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  • President Barack Obama has said he will have the final say on whether to allow the pipeline connecting Canada's oil sands region to Texas refiners, and several government agencies had been given until May to weigh in.

  • April 18- The Obama administration said on Friday it would extend the period of time for federal agencies to weigh in on the Keystone XL oil pipeline, giving no new deadline.

  • US puts off decision on Keystone XL pipeline Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 2:48 PM ET

    In a surprise announcement Friday as Washington was winding down for Easter, the State Department said federal agencies will have more time to weigh in on the politically fraught decision— but declined to say how much longer.

  • BRUSSELS, April 17- NATO is sending part of its naval rapid reaction force to the Baltic Sea as part of a drive to step up the defence of eastern European allies in response to the crisis in Ukraine, the military alliance said on Thursday.

  • TORONTO, April 16- Canada's political elite and hundreds of well-wishers paid final respects to former Finance Minister Jim Flaherty at a state funeral on Wednesday, with Prime Minister Stephen Harper depicting Flaherty as a man who put his own needs aside in the service of his country.

  • VANCOUVER/ CALGARY, April 14- Opponents of Canada's Northern Gateway pipeline, bolstered by a coastal town's vote against the project, said on Monday they will now push harder for a provincial referendum they hope would kill Enbridge Inc's plan to move oil sands crude to Asian markets.

  • Canada suspends funding over Sri Lanka Monday, 14 Apr 2014 | 5:27 PM ET

    OTTAWA, Ontario— Canada is suspending $20 million in funding to the Commonwealth while the chair of the secretariat is occupied by Sri Lanka because of human rights concerns.

  • *Poloz says watching deflation risk but encouraged by improving outlook. WASHINGTON, April 11- Policymakers are closely watching the risk of deflation in several advanced economies but they are encouraged by signs of a continuing improvements in the economic outlook, Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz said on Friday.

  • State funeral for longtime Canada finance minister Friday, 11 Apr 2014 | 4:23 PM ET

    TORONTO— Canada's prime minister has announced a state funeral for former longtime finance minister Jim Flaherty. He spent eight years in the role, the longest-serving finance minister among the Group of Seven leading industrial economies. Prime Minister Stephen Harper's office said the funeral will take place Wednesday in Toronto.

  • OTTAWA, April 10- Former Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, 64, who steered Canada through the global financial crisis and then nearly eliminated the huge budget deficits he had run up in the process, died on Thursday just weeks after resigning.

  • OTTAWA/ TORONTO, April 10- Jim Flaherty, who died on Thursday less than a month after stepping down from his post as Canada's finance minister, was a straight talker who shepherded the country's economy through a global financial crisis, and quit shortly after laying out a plan to reach his goal of balancing the government's budget.

  • Longtime Canadian finance minister dies Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 2:53 PM ET

    TORONTO— Former Canadian finance minister Jim Flaherty, a fixture on the world financial stage who stepped down just three weeks ago, has died. The House of Commons in Ottawa abruptly suspended business as word of his death circulated and the finance ministers of the G-20 paid tribute to Flaherty at the start of their meetings in Washington on Thursday.

  • *Anti-separatist Quebec Liberal Party to form majority govt. *Quebec separatist vote off political agenda for years.

  • OTTAWA, April 7- The anti-separatist Quebec Liberal Party won a majority government in provincial elections on Monday, eliminating the possibility of a new referendum on separation from Canada for several years.

  • OTTAWA, April 7- Canada's new finance minister, Joe Oliver, promised on Monday to cut taxes for families once the budget is balanced, giving no details and sticking to the Conservative government's longstanding script in his first major speech in the new role. He replaces Jim Flaherty, who served for eight years under Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

  • OTTAWA, March 28- Canada has signed a $105 million contract with the Philippines to supply eight military helicopters made by Bell Helicopter Textron Canada, a unit of Textron Inc, Canadian International Trade Minister Ed Fast said on Friday.

  • The 2,858- mile pipeline would link trillions of dollars worth of oil in land-locked fields in the western province of Alberta to an Atlantic port in the Irvings' eastern home province of New Brunswick, north of Maine, creating a gateway to new foreign markets for Canadian oil.

  • OTTAWA, March 19- When Greg Rickford, Canada's new natural resources minister, became the first Conservative ever to be elected to Parliament from northern Ontario's Kenora district, reports said he began his victory speech: "Mission impossible- accomplished."

  • "I just named Joe Oliver Canada's new finance minister," Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper wrote on his official Twitter.

  • OTTAWA/ TORONTO, March 19- Joe Oliver brings a sense of gravitas to his new job as Canada's finance minister, an asset the governing Conservatives will want to emphasize as they prepare to fight an election against young but popular Liberal leader Justin Trudeau.

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