Daily Archives: April 12, 2018

Trump asks U.S. trade officials to look into joining Trans-Pacific Partnership

U.S. President Donald Trump has asked trade officials to explore the possibility of the United States rejoining negotiations on the Pacific Rim agreement after he pulled out last year as part of his “America first” agenda. Farm-state lawmakers said Thursday after a White House meeting with Trump that he had given that assignment to his trade representative, Robert Lighthizer, and ...

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West weighs attack on Syria that could prompt confrontation with Russia

British ministers plan to gather Thursday to discuss whether to join the United States and France in a possible military attack on Syria that threatens to bring Western and Russian forces into direct confrontation. Prime Minister Theresa May recalled the ministers from their Easter holiday for a special cabinet meeting on how to respond to what she has cast as a barbaric poison gas attack by Syrian government ...

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Little-known metal in bitumen could be an answer for storing solar, wind power

Originally from South Africa, JT Steenkamp doesn’t usually enjoy brisk Canadian winter weather, but this year is different for the engineer who is testing out a new type of battery at Shell Canada’s research centre in Calgary. The battery is built using a little-known metal found in bitumen, and the technology could represent a pivotal moment for both the oilsands industry and the ...

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Former recruit's alleged torture getting fresh look from investigators

It rarely happens, but following a Go Public investigation and pressure from a former Canadian soldier’s lawyers, the public will get a rare look at how military police investigated allegations that a young recruit was tortured by his own military during training in the 1980s. The Military Police Complaints Commission (MPCC), a quasi-judicial body independent from the government and the ...

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Tennessee's Corker says backing GOP tax bill could be among his worst votes

Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., attends the Senate Budget Committee markup of the FY2018 Budget reconciliation legislation on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., Nov. 28, 2017.  (Reuters) Backing the Republican Party’s tax law could have been one of the worst votes of his career, retiring U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., reportedly said after a Congressional Budget Office estimate released Tuesday showed ...

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Heritage minister gets assurances from China on protection of intellectual property

Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly said she and dozens of Canadian cultural organizations in China have been given assurances on protection of intellectual property should they enter the Chinese market. Canadian companies have raised concerns repeatedly with the Liberals about the lack of transparency in China’s regulatory system and shortcomings in how it protects intellectual property rights. Joly said her Chinese counterpart addressed ...

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