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Canada mulls over cancelling Saudi arms deal over Khashoggi murder, Yemen

MONTREAL: Canada is looking into ways to cancel a giant 2014 weapons deal with Saudi Arabia, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Sunday, as criticism mounts over the kingdom’s role in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the Riyadh-led war in Yemen. Trudeau had earlier said that it would be “extremely difficult” to withdraw from the contract, signed by the previous conservative administration, “without Canadians paying exorbitant penalties.” But as evidence emerged of direct Saudi involvement in…

Canada has heard Turkish recordings on Khashoggi’s killing: Trudeau

PARIS: Canadian intelligence officers have listened to Turkish recordings of what happened to Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Monday, adding that he was discussing with allies what next steps should be taken. Khashoggi, a critic of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was killed at the kingdom’s Istanbul consulate by a team sent from Riyadh. Saudi authorities have acknowledged that the killing was premeditated but his body has not been found. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said…

Unhappy with NAFTA talks, Trump rejects to meet Canada’s Trudeau

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump said he rejected Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s request for a meeting during the UN General Assembly this week. The US President said as bilateral North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) talks are going poorly and the United States is unhappy with Canada’s negotiators. Trump said he would not accept the meeting with Trudeau “because his tariffs are too high, and he doesn’t seem to want to move and I’ve told him, ‘Forget about it and frankly we’re just thinking about…

Canada’s Trudeau under growing pressure to get NAFTA deal done

OTTAWA: Business and political leaders are increasing the pressure on Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to agree on a deal to renew NAFTA and drop his insistence that no deal is better than a bad deal. Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland will hold fresh talks on the North American Free Trade Agreement with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer in Washington on Wednesday as a U.S.-imposed deadline of Oct. 1 looms. The two sides are far apart in some areas and Trudeau says his Liberal government will walk away…

Canada concerned over reported Saudi death sentences for activists

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressed concern Thursday over reports that human rights activists in Saudi Arabia face the death penalty. The two countries are locked in a diplomatic dispute triggered by Canadian criticism of the kingdom's human rights record, but Trudeau said Canada continues to “engage diplomatically” with Saudi Arabia. Human rights groups say Saudi prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for five human rights activists, including, for the first time, a woman. The five stand accused of inciting…

Pakistani actress Hareem Farooq meets Canadian PM Justin Trudeau

CANADA: Renowned Pakistani actress and producer Hareem Farooq met with Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau during her trip to Canada. The Janaan co-producer took to Instagram to post a photo of herself with the Canadian prime minister while calling it a "career-high moment" for her. https://www.instagram.com/p/Bk4sv17gmtd/?utm_source=ig_embed "What a moment. An all-time career high when I got to meet the charming and amazing Justin Trudeau as a part of my trip to Canada," the famous face of Pakistani entertainment…