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Politics: The 27 countries in the world with the most freedom
Health Canada says it takes safety 'very seriously' in face of concerns about homeopathic remedy
Bank of Canada to make interest rate announcement, predictions for the economy
Scientists say melting Arctic sea ice may be behind Canada's seemingly endless winter
BlackRock® Canada Announces April Cash Distributions for the iShares® ETFs
You can thank provincial taxes for Canada's higher overall tax rate
Canadian emissions creep lower in 2016 but doubts remain over hitting Paris targets
Emergency alerts come to Canadian mobile phones
Three for Earth Day -- Sunday April 22 @ 3 PM in New York City
Bank of Canada keeps interest rate at 1.25% but likely to hike later this year
Canadian emissions creep lower, but not at rate needed to meet targets under Paris accord
Do You Have News to Share? Get It Published.
Canada's Oil Patch To Turn Profitable In 2018
Canadian emissions creep lower in 2016 but Paris targets still dubious
No Bank of Canada interest rate hike expected Wednesday
Bob Joseph's new book a perfect primer for today's Indigenous discussions
WATCH LIVE: Bank of Canada explains why it decided to keep interest rate unchanged at 1.25%
Another sign Canada’s bad for business
PM Jacinda Ardern and Canada's Justin Trudeau talk women's rights in London
A Former UN Under Secretary General is Joining an Event Calling for Referendum for Tamils in Sri Lanka: TGTE
It pays to look both ways when it comes to pipeline politics
Pardy: 'Peacekeeping' in Mali is but a mirage for Canada
'Viva Diaz-Canel'?: Cuba's next president won't be a Castro, creating delicate time for Canada-Cuba relations
Do You Have News to Share? Get It Published.
Cuba's next president won't be a Castro, creating delicate time for Canada-Cuba relations
Cuba's next president won't be a Castro. Here's what that means for Canada.
Alouettes release Canadians Vonk, Junior Haidara
Diplomat: G7 Ministers Have No Grounds to Accuse Russia of Involvement in Ex-Spy Case
USDCAD steady ahead of Bank of Canada rate announcement. USD broadly weaker as EURUSD and AUDUSD reverse higher. GBP lags on weak UK CPI.
Canada commits to supporting UNFPA in Iraq
Why Accountability is the Fast Track to Spiritual Growth
Canada fails to stop Brazil's claims in WTO Bombardier dispute
CANADA FX DEBT-C$ consolidates gains ahead of central bank rate decision
Canada's SNC-Lavalin wins Saudi Aramco contract
BRIEF-British Columbia AG Says Will Be Filing Reference Case On Jurisdiction Regarding Kinder Morgan Canada's Trans Mountain Expansion
Do You Have News to Share? Get It Published.
HIGHLIGHTS-Bank of Canada's Poloz and Wilkins speak after holding rates steady
Bank of Canada holds rates, cites progress on inflation, wages
Bank of Canada says more rate hikes coming, but holds for now
BRIEF-Bank if Canada's Poloz: considerable progress seen in economy over last 12 months
Bank of Canada holds rates, prospects rise for a July hike
Biologics Market Growth Is 66% Faster Than Pharma
Canadian mint sues Australian mint over magic possums and red poppies
Teamsters Canada notifies Canadian Pacific of possible strike
Call for participation in Canada Day at Canada Place
Canada’s pipeline battle follows Prime Minister to London
Do You Have News to Share? Get It Published.
Facebook seeks facial recognition consent in EU and Canada
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Precipitation:0.9
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Precipitation:14.3
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Europe Travel Alert
The State Department alerts U.S. citizens to potential risks of travel to and throughout Europe following several terrorist attacks, including the March 22 attacks in Brussels claimed by ISIL.

Terrorist groups continue to plan near-term attacks throughout Europe, targeting sporting events, tourist sites, restaurants, and transportation.  This Travel Alert expires on June 20, 2016.

U.S. citizens should exercise vigilance when in public places or using mass transportation. Be aware of immediate surroundings and avoid crowded places. Exercise particular caution during religious holidays and at large festivals or events.

