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December 10, 2018 7:53 PM Nearly 85 per cent of UN nations back migration deal, excluding U.S

Louise Arbour of Canada, a former UN human rights chief, said the issue also has been tied up in parliamentary debates in Belgium, Bulgaria, Estonia, Italy, Israel, Slovenia and Switzerland — although some of them did participate in creating the accord, which has since been ensnared by tough political headwinds. The conference is the capstone of efforts 7

December 10, 2018 6:04 PM Qualcomm say it won ban on sale of some iPhones in China

The patents are related to adjusting and reformatting the size and appearance of photographs and managing applications using a touchscreen, Qualcomm said. They are just two of a number of patents Qualcomm is using against Apple in disputes in several countries. China is the world’s largest market for smartphones and is home to the manufacturers of the iPhone 6

December 7, 2018 8:06 PM U.S.-China friction threatens to undercut the fight against climate change

They have the largest carbon footprints. Also the largest economies. Now, as diplomats meet in Poland for high-stakes climate negotiations, a pitched standoff between the United States and China threatens to slow global action on climate change precisely at a time when the risks of catastrophe are accelerating. The tensions between Washington and Beijing 6

December 7, 2018 5:23 PM U.S.-China trade war distracting from talks with Canada on steel tariffs, says Morneau

U.S. President Donald Trump slapped tariffs of 25 per cent and 10 per cent on steel and aluminum imports, respectively, from Canada in May, prompting retaliatory tariffs by Canada on $16.6 billion worth of U.S. goods. Meanwhile, American tariffs against China have triggered a tit-for-tat trade war affecting hundreds of billions of dollars in goods over the past year. Despite 7

December 5, 2018 5:19 PM Romania detains Turkish journalist on Turkey’s request

“I don’t recall ever killing a fly or an ant,” he told Digi24 news channel. “Unfortunately, I am accused of terrorism.” He said Romanian authorities had followed legal procedures following Turkey’s request to extradite him. Zaman’s edition in Turkey was shut down by the government after the failed coup, in which Gulen denies involvement. Zaman, critical 10

December 5, 2018 4:13 PM Bonus pools at Canadian banks climb 6.5% in a ‘polarizing’ year

Toronto-Dominion Bank, the country’s largest lender by assets, set aside $2.59 billion for incentive compensation, up 5.6 per cent but less than half of last year’s increase. Bonuses “are quite driven by revenue performance in the wholesale bank, and in aggregate the bank did so much better, so I expect they’ll be up slightly,” CFO Riaz Ahmed said in a phone 11

December 4, 2018 4:03 PM As Altria eyes pot, Philip Morris CEO ignores peer pressure

Philip Morris International Inc. is keeping clear of the burgeoning pot market for now, in contrast with U.S. tobacco giant Altria Group Inc., which has begun talks with a Canadian marijuana producer. “I don’t think it’s our priority right now to consider cannabis,” chief executive officer Andre Calantzopoulos said in an interview at Bloomberg’s New York offices 11

December 3, 2018 3:00 PM Why a provincial crisis in Western Canada is boosting global oil

Global oil giants like the U.S., Russia and Saudi Arabia that command the attention of traders had some unexpected company on Sunday: a province of less than 5 million people in Western Canada. Alberta added to a crude price rally Monday when Premier Rachel Notley announced producers must reduce output by 325,000 barrels a day starting next month. That’s 14

December 3, 2018 2:56 PM Canada has achieved a housing soft landing, biggest builder says

“I’ve seen too many hot air balloons before: the higher they go, when they burst, you don’t survive the landing very well and what you end up doing, is you end up disenfranchising a whole generation of young people, a whole decade of chaos,” Gilgan said. Gilgan understands the damage that a popped housing bubble can create: he went through the crash 11

December 3, 2018 1:31 PM Trump wants to grant Kim Jong Un’s wishes, says South Korea president

Moon said he and Trump agreed during their meeting that Kim’s trip to Seoul would play a “very positive role” in U.S.-North Korea nuclear diplomacy. Moon said it’s still unclear whether Kim will visit Seoul by the end of this year, and that it’s up to the North Korean leader. Moon, who has facilitated a series of high-level talks between the United States 14