Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Eighteenth NewsWatch-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Eighteenth NewsWatch-

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(Cda-China-Detainees) (Audio: P07)

Canada has issued a formal call for the release of two Canadians being detained in China.

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland is demanding that Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor be freed immediately.

In a written statement, Freeland expresses the government's deep concern over what she calls the arbitrary detention by Chinese authorities.

The two men were detained after authorities in Vancouver arrested Meng Wanzhou (MUNG' wan-JOH'), a senior executive with Chinese tech giant Huawei (WAH'-way).

She faces extradition to the United States, where she's wanted for fraud. (18)

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(Khadr-Bail)

Omar Khadr's request for relaxed bail conditions and a Canadian passport has been denied.

Justice June Ross says nothing has changed since the last time Khadr asked for eased bail conditions.

She also says there's no evidence the current restrictions create hardship or are needlessly strict.

Khadr -- who is now 32 -- wanted unsupervised conversations with his sister and a Canadian passport so that he could make a pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia.

Ross says the restrictions on Khadr's movements and communications are justifiable. (18)

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(Higgs-Federation) (Audio: 079)

New Brunswick's Tory premier says the Canadian federation is broken.

Blaine Higgs says he was shocked at the recent Montreal first ministers meeting to find there's no national urgency or strategy to deal with the 70-per-cent devaluation of oil in Alberta.

In a year-end interview with The Canadian Press, Higgs says federal transfer payments should be cut to force the provinces to develop their own natural resources, with the knowledge such a cut would hurt New Brunswick.

Quebec Premier Francois Legault recently raised the ire of western Canadians when he said there was "no social acceptability" in his province for what he called a "dirty energy" pipeline from Alberta. …

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