BBC: Nebraska approves Keystone XL pipeline. Nebraska regulators have approved the Keystone XL pipeline, clearing the way for the controversial and long-delayed project to progress. Commissioners voted 3-2 in favour of the project, which will link Canada’s oil sands to US refineries. The decision comes days after a leak in the existing Keystone network spilled 210,000 gallons in South Dakota. The pipeline is backed by US President Donald Trump but opposed by environmentalists and some landowners. Former President Barack Obama had rejected the project in 2015 on environmental grounds, but President Trump reversed the decision earlier this year.
Bloomberg: Bittersweet keystone win means Canada’s U.S. dependence deepens. Here is one thing Keystone XL won’t do for Canada: wean the country’s oil industry off its dependence on the U.S. While approval of the project in Nebraska was welcomed by Alberta and its producers, it came also as a reminder that Canada hasn’t been able to clear two crucial projects within its own soil, to ship crude to other markets from its own ports. Meanwhile, TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone XL ties the country’s industry even more to its southern neighbor.
Deutsche Welle: COP23: Canada and UK launch anti-coal alliance in Bonn. Twenty countries and two US states have joined the “Powering Past Coal” alliance at the penultimate day of the UN climate summit, promising phase-outs. Conspicuously absent from that list: Germany. On Thursday, the United Kingdom and Canada launched an alliance of 27 countries and states that have pledged to phase out traditional coal power plants and cease all investment in coal domestically or abroad. The “Powering Past Coal Alliance” is the brainchild of Canadian climate minister Catherine McKenna and British climate minister Claire Perry, who came up with the idea while meeting at the UN climate conference in Bonn, Germany.
Deutsche Welle: Mexico pushes ‘rigorous’ review of NAFTA to counter US proposal. Mexican negotiators have vowed to “present proposals and counterpoints” in a bid to stop a sunset clause on the trillion-dollar trade deal. The US president has threatened to “terminate” NAFTA even before talks finish. Mexico’s Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo said on Wednesday that his country’s negotiators will propose “rigorous” reviews of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which would take place every five years. Guajardo said that Mexico’s proposals challenge Washington’s desire to include a five-year sunset clause in a revised pact.
The Times of Israel: Canada Post introduces its first Hanukkah stamp. Canada Post issued on Monday its first-ever Hanukkah stamp. The domestic stamp, whose design includes a Hanukkah menorah and Star of David, is the first regular-issue stamp honoring the Jewish Festival of Lights in the corporation’s 150-year history.
Albayan – United Arab Emirates: Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development talks trade with Alberta. Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development, H.E. Saif Mohamed Al Hajeri, met with a Canadian delegation led by the Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Alberta, Deron Bilous, to discuss economic and investment cooperation between the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and the Province of Alberta in petrochemicals, aviation, agriculture and food, education, and manufacturing sectors. Al Hajeri said that Abu Dhabi is to embark on a new and sustainable economic development phase that is focused on investments and the development of non-hydrocarbon sectors, as prescribed by the Abu Dhabi 2030 Economic Vision. Abu Dhabi is to seek Canadian expertise in sustainable development, and to boost joint investment projects therein. For the period from January to September 2017, Abu Dhabi-Canada trade amounted to 508.6 million AED (177.4 million CAD), 468.6 AED (163.4 million CAD) of which are imports to Abu Dhabi, 31.4 AED (11 million CAD) re-exports, and 85.6 AED (29.9 million CAD) non-hydrocarbon export to Canada.
Al-Ain – United Arab Emirates: Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation meets with the Canadian Minister of International Trade. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed met with François-Philippe Champagne, and discussed ways for strengthening cooperation between the two nations, especially in trade, investments, and energy. The two Ministers stressed the importance of boosting bilateral relations between their two countries.
ٍSada Elarab – Egypt: Red Sea Governor and Canada’s Ambassador hand job offers to 70 individuals in Hurghada. The Governor, Major General Ahmed Abdullah, and Canada’s Ambassador to Egypt, Jess Dutton, handed out the contracts as part of the graduation ceremony of the first batch of trainees of the “Decent Jobs for Egypt’s Young People” program, administered by the International Labour Organization and financed by Foreign Affairs Canada, and with the cooperation of Egypt Hotels Association, Misr El-Kheir foundation, Helwan University, and Minya University.
Sputnik Arabic – Russia: Jordan and Canada seek military cooperation. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Jordanian Armed Forces, Mahmoud Freihat, met with the Canadian Ambassador to Jordan, Peter MacDougall, and his accompanying delegation, including the Canadian military attaché in Amman, and discussed means of cooperation between the armed forces of the two countries. The King of Jordan, Abdullah II, have made a State Visit to Canada end of August in which he discussed with the Governor General the strategic partnership between the two countries, and ways to strengthen it on all fronts.
Arabian Business – Egypt: Sudan is in talks with Russia, the United States, and Canada to develop its oil resources. The Sudanese Minister of Oil and Gas, Abdul Rahman Osman, affirmed that his country have made talks with Lukoil, a Russian oil company, and with other companies from the United States and Canada, regarding the development of Sudan’s hydrocarbon industries after the US-imposed sanctions have been lifted. Osman added that the companies are interested in developing natural gas projects in the Red Sea and onshore, and that Sudan is in talks with Lukoil, European companies, and a state-owned oil company in Canada. The statements were made during an energy conference in Abu Dhabi.
Yeni Şafak – Turkey: Turkey participates in the Halifax International Security Forum. The Turkish Minister of EU Affairs and Chief Negotiator for Turkish Accession to the EU, Ömer Çelik, and Chief of the General Staff of the Turkish Armed Forces, Hulusi Akar, will represent Turkey in the Forum taking place in the period from 17 to 19 November in Halifax. Çelik, along with a number of Turkish officials, have participated in last year’s Forum, in which he made talking points on democracy, the failed coup in Turkey, and the crisis in Syria during the Forum’s discussion rounds.