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Sears Canada CEO resigns

A shopper exits a Sears department store at the Toronto Eaton Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

“I certainly would not fault President Obama and our allies from trying,” Stephen Harper said in Ottawa. “But my sincere advice would be when it comes to the government of Iran, that we should carefully monitor deeds far more than words.” In a speech at the United Nations General Assembly earlier Tuesday, Obama pushed for pursuing diplomacy with Iran’s new government, but called on Tehran to be transparent about its disputed nuclear program. Iran insists its atomic drive is for peaceful purposes but the West suspects it is pursuing nuclear weapons. The US president also said he had instructed Secretary of State John Kerry to pursue a possible new diplomatic opening with Tehran. Kerry is to meet with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif, as well as foreign ministers from Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia, on Thursday. Canada broke diplomatic ties with Iran in September 2012. At the time, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird did not cite a specific incident for the breakdown in relations but issued a strongly worded attack on the Islamic Republic’s support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime and its “incitement to genocide” against Israel. Baird also called the government of Iran the most significant threat to global peace and security and accused its rulers of failing to account for their nuclear program. On Tuesday, Harper clarified that Ottawa had felt “increased uncertainty” about the safety of its diplomats in Tehran. “We have no intention of returning to the country until these issues have been addressed appropriately,” he added. Ties have also been strained by Tehran’s treatment, including imprisonment, of Iranian-born Canadians. Iran does not recognize dual nationality and authorities have denied Canadian detainees consular protection.

A rescue worker helps a child outside the mall. People who had been hiding inside the mall during the gunfire flee the scene. An armed official takes a shooting position inside the mall. An armed official crouches on September 21. Bodies lie on the ground inside the mall. Men help a wounded woman outside the mall. Officials carry an injured man in the mall. Soldiers move up stairs inside the Westgate Mall. Armed police leave after entering the mall. At least one suspect has been killed, a government official said. Police have said another suspected gunman has been detained at a Nairobi hospital. Armed police take cover behind escalators as smoke fills the air. Witnesses say tear gas was thrown in the corridors. A woman who had been hiding during the attack runs for cover after armed police enter the mall. A body is seen on the floor inside the smoke-filled four-story mall.

Staff Chicago Business Journal Sears Canada Inc. said its chief executive, Calvin McDonald , has resigned and will be replaced by Chief Operating Officer Douglas C. Campbell . McDonald, who had been CEO since June 2011, is leaving to join a aleading international company,a Sears Canada (TSX: SCC) said, without identifying the company. As the Sears Canada’s COO, Campbell, who joined the company in March 2011, was responsible for retail store operations, logistics, replenishment, information technology, corporate procurement and international sourcing. Before joinging Sears, Campbell was a principal with Boston Consulting Group , where he led turnaround projects and worked across a broad sector of industries, including retail, manufacturing, packaged foods, chemicals, and pharmaceuticals. McDonaldas surprise departure comes as the retailer undergoes a companywide restructuring to reignite sales and profits. Last month, the company announced it was cutting 245 jobs after it reported a 9.6 percent drop in second-quarter revenue to C$960.1 million. The Globe and Mail newspaper on Tuesday reported McDonaldas resignation was sparked by differing views with parent Sears Holdings Corp. (NYSE: SHLD), which owns 51 percent of Sears Canada and is controlled by investor Edward Lampert . The disagreement was tied to “the pace at which capital was being deployed to keep the momentum of the transformation going,” the Globe and Mail quoted a source as saying.