National Newswatch

U.S. says China’s death sentence against Canadian ‘politically motivated’

Jan 16 2019 — — The United States has denounced a death sentence imposed on a British Columbia man in China as “politically motivated,” adding heft to Ottawa’s effort to intensify international pressure on Beijing to spare his life and to release two other detained Canadians. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland conferred Tuesday and […]

Huawei founder says company would not share user secrets

Jan 16 2019 — — The founder of China’s Huawei, the world’s biggest supplier of network gear to phone and internet companies, says his company would not share secrets about its customers and their communication networks. Ren Zhengfei spoke in a rare meeting with foreign reporters as Huawei Technologies Ltd. tries to protect its access to global telecom carriers that […]

Broadway legend Carol Channing dies at age 97

Jan 15 2019 — — Actress Carol Channing, whose career spanned decades on Broadway and on television, has died at age 97. Publicist B. Harlan Boll says Channing died of natural causes at 12:31 a.m. Tuesday in Rancho Mirage, California. Boll says she had twice suffered strokes in the last year. The lanky, ebullient musical comedy star delighted American audiences […]

China denies detained Canadian has diplomatic immunity

Jan 14 2019 — — A former Canadian diplomat detained in China last month does not enjoy diplomatic immunity, a Chinese spokeswoman said Monday, rejecting a complaint from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that the man’s rights were being denied. Trudeau said last week that Chinese officials were not respecting the diplomatic immunity of Michael Kovrig.

Trump dodges question on whether he has worked for Russia

Jan 13 2019 — — U.S. President Donald Trump avoided directly answering when asked whether he currently is or has ever worked for Russia after a published report said law enforcement officials, concerned about his behaviour after he fired FBI Director James Comey in 2017, had begun investigating that possibility. Trump said it was the “most insulting” question he’d ever […]

Former Obama housing chief Julian Castro joins 2020 campaign

Jan 12 2019 — — Assailing President Donald Trump for “a crisis of leadership,” former Obama Cabinet member Julian Castro joined the 2020 presidential race Saturday as the rush of Democrats making early moves to challenge the incumbent accelerates. Castro, who could end up being the only Latino in what is shaping up to be a crowded Democratic field, made […]

Canada willing to accept Saudi woman seeking asylum, Thai police say

Jan 11 2019 — — Several countries including Canada and Australia are in talks with the United Nations refugee agency to accept a Saudi asylum seeker who fled alleged abuse from her family, Thai police said Friday. Jean-Nicolas Beuze, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees representative in Canada, told CBC News that he couldn’t provide any information at this stage […]

U.S. troop withdrawal from Syria begins, official says

Jan 11 2019 — — The U.S.-led military coalition in Syria has begun the process of withdrawing troops from Syria, a U.S. military official said Friday, declining to comment on specific timetables or movements. Col. Sean Ryan, spokesperson for the coalition fighting the Islamic State group, said the U.S. started “the process of our deliberate withdrawal from Syria.” “Out of […]

Facing pressure, networks fact-check Trump speech

Jan 9 2019 — — Television pundits moved swiftly to correct or challenge President Donald Trump following Tuesday’s Oval Office speech on the proposed border wall, after their networks were the target of an unusual debate over whether they should show him at all. “Just because you say it’s a crisis doesn’t necessarily make it one,” ABC White House correspondent […]

Trump urges wall funding to fix border ‘crisis’ in TV address

Jan 8 2019 — — U.S. President Donald Trump made a televised plea for border wall funding Tuesday night, seeking an edge in the shutdown battle with congressional Democrats as he declared there is “a humanitarian crisis, a crisis of the heart and a crisis of the soul.” Addressing the nation from the Oval Office for the first time, Trump […]