Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Third NewsWatch-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Third NewsWatch-

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China confirmed today that it has detained two Canadian men, saying they are being held on suspicion of "endangering national security."

A Foreign Ministry spokesman says entrepreneur Michael Spavor and former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig were taken into custody on Monday.

Lu Kang says Canada has been informed of the detentions, which are being handled separately, but wouldn't say whether the men have been provided lawyers.

While Kovrig was detained in Beijing, Global Affairs Canada said last night that Spavor's whereabouts were unknown.

Spavor founded a non-profit that organizes cultural-exchange trips to North Korea and has lived in North and South Korea for about two decades.

China's detention of the two Canadians comes nearly two weeks after Canada arrested a Chinese telecom executive in Vancouver at the request of the U-S, which may extradite the Huawei (WAH'-way) C-F-O to face allegations she tried to bypass trade sanctions against Iran.(3)



Lawyers for former Guantanamo Bay detainee Omar Khadr are set to appear in an Edmonton court today to seek changes to his bail conditions while he appeals war-crime convictions by a U-S military commission.

The 32-year-old Toronto native is seeking a Canadian passport to travel to Saudi Arabia and he wants permission to speak with his sister.

An application filed by his lawyer suggests Khadr's appeal in the U-S has been overly delayed -- and that while he has obeyed all the conditions of his release, they have caused him stress and anxiety.

Khadr spent years in U-S detention after he was caught at age 15 and accused of tossing a grenade that killed a U-S soldier in Afghanistan in 2002. (3)



Quebecers living by the Canada-U-S border where thousands of migrants have crossed in irregularly since 2017 will be eligible for up to 25-thousand dollars compensation from the federal government. …

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