Canada PM Trudeau, ministers deny improper pressure in case
TORONTO (AP) — Cabinet ministers rallied around Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday, a day after his former attorney general testified that he inappropriately tried to pressure her...
Graham: US should be stronger on Canadians detained in China
MUNICH (AP) — U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham said Friday the response by the United States to China detaining two Canadians in apparent retaliation for the arrest of a Chinese Huawei executive has not been strong enough.
Graham also told Munich Security Conference delegates the international reaction to China's arrest of ex-diplomat Michael Kovrig and entrepreneur Michael Spavor hasn't been enough to persuade China that its apparent use of hostage diplomacy won't be tolerated.
Canada’s foreign minister says why China envoy fired
TORONTO (AP) — Canada's foreign minister said Monday the country's ambassador to China was fired because he expressed views that were contrary to the federal government's position on the detention of a Chinese tech executive.
Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said the central job of an ambassador is to represent accurately the government's position. She said John McCallum didn't do that and that is why his position was untenable.
Canada examining case of Saudi who fled Canada after charge
TORONTO (AP) — Canada's foreign minister said Thursday her government is looking into the case of a Saudi Arabian man charged with sexual assault who might have fled Canada despite having his passport seized.
Chinese ambassador warns Canada to stop rallying allies
TORONTO (AP) — China's ambassador to Canada warned the Canadian government Thursday to stop recruiting international support in its feud with China and threatened retaliation if Canada bans Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei for security reasons.
Ambassador Lu Shaye said last month's arrest of a top Huawei Technologies executive was an act of "backstabbing" by a friend and he warned of repercussions if Canada bars the firm from its new 5G network.
The Latest: Chinese envoy warns Canada over Huawei case
BEIJING (AP) — The latest on the fight between China and Canada over the arrest of a Chinese technology executive (all times local):
China's ambassador to Canada says the arrest by Canadian authorities of a Huawei Technologies executive was an act of "backstabbing" by a friend and he warns of repercussions if Canada bars the company from its new 5G network for security reasons.
US says China’s death sentence against Canadian political
TORONTO (AP) — The U.S. State Department said that China's death sentence on a Canadian man is "politically motivated."
The statement from U.S. deputy spokesman Robert Palladino said Wednesday that U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland spoke Tuesday and "expressed their concerns about the arbitrary detentions and politically motivated sentencing of Canadian nationals."
Burkina Faso says Canadian abducted by suspected extremists
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — A Canadian national has been kidnapped by suspected extremists in Burkina Faso near its border with Niger, the West African nation's security ministry said Wednesday.
The Canadian man, identified as Kirk Woodman, was abducted overnight during a raid on a mining site in Tiabongou, about 20 kilometers (12 miles) from Mansila in Yagha province, said ministry spokesman Jean Paul Badoum. Woodman worked for the Progress Mineral Mining Company.
The Latest: Canada asks China to spare life of Canadian
BEIJING (AP) — The Latest on China-Canada tensions (all times local):
Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland says Canada has asked China to spare the life of a Canadian man facing a death sentence.
Freeland also mentioned a long list of allies that the country has courted in its efforts to free two other Canadians imprisoned last month after Canada arrested a Chinese executive at the request of the United States.
Woman who fled Saudi Arabia reaches her new home in Canada
TORONTO (AP) — Tired but smiling, an 18-year-old Saudi woman who said she feared death if deported back home arrived Saturday in Canada, which offered her asylum in a case that attracted global attention after she mounted a social media campaign.
"This is Rahaf Alqunun, a very brave new Canadian," Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said arm-in-arm with the Saudi woman in Toronto's airport.
Canadian FM: glad to help Saudi woman in danger
The Latest: Canada says UN found Saudi woman faced danger
TORONTO (AP) — The Latest on Saudi asylum seeker who fled alleged abuse by her family (all times local):
Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland says the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees found that a Saudi woman fleeing alleged family abuse was in a dangerous situation and that Canada was glad to be able to act quickly and offer her refuge.
Canada to embark on campaign to win release of citizens
TORONTO (AP) — Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said Saturday that Canada will embark on a campaign to win the release of two citizens detained by China in apparent retaliation for the arrest of a top Chinese tech executive.
Freeland said on a conference call with reporters that the arrests constitute a worrying precedent that has resonated with the country's partners.
Canada demands China release Canadians for the first time
TORONTO (AP) — Canada moved away from diplomatic caution on Friday and made its first formal demand for China to immediately release two Canadians who have been detained in apparent retaliation for Canada's arrest of a top Chinese tech executive.
The U.S., the U.K. and the EU also issued statements in support of Canada.
The Latest: Pompeo condemns China’s detention of 2 Canadians
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on talks between the U.S. and Canada (all times local):
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the detention of two Canadian citizens in China is unlawful and is calling for them to be released.
China detained the two Canadians this week in apparent retaliation for the arrest of a top Chinese tech executive in Canada on behalf of the United States.
