National Newswatch

Border patrol: Human smuggler knew passengers couldn’t swim during attempted crossing from Ontario

May 8 2022 — The Associated Press — AKWESASNE, N.Y. (AP) — Federal authorities say a boat operator knew his passengers could not swim when he abandoned six Indian nationals on a sinking boat during a failed smuggling attempt across the frigid St. Lawrence River into northern New York.  Brian Lazore, a U.S. citizen, was ordered held without bail last week on smuggling […]

Israel to ban travel to US, Canada over omicron variant

Dec 20 2021 — The Associated Press — JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli ministers on Monday agreed to ban travel to the United States, Canada and eight other countries amid the rapid, global spread of the omicron variant. Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s office announced the decision following a Cabinet vote. The rare move to red-list the U.S. comes amid rising coronavirus infections in Israel […]

3 US-based economists receive economics Nobel Prize

Oct 11 2021 — The Associated Press — STOCKHOLM (AP) — A Canadian is among the three U.S-based economists awarded the 2021 Nobel prize for economics on Monday for pioneering research on the labor market impacts of minimum wage, immigration and education, and for creating the scientific framework to allow conclusions to be drawn from such studies that can’t use traditional methodology. Guelph, […]

Canadian indigenous rights campaigner among winners of “Alternative Nobel”

Sep 29 2021 — The Associated Press — COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The Right Livelihood Award — known as the “Alternative Nobel” — was awarded Wednesday to three activists and an organization working across the globe to empower communities in areas ranging from child protection to environmental defense. The Swedish Right Livelihood Foundation, which awards the prize, said that “in the face of […]

Dutch arrest alleged Canadian drug baron on Interpol warrant

Jan 24 2021 — The Associated Press — PARIS — A suspected Canadian drug baron has been arrested in the Netherlands on an Interpol warrant, according to Dutch and Australian police. The 57-year-old was detained Friday and is of “significant interest” to Australian and other law enforcement agencies, according to a statement Sunday from the Australian federal police. It says he was targeted […]

Diplomats contact Canadian held for over 2 years in China

Jan 23 2021 — The Associated Press — BEIJING — Canadian officials have met online with former diplomat Michael Kovrig, who has been held in China for more than two years in a case related to an executive of Chinese telecoms giant Huawei. Canada’s Foreign Ministry said officials led by Ambassador Dominic Barton were given “on-site virtual consular access” to Kovrig on Thursday. […]

Report finds microwave energy likely made US diplomats ill

Dec 6 2020 — The Associated Press — WASHINGTON — A new report by a National Academy of Sciences committee has found that “directed” microwave radiation is the likely cause of illnesses among American diplomats in Cuba and China. The study commissioned by the State Department and released Saturday is the latest attempt to find a cause for the mysterious illnesses that started […]

China denies Canadians ‘arbitrarily’ detained over Meng case

Oct 12 2020 — The Associated Press — BEIJING — China on Monday denied that two Canadian citizens held for almost two years had been “arbitrarily" detained in response to Canada’s arrest of an executive of technology giant Huawei. Foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian’s denial came days after China granted consular access to Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor for the first time since […]

China charges 2 Canadians with spying in Huawei-linked case

Jun 19 2020 — The Associated Press — BEIJING — China has charged two detained Canadians with spying, escalating tensions between the two countries following the arrest in Vancouver 18 months ago of a senior Huawei executive wanted on U.S. charges. Chinese prosecutors said Friday that Michael Kovrig was charged in Beijing on suspicion of spying for state secrets and intelligence. Michael Spavor was charged in […]

Vancouver couple gets $9 million jury verdict in U.S. bike wreck

Dec 15 2019 — The Associated Press — PORTLAND, Ore. — An American jury has awarded more than $9 million in damages to a man and woman from Vancouver who were struck by an 18-wheeler truck while riding their bikes along Interstate 84 in the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon. The eight-member jury found Exel Inc. — more commonly known as the shipping company […]

Feds seize almost 370 pounds of cocaine headed to Canada from Vermont

Dec 15 2019 — The Associated Press — MONTPELIER, Vt. — Federal agents seized almost 170 kilograms of cocaine that was hidden in a truck preparing to enter Quebec at Vermont's Derby Line border crossing, court documents say. The cocaine, packed in 142 brick-shaped packages, was found by agents of U.S. Customs and Border Protection in the early morning hours of Dec. 7 […]

‘Mexico, US, Canada trade talks continue in Washington

Dec 7 2019 — The Associated Press — WASHINGTON — Mexico’s top trade negotiator wrapped up an 11-hour meeting with his U.S. counterpart Friday night, saying they had not finalized a new trade agreement for Mexico, United States and Canada. As he left the office of U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer Jesus Seade told reporters "we are working on all the issues. It is […]

No one hurt in Canadian acrobatic jet crash at US air show

Oct 14 2019 — The Associated Press — HAMPTON, Ga. — The Royal Canadian Air Force says one of its pilots is safe after he had to eject from his plane just before an aerobatics show in the United States. The Canadian Forces Snowbirds said Capt. Kevin Domon-Grenier's jet crashed into an unpopulated area Sunday near Hampton, Georgia, and no one on the […]

Retired Canadian found slain at his residence in Mexico

Aug 25 2019 — The Associated Press — MEXICO CITY — Mexican officials say a Canadian retiree who once served as an honorary consul in Mexico has been found slain at his residence in the Caribbean resort of Cancun. The attorney general's office for Quintana Roo state said Sunday that 62-year-old Daniel Lavoie had been killed "with violence." The attorney general's office declined […]