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Levon Sevunts
Levon Sevunts
Born and raised in Armenia, Levon started his journalistic career in 1990, covering wars and civil strife in the Caucasus and Central Asia. In 1992, after the government in Armenia shut down the TV program he was working for, Levon immigrated to Canada. He learned English and eventually went back to journalism, working first in print and then in broadcasting. Levon’s journalistic assignments have taken him from the High Arctic to Sahara and the killing fields of Darfur, from the streets of Montreal to the snow-capped mountaintops of Hindu Kush in Afghanistan. He says, “But best of all, I’ve been privileged to tell the stories of hundreds of people who’ve generously opened up their homes, refugee tents and their hearts to me.” Read Levon Sevunts's articles

Column International International Zone Politics

UN and humanitarian agencies sound alarm on Saudi-led blockade of Yemen

The United Nations and humanitarian agencies working in war-torn Yemen are sounding the alarm over the continuing blockade of much of the country’s air, sea and land entry points by the Western-supported coalition of Gulf states, calling on them to» 

Politics Report

Ottawa announces $327.6M to fight gangs and gun violence

The federal government will spend $327.6 million over five years and $100 million annually thereafter to crack down on gun crime and criminal gang activities, Minister of Public Safety Ralph Goodale announced Friday. Goodale made the announcement in Surrey, B.C. — a city that» 

Canadian headlines Economy

Canada’s inflation in October cooled by smaller increases in gas prices

The annual pace of inflation slowed down in October thanks smaller price increases at the gas pumps, as refineries in the United States resumed normal operations following hurricane Harvey, which forced production shutdowns in Texas. Statistics Canada said Friday the» 

Canadian headlines International Politics

Canada alarmed by dissolution of Cambodia’s main opposition party

Ottawa is sounding the alarm over the future of Cambodia’s democratic reforms after the country’s Supreme Court ordered the main opposition party to be dissolved on Thursday, dealing one of the most crushing blows yet to democratic aspirations in the» 

International Military Politics Report

Trudeau’s peacekeeping announcement is ‘missed opportunity’: expert

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s announcement detailing Ottawa’s contributions to the United Nations peacekeeping operations on Wednesday was a “missed opportunity for Canada and the international community,” says a Canadian expert and a former government adviser. Two years after announcing Canada’s» 

Canadian headlines Indigenous Politics

Canada commemorates hanged Métis hero’s legacy

Canada is marking the 132nd anniversary of the execution of Louis Riel, a visionary Métis leader and a rebel, whose fight to protect the rights of the Métis nation led to the creation of the Province of Manitoba, but also» 

Canadian headlines Education

Canadian university degrees ranked highly by employers worldwide: survey

Degrees from Canadian universities are among the most highly valued by employers worldwide, according to a new survey of thousands of global businesses. Five Canadian universities are in the Top 100 list of this year’s Times Higher Education Global University» 

International Military Politics Report

Canada pledges 200 elite troops and aircaft for future UN peacekeeping operations

Two years after announcing Canada’s re-engagement with the United Nations, the Liberal government finally unveiled Wednesday its formal commitments to UN peacekeeping operations, pledging to contribute helicopters, transport aircraft and a 200-strong rapid-response team of elite soldiers. Prime Minister Justin» 

Canadian headlines International Politics

Amid military coup in Zimbabwe, Canadians there urged to remain indoors

The federal government is advising Canadians in the Zimbabwe capital of Harare to stay indoors Wednesday amid political turmoil in the African nation and reports that the Zimbabwean military was holding President Robert Mugabe and his wife under house arrest» 

Canadian headlines Economy

Canadian home sales edge up again in October

Resales of Canadian homes rose 0.9 per cent in October from September, but remained almost 11 per cent below the record set in March, according to the latest report by the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA). Actual sales, not seasonally»