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BAGHDAD, Sept 15, 2018 (MENA) - Canada is planning to extend the period of its mission in Iraq, according to Commander of the Canadian Task Force in Iraq Colin Keiver.

The Iraqi government will rely on Canada and other international partners to maintain stability after the defeat of Daesh terrorist group, Alsumaria news channel reported, quoting Keiver as saying on Saturday.

The Iraqi government is well aware that the country is in need of constant assistance in order to ensure security and achieve stability and prosperity there, he said.

In 2014, Canada had decided to send forces to Iraq to take part in fighting Daesh militants there.


BULGARIA, September 14, 2018 (News Wires) - Canada is off to a perfect start at the world volleyball championship.

The Canadians (2-0) won in straight sets for the second time in as many days late on Thursday, beating Egypt 3-0 (27-25, 30-28, 25-19) in Ruse, Bulgaria.

"It was a difficult game, even though we won 3-0, especially in the second set it was pretty tight," said Canada coach Stephane Antiga, whose team opened the tourney with a win over the Netherlands.

"We probably were a little bit anxious because of the fact that we were the favourites, and that's something that the team doesn't seem comfortable with for some reason," he added. "But we played more aggressively at the end of each set and in the third set, which is good. I would like to see us with a little more confidence."

Nicholas Hoag of Sherbrooke, Que., led Canada with 24 points. Captain Gordon Perrin added 18 points and Graham Vigrass had seven.

"We could have played better of course and we definitely want to play better, but it's good that we showed signs of resilience and we really fought hard to keep the momentum on our side and made sure we controlled the game, even though it was a little out of hand at times," said Canada's Sharone Vernon-Evans.

WASHINGTON, Sept 7, 2018 (Reuters) - Canada is increasingly optimistic it can reach a deal with the United States to salvage the North American Free Trade Agreement, although it may take until the end of September, a source with direct knowledge of the talks said on Friday.

US and Canadian officials resumed their negotiations this week to modernize the 1994 pact, which governs $1.2 trillion a year in trade between the United States, Canada and Mexico and supports hundreds of thousands of jobs.

President Donald Trump has struck a trade deal with Mexico and threatened to push ahead without Canada, a move that would kill NAFTA.

The talks in Washington are focused on Canada's dairy supply system, which the United States says hurts its exports, Ottawa's desire to keep NAFTA's Chapter 19 dispute resolution mechanism and Canadian media laws that favor domestically produced content.

The Canadian source, who declined to be named given the sensitivity of the situation, said Canadian negotiators thought it was quite possible the talks would continue until the end of this month.

A US official told Reuters on Thursday that Canada needed to move further on dairy. In its recent trade deal with the European Union, Canada made concessions on dairy imports.

"We're down to three issues: Chapter 19, the cultural issues and dairy. We've created leverage and driven Canada to the table," the US official said. "Part of our problem is that Canada has been backsliding on its commitments (on dairy)."

Trump has targeted what he sees as "unfair" trade as part of his "America First" agenda to boost US manufacturing and jobs, imposing tariffs on trading partners, including Canada, China, the EU and Mexico. That has prompted retaliation.

Tens of billions of dollars in Chinese imports have been slapped with US tariffs and a new round of duties are due to be triggered soon.

Both Canada and Mexico want Trump to agree to permanently exempt them from US tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. Washington has used those tariffs as leverage in the NAFTA talks.

Canada has used the provisions of NAFTA's dispute resolution mechanism to defend its lumber exports to the United States. Washington charges that Canadian lumber unfairly undercuts prices on US lumber.

Trump appeared to set a deadline for a deal this week, prompting aides to US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland to work well into the evening on Thursday to find ways to move forward.

The Republican chairman of the US House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee, Kevin Brady, a powerful voice in Congress on trade, told reporters differences remained between the two sides over Canada's dairy quota regime, a trade dispute resolution settlement procedure and "other longstanding issues."

FREDERICTON, New Brunswick, August 11, 2018 (News Wires) - Canadian police have charged a man for the deaths of two police officers and two civilians in a shooting in the eastern province of New Brunswick.

Police in the city of Fredericton said in a statement Saturday that Matthew Vincent Raymond, 48, was arrested and charged with four counts of first-degree murder.

Horizon Health, which delivers care for New Brunswick's Department of Health, said that Raymond was the only person being treated for injuries related to the shooting.

The victims have been identified as Const. Robb Costello, Const. Sara Burns, Donnie Robichaud and Bobbie Lee Wright.

No motive has been disclosed.

The incident struck a nerve in a country that has been roiled in recent months by several instances of mass violence.


CAIRO, August 18, 2018 (News Wires) - Saudi Arabia has stopped all medical treatment programmes in Canada and is co-ordinating for the transfer of all Saudi patients from Canadian hospitals to other hospitals outside Canada, Saudi press agency said early on Wednesday.

The agency cited Saudi Health Attaché in the United States of America and Canada Dr. Fahd bin Ibrahim Al Tamimi.

Saudi Arabia froze new trade and investment with Canada and expelled the Canadian ambassador, early on Monday, in a stern gesture of retaliation after Ottawa urged it to free arrested civil society activists.

Kicking Kiki

By Ramadan A. Kader

Over the past week, famous and ordinary people alike turned to the Internet across the Arab world, posting videos showing them undertaking the dangerous challenge of the widely popular Kiki dance. The risky dance is inspired by Canadian hip-hop star Drake's smashing song "In My Feelings".

Cinema and sports personalities were seen bragging about their skills for performing the Kiki by stepping out of a slowly moving car and sway in sync with the lyrics.

Authorities in some Arab countries have arrested some such performers, who face the charges of endangering their lives and those of others on roads.

In Egypt, prosecutors ordered a university student to pat LE1,050 (59 dollars) for performing the Kiki challenge on a public road.

Some clerics have, meanwhile, come out to prohibit the challenging dance, citing safety

In Tunisia, a young girl paid dearly for taking the Kiki challenge out on the street. A viral video, shot by an unidentified person in a balcony, shows the girl dancing near the open door of her moving car. In a fit of excitement, she drops her bag, which two thieves on a motorcycle swiftly catch and speed off.

The girl unsuccessfully attempts to recover it. The thieves must be grateful to the Kiki fad.

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