The International Monetary Fund says Canada's economy will be a little weaker this year than previously projected, although it will continue to lead all nations in the Group of Seven but one. The downgrade of Canadian and global growth in the latest outlook was expected given the sharp slowdown in the U.S. and China â€” the world's two largest economies â€” during the first quarter of the year. "Nevertheless, some of the demand weakness in the first quarter appears to be more persistent, especially in investment globally, and is expected to result in lower global growth in 2014." The verdict is similar to the one delivered last week by the Bank of Canada, which also shaved global growth and subsequently Canada's on the assumption that weaker demand for Canadian exports would continue to dampen activity domestically.
The two RCMP officers in New Brunswick who were wounded in shootings last month that also killed three of their colleagues are expressing gratitude for the public's support. The RCMP have released statements from constables Eric Dubois and Darlene Goguen, who were shot on June 4 while they were pursuing an armed suspect in Moncton. Both were treated and released from hospital after the shootings. Constables Fabrice Gevaudan, Douglas Larche and Dave Ross were shot dead and a manhunt spanning 30 hours ensued until a suspect was arrested.
Authorities in Aruba have detained a close confidant of former President Hugo Chavez who had been appointed Venezuela's consul to the Caribbean island despite being sanctioned by the U.S. government for involvement in drug trafficking. Hugo Carvajal, the former head of military intelligence, was arrested at the request of the U.S. prosecutors and is expected to appear in an Aruban court on Friday. Carvajal was one of a number of high-ranking Venezuelan military officials sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury in 2008 for allegedly providing weapons to Marxist rebels in neighbouring Colombia and helping them smuggle cocaine out of the country. Despite the charges, he remained close to power circles in Venezuela and in January was appointed consul to Aruba by Chavez's successor, Nicolas Maduro.
A lawyer for a man who has been detained in Canada for more than eight years over immigration violations says a United Nations human rights monitoring group is calling for his immediate release. Macdonald Scott says the Working Group on Arbitrary Detentions has investigated the case of Michael Mvogo, who was arrested in 2006, a year after he arrived in Canada on a forged U.S. passport. Mvogo was dubbed the Man With No Name because authorities were unable to confirm his identity until early 2011, when Mvogo revealed his name and said he was a citizen of the African country of Cameroon. Scott says the group has prepared a report â€” he received a copy last week â€” that calls for Mvogo's immediate release and suggests the man should receive compensation for his long detention.