U.S. citizens should also: 

  • Follow the instructions of local authorities, especially in an emergency.
  • Monitor media and local information sources and factor updated information into personal travel plans and activities.
  • Be prepared for additional security screening and unexpected disruptions.
  • Stay in touch with your family members and ensure they know how to reach you in the event of an emergency.
  • Register in our Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).

European governments continue to guard against terrorist attacks and conduct raids to disrupt plots. We work closely with our allies and will continue to share information with our European partners that will help identify and counter terrorist threats.

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Republic of Congo Travel Alert
The State Department alerts U.S. citizens residing in or traveling to The Republic of the Congo regarding the upcoming presidential elections scheduled for March 20.

U.S. citizens should maintain a high level of security awareness due to the potential for political unrest leading up to, during, and following the election period.  This Travel Alert expires on April 15, 2016.

 

Political protests and demonstrations may occur in this timeframe. Although there is no indication that U.S. citizens may be targets of violence, U.S. citizens should avoid political rallies, polling centers, demonstrations, and crowds of any kind as gatherings intended to be peaceful can turn violent.  Review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations for updates, including any changes in the election schedule.  Presidential election results are expected to be announced within a week of the election.

For more information:

  • See the State Department's travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information for Congo.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. 
  • Contact the U.S. Embassy in Brazzaville, located at 70-83 Boulevard Denis Sassou Nguesso, Brazzaville, Congo, at +242-06-612-2000, 8.00 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. from Monday - Thursday; 8.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m. on Friday. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is (+242) 06-612-2010.
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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South Pacific Tropical Cyclone Season - 2015 - 2016
The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens residing in or traveling to the South Pacific region about the ongoing threat of tropical cyclones affecting the area.

While tropical cyclones in the South Pacific may occur throughout the year, the current South Pacific Tropical Cyclone Season begins on November 1, 2015, and ends April 30, 2016.  U.S. citizens living in or traveling to the region should monitor local weather reports and take other appropriate action as needed.  This Travel Alert expires on April 30, 2016.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recommends that people living or traveling in regions prone to tropical storms and tropical cyclones be prepared.  For further information about tropical cyclone preparedness, please visit NOAA's Tropical Cyclones Preparedness Guide.

Tropical cyclones can create dangerous and uncomfortable conditions that can prevent travel for days.  Tropical cyclones are often accompanied by damaging winds, high tides and flooding.  If you are living near or staying close to the ocean or other bodies of water, you may be at higher risk.  Landslides and mudslides are also a serious concern.  Roads can be washed out or obstructed by debris, adversely affecting access to airports and land routes out of affected areas.  In the past, many U.S. citizens were forced to delay travel (including return travel to the United States) due to infrastructure damage to airports and limited flight availability.  You should be aware that you may not be able to depart the area for 24-48 hours or longer, particularly if you are residing in or visiting a South Pacific island country where air travel service is limited. 

Be sure to check with local authorities for safety and security updates.  Reports of looting and sporadic violence in the aftermath of natural disasters have occurred.  Security personnel and medical services may not always be readily available, as weather conditions or damage to infrastructure may delay or prevent emergency assistance.

If you live in or travel to these areas during the tropical cyclone season, we recommend you obtain travel insurance to cover unexpected expenses during an emergency.  If a situation requires an evacuation from an overseas location, the U.S. Department of State may work with commercial airlines to ensure that U.S. citizens can depart as safely and efficiently as possible.  Commercial airlines are the Department's primary source of transportation in an evacuation; other means of transport are utilized only as a last resort, are often more expensive, and will provide you with fewer destination options.  U.S. law requires that any evacuation costs are your responsibility.  For those in financial need, the U.S. Department of State has the authority to provide crisis evacuation and repatriation loans on a reimbursable basis.  For more information, please visit the Emergencies Abroad page on our website.   

If you live in or are traveling to storm-prone regions, prepare for hurricanes and tropical storms by organizing a kit in a waterproof container that includes a supply of bottled water, non-perishable food items, a battery-powered or hand-crank radio, any medications taken regularly, and vital documents (especially your passport and other identification).  Emergency shelters often provide only very basic resources and may have limited medical and food supplies.  NOAA and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have additional tips on their websites.

