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spontaneous outpouring of support in Montreal MONTREAL: Members of Canada's French-speaking community gathered late Friday in a spontaneous show of support following the wave of attacks in Paris that left more than 120 people dead.About 500 people assembled under a light rain in Montreal to honor the victims of the deadly Paris assaults, carrying signs that read "We will not retreat," and "We will defend our values.""We will never give in to blackmail," Montreal's Mayor Denis Coderre said, addressing the crowd in French.The crowd softly sang the French national anthem, "The Marseillaise" and observed a moment of silence in remembrance of those who died.Coderre later told AFP that he spoke by telephone with Paris's mayor Anne Hidalgo to express his sympathy and support.At least eight gunmen struck numerous locations around the French capital late Friday, in the bloodiest attack in Europe for more than a decade.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...

Pentagon chief sacks top military aide for 'misconduct' WASHINGTON: US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter on Thursday fired his top military advisor over allegations of unspecified "misconduct" and ordered that an investigation be launched, the Pentagon said in a statement.Lieutenant General Ron Lewis left his post as senior military assistant after meeting Carter, a US defence official said on condition of anonymity, just weeks after Carter described Lewis as someone "to count on.""The secretary was very surprised to learn about the allegations" late Tuesday, ...
Kerry urges Syria talks participants not to dig in their heels WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State John Kerry defended diplomatic efforts to end the war in Syria on Thursday and said all participants in talks in Vienna at the weekend had a responsibility not to dig in their heels.Speaking before leaving Washington to attend Saturday's talks in the Austrian capital, Kerry cautioned that much work needed to be done and said the United States had yet to resolve its differences with Russia and Iran on the ...
White House to work with Congress on TPP vote timing WASHINGTON: The Obama administration will work with Congress on the best time to bring a 12-nation Pacific trade pact before lawmakers for a vote, the top US trade official said on Thursday.US Trade Representative Michael Froman said the administration, which gave 90 days notice last week of its intent to sign the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), was doing everything within its power to move the deal along."The president made clear he'd like to get this done ...
US lifts economic sanctions against Liberia: White House WASHINGTON: The United States lifted economic sanctions against Liberia on Thursday as President Barack Obama cited the country's "tremendous progress" and commitment to democracy since emerging from the 2003 civil war, the White House said."The United States congratulates the people of Liberia for their determination, ingenuity, and commitment to peace and democracy that has made this possible," National Security Council spokesman Ned Price said in a statement.Copyright Reuters, 2015 ...
Kerry to discuss loan guarantee, security, democracy with Tunisia WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State John Kerry will discuss a $500 million loan guarantee, security cooperation, and support for Tunisia's democratic transition when he visits Tunis on Friday, a senior U.S. official said on Thursday.The United States said on May it was prepared to consider a loan guarantee of up to $500 million for Tunisia if the funding was needed to help advance economic reforms there."We are going to be talking to them ... about ...
Canada PM and provinces to hash out climate strategy OTTAWA: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will meet leaders of Canada's provinces and territories to hash out a cohesive climate strategy a week before key international talks in Paris.Many of them will also accompany Trudeau to the UN Conference of Parties, which opens with more than 115 heads of state and government in the French capital on November 30, aiming to secure a deal to stave off catastrophic climate change caused by greenhouse gas emissions."I'll meet ...


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