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  • SINGAPORE, Jan 23- Gold steadied above $1,300 a tonne on Friday, near its strongest level in five months after the European Central Bank launched a multi-billion bond-buying programme to invigorate the euro zone economy. *Spot gold was little changed at $1,300.70 an ounce by 0035 GMT. *Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper voiced complete confidence in the...

  • ST. CATHARINES, Ontario, Jan 22- Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper voiced complete confidence in the Bank of Canada on Thursday, a day after it stunned markets by cutting interest rates amid a plunge in oil prices. Harper said the economy did not need stimulus measures and noted the Bank of Canada was still predicting some growth this year.

  • ST. CATHARINES, Ontario, Jan 22- Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper voiced complete confidence in the Bank of Canada on Thursday and said its surprise interest rate cut this week was appropriate. The Bank of Canada stunned markets by cutting interest rates on Wednesday, citing a threat to economic growth and its inflation targets from the oil price plunge...

  • ST. CATHARINES, Ontario, Jan 22- Prime Minister Stephen Harper voiced complete confidence in the Bank of Canada on Thursday and said its interest rate cut on Wednesday, which caught markets by surprise, was appropriate.

  • LONDON, Ontario, Jan 21- A stunning rate cut by the Bank of Canada may be the just the thing Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper needs to preserve a promised budget surplus as he heads into an election campaign dominated by plunging oil prices and faltering economy. "The symbolism of being able to campaign on a surplus is very important to the Conservatives,...

  • OTTAWA, Jan 15- Canada has postponed a summit with the leaders of the United States and Mexico, officials said on Thursday, amid persistent tensions over the construction of TransCanada Corp's Keystone XL pipeline and other issues. "It's my understanding that... has been postponed from early this year to later in the year," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said in...

  • OTTAWA, Jan 15- Canada has quietly postponed a summit with the leaders of the United States and Mexico amid tensions over the construction of TransCanada Corp's Keystone XL pipeline and other issues, sources indicated on Thursday. If Obama did come to Canada he would no doubt face a raft of pointed questions about the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, which would...

  • DELTA, British Columbia, Jan 8- Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Thursday said the country's energy industry was resilient and would survive the stresses caused by plunging crude oil prices. "As rapid a negative a change that this is for the industry, the industry, even in my lifetime, has lived through changes this extreme and more on many occasions,"...

  • 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...