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July 7, 2008, 8:31 PM EDT
Ottawa (CNSNews.com) - Cabinet ministers and secretaries from Canada, the United States and Mexico will push ahead Monday with plans to streamline commerce without threatening security between their three countries, according to Canadian officials here.At a one-day meeting in Ottawa to be chaired by Canadian Deputy Prime Minister Anne McLellan, the officials hope to find ways to ease trade through regulation rather than new legislation, they said.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
Ottawa (CNSNews.com) - In its first major move to improve relations with the United States, Canada's new Conservative government has announced plans to improve security along its border with the U.S., and to beef up defense spending.The Conservatives released their first budget since taking over in January from the Liberal government of former Prime Minister Paul Martin. The Conservatives pledged to slash spending on a variety of programs but to increase allocations for the military and for homeland security, especially at land crossing points with the United States.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
Ottawa (CNSNews.com) - America's so-called "Peace Mom" arrived Thursday in Canada's capital to urge politicians to give safe haven to U.S. military deserters escaping service in Iraq and Afghanistan. Sheehan also called on Canada to pull its own troops out of Afghanistan.Referring to her past protests outside the White House and outside President George W. Bush's Texas ranch, Cindy Sheehan called on ordinary Canadians to pitch tents outside the residence of Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Colombians gave a resounding "No" to Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez and his dream of a left-wing anti-U.S. coalition of Latin American governments on Sunday by re-electing conservative President Alvaro Uribe to a second consecutive term.Uribe's victory came as no surprise, but his margin of victory was stunning. Most opinion polls prior to the election suggested Uribe would receive a maximum of 55 percent of the vote, although some last-minute polls suggested socialist Carlos Gaviria might win enough votes to force Uribe into a run-off.
July 7, 2008, 8:17 PM EDT
Ottawa (CNSNews.com) - Declaring the United States to be his country's "best friend and largest trading partner," Canada's new Conservative Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, has announced a series of proposals to improve ties across the 49th parallel.Although short on details, Harper made it clear that improving the tattered relationships between the neighbors was among his top priorities.
July 7, 2008, 8:17 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Peruvians go the polls Sunday with "anti-globalization" candidate Ollanta Humala the clear front-runner, adding to western fears of a growing South American wave of anti-Americanism.Humala -- a former army commander now under investigation for alleged human rights abuses and the son of a former Communist Party organizer -- has been the front-runner throughout the political campaign.
July 7, 2008, 8:17 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Venezuela has signed a new oil pact with Cuba, boosting oil deliveries to the Communist nation by 70,000 barrels a day and pumping in up to $1 billion to "rehabilitate" an aging Soviet-era refinery on the island.According to several published reports, Venezuela currently exports about 90,000 barrels of crude oil a day to Cuba, but there are well-documented reports that the Cuban regime of Fidel Castro is hundreds of millions of dollars in arrears to Venezuela.
July 7, 2008, 8:17 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says he is withdrawing from a regional bloc because fellow members Colombia and Peru have signed free trade agreements with the United States. Doing so "fatally wounded" hopes of an independent regional trade alliance, he said.The U.S. arch-critic frequently has lashed out at bilateral free trade agreements Washington has been negotiating with Latin American nations, charging that they favor multinational - largely U.S. - corporations at the expense of poor communities.
July 7, 2008, 8:17 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Washington's hopes of gaining a new ally in South America, amid the recent trend of leftist victories in the region, appeared dashed Thursday. It became clear that the run-off in Peru's presidential election will be between two harsh critics of the United States.Although the final results in the first round of balloting are not yet official, 98 percent of the votes have been counted and show that front-runner Ollanta Humala will face former left-wing president Alan Garcia in the May 28 final election.
July 7, 2008, 8:17 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Venezuela's Hugo Chavez and Cuba's Fidel Castro added a third amigo to their dream of a broad-based alliance of nationalist Latin American governments this weekend with the signing of a treaty with Bolivia to join the so-called Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas (ALBA).The agreement, signed in Havana during a visit to the Cuban capital by Chavez and Bolivian President Evo Morales, came on the first anniversary of the launching of the ALBA idea by Chavez and Castro.
