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TORONTO---Canada s new Liberal govern-
ment said yesterday it will resettle 10,000
Syrian refugees by the end of the year and
another 15,000 by the end of February.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had wanted
to resettle 25,000 refugees in Canada by
December 31 but faced some pushback fol-
lowing the deadly attacks in Paris. Immigration
and Refugee Minister John McCallum said
they wanted to get it done fast but also do
it right so they are taking a little bit more
time to process and resettle the refugees.
The government said health and security
screening will take place overseas and once
that s complete, refugees will be flown to
Toronto and Montreal, largely on chartered
aircraft. Military aircraft will assist if need-
"We will welcome them with a smile,"
McCallum said. "This is a wonderful human-
itarian gesture by all Canadians."
Tuesday s announcement could raise alarm
in the US, where many Republican governors
have said they don t want any Syrian refugees.
Canada will be working closely with the
United Nations Refugee Agency which will
be contacting some refugees by text message
to ask if they want to come to Canada. Syrian
refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey are
McCallum said they will choose the most
vulnerable whatever the religion might be.
"We want to make sure there is no dis-
crimination," Heritage Minister Melanie Joly
Canada s commitment reflects the change
in government after last month s election.
Former Conservative Canadian Prime Minister
Stephen Harper, who lost the October 19
election to Trudeau, had declined to resettle
more Syrian refugees, despite the haunting
image of a drowned 3-year-old Syrian boy
washed up on a Turkish beach that focused
global attention on the migrant crisis stem-
ming from the civil war. The boy had relatives
in Canada and the refugee crisis became a
major campaign issue.
More than 4 million Syrians have fled their
country since the conflict began in 2011.
Canada has long prided itself on opening
its doors to asylum seekers. In times of crisis
in decades past, Canada resettled refugees
quickly and in large numbers. It airlifted more
than 5,000 people from Kosovo in the late
1990s, more than 5,000 from Uganda in 1972
and resettled 60,000 Vietnamese in 1979-
80. More than 1.2 million refugees have arrived
in Canada since World War II. (AP)
UNITED NATIONS---The attacks
in Paris are affecting crucial
climate change talks in the French
capital starting later this month,
but more than 120 world leaders
strongly support the conference
and have confirmed they will
attend, a senior UN official said.
Janos Pasztor, the UN assistant
secretary-general for climate
change, told a news conference
that preparations and some
activities are affected, including a
huge march on November 29 by
supporters of an agreement to
reduce carbon emissions that has
been cancelled by the French
However, Pasztor said dozens
of leaders still plan to attend.
World governments are
meeting to craft a new UN pact
to rein in greenhouse gas
ANKARA---Turkey shot down a Russian
warplane near the Syrian border yesterday,
saying the jet had violated its air space, in
one of the most serious publicly acknowl-
edged clashes between a NATO member
country and Russia for half a century.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said the
plane had been attacked when it was 1 km
inside Syria. He called Turkey s action a "stab
in the back by the terrorists accomplices"
and warned of "significant consequences."
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov
cancelled a visit to Turkey which had been
planned for today.
"We will never tolerate such crimes like the
one committed today," Putin said, as Russian
and Turkish shares fell on fears of an escalation
between the former Cold War enemies.
In a letter to the UN Security Council,
Turkey said it had shot down the jet while in
Turkish air space. Along with a second plane,
the aircraft had flown more than a mile into
Turkey for 17 seconds, despite being warned
10 times in five minutes while approaching
to change direction, the letter said.
"Nobody should doubt that we made our
best efforts to avoid this latest incident. But
everyone should respect the right of Turkey
to defend its borders," Turkish President Tayyip
Erdogan said in a speech in Ankara.
In condemnation of Russian air strikes in
Syria, during which Turkish air space has
been violated several times in recent weeks,
Erdogan said that only Turkey s "cool-head-
edness" had prevented worse incidents in the
Each country summoned a diplomatic rep-
resentative of the other. Russia s Foreign Min-
ister Sergei Lavrov cancelled a visit to Turkey
due today and the defence ministry said it
was preparing measures to respond to such
US President Barack Obama and French
President Francois Hollande, meeting in Wash-
ington, urged against an escalation, while
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said
the military alliance stood in solidarity with
Putin: A stab in the back
A woman holds a poster as she pickets the Turkish Embassy in Moscow, Russia, yesterday. Russian President Vladimir Putin yesterday has
called Turkey's decision to down a Russian jet near the Syria border a "stab in the back." The poster reads: The pilots that were shot down,
were fighting terrorists to save your and our civilians. AP PHOTO
Over 120 leaders to attend Paris climate summit
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