Preliminary elections results made public at 10pm (0300 GMT) have indicated that the opposition Conservative party has made significant gains against the ruling Liberal party in
Canada's ruling Liberals, widely expected to lose Monday's national election to the Conservatives, are performing better than expected, early results from the east of the country show.
Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin has condemned as "a callous act of terror" threats to kill four Western hostages in Iraq,
Ismail Elmokadem in Montreal
Last updated: 18 Nov 2005 09:29 GMT
Prime Minister Paul Martin has announced that Canada will back up its commitment to Middle East peace with $9.5 million in new aid to help the Palestinians build homes and strengthen their new state's legal system.