New York Times: U.S., Canada and Mexico announce shared bid for 2026 World Cup. The documents signed and the hands shaken, U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati and his counterparts from the Mexican and Canadian soccer federations had every reason to smile broadly on Monday as the photographs were made. Each knew the hard work was behind him. The United States, they had agreed, would be the senior partner in the three-nation bid, and would host 60 of the 80 games and every game of the quarterfinals through the final. Mexico and Canada would each host 10 games. FIFA would manage the rest of the details. By Andrew Das.
The Guardian: US, Canada and Mexico set to submit joint bid to host 2026 World Cup. A joint bid from the US, Canada and Mexico to host the enlarged 2026 World Cup is expected to be finalised this year for submission to Fifa, according to Victor Montagliani, the president of the region’s Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (Concacaf). Speaking to the Guardian before Saturday’s annual Concacaf congress on the Caribbean island of Aruba, Montagliani contrasted the prospect of the countries’ cooperating on a World Cup with the division represented by the wall along the border with Mexico planned by Donald Trump.
Le Figaro: 2026 World Cup: The United States, Canada and Mexico submit joint candidature. With the prospect of hosting 2026 World Cup, the three countries of North America announced on Monday their joint candidature, first in the history of the competition. The statement was made by Sunil Gulati, Victor Montagliani and Decio de Maria, respectively Presidents of the American, Canadian and Mexican Football Federations at a press conference in New York.
The Independent: Canada provides lukewarm support for fresh sanctions on Russia and Syria after chemical attack. Canada’s foreign minister Chrystia Freeland has provided lukewarm support for fresh sanctions on Russia for its continued support of the Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad. While Ms Freeland said Canada would not be “hesitant” in applying new sanctions on individuals in Russia and Syria, she added it was important to go through the necessary legal steps “to assure ourselves we are targeting the right people for the right reasons”. It comes after a meeting of the G7 allies – Canada, Italy, Germany, France, Japan, US, UK, and the EU – in Italy to discuss the possibility of sanctions on military figures in the two counties in the wake of nerve gas attack in the Idlib province of Syria last week.
Deutsche Welle: Canada commemorates WWI Battle of Vimy’s 100-year anniversary in France. Marking a small but strategic victory during World War I, the Battle of Vimy has played a pivotal role in Canadian history. Canada’s premier has described the event as a turning point for the war and his country.
TIME: What marijuana legalization in Canada could mean for the United States. America’s neighbor to the north is fast moving toward legalizing recreational marijuana nationwide, which would make Canada the second country in the world to do so. And the impact of having weed legalized on such a big scale, so close to home, may affect the future of pot in the United States. “There are those who sometimes regard Canada as the 51st state. It would be an important signal about the movement coming of age. It would add to the critical mass,” says Oregon Rep. Earl Blumenauer, a member of Congress’ newly-formed Cannabis Caucus who is pushing to change the way the federal government treats the substance. And, he says: “It would shift the center of gravity.” Katy Steinmetz reports.
Al Jazeera: Canada aims to legalise recreational use of marijuana. Canada’s government is aiming to pass legislation that will legalise the recreational use of marijuana. The bill will fulfil an election promise by Justin Trudeau, Canada’s prime minister, who has admitted smoking pot himself in the past. Medical marijuana is legal in Canada, but a doctor’s prescription is required. Supporters argue that benefits include taxing legal marijuana, which could potentially bring in a lot of public revenue.
Alkhaleej Online-UK: UAE-Canada trade amounts to $2b. Canadian Minister of International Trade, François-Philippe Champagne, stated that UAE-Canada trade has amounted to $2 billion (CAD). The Minister said to CNBC Arabic that his most recent visit to the UAE was aimed at exploring further cooperation frontiers between the two countries.
Alghad-Jordan: Jordanian exporters to attend foods exhibition in Canada. The North American Food Innovation Exhibition will take place in Toronto in early May, and the Jordanian exhibitors will participate in matchmaking events with interested Canadian importers. The exhibitors will also visit local distributors and retailers of Middle Eastern foods, and attend seminars on export laws, procedures and opportunities.
Ukrinform-Ukraine: Canada will work on North Korea’s deweaponization. Canada is very concerned about North Korea’s behavior in the international arena and promises to make efforts to reduce the threats coming from Pyongyang. “We are extremely concerned about North Korea and will continue to work with our allies to ensure Canada’s security,” Canada’s PM Justin Trudeau said. He added that North Korea’s question arises during almost every of his conversations with world leaders.
Georgia Online-Georgia: France, Canada and the US ready to increase their military presence in the Black Sea. France is ready to increase the number of warships in the Black Sea. The announcement was made by Georgian Defense Minister Levan Isoria, who presented an annual report in Georgia’s Parliament. “You know that we have a growing trend in this direction. For example, France is ready to increase the number of warships in the Black Sea with periodic entry into our territorial waters. This desire was also expressed by Canada and the United States,” Izoria said. The last time a French warship visited Georgia was in October 2016.
Sputnik: Russia to carry out observation flights over US, Canada. Russian experts will carry out an observation flights over the United States on April 10-15 and over Canada on April 18-22, head of Russia’s National Nuclear Risk Reduction Center Sergei Ryzhkov said. “Within the framework of the Treaty on Open Skies a group of Russian inspectors is planning to carry out an observation flight on Tu-154M LK-1 aircraft over the United States and Canada,” Ryzhkov said. The US and Canadian specialists will be on board to ensure that the plane and the survey equipment used are in compliance with the treaty, the official stressed. The Treaty on Open Skies was signed in March 1992 and became one of the major confidence-building measures in Europe after the Cold War.