Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--First NewsWatch-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--First NewsWatch-

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Police forces in big cities across the country were kept busy Thursday investigating multiple bomb threats, all of which appeared to be nothing more than a crude, multi-pronged extortion attempt.

Threats were reported in Toronto, Montreal, Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa and Winnipeg, as well as Mountie detachments in Manitoba and B-C.

Authorities say each threat was taken seriously, but no explosives were found.

Police say the emails in the Canadian cases were the same as those received in several U-S cities.

They warned in imperfect English that a bomb would go off unless 20-thousand-dollars in Bitcoin was paid, but all appeared to be a hoax.(1)



Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is pointing directly at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for the dilemma Canada finds itself in over its arrest this month of a top Chinese tech-company executive.

He says the arrest of Huawai's (WAH'-wayz) C-F-O Meng Wanzhou (MUNG' wan-JOH') is a result of Trudeau's "naive approach'' to China.

Meng was freed on bail this week and faces extradition to the U-S on suspicion of bank fraud and violating sanctions against Iran.

Two Canadians appear to be caught up in the controversy among the two superpowers with Monday's arrest of entrepreneur Michael Spavor and former diplomat Michael Kovrig in Beijing on suspicion of "engaging in activities" that endanger China's national security.(1)



An Edmonton judge has reserved her decision until next Friday concerning an application by former Guantanamo Bay detainee Omar Khadr to have his bail conditions loosened.

The Toronto native is seeking a Canadian passport to travel to Saudi Arabia and wants permission to speak to his sister.

His lawyer, Nathan Whitling, told court Thursday that the 32-year-old Khadr is a "model of compliance" and has earned the right to a few more freedoms in light of the fact his appeal of war-crimes convictions by a U-S military commission hasn't "moved a single inch. …

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