Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Fourth Newswatch-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Fourth Newswatch-

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Canada is stepping up with more offers of assistance and leadership in NATO missions in the Middle East.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced this morning in Brussels that Canada will command a new NATO training mission in Iraq.

This will include the deployment to Baghdad and the surrounding area of up to 250 Canadian Armed Forces personnel and up to four Griffon helicopters for one year, beginning this fall.

Trudeau told a discussion session at the NATO leaders summit that it's important to help build the conflict-ravaged country's resilience against the Islamic State group. (4)



U-S President Donald Trump is set to meet today with German Chancellor Angela (AHN'-guh-luh) Merkel, hours after he publicly claimed that the longtime American ally is "totally controlled'' by and "captive to Russia'' because it gets most of its oil from that country.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders says Trump will reiterate his public criticism of Merkel during their pull-aside on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Brussels.

Trump fumed during a breakfast meeting with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg that a Russian natural gas pipeline project in Germany is "very inappropriate,'' as he criticized European countries' contributions to the mutual-defence alliance. (4)



The Bank of Canada will unveil its latest decision on its trend-setting interest rate this morning, and it's widely expected to hike the rate for the first time in six months.

Most experts are predicting governor Stephen Poloz (POH'-lawz) will hike the rate from its current level of 1.25 per cent, due in large part to stronger economic data.

Poloz has followed a cautious, data-dependent approach in recent months and hasn't touched the rate since raising it in January.

But whatever his decision, it comes as Canada faces significant trade-related uncertainties, including stalled NAFTA talks, U-S steel and aluminum tariffs, and the threat of more duties on the automotive sector. …

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