Official: China may have detained 2nd Canadian
Canada imposes sanctions on 17 Saudi nationals
TORONTO (AP) — Canada is imposing sanctions on 17 Saudi Arabian nationals suspected of being linked to the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The list does not include Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said Thursday from the Group of 20 summit in Buenos Aires that the sanctions freeze the assets of those individuals in Canada and make them inadmissible to Canada. The U.S., Germany and France have already done something similar.
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Canada-US reach free trade deal with Mexico
TORONTO (AP) — Canada was back in a revamped North American free trade deal with the United States and Mexico late Sunday after weeks of bitter, high-pressure negotiations that brushed up against a midnight deadline.
The Latest: Canada, US officially cite trade agreement
TORONTO (AP) — The Latest on trade talks between U.S. and Canada (all times local):
Canada and the U.S. have officially announced they have reached a deal for Canada to stay in North American trade pact with the United States and Mexico.
United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland announced the deal in a joint statement late Sunday. It says the newly named USMCA will result in freer markets and fairer trade.
Canada FM postpones UN speech as free trade talks intensify
TORONTO (AP) — Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland postponed her U.N. speech as free trade talks between the U.S. and Canada intensified.
Freeland had been scheduled to deliver Canada's address to the General Assembly on Saturday in New York, but Canada exchanged the slot with another country. Freeland may or may not give the speech on Monday.
Envoy: US, Canada working 24/7 on revamped NAFTA deal
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. and Canadian negotiators are working around the clock on a deal to keep Canada in a North American trade bloc ahead of a Sept. 30 U.S. deadline.
"Our officials are in pretty much constant contact," Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland told reporters after meetings Thursday with her counterpart, U.S. Trade Rep. Robert Lighthizer. "It would not be an exaggeration to say they are working 24/7."
Canada declares Myanmar treatment of Rohingya to be genocide
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Canada's Parliament has unanimously adopted a motion declaring crimes committed against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar to be genocide.
The motion Thursday also endorsed the findings of a United Nations mission that outlined how crimes against humanity have been committed by the Myanmar military against Rohingya and other minorities.
US, Canada will keep talking Thursday to revamp NAFTA
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. and Canadian negotiators — facing a deadline at the end of the month — will extend until at least Thursday their negotiations to keep Canada in a North American trade bloc.
After her second meeting of the day with U.S. Trade Rep. Robert Lighthizer, Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland told reporters they plan to keep talking on Thursday.
Canadian trade negotiators to brief PM Trudeau in person
WASHINGTON (AP) — Canadian negotiators are traveling to brief Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in person on the state of negotiations with the United States on a deal that would allow Canada to remain in a North American trade bloc.
Canada's envoy — Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland — left a meeting with U.S. Trade Rep. Robert Lighthizer Tuesday night. She said the talks were at a point where discussing them face-to-face with the prime minister "is absolutely essential."
Trump warns of ‘devastating’ taxes on Canadian cars
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Friday he does not want to hurt Canada's economy but also warned that if he imposes taxes on cars it would be "devastating" for the neighboring country.
US, Canada extend trade negotiations to Friday
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. and Canadian negotiators will extend at least through Friday their negotiations to reach a deal that would allow Canada to remain in a North American trade bloc.
Canada's envoy — Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland — left a five-minute-long meeting with U.S. Trade Rep. Robert Lighthizer Thursday night.
Trump team, Canada officials carry on talks to revamp NAFTA
WASHINGTON (AP) — Trump administration officials and Canadian negotiators worked into Wednesday night, trying to strike a deal that would keep Canada in a North American trade bloc with the United States and Mexico.
"Teams are remaining here this evening, working late into the night," Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland told reporters as she entered a meeting with U.S. Trade Rep. Robert Lighthizer. "They will report back to us in the morning."
The Latest: US, Canada work into night on trade deal
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on U.S.-Canada negotiations on a revamped North American Free Trade Agreement (all times local):
U.S. and Canadian negotiators are continuing to work Wednesday night to reach a deal that would allow Canada to remain in a North American trade bloc.
Canada’s strong-willed foreign minister leads trade talks
TORONTO (AP) — She is many things that would seem to irritate President Donald Trump: a liberal Canadian former journalist.
That makes Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland an unusual choice to lead Canada's negotiations over a new free trade deal with a surprisingly hostile U.S. administration.
Recruited into politics by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Freeland has already clashed with Russia and Saudi Arabia. Those who know her say she's unlikely to back down in a confrontation with Trump.
Trump to sign Mexico deal in 90 days; Canada talks to resume
WASHINGTON (AP) — Talks to keep Canada in a North American trade bloc broke up Friday and will resume next week with the two longtime allies divided over such issues as Canada's dairy market and U.S. efforts to shield drug companies from generic competition.
President Donald Trump notified Congress on Friday that he plans to sign an agreement in 90 days with Mexico to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement — and hopes Canada can brought on board, too.
