Canadian police arrest 2 leaders of protesting truckers
Police have arrested two of the leaders of hundreds of truckers who clogged the streets of Canada’s capital, standing their ground and defiantly blasted their horns as police threatened to break up the nearly three-week protest against the country’s COVID-19 restrictions.
How American cash for Canada protests could sway US politics
The Canadians who have disrupted trade with the U.S. and occupied downtown Ottawa for nearly three weeks have been cheered and funded by American right-wing activists and conservative politicians who also oppose vaccine mandates and the country’s liberal leader.
First lady Dr. Jill Biden
Correspondent Rita Braver visits with Dr. Jill Biden for a rare interview at Camp David, and travels with the first lady as she helps promote the administration's work. Braver also talks with President Joe Biden and the first lady about their life together, and joins them as they pay tribute to service members, and celebrate the holidays at the White House.news.yahoo.com
More policy, less pomp as Biden and Trudeau meet virtually
President Joe Biden holds a virtual bilateral meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021, in Washington. “The United States has no closer friend, no closer friend, than Canada,” Biden said. The prime minister, who had a frosty relationship with Trump at times, worked in a jab at Trump as he praised Biden. AdBut with both leaders stressing caution to their citizens, Biden and Trudeau set aside the typical protocol in favor of talks by video conference. U.S. presidents traditionally invite the Canadian prime minister for their first meeting with a world leader.
The Latest: Tucson votes in mandatory nightly curfew
Romero says Pima County reported had a record-high 944 new coronavirus cases Tuesday, and hospitals in southern Arizona are on the verge of a crisis. Earlier Tuesday, state health officials reported 10,322 new known coronavirus cases and 48 additional deaths around Arizona. Colorado has been hit with a substantial spike in COVID-19 cases, with one in 41 residents believed to be contagious. Andy Beshear announced 4,151 more virus cases statewide and 35 additional virus-related deaths. They wrote a letter to Reeves on Nov. 24 calling for another statewide mask mandate.
Canada's loss of UN Security Council seat a blow to Trudeau
(Justin Tang/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO, ONT Justin Trudeau arrived on the world stage with rock star popularity in 2015. He declared Canada is back and made winning a seat on the powerful U.N. Security Council a top foreign policy priority. It was Canadas second consecutive defeat in a bid for a seat and an especially big blow to Trudeau. Trudeau blamed the loss on Canadas late start in campaigning for the seats. Trudeau actually finished with fewer votes than Canadas previous prime minister, Conservative Stephen Harper, received in 2010.
U.S. will add 500 troops at Mexico border during coronavirus pandemic: officials
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon will send roughly 500 troops to the U.S.-Mexico border to assist federal border agents amid the coronavirus pandemic, three U.S. officials told Reuters. The United States already maintains an average of 5,000 troops at the southwest border to support Border Patrol by performing non-law enforcement duties. The move came as the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump shelved a plan to send troops to the border with Canada, U.S. officials told Reuters. For the first time on Tuesday, the United States recorded nearly 700 new deaths in a single day. At the same time, the Trump administration began to use a health-focused statute to swiftly return migrants caught trying to cross U.S. borders illegally.feeds.reuters.com
Canada PM Trudeau: Iran plane families will get answers
The plane was shot down by an Iranian missile moments after taking off from Tehran on Wednesday. Iran has admitted the plane was mistaken for a hostile target amid soaring tensions with the United States. At the University of Toronto, many cried throughout the ceremony as speakers listed victims, including a one-year-old. Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland attended the vigil in Toronto and said the loss goes well beyond the university. A spokesman for Champagne said the officials "will be there to provide consular assistance to the families of the victims, including supporting repatriation of remains, to help identify victims and to assist in the investigation."
Trump administration downplays Mexican concerns about key piece of USMCA trade deal
The Trump administration on Monday downplayed a Mexican concern about a key piece of the North American trade deal the House aims to approve this week. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said language in the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, which the three countries signed last week, does not call for American "labor inspectors" in Mexico. "These personnel will not be 'labor inspectors' and will abide by all relevant Mexican laws," the agency continued. The White House aims to ease concerns during a pivotal period for the trade agreement one of President Donald Trump's top economic and political priorities. The administration won support for USMCA from skeptical House Democratic leaders after including tougher labor enforcement tools in the deal, among other provisions.cnbc.com