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MEXICO CITY -- Two Canadian women have been arrested in Mexico City in connection with a firebomb attack against a government department office.

Molotov cocktails were hurled at a Department of Communications and Transportation office Monday, damaging several vehicles outside a nearby car dealership, authorities told a news conference. No injuries were reported.

Prosecutor Rodolfo Ruis told local media two Canadians and a Mexican national were arrested and the Canadians were transferred into the custody of the Central Investigation Agency.

He said police are alleging one of the two Canadians was spotted discarding a backpack containing a number of homemade explosive devices. The motive for the attack was not immediately clear.

 

Judge backs Kenney

OTTAWA -- Former immigration minister Jason Kenney acted reasonably in cutting federal funding to the Canadian Arab Federation because the organization appeared to be supporting the actions of terrorist organizations, a judge says.

Federal Court Justice Russel Zinn's ruling dismisses the federation's challenge of Kenney's decision not to continue funding for a language-instruction program for immigrants in 2009-10.

It also strengthens the federal government's hand in adhering to its position it will not give taxpayer dollars to organizations that tolerate or espouse hateful views.

 

Freight train catches fire

PLASTER ROCK, N.B. -- About two dozen homes in a sparsely populated region of northwestern New Brunswick were evacuated late Tuesday after a CN freight train carrying crude oil and propane derailed and caught fire.

Sharon DeWitt, emergency measures co-ordinator for the nearby community of Plaster Rock, said it's unclear how big the fire is or whether anyone was hurt.

"To the best of our knowledge, only a few cars are involved and we are not exactly sure what those cars are carrying," she said in an interview. "We have evacuated homes in the immediate area."

A spokeswoman for Ambulance New Brunswick said no casualties were transported from the site.


-- from the news services

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 8, 2014 A6

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