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Sergeant-at-Arms Hailed as Hero in Canada Attack

Kevin Vickers shot gunman inside Parliament building

(Newser) - Coordinated terror attack? One gunman or maybe three? Much confusion remains about the assault on Canada's capital today , but one thing clear in the aftermath is that Parliament sergeant-at-arms Kevin Vickers is being hailed as a hero. The 58-year-old former police officer is credited with shooting the assailant inside... More »

Explorer Ship Missing Since 1845 Found in Arctic

Vessel that vanished during Franklin Expedition is in Northwest Passage: Canada

(Newser) - In 1845, British explorer Sir John Franklin set off with 128 men on the HMS Terror and HMS Erebus to explore the Arctic's Northwest Passage. Both ships apparently got stuck in the ice and then vanished, earning their place in the annals of Canada's greatest adventure mysteries—until... More »

Canada to Claim North Pole

Move sets up clash with Russia, Denmark

(Newser) - Santa better be a hockey fan—Canada is gearing up to claim the North Pole, along with a vast surrounding area of the Arctic, according to the Globe and Mail . The country is due to submit a territorial claim to the UN this week and sources say Prime Minister Stephen... More »

4 Reasons Why You Should Care About the G8

7-1 split on Syria looms large as summit opens

(Newser) - It's OK, you can admit it: The G8 summit begins in Northern Ireland today and you didn't exactly wake up with thoughts of "it's G8 week!" (Our first thought: Rain again?) But the two-day summit in Northern Island is worth a few moments of your... More »

Bieber: What, I Should Have Dressed Up to Meet PM?

What was he supposed to do, change his clothes?

(Newser) - The appropriate attire when accepting a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal from the Canadian prime minister? Overalls, if you're Justin Bieber. The Biebs is pictured shaking hands with a suit-clad Stephen Harper against a backdrop of flags ... while wearing overalls that only have one suspender snapped, a backwards... More »

Conservatives Win Majority in Canada

NDP now official opposition as Liberals, BQ stumble

(Newser) - After 7 years and four elections, Stephen Harper has led the Conservative Party to a majority government in Canada, according to preliminary results. The prime minister, who has led minority governments since 2006, won a majority of seats in Parliament and a broader mandate for his party after an election... More »

G20 Arrest Total Soars Above 500

Police raid follows widespread violence

(Newser) - Police in Toronto conducted a large raid and rounded up more protesters today in an effort to quell further violence at the global economic summit after black-clad youths rampaged through the city, smashing windows and torching police cruisers. Police said they have arrested more than 500 demonstrators, many of whom... More »

G20 Protests in Toronto Turn Ugly

Small group of vandals wreaks havoc on Canadian city

(Newser) - Black-clad demonstrators broke off from a crowd of peaceful protesters at the global economic summit in Toronto yesterday, torching police cruisers and smashing windows with baseball bats and hammers. Police arrested more than 150, reports the AP. Police used shields, clubs, tear gas and pepper spray to push back the... More »

Canadian Hockey Win Costs Obama a Case of Beer

President loses beer bet with Canadian PM Stephen Harper

(Newser) - Bragging rights weren't the only thing the US lost in yesterday's gold-medal hockey game: President Obama owes Canadian PM Stephen Harper a case of Molson. Had the US emerged on top, Obama would have scored Yuengling, which, like Molson, is this country's oldest beer, reports the Globe and Mail . More »

At Summit, World Leaders Pledge to Help Haiti Rebuild

Gathering sees cooperation, reluctance to address endemic problems

(Newser) - World leaders at an international summit in Montreal today agreed that rebuilding Haiti will take decades. In fact, "rebuilding" is hardly the word—if successful, the state envisioned by envoys to the conference will bear little resemblance to pre-earthquake Haiti. Canadian PM Stephen Harper said the world community must... More »

'Thatcher Has Died' —But Not That Thatcher

Canadian official's cat dies, setting off a diplomatic snafu

(Newser) - When a Canadian official's beloved cat died, he texted a friend with the sad news: "Thatcher has died." See where this is going? That friend happened to be at a diplomatic dinner, and next thing you know, word had spread lickety-split that Margaret Thatcher had passed away. Canadian... More »

Canada to US: Are We Still Friends?

American protectionism worries our northern neighbor

(Newser) - Canada’s biggest problem now also happens to be its best friend: America. PM Stephen Harper once worried that Canada’s “special relationship” with the US had been lost under George W. Bush—and it hasn’t improved a bit under Obama, writes Luiza Ch. Savage in Macleans. Not... More »

'Three Amigos' Summit May Not Be So Amicable

Canada, Mexico both angry about Obama protectionism

(Newser) - President Obama is headed to Guadalajara today for his first "Three Amigos" summit with the leaders of Canada and Mexico, but the meeting may be less than completely friendly. Trade and drug trafficking will dominate the agenda, and the leaders have some grievances they plan to press, reports Reuters.... More »

Adoring Canadians Cheer Obama

President receives warm welcome in the frost on first foreign trip

(Newser) - Barack Obama found a new world of fans north of the border yesterday. His first foreign trip as president was greeted by a rare wave of pro-American sentiment on the streets of Ottawa, reports the Los Angeles Times. Thousands of people stood for hours in the slush in front of... More »

Obama, Harper Launch 'Clean Energy Dialogue'

(Newser) - President Obama and PM Stephen Harper today announced an environmental partnership between the US and Canada, the Globe and Mail reports. Harper spoke of a “clean energy dialogue” between top officials to “collaborate on the development of clean energy science and technology.” Said Obama, who was making... More »

Brown Bags First Euro Call, Visit From New President

Obama rings Britain's Brown to discuss Afghanistan, economy

(Newser) - Gordon Brown was the proud recipient of Barack Obama's first European phone call as president, the Guardian reports. The two leaders spoke for 15 minutes and discussed the need to make Afghanistan a priority. Obama, whose first overseas calls as president were to Palestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli... More »

Canada Pledges $3.3B Aid for Automakers

Feds, Ontario grant emergency loans for its subsidiaries

(Newser) - A day after President Bush offered a bailout to American automakers, Canada announced plans to follow suit. The federal and Ontario governments will grant GM and Chrysler’s Canadian subsidiaries $3.3 billion ($4 billion in Canadian dollars), the Globe and Mail reports. “We cannot afford either in the... More »

Canadian PM Buys Time With Parliament Shutdown

Opposition had been gearing up to replace Harper's Conservative government

(Newser) - Prime Minister Stephen Harper got permission today to close Canada’s Parliament until Jan. 26, avoiding a vote next week that would likely have forced him from power, the Globe and Mail reports. Harper’s Conservative government is under fire from a liberal coalition over inaction on the economic crisis.... More »

Canadian Opposition Moves to Sink Righty Gov't

Harper's Tories in rout weeks after re-election

(Newser) - Canada’s main opposition parties have reached an unprecedented deal to topple the Conservative government, only weeks after it won re-election, reports the Globe and Mail. PM Stephen Harper infuriated rivals by attempting to end public support for political parties under the veil of an economic stimulus bill. The Liberals,... More »

Freed Reporter Held in Cave Underground

But Canadian journalist says Afghan captors did not harm her

(Newser) - Canadian officials secured the release yesterday of a reporter who was kept in an underground cave in Afghanistan for a month, CNN reports. Melissa Fung said her abductors bound her hands and feet, but that she was never mistreated. Afghan authorities arrested three people in the case and are looking... More »

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