Monitor local radio, local media, and the National Weather Service to be aware of weather developments.  Minor tropical cyclones can develop into typhoons very quickly, limiting the time available for a safe evacuation.  Inform family and friends of your whereabouts and remain in close contact with your tour operator, hotel staff, transportation providers (airlines, cruise lines, etc.), and local officials for evacuation instructions during a weather emergency.

For further information on tropical cyclone warnings in the South Pacific region, please consult the Joint Typhoon Warning Center in Honolulu the National Weather Service's Central Pacific Hurricane Center, Fiji's regional meteorological center responsible for tropical cyclone warnings in the South Pacific region, or the Government of Australia's Bureau of Meteorology.

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Current News in Canada
  • Politics: The 27 countries in the world with the most freedom
  • Health Canada says it takes safety 'very seriously' in face of concerns about homeopathic remedy
  • Bank of Canada to make interest rate announcement, predictions for the economy
  • Scientists say melting Arctic sea ice may be behind Canada's seemingly endless winter
  • BlackRock® Canada Announces April Cash Distributions for the iShares® ETFs
  • You can thank provincial taxes for Canada's higher overall tax rate
  • Canadian emissions creep lower in 2016 but doubts remain over hitting Paris targets
  • Emergency alerts come to Canadian mobile phones
  • Three for Earth Day -- Sunday April 22 @ 3 PM in New York City
  • Bank of Canada keeps interest rate at 1.25% but likely to hike later this year
  • Canadian emissions creep lower, but not at rate needed to meet targets under Paris accord
  • Do You Have News to Share? Get It Published.
  • Canada's Oil Patch To Turn Profitable In 2018
  • Canadian emissions creep lower in 2016 but Paris targets still dubious
  • No Bank of Canada interest rate hike expected Wednesday
  • Bob Joseph's new book a perfect primer for today's Indigenous discussions
  • WATCH LIVE: Bank of Canada explains why it decided to keep interest rate unchanged at 1.25%
  • Another sign Canada’s bad for business
  • PM Jacinda Ardern and Canada's Justin Trudeau talk women's rights in London
  • A Former UN Under Secretary General is Joining an Event Calling for Referendum for Tamils in Sri Lanka: TGTE
  • It pays to look both ways when it comes to pipeline politics
  • Pardy: 'Peacekeeping' in Mali is but a mirage for Canada
  • 'Viva Diaz-Canel'?: Cuba's next president won't be a Castro, creating delicate time for Canada-Cuba relations
  • Do You Have News to Share? Get It Published.
  • Cuba's next president won't be a Castro, creating delicate time for Canada-Cuba relations
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  • Alouettes release Canadians Vonk, Junior Haidara
  • Diplomat: G7 Ministers Have No Grounds to Accuse Russia of Involvement in Ex-Spy Case
  • USDCAD steady ahead of Bank of Canada rate announcement. USD broadly weaker as EURUSD and AUDUSD reverse higher. GBP lags on weak UK CPI.
  • Canada commits to supporting UNFPA in Iraq
  • Why Accountability is the Fast Track to Spiritual Growth
  • Canada fails to stop Brazil's claims in WTO Bombardier dispute
  • CANADA FX DEBT-C$ consolidates gains ahead of central bank rate decision
  • Canada's SNC-Lavalin wins Saudi Aramco contract
  • BRIEF-British Columbia AG Says Will Be Filing Reference Case On Jurisdiction Regarding Kinder Morgan Canada's Trans Mountain Expansion
  • Do You Have News to Share? Get It Published.
  • HIGHLIGHTS-Bank of Canada's Poloz and Wilkins speak after holding rates steady
  • Bank of Canada holds rates, cites progress on inflation, wages
  • Bank of Canada says more rate hikes coming, but holds for now
  • BRIEF-Bank if Canada's Poloz: considerable progress seen in economy over last 12 months
  • Bank of Canada holds rates, prospects rise for a July hike
  • Biologics Market Growth Is 66% Faster Than Pharma
  • Canadian mint sues Australian mint over magic possums and red poppies
  • Teamsters Canada notifies Canadian Pacific of possible strike
  • Call for participation in Canada Day at Canada Place
  • Canada’s pipeline battle follows Prime Minister to London
  • Do You Have News to Share? Get It Published.
  • Facebook seeks facial recognition consent in EU and Canada
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