Canada in the news: Nafta gets 11th hour reprieve
Trade war, what trade war?
"It has been a bad week for Canada-US relations," US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross declared on Monday.
If his statement seemed prematurely negative at the start of the week, by now it appears remarkably prescient after Trump nearly cancelled the North American Free Trade Agreement.
- The latest on Trump's pans for Nafta
- Has the US started a lumber trade war with Canada?
- Canada hits back in dairy dispute
To recap: President Donald Trump has slapped an overall 20% tariff on Canadian softwood lumber, has gone on the offensive about Canada's dairy industry and spent a good 24 hours on a will-he-or-won't-he-cancel-Nafta roller coaster.
The trade attacks prompted Justin Trudeau to call up the American president two days in a row. The telephone diplomacy seems to have worked, as Mr Trump says phone calls from both Trudeau and Mexico's president Enrique Peña Nieto convinced him to change his mind.
As of Thursday morning, Mr Trump has said he won't scrap Nafta "at this time", provided Canada and Mexico agree to renegotiate ASAP.
Another election? Oui
France's presidential election isn't over, but it just got a lot smaller. Emmanuel Macron will face Marine Le Pen in a run-off on 7 May, after both candidates failed to take a clear majority in Sunday's election.
Mr Macron - a moderate who heads a new movement called En Marche! - took 24% of the vote, while Ms Le Pen, representing the National Front, took 22%.
She has since resigned from her position as leader of her party to focus on the election.
Mr Macron has been hailed as a young, unconventional upstart who could shake up French political scene, while the right-wing Ms Le Pen has gained support for her anti-immigration and anti-EU views.
Senate field trip
In an unusual move, all 100 US senators were invited to travel by bus from Capitol Hill to the White House to attend a briefing on North Korea.
Later, the White House announced it will tighten sanctions on anyone doing business with North Korea and use diplomatic measures to get China to pressure North Korea to drop its nuclear arsenal.
- What you need to know about sanctions on North Korea
- China's brand new aircraft carrier
- America's missile defence system
Meanwhile, China has launched a new aircraft carrier in the latest sign of its growing military strength. Not to be outdone, a US commander says America's advanced missile defence system in South Korea is meant to bring Kim Jong-un "to his senses, not to his knees".
Other news this week
- An Israeli missile strike has caused a large explosion near Damascus, Syria
- Shark Tank's Kevin O'Leary drops out of Tory leadership race
- People called Trump's immigrant crime hotline to complain about aliens and UFOs
- Aurora photographers found new night sky lights and called them Steve
- Ontario is trying a social experiment: Give the poor a basic income
- The last male northern white rhino just joined Tinder
- "Mr Gorilla" raises money for conservation charity by crawling the London Marathon
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