Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Nineteenth NewsWatch-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Nineteenth NewsWatch-

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(Cda-China-Detainees)

Canada is making its first formal demand for Beijing to immediately release two Canadians detained in apparent retaliation for the arrest of a top Chinese tech executive in Vancouver.

Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland has expressed deep concern about the detention of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor on vague allegations of ''engaging in activities that endanger the national security'' of China.

Huawei (WAH'-way) chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou (MUNG' wan-JOH') was arrested December 1st at the request of the United States, which wants her extradited to face fraud charges.

Freeland says Canada is honouring its extradition treaty with the U-S, adding it's conducting a fair and transparent legal proceeding with respect to Meng. (19)

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(Khadr-Bail) (Audio: 091)

Not what former Guantanamo Bay prisoner Omar Khadr wanted to hear.

An Edmonton judge has denied his application for relaxed bail conditions and a Canadian passport.

Justice June Ross says there's no evidence the current restrictions create hardship or are needlessly strict.

Khadr, who is 32, has been out on bail since May 2015 pending appeal of his war crimes conviction by a U-S military commission.

His lawyer had argued it wasn't fair his client's life remains restricted by a stalled American court process with no end in sight. (19)

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(NS-Servicom-Closure)

ServiCom Canada is now The Sydney Call Centre.

And its new owner has a message for 600 Cape Breton workers laid off just weeks before Christmas.

Iowa-based business mogul Anthony Marlowe is telling them the ''place is theirs again,'' adding-- quote -- ''Congratulations to all of the renewed and refreshed workers.''

Marlowe's company, M-C-I Canada, has already said the call centre expects to reopen as early as January 2nd under its new name.

Workers tell The Canadian Press the sale is welcome news, but the failure to pay their last weeks of salary means many are owed thousands of dollars. …

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