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Jun 13, 2014

Soccer-UK’s cycling money man ditches capitalism after long Brazil ride

MANAUS, Brazil, June 13 (Reuters) – London accountant Andy Smith used to make good money in the City but says he is giving up on full-blown capitalism after a five-month bicycle ride through Brazil opened his eyes to life’s real riches.

The lean and heavily tanned 35-year-old stood in the baking heat outside the Amazonia arena in Manaus on Thursday after cycling almost 8,000 km (5,000 miles) for charity since starting in the southern city of Porto Alegre in January.

Jun 11, 2014

Manaus pitch looks poor, but FIFA calm about England-Italy clash

MANAUS Brazil (Reuters) – Parts of the pitch in Manaus’s Amazonia arena still looked in poor shape on Wednesday just days ahead of England’s Group D World Cup clash with Italy but FIFA said it was confident the grass would be ready in time.

Manaus is deep in Brazil’s Amazon jungle, noted for its high temperatures and stifling humidity, and the pitch has been a concern for months. A team of FIFA experts is in Manaus to help deal with the damage.

Jun 11, 2014

Soccer-Manaus pitch looks poor, but FIFA calm about England-Italy clash

MANAUS, Brazil, June 11 (Reuters) – Parts of the pitch in Manaus’s Amazonia arena still looked in poor shape on Wednesday just days ahead of England’s Group D World Cup clash with Italy but FIFA said it was confident the grass would be ready in time.

Manaus is deep in Brazil’s Amazon jungle, noted for its high temperatures and stifling humidity, and the pitch has been a concern for months. A team of FIFA experts is in Manaus to help deal with the damage.

Jun 9, 2014

Australia, Canada: Climate change steps must not hurt economy

OTTAWA, June 9 (Reuters) – The right-leaning leaders of
Canada and Australia, both under pressure over their
environmental records, on Monday said action to fight climate
change should not harm their nations’ economies.

The Obama administration last week unveiled regulations that
would force the U.S. power sector to cut carbon dioxide output
30 percent by 2030 from 2005 levels.

Jun 6, 2014

Downbeat Canada jobs, productivity data show economy struggling

OTTAWA, June 6 (Reuters) – Downbeat Canadian jobs and
productivity data released on Friday showed the economy is still
struggling to recover fully despite a strengthening U.S.
recovery.

Although Statistics Canada said the economy created a net
25,800 jobs in May, all of them were part-time. Full-time jobs
dropped by 29,100, bringing the two-month loss to a round 60,000
positions.

Jun 5, 2014

Canada police intensify manhunt after 3 police officers shot dead

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canadian police mounted a massive hunt on Thursday for a 24-year-old man armed with high-powered weapons who they suspect shot dead three police officers and wounded two more in the eastern city of Moncton.

The incident was one of the worst of its kind in Canada, where fatal attacks on police are rare.

Jun 4, 2014

Bank of Canada holds rates, dovish on inflation

OTTAWA, June 4 (Reuters) – The Bank of Canada held its main
interest rate at 1 percent on Wednesday and said the risks of
low inflation loom as large as ever despite a
faster-than-anticipated rise in prices, remarks that some
economists interpreted as being dovish.

The central bank also flagged weaker-than-expected global
growth and the possibility of slightly less underlying momentum
in the United States, and noted that the Canadian economy grew
only modestly in the first quarter.

Jun 2, 2014

Deal or no deal? EU-Canada trade deal falters at final hurdle

BRUSSELS/OTTAWA, June 2 (Reuters) – Canada and the European
Union are struggling to finalise a multi-billion dollar trade
pact six months after political leaders said it was sealed, an
embarrassment for Brussels as it seeks a far bigger deal with
the United States.

Over a celebratory lunch last October, Canadian Prime
Minister Stephen Harper and European Commission President Jose
Manuel Barroso termed the accord “a landmark achievement for the
transatlantic market” that could come into force next year.

May 26, 2014

Canada probing fatal crashes amid complaints over faulty GM switches

OTTAWA, May 26 (Reuters) – Canada is probing two fatal
crashes in General Motors Co vehicles which were subject
to a recall to fix faulty switches and has received nine further
complaints from drivers, the country’s top transportation
official told Reuters on Monday.

Transport Minister Lisa Raitt said she was sure the number
of complaints potentially linking accidents to the switches
would rise as people became aware of the recall.

May 16, 2014

Exclusive: Canada trimmed Russia sanctions to protect business interests

OTTAWA/TORONTO (Reuters) – Canada broke with the United States and did not impose sanctions on two key allies of Russian President Vladimir Putin because the pair had Canadian business interests, according to sources familiar with the matter.

The revelation puts into question the government’s tough line on Russia over the crisis in Ukraine. Prime Minister Stephen Harper recently compared Putin’s actions to those of Adolf Hitler in the run-up to World War Two.

    • About David

      "I have been the National Political Correspondent in Canada for Reuters since 1999, focussing on politics, defence (in particular Canada's role in the Afghan War) and the environment. I won the award for Reuters Treasury scoop in 2009 for my work at the G20 summit. From 1995 to 1999 I worked in London, mainly covering foreign affairs, and from 1989 to 1995 I was stationed in Moscow where I covered the collapse of the Soviet Union and the many conflicts this helped trigger."
      Joined Reuters:
      1987
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      Awards:
      Treasury scoop of the year 2009
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