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Greenpeace PH to Trudeau: Take back Canada's wastes

Nov 17, 2015 - 6:55 PM

The Canadian waste issue is a test on how you treat your allies Greenpeace Philippines tells Canadian PM Justin Trudeau in an open letter

WELCOME TO MANILA. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (C) walks towards his car after arriving at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport for the APEC Summit, November 17, 2015.

Canada PM to resign as Tory leader after election loss

Oct 20, 2015 - 8:40 PM

Harper led three successive governments since 2006 before he was defeated in a come from behind Liberal landslide on Monday

In this file photo, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper addresses media alongside Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott (not pictured) during a joint press conference in Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canda on June 9, 2014. Cole Burston/AFP

Canada's Liberals storm to landslide election win

Oct 20, 2015 - 3:00 PM

UPDATED For many Canadians the vote is a referendum on Harper s management style and on who is better placed to put a struggling economy back on track

VICTORIOUS. Canadian Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau speaks in Montreal on October 20, 2015 after winning the general elections. Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Justin Trudeau out of father's shadow – and into his shoes

Oct 20, 2015 - 12:00 PM

At 43 Justin Trudeau is actually only 3 years younger than outgoing Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper was when he was first elected in 2006

JUSTIN TRUDEAU. Canadian Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau walks with his sons Xavier (R) and Hadrien after casting his ballot in Montreal on October 19, 2015. Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Veils and lost voices: Canada set to vote

Oct 19, 2015 - 8:06 AM

A record influx of people fleeing war in Syria a court ruling quashing a veil ban and a recession – crises that gave Canadians a chance to assess parties reactions in near real time

SEAT OF POWER. The Canadian flag flies over the Parliament hill in Ottawa, Canada on October 22, 2014.  Lars Hagberg/AFP

Canada envoy who hid Americans in Tehran hostage crisis dies

Oct 16, 2015 - 9:22 AM

In November 1979 Taylor and another Canadian official sheltered 6 American diplomats in their Tehran homes after Iranian student radicals rampaged through the embassy and took 52 Americans hostage

KEN TAYLOR. Ken Taylor, former Canadian Ambassador, and Ken Jones appear at the Merger Of The Century By Diane Francis Book Release Party on November 12, 2013 in New York City. File Photo by Brian Ach/Getty Images for Diane Francis/AFP

Keluarga bocah Suriah yang tenggelam ingin mengungsi ke Kanada

Sep 04, 2015 - 11:25 AM

Ditolak oleh Kanada keluarga anak ini memutuskan untuk mengungsi ke Yunani namun tenggelam di perjalanan

TENGGELAM. Seorang polisi Turki membawa tubuh anak imigran asal Suriah di pantai di Bodrum, daerah selatan Turki, pada 2 September 2015. Perahu yang ditumpangi anak ini tenggelam dalam perjalanan menuju ke Pulau Kos, Yunani. Foto oleh Dogan News Agency/AFP

Canada set for election amid concern over economy and security

Aug 03, 2015 - 8:57 AM

The election campaign kicks off amid a sluggish economy

In this May 3, 2011 file photo, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks to the media at a press conference in Calgary, Alberta. Geoff Robins/AFP

Duterte urges Aquino gov't to protest Canadian trash in PH

Jul 22, 2015 - 12:22 PM

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte says the country being made into a dumpsite derogates our national dignity

Canada trash in Manila port now at 98 container vans

May 22, 2015 - 10:30 AM

The Bureau of Customs discovers 48 more container vans of plastic scraps stranded at the Manila port sent by a company based in Ontario Canada

NOT A DUMPSITE. On May 4, 2015, Environmentalists tell President Benigno Aquino III to remind Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper that container vans of garbage from Canada are still stranded in Philippine ports. Photo by Gigie Cruz/BAN Toxics

Miriam to PH: Use int'l deal vs Canada garbage

May 17, 2015 - 6:23 PM

The senator urges the Philippine government to cite an international agreement to hold Canada accountable for the illegally exported trash since 2013

Aquino a ‘total let down’ in Canada – green groups

May 12, 2015 - 2:48 PM

Environmentalists call President Benigno Aquino III spineless for not pursuing the Canada trash issue with his counterpart Prime Minister Stephen Harper

NOT A DUMPSITE. On May 4, 2015, Environmentalists tell President Benigno Aquino III to remind Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper that container vans of garbage from Canada are still stranded in Philippine ports. Photo by Gigie Cruz/BAN Toxics

