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International, Politics

Civilian casualties in Iraq and Syria mount amid intensifying Western and Russian air campaign

While Western media attention has been focused on the tragic deaths of about 85 Syrian civilians killed in a poison gas attack in northwestern Syria on April 4, as many as 3,400 civilians are estimated to have died in air» 

International, Politics

Chemical attack in Syria upends prospects of Russia-U.S. detente

U.S. cruise missile attacks against Syrian military targets believed to have been behind a deadly chemical weapons attack in northern Syria mark a new and unpredictable phase in the six-year-old war, says a Canadian expert. The U.S. Navy launched 59» 

International

UNICEF counts on continued Canadian generosity in 2017

As Canada’s International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau toured projects and programs for Syrian refugees in Jordan earlier this week, officials with the United Nations children’s agency said they counted on Canada’s continued generosity. The need is great. More than 13.4» 

International, Politics

Freeze or thaw? What Freeland’s appointment means for Russia-Canada relations in the Arctic

The appointment of Chrystia Freeland, a fierce critic of the Kremlin and its actions in Ukraine, as Canada’s new minister of foreign affairs could put Canadian-Russian relations and the two countries’ collaboration in the Arctic back into deep freeze, argue» 

International, Military

Senate report urges transparency on new UN peacekeeping role

The Liberal government must seek the approval of Parliament before sending troops on dangerous United Nations peacekeeping operations, says a new Senate report. The Senate Committee on National Security and Defence looked into the government’s plans to dramatically increase Canada’s» 

Politics

Looking back at one year of Liberal Arctic policy

The development of a clear Arctic policy direction by the Liberal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in its first year in power was hobbled by the loss of a key cabinet member, says one of the most prominent Canadian» 

Military, Science and Technology, Society

Mysterious find is not a long-lost nuke, but what is it?

The mysterious object found by an intrepid diver in the waters off the coast of British Columbia is definitely not a long-lost U.S. nuclear bomb, says the Royal Canadian Navy. “The RCN has confirmed the object is not an unexploded military» 

15 years after deadly Afghan ambush reporters face new threats

The last thing I remember before my German colleague Volker Handloik died in a hail of bullets was a feverish but a very methodical mental calculation: should I stay or should I follow him and jump? Muzzle flashes from at» 

Economy, International

Storm clouds gather over TPP as CETA sinks

It was never going to be smooth sailing for the Trans-Pacific Partnership but Friday’s spectacular sinking of the Canada-EU trade deal despite frantic last ditch efforts to salvage it, brings nothing but bad omens for the 12-nation trade deal. The» 

Politics

Restoring ties with Iran easier said than done: expert

News of Homa Hoodfar’s release from Iran’s infamous Evin prison has raised fresh hopes for a detente in Ottawa’s glacial relations with Tehran but a Canadian expert says restoring relations with the Islamic Republic is far from a done deal.»