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The Conservatives, who took office in 2006 after a major scandal about kickbacks brought down the Liberal government, are trying to dismiss the affair as a difference of opinion over accounting.

Charges that top Conservatives broke spending limits during the 2006 election campaign are an embarrassment for a party that came to power on a promise to clean up Ottawa.

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Carnival ends stops at resort port

MEXICO CITY | Carnival Cruise Lines on Monday become the latest ship operator to suspend stops in Mazatlan, citing violence in the Pacific coast resort city.

Carnival called the decision a precautionary measure, noting that “there have been no incidents involving cruise passengers.”

“We are working closely with the Mexican government and local officials to review their plans to improve security in all of the main tourist areas,” Carnival said in a statement. “Once we are comfortable with their plans and implementation, we expect to return to Mazatlan.”

The Carnival Splendor and Carnival Spirit ships will replace Mazatlan with additional calls in Cabo San Lucas and Manzanillo, the statement said.

Disney Wonder and Holland America also have recently canceled Mazatlan stops.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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