No 'trash' talk between Aquino, Canadian officials

May 10, 2015 - 12:54 AM

President Benigno Aquino III explains why he did not raise the matter to his Canadian counterpart

STRONGER TIES. Philippine President Benigno Aquino III and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper at a joint press conference in Parliament Hill, Ottawa, Canada, on May 8, 2015. Photo by Gil Nartea/Malacañang Photo Bureau

Philippines and Canada to launch free-trade talks

May 09, 2015 - 9:11 AM

UPDATED The Philippines and Canada further strengthen their ties with the signing of several bilateral agreements on trade development assistance and occupational health and safety

STATE VISIT. President Benigno S. Aquino III is welcomed by Prime Minister Stephen Harper at Parliament Hill on May 8, 2015. Photo by Gil Nartea/Malacañang Photo Bureau

Netizens, Canadians to PM Harper: PH not a garbage dump

May 06, 2015 - 9:13 PM

Netizens call on Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to take back the garbage illegally exported to Manila two years ago

Groups to Aquino: Remind Canada about illegal trash

May 04, 2015 - 2:21 PM

UPDATED President Benigno Aquino III s state visit to Canada is a chance for him to bring up illegally shipped garbage that has been stranded in Manila ports for two years

NOT A DUMPSITE. Environmentalists tell President Benigno Aquino III to remind Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper that container vans of garbage from Canada are still stranded in Philippine ports. Photo by Gigie Cruz/BAN Toxics

Aquino to visit Canada, US in May

Apr 24, 2015 - 6:48 PM

President Benigno Aquino III s state visit to Canada will be the first by a Philippine president in 18 years

CANADIAN VISIT. President Benigno S. Aquino III is set to visit Canada in the first state visit of a Philippine President to the nation since 1997. File Photo by: Lauro Montellano Jr. / Malacañang Photo Bureau

Illegal Canadian garbage not toxic after all – DENR

Mar 26, 2015 - 6:46 PM

An environment group suspects government agencies are backing down on the issue because of President Aquino s planned state visit to Canada later this year

SAFE OR NOT SAFE? The 50 container vans of smuggled garbage from Canada pose health and environmental risks, say green groups. Photo from

Canada imposes sanctions on Russian oil firm Rosneft, Rostec CEO

Feb 18, 2015 - 5:32 PM

In all Canada imposes sanctions against 37 Russian and Ukrainian individuals as well as 17 Russian and Ukrainian entities

HIT. The Rosneft company logo is seen at a petrol station in Moscow, Russia, 24 October 2012. Sergey Ilnitsky/EPA

Robert Nicholson named Canada's new foreign minister

Feb 10, 2015 - 7:17 AM

Robert Nicholson who has served as defense minister since 2013 is tapped to replace John Baird as foreign minister

In this file photo, then Canadian Minister of Defense Robert Nicholson (C) attends the XI Conference of Ministers of Defense of Americas (CDMA) in Arequipa, Peru, 13 October 2014. Paolo Aguilar/EPA

Canada Foreign Minister John Baird steps down

Feb 04, 2015 - 7:19 AM

The surprise departure of one of Prime Minister Stephen Harper s most trusted lieutenants is a major loss as the conservative leader seeks a fourth mandate to govern in October elections

STEPPING DOWN? Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs John Baird in Cairo, Egypt, 15 January 2015. Khaled Elfiqi/EPA

Canada's top diplomat likely to step down – CBC

Feb 03, 2015 - 2:28 PM

Baird 45 has told Prime Minister Stephen Harper s Conservatives that he will not seek reelection in October and could step down as soon as February 3

STEPPING DOWN? Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs John Baird in Cairo, Egypt, 15 January 2015. Khaled Elfiqi/EPA

Canada seeks to beef up security after attacks

Oct 25, 2014 - 2:09 PM

PM Harper: Our laws and police powers need to be strengthened in the area of surveillance detention and arrest

ON ALERT. Police stand guard at the main gates of the Parliament Building in Ottawa, Canada, 24 October 2014. Cole Burston/EPA

Canada PM hid in a closet during attack – reports

Oct 24, 2014 - 10:42 PM

Harper is said to have spent as much as 15 minutes in the tiny space off a meeting room where he and his Conservative caucus were meeting

HIDDEN. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper is reportedly shoved into a closet when a gunmen stormed parliament. Photo from EPA

