

Aug 15, 2019

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is accepting responsibility after Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion found that the PM’s attempts to sway then justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould’s handling of the SNC-Lavalin affair had breached ethics rules. While he took “responsibility for the mistakes I made,” the PM disagreed with Dion’s finding that any contact with Wilson-Raybould had been improper.

Aug 14, 2019

Intimate partner homicide is one of the leading causes of death for women in the country, with nearly half of all murdered women killed by a partner. Repeat offenders are less likely to kill if they are regularly monitored by law enforcement – that's where the GPS tracker comes in.

Aug 14, 2019

Federal Ethics Commission Mario Dion has concluded that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau breached the Conflict of Interest Act by using his office in an attempt to influence then Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould’s handling of the SCN-Lavalin affair. The PM has said his actions were designed to protect jobs at the engineering giant.

Aug 14, 2019

Some public opinion polls suggest that many Canadians want immigration capped but Ahmed Hussen, the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship counters that most Canadians also support bringing in skilled workers to fill labour gaps. He made the comments in welcoming an OECD report which calls Canada’s economic immigration system a global benchmark.

Aug 14, 2019

A recent spike in gun violence in Toronto has prompted a meeting between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Toronto Mayor John Tory. While they seemed in step on the need to address the issue, the PM did not address the possibility of a ban on handguns, the apparent weapon of choice as the escalating number of shootings escalates.

Aug 14, 2019

David Vigneault, Director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, has been advised in a briefing package, obtained through an Access to Information request, that the agency faces a serious personnel retention and recruitment challenge. The challenge is highlighted as CSIS and other intelligence assets prepare to thwart any interference with the upcoming federal election.

Aug 14, 2019

Radiation levels near the site of last week’s deadly rocket explosion in northern Russia spiked 16 times above normal, according to Rosgidromet, the national weather service. Five scientists died and three others were injured when a nuclear-powered engine was being tested.

Aug 14, 2019

When photographs of every California state legislator was run through a facial-recognition program which matches facial images to a database of 25,000 criminals, 26 evidently were flagged as criminals. The American Civil Liberties Union of California ran the test as it presses for legislation to ban the technology in police body cameras.

Aug 13, 2019

Behind closed doors, David Vigneault, director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, has not shied away from singling out China, as the “greatest threat to our prosperity and national interest.”

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