Highlights/International Zone

Immigration & Refugees, International

Canada provides $62.5M to support Palestinian refugees

Canada will contribute up to $50 million over two years to the beleaguered UN agency that supports Palestinian refugees after the United States cut its aid, International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau announced Friday. Ottawa will also provide up to $12.5» 

International, Politics

Russia flexes its military muscles with Arctic component of Vostok 2018 war games

The Russian military is conducting a series of exercises designed to test and showcase its ability to mount large-scale joint operations at the very eastern edge of the Russian Arctic, more than 7,000 kilometres from its main base near the» 

Economy, International, Politics

Don’t let hatred of Trump lead Canada into costly trade retaliation blunder, says U.S. expert

Canadians shouldn’t let their hatred of Trump blind them into stumbling into a full-out trade war with the United States, says an American expert on international trade. Marc Busch, professor of International Business Diplomacy at the School of Foreign Service,» 

International, Politics

Skripal affair exposes growing chasm between Russia and the West

Just when one thought that relations between Russia and the West could not get any worse, the poisoning of former Russian military intelligence officer, turned British spy, Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury  last month sent another Siberian» 

International

South Sudan faces another famine, aid groups warn

Nearly a year after a concerted humanitarian effort staved off a famine in South Sudan, the country is once again teetering on the brink of another catastrophic food crisis, the United Nations warns. Almost two-thirds of the population will need» 

International, Politics

Canada plans to toughen arms-export rules but will honour Saudi arms deal: Freeland

The federal government has found no “conclusive” evidence Canadian-made armoured vehicles were used to commit human-rights violations in Saudi Arabia’s restive Eastern Province last summer, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland told a parliamentary committee Thursday. That was the result of» 

International, Politics

China and Russia blast Vancouver summit

China and Russia are denouncing an international summit on North Korea in Vancouver next week, saying the event co-hosted by Canada and the United States is “a relapse of the Cold War mentality.” Washington and Ottawa have called the meeting» 

Politics

Unauthorized biography of Justin Trudeau seeks to understand Canada’s selfie prime minister

There are few Canadian politicians that have ever garnered as much international attention and interest as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. And now a veteran Canadian journalist, author and broadcaster who has known Trudeau socially for many years is tapping into» 

International, Politics

UN secretary general warns of risk of Korean war

As Ottawa prepares to host U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday for talks about the North Korean crisis, United Nations Secretary General António Guterres says he is deeply concerned over the risk of military confrontation on the Korean Peninsula, “including» 

International, Politics

Yemen heads for more uncertainty after Saleh’s murder

The death of Yemen’s ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh who was killed by his former Houthi allies last Monday after he betrayed them and switched sides in the bloody conflict was a turning point in the country’s history, says a Canadian»