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No evidence of 'spy' in Trump camp, Democrats say after intel brief

Washington - US intelligence agencies offered no evidence to back President Donald Trump's claim that the FBI planted a "spy" in his campaign, congressional Democrats said Thursday after a closed-door briefing.

Chelsea Manning says mass surveillance 'getting worse'

Montr - Mass surveillance by government agencies is increasing, especially in the United States, whistleblower Chelsea Manning told a Montreal audience on Thursday as she called for limits on the development of artificial intelligence.

Are automobile and truck imports a threat to national security?

Are automobile and truck imports a threat to national security? They could be a threat - as the US Department of Commerce launches an investigation into vehicle imports at the request of President Trump.

Despite scrapped summit, door still open between US, North Korea

Washington - President Donald Trump's cancellation of a summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un dashed hopes for a quick denuclearization deal Wednesday, but the door remains open for talks between the two countries.

Trump canceled summit with U.S. journalists still in North Korea

President Donald Trump canceled his much-awaited summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Thursday while about 30 international journalists, including many US citizens, were still in the country.

US says Europeans did nothing to counter Iran missiles

Washington - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused Europeans Thursday of having done nothing to counter Iran's program to develop ballistic missiles."The Europeans have told us ...

Trudeau blocks takeover of Aecon Group by Chinese company

Ottawa - The Canadian government has blocked a proposed takeover of construction firm Aecon Group Inc. by a Chinese company - the latest such move by Western nations weighing national security concerns associated with Chinese investment.

Merkel, Chinese premier defend Iran deal, free trade

Bejing - German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang defended the Iran nuclear deal on Thursday, with Li hinting that terminating the pact would complicate negotiations with North Korea.

Italian PM nominee begins work on forming cabinet

Rome - Italy's prime ministerial nominee Giuseppe Conte on Thursday began lining up a cabinet after being endorsed to lead a populist coalition government.

Trump administration weighs slapping tariffs on auto imports

Washington - The US Commerce Department said Wednesday it launched an inquiry that could allow the Trump administration to impose tariffs on auto imports over national security concerns.

US-Europe compromise on Iran a long way off: German FM

Washington - The United States and European countries remain "a long way from a compromise" on a new Iran nuclear deal after the US's withdrawal from the 2015 agreement, Germany's foreign affairs minister said Wednesday.

Are cracks emerging in the Russia-Iran alliance in Syria?

Tehran - Russia's recent call for foreign forces to leave Syria was seen as a possible turning-point in its tricky alliance with Iran, though analysts say their partnership still has a long way to run.

Catalonia postpones swearing in new regional government

Barcelona - Catalonia's new separatist president on Wednesday postponed the swearing in of his administration after Madrid rejected four regional minister who are in jail or exile over the region's independence push.

Speaker Nabih Berri, great survivor of Lebanese politics

Beirut - Famous for his quick wit and shrewd politicking, Hezbollah ally Nabih Berri is returning for a sixth consecutive term as speaker of Lebanon's parliament, making him one of the world's longest-serving legislative chiefs.

Malaysian state-linked media left scrambling after poll upset

Kuala Lumpur - After decades of slavishly backing the only government Malaysia had ever known, state-linked media are scrambling to find their feet after the election landslide, seeking to shed a reputation as official mouthpieces but facing a challenge from plucky i...

Italy awaits president's decision on new PM for eurosceptic government

Rome - Italy was Wednesday awaiting the president's decision on whether to approve little-known lawyer Giuseppe Conte as prime minister to lead a populist, eurosceptic government which is already causing unease in Brussels.

Op-Ed: Ontario NDP catching up to leading PCs in Ontario election

Toronto - The NDP is closing the gap between it and the Ontario Progressive Conservatives. The change in polling has occurred despite the initially huge PC lead and the fact that the left is split between the New Democrats and Liberals.

BC government sues Alberta over plan to restrict fuel shipments

The British Columbia government has filed a lawsuit and is prepared to ask for an injunction and damages against Alberta over that province’s recently passed fuel restriction law that would allow the province to shut off oil and gas shipments to B.C.

Erdogan congratulates Maduro after controversial election win

Ankara - Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has congratulated his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro on winning a new term in office, the Turkish presidency said Wednesday, after an election widely condemned by the international community.
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