Canada faces jihadist threat after home-grown attacks

Oct 24, 2014 - 8:42 AM

Two young Canadian men who launched deadly attacks in their own homeland were extremists tempted by war in Syria but police find no evidence of a wider plot

Flowers and wreaths are left in memorial of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo of the Canadian Army Reserves, who was killed yesterday while standing guard in front of the National War Memorial by a lone gunman, on October 23, 2014 in Ottawa, Canada. Andrew Burton/Getty Images/AFP

PM Harper: 'Canada will never be intimidated'

Oct 23, 2014 - 8:32 AM

UPDATED Canada s prime minister vows to redouble the nation s fight against terrorist groups after a soldier was gunned down and parliament was stormed by an assailant

In this file photo, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper addresses media alongside Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott (not pictured) during a joint press conference in Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canda on June 9, 2014. Cole Burston/AFP

Canadian soldier, gunman dead in parliament attack

Oct 22, 2014 - 10:33 PM

UPDATED A gunman whose name was on a terror watch list kills a soldier and attempts to storm Canada s parliament before being gunned down in turn by the assembly s sergeant at arms

Canada votes to join air strikes against ISIS

Oct 08, 2014 - 9:36 AM

600 air crew and other personnel along with six fighter jets and several other military aircraft will now head to the Middle East but PM Harper has ruled out sending ground combat troops

The Parliament building in Ottawa, Canada, 07 August 2013. Stephen Morrison/EPA

Canada to impose further Russia sanctions over Ukraine

Jul 21, 2014 - 11:23 PM

Canadian Prime Minister called the downing of Flight MH17 a direct product of Russia s military aggression and illegal occupation of Ukraine

HARPER. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott walking down the Hall of Honor with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper during his first official visit to Canada, in Ottawa, Canada, June 9, 2014. Australian Government/EPA

Canada announces more sanctions over Ukraine crisis

Jun 22, 2014 - 9:57 AM

The move comes as a a unilateral ceasefire in the ex Soviet state hangs in the balance with clashes engulfing the separatist east

Germany accuses Russia of trying to break apart Europe

Mar 22, 2014 - 6:53 PM

Germany accused Russia of trying to splinter Europe as a Cold War style struggle over the future of ex Soviet Ukraine

Canada PM 'open' to softening marijuana laws

Mar 06, 2014 - 7:31 AM

But the ruling Conservative caucus appears split on the issue with some government ministers appearing to back an existing pot prohibition

File photo by EPA/Abir Sultan

Canada threatens to skip G8 summit

Mar 02, 2014 - 11:08 AM

The Canadian prime minister condemns the Russian parliament s decision to give Vladimir Putin the green light to send troops to Ukraine

WARNING. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper threatened he may join Washington in snubbing June's G8 summit in Russia over the country's military incursion into Ukraine. EPA/Made Nagi

Obama, allies stress trade at North America summit

Feb 20, 2014 - 2:06 PM

They have no plans to reopen the North American Free Trade Agreement proposing to modernize it through a 12 nation Trans Pacific Partnership project

PARTNERSHIP. US President Barack Obama (L) followed by Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto (C) and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper (R) attend a joint press conference in Toluca, Mexico, on February 19, 2014. Yuri Cortez/AFP

US judge blocks Keystone pipeline route in Nebraska

Feb 20, 2014 - 7:34 AM

A Nebraska judge ruled that a state law granting approval to a proposed route was unconstitutional court records showed

IN LIMBO. Piping to be used for the Keystone XL pipe line from Cushing, Oklahoma to the Gulf of Mexico sits stacked at a storage yard at TransCanada Pipe Yard near Cushing, Oklahoma, USA, 21 March, 2012. Larry W. Smith/EPA

Obama heads for less friendly 'three amigos' summit

Feb 19, 2014 - 7:37 PM

The three nations massive trading partners are locked in several thorny disputes likely to surface in the talks and in a joint press conference later on

'TRES AMIGOS.' US President Barack Obama is set to meet with his counterparts, Mexico's Enrique Peña Nieto and Canada's Stephen Harper, in a summit in Mexico. File photo by EPA/Olivier Douliery / POOL

Harper, Obama to meet as Keystone pipeline pressure rises

Feb 18, 2014 - 7:05 AM

But Harper is unlikely to quickly sway Obama who faces opposition from environmentalists within his Democratic party

DISASTER? Demonstrators protest outside the G8 Foreign Ministers meeting in London, Britain, April 11 2013. File photo by Andy Rain/EPA

