Canada's electronic spy agency intercepted â€” and kept â€” several private communications of Canadians last year in violation of internal policies on personal information. In his annual report, the watchdog that keeps an eye on Communications Security Establishment Canada says while many of the 66 intercepts involving Canadians were handled properly, some were not. Ottawa-based CSEC monitors foreign communications of intelligence interest to Canada, and exchanges a large amount of information with similar agencies in the United States, Britain, Australia and New Zealand.
By Rosemarie Francisco MANILA (Reuters) - Top Japanese automakers in the Philippines are threatening to shift production to cheaper Southeast Asian countries as the government drags its feet on a plan to rebuild its shrinking car manufacturing industry. The potential pullout of production lines by Toyota Motor Corp and Mitsubishi Motors, which have a combined 50,000 vehicle annual capacity in the country, would mean the Philippines could lose more than 1,000 jobs and millions of dollars worth of planned and existing investments. Time is running out, industry officials say, because there's less than two years left in the term of President Benigno Aquino, who has been backing the plan. The original government plan includes tax incentives to help rebuild the country's tiny auto industry and turn it into a major manufacturing hub.
Although they were once close friends, Lucien Bouchard says there's no way to repair his ruptured relationship with Brian Mulroney. "We run into each other occasionally in Montreal or elsewhere and I think we have an agreement to not embarrass each other," Bouchard said Wednesday. Bouchard made the comments after the screening of a new documentary on his political career which will be broadcast Monday evening on the public Tele-Quebec network. Mulroney, who became prime minister in 1984, named Bouchard as Canada's ambassador to Paris in 1985 and then brought him into his cabinet as environment minister in 1988.
The head of the Guatemalan military's joint chiefs of staff died in a helicopter crash Wednesday near the border with Mexico. Interior Secretary Mauricio Lopez said Gen. Rudy Ortiz was killed along with four other military officers when the helicopter went down in a mountainous area of the western province of Huehuetenango. Lopez identified one of the other victims as Gen. Braulio Mayen, commander of the army's 5th Brigade. Ortiz, 51, and the others were flying in a Bell 206 helicopter to the village of Ixquisis, where the two generals were going to check on troops, Lopez said.
By John Tilak TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index touched a record high on Wednesday after commentary from the Federal Reserve suggested that the U.S. Minutes from a recent policy meeting indicated that the Fed will not raise interest rates until it has more confidence in the strength of the economic recovery. Investors will be looking for further clues about the central bankâ€™s outlook for interest rates when Fed Chair Janet Yellen addresses policymakers in Jackson Hole, Wyoming later this week. All the cards are playing out in its favor,â€ť said Elvis Picardo, strategist and vice president of research at Global Securities in Vancouver.
Federal Reserve hinted on Wednesday that a surprisingly strong jobs market recovery could lead it to raise interest rates earlier than it had been anticipating. At the same time, most Fed officials wanted further evidence before changing their view on when rates should rise, according to the minutes from the central bank's July 29-30 meeting. "Labor market conditions had moved noticeably closer to those viewed as normal in the longer run," the minutes said, adding that policymakers "generally agreed" the job market was healing faster than they had expected. The Fed had said in its policy statement following the July meeting that there was "significant" labor market slack, but the minutes showed many members of its policy-setting panel thought this characterization "might have to change before long." "The committee as a whole has started to shift its stance," said Paul Dales, an economist at Capital Economics in London.
A Canada-wide manufacturer recall notice has prompted STO to pull dozens of buses off the roads because of a fire risk. Nova Bus said theyâ€™re issuing the recall because a faulty alternator cable in the engine of some buses may increase the risk of a fire. The recall affects 68 of 300 buses in Gatineau, but the STO said it will not affect passenger service.
Riot police and soldiers acting on their president's orders used scrap wood and barbed wire to seal off 50,000 people inside their Liberian slum Wednesday, trying to contain the Ebola outbreak that has killed 1,350 people and counting across West Africa. Hundreds of the slum's residents clashed with the gunmen, furious at being blamed and isolated by a government that has failed to quickly collect dead bodies from the streets of Liberia's capital. The World Health Organization said the death toll is rising most quickly in Liberia, which now accounts for at least 576 of the fatalities. At least 2,473 people have been sickened across West Africa, which is now more than in all the previous two-dozen Ebola outbreaks combined.
Hamas' shadowy military chief escaped an apparent Israeli assassination attempt that killed his wife and infant son, the militant group said Wednesday as Israel's prime minister warned that the bombardment of Gaza will continue until rocket fire out of the Palestinian territory stops. The airstrike on a home where Mohammed Deif's family members were staying â€” and the tough talk from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu â€” came after the collapse of cease-fire talks in Cairo on Tuesday. In a nationally televised address, Netanyahu showed little willingness to return to the negotiating table after six weeks of war with Hamas.
American fighter jets and drones continued to pound Islamic State militants in Iraq on Wednesday, and military planners weighed the possibility of sending a small number of additional U.S. The airstrikes came in the hours after militants released a gruesome video Tuesday showing U.S. Officials said that the forces were requested by the State Department and, if approved, would mainly provide extra security around Baghdad.
Bank of America Corp is expected to pay more than $16.5 billion to end investigations into mortgage securities that the bank and its units sold in the run-up to the financial crisis, in a deal that could be announced as early as Thursday, a person familiar with the matter said. An agreement in principle was reached earlier this month after a phone call between the bank's chief executive, Brian Moynihan, and Attorney General Eric Holder. Representatives of the Justice Department and Bank of America declined comment.