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  • 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...

  • Russian president denies he fled summit pressure Sunday, 16 Nov 2014 | 5:18 AM ET

    BRISBANE, Australia— Russian President Vladimir Putin made an early exit on Sunday from a two-day summit of world leaders where he was roundly criticized over Russia's escalating aggression in Ukraine, but brushed off suggestions that he had felt pressured. He also departed Australia shortly before President Barack Obama and European leaders opened their...

  • 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,...

  • OTTAWA, Nov 4- Canada expects to finalize the creation of a yuan clearing hub in the country, a source 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 in the coming week. China has in the past two years appointed clearing banks for Taiwan, Singapore,...

  • OTTAWA, Nov 4- Canada expects to finalize the creation of a domestic yuan clearing hub in the country, a source familiar with talks said on Tuesday, with an announcement expected during Prime Stephen Harper's trip to China in the coming week.

  • VAUGHAN, Ontario, Oct 30- Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper unveiled on Thursday family tax cuts and benefits totaling C $26.76 billion over six years, including C $3.07 billion for the fiscal year that ends next March and C $4.62 billion for 2015-16.. The package includes income splitting for couples with children under 18, providing for the transfer of C...

  • TORONTO, Oct 20- BlackBerry shares rose more than 3 percent on Monday after a news website said Chinese computer maker Lenovo Group might offer to buy the Canadian technology company. Lenovo and BlackBerry said their companies did not comment on rumors and speculation. Rumors of a Lenovo bid for BlackBerry have swirled many times over the last two years.

  • BRAMPTON, Ontario, Oct 2- Canada's budget deficit for the 2013/ 14 fiscal year is likely to be C $5.2 billion, rather than the C $16.6 billion forecast in February, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Thursday. He said Canada would run a small deficit in the 2014/ 15 fiscal year before returning to surplus in 2015/ 16.. Harper's Conservatives, who face an election in...

  • CALGARY, Alberta, Sept 26- Jim Prentice, the one-time federal minister and investment banker sworn in as premier of Alberta earlier this month, said on Friday the Canadian province must secure new oil-export pipelines to ensure the growth of its oil sands sector.

  • OTTAWA, Sept 26- The European Union and Canada on Friday dismissed threats by a top German politician to block a free trade deal the two sides wrapped up in August after five years of often difficult negotiations.