30 feared dead in fire at Canadian home for elderly

Jan 24, 2014 - 8:12 AM

Firefighters are trying to search for bodies though ice from the water used to douse the fire is making it difficult to proceed

FEARED DEAD. Canadian firefighters on Thursday searched the ashes of a Quebec retirement home "residence du Havre" in L'Isle-Verte that burned to the ground, leaving more than 30 residents feared dead. Photo by Remi Senechal/AFP

Commonwealth puts on united front after summit rifts

Nov 17, 2013 - 5:54 PM

But the show of unity will do no more than mask the divisions within Commonwealth ranks after three days of talks

COMMONWEALTH LEADERS. Commonwealth heads of state and government representatives during the inauguration of the 22nd Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) at the Nelum Pokuna (Lotus Pond) Mahinda Rajapaksa Theatre in Colombo, Sri Lanka, 15 November 2013. EPA/Sri Lanka government handout

Sri Lanka has 'nothing to hide' over rights – president

Nov 14, 2013 - 2:29 PM

Rajapakse tells reporters he is ready to confront the likes of Britain s Prime Minister David Cameron but would not be lectured to

DEFENDING SRI LANKA. In this photo, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse addressing the Commonwealth Business Forum inauguration ceremony held at Hotel Cinnamon Grand in Colombo, Sri Lanka, 12 November 2013. EPA/M.A. Pushpa Kumara

India PM to miss Commonwealth summit in Sri Lanka

Nov 10, 2013 - 9:36 PM

Pressure grows to boycott the event over alleged war crimes by Colombo

NO SHOW IN COLOMBO. A file photograph showing Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh (C) talking during the 11th ASEAN-India Summit at the International Convention Center, in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam, 10 October 2013. EPA/Nyein Chan Naing

Canada suspends 3 senators in spending scandal

Nov 06, 2013 - 10:03 AM

The senators are accused of charging hundreds of thousands of dollars for travel and housing expenses

Canada threatens to pull Commonwealth funding

Oct 08, 2013 - 12:12 PM

Canada s Prime Minister Stephen Harper has threatened to withdraw funding for the Commonwealth in an escalating row over rights abuses by Sri Lanka

IN BALI. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper arrives in Bali, Indonesia to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, 06 October 2013. EPA/Made Nagi

Obama, Cameron weigh Syria chemical weapons response

Aug 25, 2013 - 8:58 AM

Obama and Cameron are both gravely concerned by the increasing signs that this was a significant chemical weapons attack carried out by the Syrian regime against its own people

In this file photo, US President Barack Obama and UK Prime Minister David Cameron talk during the G8 Summit at the Lough Erne Resort in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, June 17, 2013. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

Chavez death: LatAm leaders mourn, US hopes for better ties

Mar 06, 2013 - 9:14 AM

Latin America mourned the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Tuesday March 5 as the United States expressed hope his passing would lead to improved relations

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez gestures before voting in Caracas on October 07, 2012. AFP PHOTO/Luis Acosta

Canada launches office of religious freedom

Feb 20, 2013 - 10:31 AM

Canada s prime minister unveiled on Tuesday February 19 an office of religious freedom tasked with protecting and advocating on behalf of religious minorities under threat around the world

PH-Canada military deal should not anger China - Palace

Nov 11, 2012 - 6:44 PM

This is part of our efforts to attain a minimum credible defense position said Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte

MILITARY DEAL. President Benigno Aquino III exchanges pleasantries with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Malacañang Palace on November 10, 2012. Photo by Gil Nartea / Malacañang Photo Bureau

Canada, PH ink defense procurement deal

Nov 10, 2012 - 4:01 PM

Canada and the Philippines signed a deal Saturday November 10 to help Manila buy military equipment to defend its territory Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Filipino President Benigno Aquino said

Canada's Harper on a pit stop in Manila

Nov 09, 2012 - 11:12 AM

The Canadian Prime Minister s visit is an affirmation of growing Canadian interest in the Philippines

Canada's Harper to visit Philippines, Hong Kong

Nov 01, 2012 - 7:13 AM

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Trade Minister Ed Fast will travel to the Philippines and Hong Kong November 10 11 officials said Wednesday

TO HK, PH. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks during the announcement of Canada's new Chief of the Defence Staff in Ottawa, Canada, October 29, 2012. Harper is scheduled to visit Hong Kong and the Philippines on November 10-11, 2012. Photo courtesy of the Prime Minister's office.