PRESS DIGEST-Canada-Aug 13

Tue Aug 13, 2013 6:47am EDT
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Aug 13 (Reuters) - The following are the top stories from selected Canadian newspapers. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.


* Canada's refugee board is likely to look favorably on claims of persecution by gay asylum-seekers from Russia, Immigration Minister Chris Alexander said. Alexander said on Monday that Russia had taken the wrong path in restricting the fundamental rights of its gay community, and that any refugee claims "related to this particular issue will of course be looked at very seriously by our very generous system". ()

Reports in the business section:

* When BlackBerry Ltd launched its long awaited new smartphone back in January, it was presented as a game changer that would silence critics and win back consumers. Monday's announcement that the company is pursuing "strategic alternatives" for its future, including a possible sale, is a tacit admission that its turnaround plan isn't working. ()

* A rush of foreign investment in Mexican oil production in the wake of Mexico's energy reforms threatens to fuel competition against Canada in the race to supply the U.S. Gulf Coast market with crude. Government reforms would allow private ownership of oil, creating opportunity for the Canadian service sector but also injecting more competition for producers. ()   Continued...