PRESS DIGEST-Canada-Jan 24

Thu Jan 24, 2013 5:25am EST
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Jan 24 (Reuters) - The following are the top stories from selected Canadian newspapers. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.


* Nigeria, the leading power in West Africa, wants Canada and other western nations to take on the conflict in Mali as an international problem and provide funding and heavy equipment like helicopters. ()

* As Canadian finance minister Jim Flaherty prepares the Conservative government's 2013 budget, his main target will be to balance the books by 2015. With that horizon in mind, economists see several reasons for him to be optimistic, including positive signs from the United States and European economies, as well as the country's housing market. ()

Reports in the business section:

* The Bank of Canada is setting aside worries over a housing bust to double down on a broader concern, the country's sputtering economy.   Continued...