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China says pest concerns justify ban on Canadian canola

Mar. 6, 2019 11:08 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China said Wednesday that it is blocking some imports of the agricultural product canola from Canada because of fears of insect infestation. The move, which comes amid heightened tensions over Canada's arrest of a Chinese tech executive, is seen by some as a new tactic to seek leverage over...

China revokes Canadian canola permit as dispute escalates

Mar. 5, 2019 10:01 PM EST

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — One of Canada's largest grain processors said Tuesday that China has revoked its permit to export canola there, a move that some saw as retaliation for the Canadian government's arrest of a top executive for the Chinese tech giant Huawei. China's action against Richardson...

Canada PM Trudeau, ministers deny improper pressure in case

Feb. 28, 2019 4:20 PM EST

TORONTO (AP) — Cabinet ministers rallied around Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday, a day after his former attorney general testified that he inappropriately tried to pressure her to avoid prosecution of a major Canadian engineering company in order to save jobs — a case that has...

Graham: US should be stronger on Canadians detained in China

Feb. 15, 2019 7:16 PM EST

MUNICH (AP) — U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham said Friday the response by the United States to China detaining two Canadians in apparent retaliation for the arrest of a Chinese Huawei executive has not been strong enough. Graham also told Munich Security Conference delegates the international reaction to China's...

The Latest: Lima Group urges Venezuela troops to let aid in

Feb. 4, 2019 6:26 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — The latest on Venezuela's political crisis (all times local): 12:20 a.m. A coalition of Western Hemisphere nations is urging Venezuela's military to allow badly needed food and medicine to enter the country as the bloc pushes for a peaceful transition of power in the South American nation....

Timeline: The China-US-Canada battle over Huawei

Jan. 29, 2019 11:29 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — The United States has brought charges against Chinese tech giant Huawei Technologies and one of its top executives in a case that has shaken China's relations with the U.S. and Canada. A look at how events have unfolded over the past two months: Dec. 1: Canada arrests Huawei Chief Financial...

The Latest: Venezuela opposition leader backs US sanctions

Jan. 29, 2019 4:17 AM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local): 11:55 a.m. The Venezuelan opposition leader who has declared himself the country's rightful president says U.S. sanctions against the state-owned oil company fall in line with requests lawmakers have made to...

Canada's foreign minister says why China envoy fired

Jan. 28, 2019 11:32 PM EST

TORONTO (AP) — Canada's foreign minister said Monday the country's ambassador to China was fired because he expressed views that were contrary to the federal government's position on the detention of a Chinese tech executive. Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said the central job of an ambassador is to...

Canada's prime minister fires his ambassador to China

Jan. 26, 2019 6:55 PM EST

TORONTO (AP) — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau fired Canada's ambassador to China after the envoy said it would be "great" if the U.S. dropped its extradition request for a Chinese tech executive arrested in Canada. Trudeau said Saturday that he had asked for and accepted John McCallum's resignation Friday...

AP Exclusive: Anti-Maduro coalition grew from secret talks

Jan. 25, 2019 10:55 PM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The coalition of Latin American governments that joined the U.S. in quickly recognizing Juan Guaido as Venezuela's interim president came together over weeks of secret diplomacy that included whispered messages to activists under constant surveillance and a high-risk foreign trip...