Canada says most border-crossing asylum seekers were in U.S. legally | Reuters
By David Ljunggren | OTTAWA OTTAWA Most of the people crossing the U.S. border into Canada to claim asylum had been in the United States legally, and Canada is sharing their information with U.S. authorities to help understand the phenomenon, a top official said on Friday.Several hundred asylum seekers, mainly from Africa but also the Middle East, have entered Canada
By David Ljunggren
OTTAWA Most of the people crossing the U.S. border into Canada to claim asylum had been in the United States legally, and Canada is sharing their information with U.S. authorities to help understand the phenomenon, a top official said on Friday.Several hundred asylum seekers, mainly from Africa but also the Middle East, have entered Canada. The refugees and migrant agencies blame the exodus on moves by U.S. President Donald Trump to clamp down on immigration. "We have provided information about the specific documents that were presented at the border because those are American documents," Canadian Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale told reporters.Goodale spoke after meeting U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly in Ottawa for talks on the influx, which is putting domestic pressure on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Emergency responders and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police are struggling to respond to people defying wintry conditions to cross the undefended border near Emerson, Manitoba.Manitoba premier Brian Pallister is demanding Trudeau's Liberal government provide money and resources.Ottawa says there is a chance the flow of people will increase as the weather improves.
"We obviously have safety concerns on both sides of the border," Goodale said.Canada says some of the people crossing the border clearly had no intention of staying in the United States.
Goodale said he and Kelly had agreed officials needed to gather more information to work out what was happening.Factors to look at, he said, included "who are the people involved in this migration, where did their journey begin ... (and) how is the migration being accomplished?"Kelly also met Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland and Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen during a day of talks. (Reporting by David Ljunggren; Editing by James Dalgleish)
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By Robin Emmott and John Irish | BRUSSELS/PARIS BRUSSELS/PARIS France and Germany will agree to a U.S. plan for NATO to take a bigger role in the fight against Islamic militants at a meeting with President Donald Trump on Thursday, but insist the move is purely symbolic, four senior European diplomats said.The decision to allow the North Atlantic Treaty Organization to join the coalition against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq follows weeks of pressure on the two allies, who are wary of NATO confronting Russia in Syria and of alienating Arab countries who see NATO as pushing a pro-Western agenda."NATO as an institution will join the coalition," said one senior diplomat involved in the discussions. "The question is whether this just a symbolic gesture to the United States
BEIJING Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday called for greater efforts to make the country's navy a world class one, strong in operations on, below and above the surface, as it steps up its ability to project power far from its shores.China's navy has taken an increasingly prominent role in recent months, with a rising star admiral taking command, its first aircraft carrier sailing around self-ruled Taiwan and a new aircraft carrier launched last month.With President Donald Trump promising a US shipbuilding spree and unnerving Beijing with his unpredictable approach on hot button issues including Taiwan and the South and East China Seas, China is pushing to narrow the gap with the U.S. Navy.Inspecting navy headquarters, Xi said the navy should "aim for the top ranks in the world", the Defence Ministry said in a statement about his visit."Building a strong and modern navy is an important mark of a top ranking global military," the ministry paraphrased Xi as saying.