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Change is needed to encourage women to enter politics, says Trudeau

OTTAWA— Thwarting inappropriate behaviour amongst those who wield power and building on international trade agreements are both essential elements to creating a better country, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Sunday as he rallied his party’s caucus a day before Parliament was set to resume sitting after its six-week winter break. Trudeau told Liberal MPs that …

Trump heads to Swiss forum to push economic policies

WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump is ready to play salesman as he heads to an economic summit in the Swiss Alps, making the case that his “America First” agenda can go hand-in-hand with global co-operation. Trump is set to arrive at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Thursday to declare that the United States is …

Fashion’s potential to influence politics and culture

Political dressing is fashionable right now, but is it fashion? Celebrities and stars turned up dressed in black at the 75th Golden Globes Award ceremony. Instantly the media was in frenzy over what they dubbed “political fashion statements on the red carpet.” This is just the most recent droplet of a rainy season of purportedly …

De Lima asks Facebook: Take down fake news against me

MANILA, Philippines — Detained Senator Leila De Lima on Sunday appeal anew to social media giant Facebook to take down the supposed fake news stories and clips against her as it “mislead the public” and tarnish her reputation. De Lima, an opposition senator and known Duterte critic, said Facebook should “exercise some responsibility” for the …

Security, reproductive rights, investment: how politics touched us this

OTTAWA — Piercing the winter doldrums was the political goal of the week for all three party leaders. Justin Trudeau took to town halls in Quebec and northern Ontario to show he is a man of the people. Andrew Scheer went to Washington to talk up the benefits of NAFTA and show he is a …

Trudeau defends North Korea meeting in the face of Russian, Chinese criticism

OTTAWA—Both China and Russia will be integral to securing peace on the Korean peninsula, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau conceded Monday even as he defended the decision to leave the two countries out of this week’s international gathering on the perils posed by North Korea. Trudeau made the remarks after Russia became the latest to slam …

Hontiveros to Sanofi: ‘Reimbursement is not enough’

Akbayan Senator Risa Hontiveros on Tuesday said that refunding of the cost of unused dengue vaccine Dengvaxia is not enough, but the French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi Pasteur should also shoulder the health needs of the affected children in the vaccination of controversial anti-dengue vaccine. “Reimbursement is not enough. Over and above its plan to pay …

HRW, De Lima slam SEC over Rappler’s license revocation

International rights group Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Monday said that the order of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to shut down the Philippine-based online site Rappler Inc. is “nothing less than a politicized attack.” “If Duterte succeeds in silencing Rappler, it will have a profound chilling effect on Philippine media at a time when free …

Trump: ‘Unlikely’ he’d submit to a Russia probe interview

WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump says that it “seems unlikely” that he’d give an interview in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into potential co-ordination between Russia and the Trump campaign. Trump said “we’ll see what happens” when asked if he’d provide an interview to Mueller’s team. “When they have no collusion and nobody’s found any collusion at …

Joe Arpaio points to political traits he shares with Trump

PHOENIX—People have been comparing the political styles of President Donald Trump and former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio since the allies starting appearing together at campaign events. The 85-year-old Arpaio noted those similarities Wednesday, a day after he announced his candidacy for the Senate seat now held by Republican Jeff Flake, a Trump critic who’s not …