For the first time in 12 years, liberal-leaning Canada elected a conservative government to replace the Liberal Party, a move predicted to improve strained relations with the United States.
Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich announced Monday he would ask the federal government for a waiver granting his state permission to purchase prescription drugs from Canada.
Jean Chretien signaled this week he would step down as Canada's prime minister earlier than planned to clear the way for former Finance Minister Paul Martin to take the helm of the Liberal Party on Friday.
Canada introduced legislation Thursday designed to allow companies to sell low-cost versions of expensive AIDS drugs to poor nations.
Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich said that he would push for federal legislation that allows states to buy cheaper prescription drugs from Canada and called on the Food and Drug Administration to back states that are moving toward reimporting drugs.
Four Canadian soldiers were killed early Thursday when a patrolling American F-16 jet mistakenly attacked them in Afghanistan.
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