No deal yet in US-Canada trade talks
The Latest: Canadian envoy foresees ‘win-win-win’ trade deal
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on U.S.-Canada talks on a revamped version of the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Canada's top trade negotiator, Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland, is expressing confidence that Canada can reach a deal with the United States on a revamped North American trade agreement that could please all sides.
Canada FM: ‘We aren’t there yet’ on trade deal
US, Canada to resume urgent trade talks Friday
WASHINGTON (AP) — Negotiators for the United States and Canada will meet again Friday morning to resume their urgent talks to revamp the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland met for less than five minutes late Thursday night with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. She told reporters she "had a couple of things to say."
The Latest: US-Canada trade talks to resume Friday morning
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on talks to overhaul the North American Free Trade Agreement (all times local):
Negotiators for the United States and Canada will meet again Friday morning to resume their urgent talks to revamp the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland met for less than five minutes late Thursday night with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. She tells reporters she "had a couple of things to say."
Canada FM: ‘Productive’ trade talks with US cont.
Global stocks steady as US markets appear to lose momentum
LONDON (AP) — Global stock markets traded in fairly narrow ranges Wednesday amid signs that Wall Street is taking a breather ahead of a long holiday weekend.
KEEPING SCORE: In Europe, Germany's DAX was up 0.2 percent at 12,548 while the CAC 40 in France rose 0.2 percent to 5,496. The FTSE 100 index of leading British shares was 0.4 percent lower at 7,590. U.S. markets were set for a tepid open with Dow futures and the broader S&P 500 futures down 0.1 percent.
Why Canada’s exclusion from US-Mexico deal raises obstacle
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's drive to revamp the North American Free Trade Agreement has taken an unexpected turn — one that complicates his effort to replace that deal with one more favorable to American workers.
Canada, America's longtime ally and No. 2 trading partner, was left out of a proposed deal Trump just reached with Mexico and is scrambling to keep its place in the regional free-trade bloc — and fend off the threat of U.S. taxes on its vehicles.
Canadian Foreign Minister optimistic on trade with US
WASHINGTON (AP) — Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said her meeting Tuesday with United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer was "a very good, constructive conversation" about how to revamp the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Freeland told reporters after the meeting she and her team plan to work this week in "a full-steam effort" and said both parties will start diving into specific issues Wednesday morning.
Canadian Foreign Minister speaks on trade talks
Talks with Canadian officials expected after US-Mexico deal
WASHINGTON (AP) — Canada's minister of foreign affairs is scheduled to hold talks in Washington on Tuesday in hopes of reaching a trade agreement with the United States, an urgent response after President Donald Trump announced a deal with Mexico on Monday that left out Canada.
US and Mexico tentatively set to replace NAFTA with new deal
WASHINGTON (AP) — Snubbing Canada, the Trump administration reached a preliminary deal Monday with Mexico to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement — a move that raised legal questions and threatened to disrupt the operations of companies that do business across the three-country trade bloc.
The Latest: Canadian official heading to US for trade talks
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on a U.S. trade agreement with Mexico (all times local):
Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland is cutting short her diplomatic trip to Europe to head to Washington for trade talks with the United States.
Freeland will fly to Washington on Tuesday after the Trump administration and Mexico said they have reached a preliminary accord to end the North American Free Trade Agreement and replace it.
Mexico, Canada stress common front in NAFTA talks
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican and Canadian officials said Wednesday that talks on the North American Free Trade Agreement will remain a three-way negotiation, despite suggestions by U.S. President Donald Trump that he might pursue separate trade deals with both countries.
Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said "Canada and Mexico not only share geography, history and friendship, but also principles and common goals, and we are a team and act as a team."
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — With Mexico's presidential election out of the way, Canada is renewing its push to speed up the NAFTA renegotiation this summer.
Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland has said that she spoke with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer six times last week and that she wants NAFTA talks to kick into a higher gear this summer.
Senators seek to soothe relationship with Canada
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators from both parties sought to mend a frayed relationship with Canada during a closed-door meeting Wednesday with Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland.
The meeting involving members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee followed President Donald Trump calling Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau "dishonest" and "weak" after the Group of 7 summit in Quebec over the weekend.
Senators Seek to Soothe US-Canada Relations
LA MALBAIE, Quebec (AP) — President Donald Trump arrived late for a gender equality meeting at an international summit, prompting Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to kick it off without waiting for "stragglers" to arrive.
Trump created a distraction when he walked in late for Saturday's breakfast meeting during the Group of Seven summit of leading industrialized nations being held in Quebec.
TORONTO (AP) — Cabinet ministers from the G7 countries have committed to taking Russia to task for what Britain's foreign secretary described Monday as a broad range of "malign" behavior
Boris Johnson said the G7 ministers agreed during their Sunday discussion on the need to address the disruptive influence of Vladimir Putin's Russia.