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January 14, 2019 11:39 AM Newmont Mining to buy Goldcorp to create one of world’s biggest gold producers

VANCOUVER - Denver-based Newmont Mining Corp. and Goldcorp Inc. of Vancouver have agreed to combine their gold companies in a deal worth about US$10 billion. The companies announced today that Newmont will exchange 0.328 of a share and two cents for each of Goldcorp’s outstanding common shares. The deal has the unanimous support of the directors of both companies 80

January 12, 2019 2:56 PM Young Saudi woman expected to land in Toronto following global Twitter campaign to grant her asylum

Justin Trudeau told a press conference in Regina Friday that the United Nations High Commission for Refugees asked Canada to grant the 18-year-old Alqunun asylum as a refugee, and Canada agreed. The prime minister brushed aside suggestions the move might further complicate already strained relations with Saudi Arabia. Canadian diplomats in the Thai capital 43

January 11, 2019 4:29 PM Saudi asylum seeker flying to Canada, say Thai police

Alqunun was stopped last Saturday at a Bangkok airport by immigration police who denied her entry and seized her passport. She barricaded herself in an airport hotel room and launched a social media campaign that drew global attention to her case. It garnered enough public and diplomatic support to convince Thai officials to admit her temporarily under 24

January 10, 2019 1:01 PM Australia praises Thai action on Saudi woman seeking asylum

Surachate said Alqunun’s father wanted his daughter back but respected her decision. Surachate described the father as being a governor in Saudi Arabia. “He has 10 children. He said the daughter might feel neglected sometimes,” Surachate said. Payne was also asked by reporters about the case of Hakeem al-Araibi, a 25-year-old former member of Bahrain’s 24

January 9, 2019 7:39 AM Australian police examining suspicious packages sent to consulates

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA—Several foreign consulates were evacuated in the Australian cities of Melbourne and Canberra on Wednesday after they received suspicious packages. Police, fire crews and ambulances were seen at a number of diplomatic offices in Melbourne, including those of India, Germany, Italy, Spain and South Korea. The government Vic Emergency website 23

January 8, 2019 2:23 PM Thai, Saudi officials meet over case of young Saudi woman seeking asylum

A spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees at its Geneva headquarters, Babar Baloch, said Tuesday it’s premature to say what will happen next, but that it could take several days for the agency to look into Alqunun’s claims. He said it “too early to tell” if she will be granted asylum or refugee status. Saudi Arabia’s human rights record has come under 27

January 7, 2019 2:21 PM Cardinal on trial in France’s biggest church sex abuse trial

If found guilty of failing to report the priest’s actions, the defendants could face up to three years in prison and a 45,000-euro ($51,300 U.S.) fine. Barbarin and some other defendants are also charged with failing to assist a person in peril. The case is a new test for Pope Francis, whose blind spot on clergy sex abuse has threatened his legacy and thrown 20

January 1, 2019 4:29 PM Advantage Federer against Williams in Hopman Cup mixed doubles

PERTH, AUSTRALIA—Roger Federer won bragging rights over fellow tennis great Serena Williams in their first head-to-head match Tuesday, with Federer spearheading Switzerland’s 4-2, 4-3 (3) victory over the United States in a mixed doubles decider at the Hopman Cup. “I was nervous returning. People talk about her serve so much, and I see why it is such a wonderful 25

December 13, 2018 5:45 PM Tilray names several former politicians to international advisory board

NANAIMO, B.C.—Pot producer Tilray Inc. has added some political heft to its international advisory board, including former foreign affairs ministers from around the world and former chairmen of the U.S. Democratic and Republican national committees. The inaugural members announced by the cannabis grower include former Canadian minister of foreign affairs 34

December 13, 2018 11:59 AM Pot unites Democrats, Republicans as ex-party chiefs join Tilray

Other members of the company’s International Advisory Board include the former foreign ministers of Germany, Joschka Fischer, and Australia, Alexander Downer, Tilray said in a statement. Tilray isn’t the first pot company to enlist prominent ex-pols. John Boehner, Speaker of the House from 2011 to 2015, and former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney 30