July 7, 2008, 8:17 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A tumultuous week in which the expansion of a coalition of left-wing South American governments was threatened, has ended with a fragile truce. Bolivian President Evo Morales, who earlier this week announced that he was nationalizing his country's natural gas industry, agreed to continue providing Brazil with cheap gas.
July 7, 2008, 8:17 PM EDT
Ottawa (CNSNews.com) - Canada's top spy agency -- the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) -- admits that a terrorist attack on Canadian soil is "now probable," but adds that such an attack is more likely to target Canadian interests abroad.The government statement was revealed Wednesday with the publication of an edited report drawn up by CSIS last November and covering the years 2004-05. The edited version was released following an Access to Information request by Canada's national news agency, the Canadian Press.
July 7, 2008, 8:17 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The governor of Sao Paulo, Brazil, insists that his administration is in control of the city and we will stay in control, but violence in the streets and in prisons holding gang members is responsible for more than 80 deaths, including about 40 police officers and prison guards.The Brazilian cabinet met in emergency session Monday and Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva offered to send thousands of federal troops to Sao Paulo to quell the riots and street violence, but Sao Paulo state Gov. Claudio Lembo said the assistance was not needed.
July 7, 2008, 8:17 PM EDT
{/fcharset0 Times; (CNSNews.com) - Anti-U.S. sentiment in South America may be expanding rapidly, but apparently not in Colombia where polls ahead of Sunday's presidential election show that incumbent Alvaro Uribe is headed for a landslide, which would allow him to win without a run-off. Uribe, who needs 50 percent plus one vote to avoid the second stage of the election, is a strong ally of President George W. Bush.
July 7, 2008, 8:17 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A deeply divided Peru Sunday rejected the rhetoric and revolutionary vision of Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez for a regional anti-U.S. "nationalist" alliance in South America.Chavez's candidate in the Peruvian election, former military commander Ollanta Humala, conceded defeat early Monday in the final round of Peru's presidential election to former socialist President Alan Garcia.
July 7, 2008, 8:17 PM EDT
San Jose, Costa Rica (CNSNews.com) - Former Costa Rican president Oscar Arias, a vocal critic of U.S. foreign policy, is expected to win a second term as president in the Feb. 5 general election, polls show.Arias won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1987 for brokering an end to civil wars in central America, but voters expect the U.S.- and British-educated politician to look closer to home for his next project, which will be to stop the gradual economic decline of what once was considered among the best-run nations in Latin America.
July 7, 2008, 8:17 PM EDT
San Jose, Costa Rica (CNSNews.com) - Oscar Arias, a strong critic of U.S. foreign policy when he was president of Costa Rica between 1986 and 1990, is expected to return to the presidency in May.A long hand-recount of ballots in the February 5 general election has been completed, with the country's supreme elections court saying Thursday that Arias had outpolled his chief rival, Otton Solis, by just 18,167 votes (or 40.92 percent to 39.80 percent).
July 7, 2008, 8:16 PM EDT
Ottawa (CNSNews.com) - Canada's governing Liberal Party late Tuesday night survived a second attempt in less than a month to force it to resign and call an early general election.If the government had fallen, all pending legislation would have died, including a bill to extend the legality of same-sex "marriage" -- already permitted in most of Canada's provinces and territories -- across the entire country.
July 7, 2008, 8:16 PM EDT
Ottawa (CNSNews.com) - A controversial plan by North Dakota to divert waters from its Devils Lake into the Sheyenne River, ostensibly to avoid future flooding, is angering Canadian politicians, including Prime Minister Paul Martin, who called it "unacceptable."Some opponents have called on Canada to retaliate by cutting energy supplies to the United States.
July 7, 2008, 8:16 PM EDT
Ottawa (CNSNews.com) - Canada's parliament may indefinitely delay in its lengthy summer break so the Liberal government can push through a controversial law giving same-sex couples the same rights to civil marriage as heterosexuals.Parliament was scheduled to begin its summer break on Thursday, but the Liberal leader in the House of Commons, Tony Valeri, has introduced a motion to extend the sitting indefinitely until two controversial bills are passed.