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  • OTTAWA, Dec 17- Canada's decision to host secret talks between the United States and Cuba on normalizing relations allowed the two countries the discretion they needed, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Wednesday. In a brief statement, Harper congratulated the two on their successful dialogue and said Canada supported a future for Cuba that fully...

  • OTTAWA, Dec 16- Even dramatically lower oil prices will not prevent the Canadian government from balancing its budget next year, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Tuesday. Even with dramatically lower oil prices, we will balance the budget, "he told reporters in Quebec City. On Nov. 12, the federal government released a fiscal update projecting a surplus of C...

  • OTTAWA, Dec 16- Even dramatically lower oil prices will not prevent the Canadian government from balancing its budget next year, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Tuesday. "You should be under no doubt that the government will balance its budget next year. Even with dramatically lower oil prices, we will balance the budget, "he told reporters in Quebec City.

  • SYDNEY, Dec 16- Heavily armed Australian police stormed a Sydney cafe early on Tuesday morning and freed terrified hostages being held there at gunpoint, in a dramatic end to a 16- hour siege in which two captives and the attacker were killed. Authorities have not publicly identified the gunman, but a police source named him as Man Haron Monis, an Iranian refugee...

  • OTTAWA, Dec 9- Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Tuesday it would be crazy for Canada to impose regulations on the oil and gas industry to reduce greenhouse gases without simultaneous action from the United States, given the steep decline in oil prices. "The prime minister confirmed that he is in fact breaking his promise to regulate the oil and gas sector," New...

  • OTTAWA, Dec 9- Prime Minister Stephen Harper signaled on Tuesday that Canada would not impose regulations on the oil and gas industry to reduce greenhouse gases without simultaneous action from the United States, given the steep fall in oil prices. "The prime minister confirmed that he is in fact breaking his promise to regulate the oil and gas sector," New...

  • OTTAWA, Dec 9- Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper signaled on Tuesday that the country would not impose regulations on the oil and gas industry to reduce greenhouse gases without simultaneous action on the part of the United States, given the steep fall in oil prices. "We want to see oil and gas regulations on a continental basis given the integrated nature of...

  • OTTAWA, Dec 4- The sharp decline in oil prices should not prevent Canada's Conservative government from balancing its budget next fiscal year, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Thursday. He noted that the federal government does not get direct royalties from oil companies, though it does receive corporate taxes; and he said Finance Minister Joe Oliver had...

  • OTTAWA, Nov 18- Canada kept quiet as debate over the Keystone XL pipeline unexpectedly raced through the U.S. Congress because it does not want to inflame a heavily politicized issue, two sources familiar with the matter said on Tuesday. Canada, which has loudly backed TransCanada Corp's proposed project in the past, also had no response to unusually sharp words...

  • BRISBANE, Australia, Nov 16- Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday there was a "good chance" of resolving the conflict in Ukraine as Western leaders squarely blamed Moscow and threatened to slap more sanctions if it did not take action to end the crisis. Putin was speaking at a G20 leaders summit in Brisbane where he has come under intense pressure, with...

  • BEIJING, Nov 9- There will be no "major announcement" on a Washington- backed Asia-Pacific free trade deal during a meeting of leaders from the region in Beijing this week, U.S. Few expected that a deal on the ambitious 12- country Trans-Pacific Partnership could be reached this year, largely because of a deadlock between the pact's two biggest economies, the United...

  • He also raised the case of expatriates Kevin and Julia Garratt, held by China for suspected theft of military and intelligence information and for threatening national security. The couple, long time residents of China, operated a coffee shop near the North Korean border. At a news conference following the bilateral meetings between Harper and Chinese...

  • *China, Canada agree to 200 bln yuan currency swap. *China to give Canada 50 bln yuan RQFII quota. BEIJING, Nov 8- China's and Canada's central banks agreed to a currency swap worth 200 billion yuan or C $30 billion, said a Canadian government statement issued at a meeting of Asia Pacific nations on Saturday.

  • HANGZHOU, China, Nov 7- Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper kicked off a visit to China on Friday facing criticism that the troubled diplomatic relationship between the two nations has hampered trade, but promptly raised concern about human rights during the mostly business portion of his trip. Harper, on his first visit to China in two years, announced the...

  • HANGZHOU, China, Nov 7- Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper kicked off his trade mission to China on Friday facing criticism from businesses that the troubled diplomatic relationship between the two nations has hampered their efforts to tap China's burgeoning market. Harper, on his first visit to China in two years, announced the opening of four new trade...

  • OTTAWA, Nov 6- The Canadian government will deliver its fall economic and fiscal update on Nov. 12 with a new forecast for budget balances but no new spending or tax measures beyond those announced last week, Finance Minister Joe Oliver said on Thursday. The government last week announced C $26.76 billion in family tax cuts and benefits over six years.

  • HANGZHOU, China, Nov 6- Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper arrived in China on Thursday, facing the delicate task of improving economic ties with a major trading partner without sparking voter backlash or a revolt within his own party a year ahead of an election. The stakes are high for Harper, who last went to China in February 2012 and ended a successful visit...

  • HONG KONG, Nov 6- The global journey of the Chinese currency is set to enter a new stage with the first yuan clearing bank in the Americas, to be launched in Canada soon, boding well for the growth of a yuan deposit pool and investor participation there. Canada is expected to finalise the creation of a yuan clearing center, sources familiar with the government's talks...

  • OTTAWA, Nov 6- Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper arrives in China on Thursday, facing the delicate task of improving economic ties with Canada's second-largest trading partner without sparking voter backlash or a revolt within his own party a year ahead of an election. The stakes are high for Harper, who last went to China in February 2012 and ended a...

  • OTTAWA/ TORONTO, Nov 4- Canada expects to finalize the creation of a yuan clearing hub in the country, sources familiar with the government's talks with Chinese officials said on Tuesday, with an announcement expected during Prime Minister Stephen Harper's trip to China later this week. China has in the past two years appointed clearing banks for Taiwan,...