OTTAWA, June 7 (Reuters) – The Norwegian women’s soccer team, seeking to revive a more glorious era, brushed aside debutants Thailand 4-0 in their opening World Cup Group B match on Sunday and could easily have scored more.
Captain Trine Ronning converted a free kick in the 15th minute and striker Isabell Herlovsen netted a quick first half brace as the Thais struggled to cope with their more muscular and skilful opponents.
OTTAWA, June 5 (Reuters) – Canada’s left-leaning New
Democratic Party (NDP) has taken a slim lead in popular support
ahead of a general election scheduled for October, while support
for the Conservative government is flat, a public opinion poll
said on Friday.
The Ekos survey showed, however, that the NDP, which has
never held power federally, does not have enough backing to form
a stable government by itself and would likely have to work with
OTTAWA/MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Canada and Mexico will seek World Trade Organization authorization to impose over $3 billion in sanctions against U.S. exports in retaliation against contentious meat-labeling laws, the two nations said on Thursday.
U.S. legislators have signaled they plan to repeal the 2009 laws, which Canada and Mexico says makes their meat products more expensive.
OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canadian police missed chances to stop a gunman who stormed into Parliament last October after killing a soldier, an official probe said on Wednesday, adding that the attack could have been much worse.
Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, a convert to Islam who said he wanted to punish Canada for sending troops to Afghanistan and Iraq, ran right past a room where the prime minister was meeting legislators. He was quickly shot dead by security forces.
OTTAWA, June 3 (Reuters) – Canada posted a near-record trade
deficit of C$2.97 billion ($2.40 billion) in April as both
imports and exports fell in another sign of challenges facing
the economy, Statistics Canada data showed on Wednesday.
Traders had expected a shortfall of C$2.10 billion. The
deficit, the seventh in a row, was the second largest on record
after the C$3.85 billion recorded in March.
OTTAWA (Reuters) – The shock departure of a Canadian cabinet heavyweight has fueled talk about how long Prime Minister Stephen Harper will stay in power, with some in his party predicting he is unlikely to serve a full term if he wins re-election this October.
Harper, 56, who led his right-of-center Conservative Party to victory in early 2006, is seeking to pull off a rare fourth consecutive victory against a stiff opposition challenge.
DRESDEN, Germany, May 29 (Reuters) – The United States
warned on Friday of a possible accident for the world economy if
Greece and its creditors miss their June deadlines to avert a
Germany said there was no sign of a breakthrough.
With Athens struggling to make repayments due next month,
the debt stand-off between Greece and its European Union
partners overshadowed a meeting of policymakers from the Group
of Seven rich nations otherwise held to focus on ways to get the
global economy growing strongly again.
DRESDEN, Germany (Reuters) – Greece and its creditors need to quickly agree on a broad deal to address the Greek debt crisis and then work out the details before Athens hits deadlines for repayments, U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said on Friday.
Lew, speaking to reporters after a meeting of policymakers from the Group of Seven economies, said a speedy deal would reduce the chances of an “accident” and he wanted to see a pragmatic outcome to the protracted crisis.
DRESDEN, Germany, May 28 (Reuters) – Canada sees an
increased potential for financial market instability, in part
due to the rise in value of the U.S. dollar, Finance Minister
Joe Oliver told reporters on Thursday.
Speaking on the sidelines of a meeting of the finance chiefs
from the Group of Seven countries, Oliver said that Canada was
also worried about the persistent downside risks posed by
geopolitical tensions as well as the potential for the Greek
crisis to threaten Europe’s recovery.
DRESDEN, Germany (Reuters) – G7 ministers and central bank heads convened on Wednesday to discuss how to revive global growth and China’s increasing clout, while keeping a close eye on the protracted talks to avoid a Greek default.
Although the Greek crisis is not on the official agenda for the three-day meeting in the German city of Dresden, it will be discussed on the sidelines.