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Kerry making his mark in tough year of diplomacy

Is John Kerry another Henry Kissinger or James Baker? Both are recognized as greats of American diplomacy whose names and achievements still resonate in the annals of the 20th century. Some now say that, as Kerry marks his first anniversary in office, he too may be on track to earn a place in America's small pantheon of great secretaries of state. From Iran, to Syria to the Middle East peace process, the former senator has waded into the murkiest, most intractable global issues that his "rock star" predecessor Hillary Clinton largely avoided.

US envoy nominee to counsel caution to China, Japan

Senator Max Baucus, tapped to be US ambassador to China, called Tuesday on all nations including Japan to exercise caution over territorial rows which he warned could flare into conflict. In a confirmation hearing before fellow senators, the veteran Democratic Party politician repeatedly said he would encourage China to abide by "international rules" but portrayed himself as a pragmatist whose views of the growing Asian power would be "grounded in reality."

Ottawa facing new war with veterans over benefit claw-back compensation

OTTAWA - Canada's veterans ombudsman and the Royal Canadian Legion are calling on the Harper government to say once and for all whether it will retroactively compensate ex-soldiers whose pensions and benefits were unfairly clawed back. Veterans Affairs Canada has been silent about whether it will follow National Defence and reimburse those whose earnings loss benefits, income supplements and war veterans allowance cheques were improperly docked.

Military family support line operating 24/7, eight months after being announced

OTTAWA - An expanded toll-free support line for struggling members of the military and their relatives is now operating around the clock, eight months after it was first promised. The line, operated by the Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services Group, offers trained counsellors who can help soldiers and their families connect with local services, community help and military chaplains. Separate from existing operational stress injury support and crisis lines, the expanded service comes amid a recent series of suicides among Canadian Forces veterans.

Hawkish McCain likens Obama to Jimmy Carter on Syria

Senior US lawmaker John McCain accused President Barack Obama on Wednesday of risking a Middle East regional conflagration by failing to show leadership on the crisis in Syria. The conservative senator and former presidential candidate, an influential Washington foreign policy hawk, compared Obama to former president Jimmy Carter, widely seen here as weak. McCain, a former navy pilot who was made prisoner during the Vietnam War, is a strong advocate of robust support for Syrian rebels seeking to oust President Bashar al-Assad.

Hawkish McCain likens Obama to Jimmy Carter on Syria

Senior US lawmaker John McCain accused President Barack Obama on Wednesday of risking a Middle East regional conflagration by failing to show leadership on the crisis in Syria. The conservative senator and former presidential candidate, an influential Washington foreign policy hawk, compared Obama to former president Jimmy Carter, widely seen here as weak. McCain, a former navy pilot who was made prisoner during the Vietnam War, is a strong advocate of robust support for Syrian rebels seeking to oust President Bashar al-Assad.

First documented evidence of wolverines in The Great Bear Rainforest published

VANCOUVER - Evidence shows the often-reclusive wolverine has taken up residence for the first time on an island off British Columbia's Central Coast and the animal's eating habits have changed along with its relocation. The study, published Monday in The Canadian Field-Naturalist, shows that at least two wolverines inhabit Princess Royal Island, part of B.C.'s Great Bear Rainforest. There are about 3,000 to 4,000 wolverines in B.C., but most of them are in the Interior, in snowy habitats and higher elevations, the study said.

Residents want permanent fix for leaking shipwreck off Newfoundland: minister

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - Newfoundland and Labrador's natural resources minister says he'll meet this week with federal officials as residents worried about oil that's leaking from a shipwreck wait for action. Derrick Dalley (DAH' lee) says he'll meet with Canadian Coast Guard officials and Rob Moore, the regional minister in the federal cabinet, over concerns about the Manolis L (muh-NO'-liss ell). The Liberian-flagged ship sank in 1985 in Newfoundland's Notre Dame Bay near Change Islands.

First documented evidence of Wolverines in The Great Bear Rainforest published

VANCOUVER - Evidence shows the often-reclusive wolverine has taken up residence for the first time on an island off British Columbia's Central Coast and the animal's eating habits have changed along with its relocation. The study, published Monday in The Canadian Field-Naturalist, shows that at least two wolverines inhabit Princess Royal Island, part of B.C.'s Great Bear Rainforest. There are about 3,000 to 4,000 wolverines in B.C., but most of them are in the Interior, in snowy habitats and higher elevations, the study said.

Mulcair urges Harper to address military suicides amid word of another death

OTTAWA - The Canadian military is dealing with another case of suspected suicide, the third sudden death in a week. The latest tragedy, which occurred Wednesday, involves a reservist belonging to The Princess of Wales' Own Regiment, one of the country's oldest military units, based in Kingston, Ont. Several defence sources identify the victim as Cpl. Camilo Sanhueza-Martinez, 28, a veteran of the Afghan war.
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