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August 16, 2018 3:53 PM A new era for international tennis as Davis Cup gets extreme makeover

Grand Slam federations were split on the vote: France and the United States voted for it, while Australia and Britain voted against it. Those countries held the most power, with 12 votes each in the ITF’s weighted system. Many countries did not make their final decisions until the days and even hours before Thursday’s vote. The Lawn Tennis Association 5

August 15, 2018 2:43 PM South Korea’s president wants transportation links with North as first step toward economic integration

That in turn could pave the way for an East Asian Railroad Community, encompassing six Northeast Asian countries and the United States, he said. Although he did not specify the countries, it is likely to mean both Koreas, China, Russia, Japan and Mongolia. “The Community will expand the horizon of the Korean economy to the northern part of the continent 7

August 14, 2018 8:42 PM Maxime Bernier’s ill-advised tweets on diversity simply don’t make sense

“Trudeau keeps pushing his ‘diversity is our strength’ slogan. Yes, Canada is a huge and diverse country. This diversity is part of us and should be celebrated. But where do we draw the line? “… Canada is today one of the countries where people have the most freedom to express their identity. But why should we promote ever more diversity? If anything 9

August 10, 2018 7:03 PM New Zealand to ban disposable plastic shopping bags by next July

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND—New Zealand plans to ban disposable plastic shopping bags by next July as the nation tries to live up to its clean-and-green image. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Friday that New Zealanders use hundreds of millions of the bags each year and that some of them end up polluting the precious coastal and marine environment 10

August 7, 2018 3:49 PM Saudi Arabia’s state airline will suspend its Canadian operations

TORONTO—The diplomatic gulf between the federal government and Saudi Arabia widened to encompass travel on Tuesday as the country’s state airline announced it was suspending operations in Canada. A tweet from Saudia announced that its routes operating between the two countries would cease to function in a matter of days, marking the latest escalation 14

August 5, 2018 1:15 PM Chrystia Freeland ‘very keen’ to quickly wrap up NAFTA negotiations

She says negotiations fizzled out ahead of the presidential vote, but that the three parties had agreed to pick talks back up after the results were decided. However, Canada wasn’t part of Friday’s talks between U.S. trade representative Robert Lighthizer and Mexican Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo in Washington, D.C. Freeland says that’s because 9

August 2, 2018 1:53 PM Vancouver’s homes may be costly to buy, but they’re cheap to own

The city’s light property-tax burden has been a significant incentive for speculative investment, especially in high-end homes, according to Rhys Kesselman, an economist and public-policy expert at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. In turn, “it’s likely one factor in driving the stratospheric prices,” he said. Speculative cash, some of it from abroad 13

July 30, 2018 1:01 AM Canada to join Mexico, Japan, South Korea, EU in Geneva to talk auto tariffs

OTTAWA—Canada will join Mexico and other European and Asian auto-producing countries this week to plot strategy ahead of the potential imposition of tariffs on vehicles and auto parts exported to the United States. Japan and the European Union organized the meeting for Tuesday in Geneva, where vice and deputy ministers from Canada, the EU, Japan and South 16

July 27, 2018 1:17 PM GM faces fiscal, political conundrums as it assesses plants

Dziczek thinks GM will take the final choice, converting car plants to trucks and SUVs, especially if the Trump administration slaps 25-per-cent tariffs on imported vehicles. GM, which imports some of its profit-rich pickup trucks from Silao, Mexico, and SUVs from China, would be hard-pressed to absorb the tariff cost. So in order to say competitive 16

July 23, 2018 8:45 PM German university students win third SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition

The pod built by the Munich team, WARR Hyperloop, reached a top speed of 467 km/h, according to the team’s website. The team had taken home the top prize at each of SpaceX’s previous Hyperloop competitions. This year’s winning team had 45 members from 16 countries and seven disciplines. Teams were required to advance through two initial rounds based 12