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Canada expels a top Indian diplomat over the killing of Hardeep Singh Nijjar
Canadian national-security authorities have what they consider credible intelligence that India was behind the mid-June fatal shooting of Hardeep Singh Nijjar, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told the House of Commons today.
A prominent Sikh leader in British Columbia, Nijjar was designated a terrorist by New Delhi and part of a separatist movement seeking an autonomous state for adherents of Sikhism.
Trudeau said he informed the opposition leaders before telling Canadians that India was responsible for the assassination, but did not provide further details. He said he raised the issue personally “in no uncertain terms” with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the G20 summit in New Delhi last week.
The Canadian government has ruled out severing diplomatic relations with New Delhi but is considering measures to respond to what Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly said was a “grave violation” of Canadian sovereignty.
She told reporters she had already expelled from Canada a “top Indian diplomat,” Pavan Kumar Rai, Canadian head of New Delhi’s Research and Analysis Wing – the Indian foreign intelligence agency,
Nijjar was shot dead in his truck by two masked gunmen outside the Nanak Sikh Gurdwara temple in Surrey, B.C., a brazen killing that outraged his supporters and intensified global tensions between Sikh separatists and Modi’s Hindu nationalist government.
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War in Ukraine developments: Amid increasing whispers of stalemate, Ukraine’s counteroffensive so far has resulted in the liberation of only a few smaller towns and villages though Ukrainian officials insist the push is continuing.
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U.S. and Iran trade detainees: A U.S.-bound plane carrying five Americans freed by Iran left Doha in a prisoner swap for five Iranians held in the United States and the transfer of US$6-billion in Iranian funds in a rare moment of co-operation.
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Canada’s main stock index closed lower, as the technology and health-care sectors led broad-based declines ahead of domestic inflation data that could help guide expectations for the Bank of Canada’s interest rate outlook. Major U.S. indexes were nearly unchanged as investors awaited the U.S. Federal Reserve’s monetary policy decision on Wednesday.
The S&P/TSX Composite Index rose fell 129.51 points or 0.63 per cent to 20,492.83. The dollar traded at 74.14 U.S. cents.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 6.06 points or 0.02 per cent to 34,624.30, the S&P 500 added 3.21 points or 0.07 per cent to end at 4,453.53, and the Nasdaq Composite advanced 1.91 points or 0.01 per cent to 13,710.24.
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TODAY’S LONG READ
Supreme Court lacking expected applicants for empty seat as October session looms
In a field made thin by a shortage of bilingual candidates, francophone judges from Alberta and Manitoba have emerged as leading contenders to fill a seat on the Supreme Court of Canada that has been vacant since the resignation of Russell Brown in June.
The court resumes hearing cases on Oct. 11, and Chief Justice Richard Wagner said publicly when Brown resigned that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau should promptly exercise the necessary care and consideration in choosing his successor.
But few, if any, judges from the courts of appeal of Western Canada have applied, as some of the West’s top legal talent sits out the contest. Appeal courts are above trial courts in the legal hierarchy and have been the source of most Supreme Court appointments. Read the full story by Sean Fine